Monday, February 7, 2011

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Title: The Eternal Ones
Author: Kirsten Miller
Publisher: Razorbill
Hardcover, 411 pages
Date Published: August 10, 2010
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Haven Moore can't control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother's house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was.

In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves¸ before all is lost and the cycle begins again.
Haven Moore has always been a little different from most people in the close-minded Snope City, Tennessee. Her father is dead and her mother hasn’t been the same since. Haven’s been stuck living with the shell of her mom and her religious and judgmental grandmother. The only person she’s close to is her best friend Beau. He’s the only one who doesn’t seem to mind that she faints and has visions of a life in the past; a life that she’s determined to discover. After a few fateful incidences, Beau’s encouragement, and a strange run-in with girl in a church, Haven sets off for NYC and the boy she believes she loved in another life.

The Eternal Ones is so interesting in that it examines reincarnation, past lives, and even religion, but does it all in a way that is entertaining and never preachy.  Miller’s explanations behind reincarnation and how the mysterious Ouroboros Society works kept me going with the story.

Haven is easy enough to like in the start, but once she makes it to NYC and meets the guy from her past life, she becomes very wishy washy. She flip flops from not trusting people to wholeheartedly believing every word they say. If she didn’t have her best friend Beau to call all the time, I’m not sure she’d ever see reason. She’s only 17, so she can easily get caught up in the moment, in the atmosphere, and in her own emotions, but I would have liked to have seen more consistency in her thought-process.

Iain, the gorgeous guy from the past, really did not do much for me either. The story is from Haven’s POV, so her caring for him, then not trusting him, really took me out of the love story aspect of Haven’s life. Her past life as a young woman named Constance is a different story though.

Miller perfectly weaves in flashbacks of Constance’s life with the dashing Ethan Evans. Each flashbacks pulls the present day happenings together and ties them in to such a larger story. I was eager and almost desperate to discover what really happened to Constance and Ethan and to see how that would affect Haven and Iain. This is by far the best and most entertaining aspect of the story.

The Eternal Ones
is a certainly a book that is well-worth reading with its incredibly interesting plot and well-placed flashbacks. Miller has crafted a book that leads the reader in one direction, only to make a u-turn and flip the story on its head. It’s a little frustrating, but the final outcome is very much worth the craziness in between. A mixture of a love story, a mystery, a little reincarnation, and a dash of religious devilry, The Eternal Ones delivers strong as an opener in a series that I plan on sticking with.

Opening line: Haven was back. ~ pg. 3

Favorite lines: The truth, she’d discovered, dwelled in the dark, hidden places, and sometimes it was better not to force it into the light. ~ pg. 189
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 

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Candace said...

I loved this book, but Haven was a bit annoying when she couldn't decide who to trust and then was too trusting, etc. Great review! You pointed things out perfectly!

Bere said...

I agree with everything you've stated, Nikki. Although this one was not my favorite I did enjoy it and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. Beau was a great friend. He was one of my favorite characters. Fantastic review, Nikki, thanks so much =).

~The Book Pixie said...

I've got an ARC of this and look forward to reading it. Yeah wishy washy characters can be annoying but it sounds like there's plenty of good to make up for it. Great review! :D


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