Monday, 16 August 2010

Review: The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller


Publisher: Puffin Razorbill
Format: Paperback
Released: August 19th, 2010
Grade rating: A-


Amazon summary:

Haven Moore has always known she's different: there are the talents that can't be explained; the knowledge of places she's never been; and then there are the visions that overwhelm her - terrifying visions of a life that ended tragically two decades earlier and more than a thousand miles away in New York City. The citizens of Haven's rural, highly religious community, believe that she's been possessed by a demon. But this is no demon: it's reincarnation. Haven journeys all the way to Manhattan in search of clues about her past life and a decades-old murder. One wrong move could lead her into the clutches of the sinister villain at the center of a conspiracy much larger than she could have ever imagined. But if she makes the right choices, Haven will find the answers she's been seeking her entire life.

Review:

Some of you are probably thinking, "Oh no, not *another* paranormal YA with a love story that spans centuries. Haven't I read a dozen of them over the last year?!". The answer to that is most probably yes, though I doubt any of them are quite as unique as The Eternal Ones. By unique I mean there isn't a vampire or werewolf in sight, and instead the subject of past lives and reincarnation is given some attention.

The Eternal Ones is in no way a perfect book -- Haven can be irritatingly trusting, the writing gets a little choppy towards the middle section, and things seem to slot into place a little too easily. However, looking past all that, what you will find is an incredibly compelling voice and style, an interesting idea and a twist at the end that will leave you feeling like you've solved a puzzle you've been trying to finish for days.

The charming southern setting of Snope City really appealed to me, as I love learning about new American accents and places, and the South isn't somewhere I'm overly familiar with. Haven's best friend Beau also lives there, which is part of the reason why he's so cool. He's a gay teenager in a constricted town, but isn't afraid to be himself or stand out. Miller also provides him with dialogue so utterly deadpan and witty that I can't help but love him. The plot jump to New York allows Haven's story to move forward without seeming forced, and also introduces awesome characters like Iain and Adam. Both potentially dangerous and mysterious, they add the romance and mystery that makes The Eternal Ones so addictive.

The Eternal Ones is a great book that hooked me after the first couple of pages, and didn't let up until I'd reached its surprising conclusion. I'm so glad this is the first in a series because, after that ending, I'm dying for more. Though if it means I'll have to join the creepy Ouroboros Society, count me out!

18 comments:

Liz. R said...

I find it funny that we're both up at midnight and spending our time on the internet :P.

As for the review, I've heard a lot of good things about The Eternal Ones. I'm glad you enjoyed it - and I like that you pointed out it wasn't perfect. For some reason that makes me want to read it even more! But the whole concept is intriguing to me - I look forward to reading it! (if I ever get the chance to buy everything on my wishlist, that is :P)

Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds really interesting. I'll have to take a look for it.. oh, my wishlist keeps growing!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Thanks for the review. I just bought this book on Friday, so I'm excited to read it :)

Cat @ Beyond Books said...

I got this book this week and I am looking forward to reading it BUT I have to admit the names "Haven" and "Beau" make me cringe to no end.

samantha.1020 said...

This sounds like an interesting read! I love a good story that draws me in and this sounds like it will do just that. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!

Faye said...

oh i agree! loved this book! can't wait 4 the second one!

Jenny N. said...

I loved this one too and really had no idea who Haven could really trust until the end. The ending makes me want to read the next book so bad.

MC Rogerson said...

Thanks for the review - I think I'll have to read this one!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Ooh, I'm really excited for this now. Though I hope the ending isn't too horrible!

Dwayne said...

Another great review for this book! Can't wait to read this :)

Lori said...

I loved this one too! I can't wait for the next one! Great review!

Jess said...

I'm waiting on a ARC of this! Can't wait!

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Steph Su said...

Hehe, I feel like I knew you would like this one. :)

Andrea said...

I agree. It was a great book!

Lauren said...

This is the second brilliant review of this book I've read this week, and considering I wasn't initially that captivated by the idea, I'm definitely intending to read it now. Sounds refreshing!

Splendibird said...

I just reviewed this one too and pretty much agree with everything you've said - especially that it introduces a compelling new voice in YA fiction. And isn't Adam just the most intriguing character??

Becky said...

Hmmm... everyone seems to like this book more than me. I mean I enjoyed it but it didn't wow me. It was just a pleasant read. But then, I do think my experience with this was corrupted by my previous reading of My Name is Memory. They have many similarities so it didn't feel original to me. BUT it is 100% more gripping than MNIM that is for sure. Great review.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved this book, I finished rather quickly also, I just could not put it down.