The Eternal Ones was a book that I was actually going to skip on reading. I had seen mixed reviews and I thought I would stick away from it. That all changed when I found the UK paperback whilst on vacation recently and I decided that I should give it a shot. It took awhile to get into, but once I did I found it to be okay.
The cover of The Eternal Ones is interesting. When I look at it long enough, I start to like it. But at first glance? Not so much. I don't know what it is about this cover, but it may be just too simple for my tastes or that the title is too small, though I didn't mind the snake symbol and how it does come into play later in the book, which is nice. Also, I really do like the shiny-ness of the cover. It was the one part that really spoke to me.
In the book The Eternal Ones, there are two sets of characters: the reincarnated ones and the last generation of reincarnates. Personally, I found the older ones more fun to read about. The new ones were very hot & cold making for some not very stable characters. One minute, our main character Haven was "Let's go find Ethan!" one minute and the next she was all "I give up, I want to go home now." I found Iain to be the same way, though he switched between "I love you so much and would do anything for you," and "Look at me, I'm a star which makes me superior." I loved the sweet side of Iain, but the other began to wear on me fast. My favorite character of The Eternal Ones was definitely Beau. He was a great best friend character with a lot of great traits. Altogether, the cast of characters were interesting in their own ways, though often they left me wanting more.
Reincarnation is a subject that I often don't hear as much about in YA fiction. The Eternal Ones is a standard take on reincarnation with an ending that didn't really leave you hanging at all (not in a bad way). The end was a good closer and I would love to know what happens next, but at the same time I could live without a sequel just because of how nicely this ending closed the story. The story of The Eternal Ones is good, but a little slow a times. The upside was that the author never lost me in all the details and flashbacks which I think is awesome. Another thing I quite enjoyed was the fact that there was such a well thought out setting set up for this book and without that I think that this book would not have worked at all.
Altogether, I think that The Eternal Ones was a unique book about reincarnation. In some areas it flopped a bit for me and in some it did good. I would recommend this book to a person who has never read a book on reincarnation as they aren't as common as other paranormal books. In my opinion this book gets a 3.5/5.