Jul 21

Review of The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller


Publisher: Razorbill
Pub. Date: August 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Pub. Format: Hardcover
Pages: 411 (Subject to Change)
Source: Publisher (ARC)

Age Group: YA

Review: I’m a huge fan of Kirsten Miller’s middle-grade book series, KIKI STRIKE, so when I saw she had a young adult novel about reincarnation coming out, I was extremely excited.

I first want to thank Razorbill for sending me the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

THE ETERNAL ONES is a refreshing YA novel featuring reincarnation instead of the usual paranormal suspects — if one can actually call reincarnation paranormal because in all essence it’s a spiritual belief. Reincarnation is not just a belief of Hindis and Buddists. According to a recent segment about reincarnation on Primetime Live, one out of every four Americans, including those who are Christian or Jewish, believes that souls return again in different bodies.

Whether or not you personally believe in reincarnation, THE ETERNAL ONES is a unique, tear-jerking story with heroic and sinister characters, a fascinating plot and an edge-of-your-seat cliffhanger ending.

The book starts out a bit slow, but once reincarnation is mentioned as a possible reason as to why Haven Moore has experienced troubling visions since childhood, the book really takes off.

As for the characters, I immediately connected with Haven, an intelligent, witty and charming Southern girl and her best friend Beau Decker who’s easy-going, creative and stands by her through thick and thin. Even though Haven and Iain Morrow’s star-crossed-ill-fated love story is at the heart of the novel, I enjoyed reading how Haven and Beau’s friendship unfolds.

I couldn’t wait for Haven to leave for New York to get away from the watchful and evil eye of her strictly religious grandmother, Imogene Snively and the equally disturbing Dr. Tidmore, Snope City’s pastor — both are great antagonists.

Once in NYC, Haven’s love affair with Iain, a sexy and beguiling wealthy playboy, begins and sustains momentum until the last page is turned. The idea of the Ouroborous Society, an arcane and secretive group, is extremely clever.

The ETERNAL ONES is a great mystery with exciting plot twists. It also features interesting side characters and sub-plots. I don’t want to give too much away because the book isn’t out yet.

The one thing that bothered me was the constant use of last names, especially in the case of Haven’s mother, Mae, who is consistently referred to as Mae Moore. I don’t know why this was done in this manner. I guess it’s just a writing quirk of mine. But I like Mae and her own story.

As for the location, like in KIKI STRIKE, Miller’s outstanding knowledge of New York and its colorful history is apparent — from the dark and dangerous alleyways to the high-society neighborhoods.

When Haven Moore steps on to the crowded New York City streets, you can hear people whistling for taxicabs, see well-dressed ladies in designer clothes walking down the sidewalks, eavesdrop on patrons dining at popular cafes and feel the wrought-iron gate of a secluded ivy-covered cobblestone beneath your fingertips.

When THE ETERNAL ONES hits bookshelves and/or libraries on August 10, 2010, I suggest checking it out. I read on Miller’s blog that THE ETERNAL ONES has a sequel in the works. I’m looking forward to it.

The book also captured my interest in reincarnation. Because I often feel like I would have fit in perfectly in 1930′s Hollywood, it’s a likely possibility I was acclaimed screenwriter Francis Marion in a past life. Hey, it sounds good!

I’m giving THE ETERNAL ONES 4 “Relaxing with a Good Book” retro pictures for being a great page-turner.



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