Review: The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

“Haunting and well paced. The surprise ending had me gasping.”

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Title:The Eternal Ones
Author:Miller, Kirsten
Publisher:Razorbill
Pages:416

Goodreads: 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.

Oh how I loved Haven, I felt such a connection with her. She is strange to her classmates and grew up in a horribly tiny town. I grew up an hour away from where Haven is located and I understand exactly what Miller describes in the first part of the book about how Haven is treated at school and in her community. If you think it is a bit far fetched that the preacher of the town is trying to exercise a demon from young Haven, think again. All things are possible in rural Northern Tennessee.

As Haven remembers more of her past lives and begins on her journey the book picks up pace quite a bit. I believe the first part while it reads slow is fundamental in understand Haven and how her mind works. We meet Iain and the great love affair begins. Haven is very mistrustful of Iain / Ethan due to her spotty past memories and events going on in the present and I as the reader was very distrustful of him as well. Iain seems a bit sneaky.

My only criticism of this book is that I think Iain could have been more, well for the lack of a better work swoon-worthy. He didn’t take my breath away, I didn’t feel like he was circling the eons continually coming back to love Haven. Maybe the distrust plays a part in that.

However, when I finished reading this book I ran to see what it was categorized as. It was like no young adult I had read before. The prose and use of wording and the sheer size of the ARC had me in complete disbelief it was YA. When I got over my momentary shock and realized this book was in fact YA lit, I became completely infatuated with the writing style. Here is someone not writing down for a level. Here is a book that defies the whole genre! Pick up the Eternal Ones, read it. I am sure you will be amazed at this top shelf, high concept literature.

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FTC Disclosure: I received this book for review from the publisher.

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4 Responses so far

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    Glad to hear this is so good. I love stories like this one and I’m hoping I enjoy it.

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    This sounds extremely interesting. Adding it to my eWish list as I type. And I’m glad I actually remembered what an ouroboros is before watching the trailer and seeing the snake eating its tail.

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    I second what you said. Not only did I love it, I was shocked that it was YA. If all YA books were like this one, I would read them more often and they wouldn’t get such a bad rep.

    You are right, Etan/Iain could have been more swoon worthy, but I think that really, she was the one that was supposed to have the freaky, I can’t live without you sort of connection with him, not us. It would have been easy to make him the sort of person that everyone wanted, but the point was that Haven wanted him…needed him even.

    Now you got me thinking…when did I schedule that review to go live??

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