Book Review: The Eternal Ones

Book Review: The Eternal OnesThe Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
Series: Eternal Ones #1
Published by Razorbill on August 10th 2010
Pages: 416
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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.

 

Haven is different than the teens that live in her small city of Snope City, Tennessee. She has visions… of a past that feels strangely familiar. Although she has never been able to pinpoint the truth of her believed past life, suddenly everything begins to click into place as she watches television one night. In an instant everything in Haven's life changes as she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the mysterious playboy, Iain Morrow. And though she knows that in this life she has never met him, she feels that her future is somehow connected to his.

It is not often that I am so torn with a novel like I am with The Eternal Ones. On the one side, I found the novel to be heart-wrenchingly beautiful. The love story and the lengths that two teens go to in order to be together was almost epic. In a way, The Eternal Ones represents all that love is and can be. The power of it and the drive that brings two people together regardless of the obstacles. I simply was in awe of the beauty that Miller created within this novel.

On the other hand, the religious elements within the novel felt ill suited. As reader, I understood how the religious undertones fit. But it was presented in a way that was almost sloppy. To be perfectly honest, if sections of the religious references had been removed, then I think I would have found the novel as a whole that much more enjoyable.

Another reason that I find myself torn with the novel is due to the characterization of Haven. In the beginning of the novel, she is a very strong character. She has a hobby which could become a future business, and, although her home life is not perfect, she has a family that cares about her… in their own way. However, once she meets and begins her relationship with Iain, things being to take a turn for the worse. Her once trusting nature seems to flip-flop based on the whims of the relationship. In addition, she seems to almost loss all of her rational thought. Instead of making up her mind about how she feels about Iain, it is almost like she assumes that that will be together because Iain swears that her visions are of their past life together.

Despite a few bumps in the road, The Eternal Ones is a beautiful and captivating novel. The ending, while feeling complete, does leave the reader wanting a little more. So, I would not be surprised to see a sequel, possibly in the sometime near future.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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8 responses to “Book Review: The Eternal Ones

  1. I want to read this book now just because I’m curious about what you mean by religious undertones and how they fit in. . .sounds interesting.

  2. Eleni @ La Femme Readers

    Great honest review. It sucks when a book gives you mixed feelings. It does sound great though and it’s coming out very soon in my TBR pile. 😛

  3. Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)

    Thanks for the review! I’ve read similar ones that talk about Haven’s flip-floppy behavior, but none of them have mentioned the religious undertones. The book sounds interesting and different, so I may have to pick it up.

  4. It’s good to hear that this book was a success! I’m not a huge fan of religion in novels, but I don’t mind it as long as it’s not the focus and the author isn’t trying to convert me. Anyways, lovely review!

  5. Alex Bennett from Electrifying Reviews

    I got this one yesterday and it was signed! I was so surprised! Glad to hear you enjoyed it! This review made me want to start it even sooner!

  6. Andrea

    I really liked it but I agree about Haven though I assumed it had something to do with the “villain” of the books.

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