This may be my final post of 2010 (unless I read all day tomorrow…which is entirely possible). It’s been quite a year, and I’m honestly glad it’s almost over. I really hope 2011 is kinder to me than 2010 was…but that’s another story for another day. On with the show.
Today, I finished reading The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller. This book has been on my “to read” list for quite a while, and I finally got to it. I am so glad I did! This book was wonderful, and I am eagerly anticipating the next installment. For all of you teachers and librarians out there, I would recommend this book for ages fifteen and up. There is a bit of mature content that may not be appropriate for middle-grade readers, but I will say that the content in this book is quite understated and not nearly as blatant as many other YA novels.
In The Eternal Ones, we meet Haven Moore. Haven has lived in a small Tennessee town her entire life. Why then, does she have such specific knowledge of New York City? Why is she drawn to that particular city? And why, for as long as she can remember, has she been having visions of a girl named Constance and a boy named Ethan? The truth is as unbelievable as it is unsettling for Haven and everyone else in Snope City, Tennessee. Haven is remembering her past life as Constance and her relationship with Ethan. Her grandmother is convinced that Haven is possessed by a demon, and she does everything in her power to keep Haven on the straight-and-narrow and away from New York.
But Haven is drawn to New York, and, when things go from bad to worse in her small town, she escapes to the big city to find the one thing she’s always been looking for–Ethan. She even knows who he is now–the famed playboy Iain Morrow. She knows he’s the love of her life (lives?), and she must find him. What will she do when they finally meet? Will he even remember her?
Well, Iain/Ethan knows Haven instantly, and the two seem to be embarking on a wonderful new life together, but things never really go that smoothly, do they? Iain is lying to Haven, and she wants to know why. She seeks help from the mysterious Ouroboros Society, a group that claims to help those who have been reincarnated. But they may not be the help that Haven envisioned. Who can she trust? Who is really pulling the strings in the drama unfolding in Haven’s life? Is there a chance that she can trust Iain, and their love story can finally have a happy ending? Or will the forces working against them, even their own deceits, finally win and separate Iain/Ethan and Haven/Constance forever? Read The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller to find out.
Even though I really enjoyed The Eternal Ones, I will say that Haven annoyed me a bit. She reminded me of those girls in horror movies who insist on trusting the bad guys and doubting the good guys (who often still do stupid stuff). I felt like screaming at her at several points, but the story kept me on the edge of my seat, and I especially liked the religious undertones in the book. Those really made me think.
If you would like more information on this new series, including the second book, All You Desire, due out in August of 2011, I encourage you to visit http://www.theeternalones.com/, the official website of The Eternal Ones.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year! Happy reading!