Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Eternal Ones by Kristen Miller

The Eternal OnesTitle: The Eternal Ones
Author: Kristen Miller
Publisher: Puffin
Release: August 24, 2010 (UK Paperback)
Pages: 384
Series: Eternal Ones #1
Synopsis:

What if love refused to die?

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.
Review:
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.

4 comments:

  1. Well, I haven't read a fiction involving reincarnation before, so perhaps I'll check this one out sometime. I agree with you about the cover though. It grows on you slowly over time, but at first glance it's rather boring. Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful Easter Sunday and I'll ttyl!

    -Sandra from http://sandrathenookworm.blogspot.com

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  2. Yeah, I've heard similar a few times. I downloaded it for my Kindle but have been a bit put off reading it. There always seems to be something more urgent to read.

    Happy Easter!

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  3. Miller always seems to have this mystery plot going that, while not easily extricable from the core of the story, still seems to create a lot of drag. In the three books she's published, it's always some variation on the theme of "it surely can't be the completely obvious suspect except OH WAIT IT TOTALLY IS." It's at least played closer to the chest in this book than in the Kiki Strike books, but I would still like a legitimate twist.

    I really hope there's a sequel, mind you, because this book is really, really begging for one. (One that does without the Miller mystery formula, thanks.)

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