Sunday, August 15, 2010
Review: The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
Haven Moore has always lived in the tiny town of Snope City, Tennessee. But for as long as she can remember, Haven has experienced visions of a past life as a girl named Constance, whose love for a boy called Ethan ended in a fiery tragedy.
One day, the sight of a notorious playboy Iain Morrow on television brings Haven to her knees. Haven flees to New York City to find Iain and there, she is swept up in an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Is Iain her beloved Ethan? Or is he her murderer in a past life? Haven asks the members of the powerful and mysterious Ouroboros Society to help her unlock the mysteries of reincarnation and discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again.
But what is the Ouroboros Society? And how can Haven know who to trust?
(Summary from review copy.)
I really enjoyed this book. Reincarnation isn't something you see to much about in young adult books today, but Miller does a great job writing about it.
There were two things that I didn't like about this book. First, there were a few points in the book I felt dragged on. The beginning starts moving great, but before the second part, it just seems to slow down as far as the pace goes. That annoyed me a little bit, but I got over it and kept reading.
The second thing that I didn't much care for was how Haven was so hot and cold with Iain. I understand that she didn't really trust him, but one second she loved him so much she couldn't leave, and the other she hated him and didn't want to be in the same room with him. These moments happened quite frequently, and I feel that the book would've been even better than it is if Haven's emotions had been more... calm, I think is what I'm trying to say, and not so hot and cold.
Other than that, though, the book was wonderful. The description in the book was fantastic, and I felt like I could see everything that Haven was seeing. It was suspenseful and besides the one part that dragged on, I was hooked and I couldn't put it down.
Overall, this book was great, with just a few things that I didn't really like. Reincarnation is an interesting topic, and I'm glad Kirsten Miller decided to tackle it in a young adult book. A/A-.
For more information on Kirsten Miller, read my interview with her.