The Eternal Ones
The Eternal Ones actually reminded me a little of the Blue Bloods series probably cause of its secret New York society. What I loved was that it was full of mystery cause I couldn't figure out who killed them until the person (I'm NOT spoiling this) said it. I couldn't even figure out if Iain was a bad dude or the good dude until the end.
I decided to read this book because it was on the Breathless Reads tour. When I went to the NYC stop I had never heard of this book (if I did I would have boughten it) I was a little iffy about reading it regardless of how interesting it looked because the love interests' name was Ethan...that's my brothers name and reading about loving someone with that name gives me the willies. I read it anyway, and WOW I love love love this book! I feel immensely stupid for not buying it and being able to get it signed when I was at a signing with Kirsten back in November. I loved the concept of reincarnation and finding someone over different lifetimes, can you imagine how difficult that must be? I don't believe there are many books like this out there, at least none that i've read. I liked how it was romantic, but not over the top in cheesiness, that's something I always look for in a book that has romance. I would certainly absolutely recommend this book! Buy it, and if she is coming to a town near you..get it signed! I am excited that there will be another book. I really loved the ending too, and by ending I mean the last paragraph of the book, just enough cliff hanger to make you want more, but enough to leave you satisfied! MUST READ THIS BOOK!
The Eternal Ones was greatly written. It left me wondering and wanting to read more. The mysteries behind this book were so well put together I didn't know who was telling the truth and who was lying. Usually I know whose right, but this book caught me off guard. The book had a great mix of mystery mixed with romance. Now that I finished the book I'm awaiting the news for a possible sequel. This book really shows how powerful the meaning of what true love really is. It also sent out the message "you don't know what you got until it's gone" in such a powerful way. The ending left me in tears of joy. Everyone will be surprised with what happens throughout this entire story.
Talk about true love and fairy tale romances...The Eternal Ones will have readers believing in soul mates. I love the idea of soul mates and star crossed lovers defying all odds to be with one another just as much as any girl who grew up reading fairy tales but The Enternal Ones has gotten to me like none of the others have. The story of Constance and Ethan and Haven and Iain had me falling in love. Kristen Miller knows how to hook a reader and hang on until only she's ready to let go.
Watching Haven grow up in a town so religious and strict that anything out of the traditional and conservative norm has the local townsfolk crying "demon" and "satan worshiper" was terrible to read. I've never experienced anything like that personally so it was tough to get through. I felt awful for Haven. She lives in a claustrophobic environment with her horrible grandmother trying to make up for her sordid past by way of her grandaughter's present situation and it's awful to watch. But with the bad, comes the good in Haven's best friend Beau (who is also looked down on for being gay) and he's with her through it all. I loved him to death! Their friendship was wonderful to witness and will make you appreciate you own friends that much more.
But the romance, oh the romance! Haven knows she used to be someone in another life and she knows she loved someone then and is being drawn to that someone again. Here is where Iain comes into play. He's not the same boy from the other life and time but he's still Ethan in so many ways. But like everything else, there's always a balance and with the good, bad follows. What is he hiding? Why is he lying? Will Haven be able to remember everything she needs to in time?
This is a favorite for me and I was sad to have to pass it on for the tour, but I will be going out to pick up my very own copy the first chance I get.
I was elated that I was going to read something different in the form of an young adult paranormal novel. Dont get me wrong, some of my favorite books include vampires and faeries, but there is a flooding of these types of books in the marketplace as well. So, getting to read about reincarnation was something a bit different. I loved the imagery presented with this highly religious town our main character was living in, it fit perfectly for a girl who was a bit different and having visions that she couldnt explain. This was the perfect setting for her situation. Her best friend Beau is a great accomplice for her and his character and his father both were complex and real.
I did have some issues with Havens character though. She is very wishy-washy with her ideas and decisions and swayed by whatever anyone says. One minute she trusts the love of her life, a few minutes later someone tells her not to, so she doesnt. Then he explains himself and she trusts him again and then someone else says she shouldnt, so she doubts again. She cant seem to trust herself, but will trust whoever is around her at the moment and this back and forth attitude happens a lot in the story. That is the biggest downfall for me, I much prefer a strong minded person as the lead, so I have someone to root for, not yell at. Other than her character flaws, which Im hoping will be rectified in the second novel, the storyline is quite original and entertaining.
Haven is a person you just instantly like. She's one of those spunky, determined real-life Cinderella characters. She has her faults and she has her strong points. I liked her backstory that went all the way to her mother's first love and I especially liked her other backstory. Her life before she was reincarnated. There was a mystery to be solved throughout the book, that went back centuries, and it was obvious Haven herself, couldn't do it alone. With the help of her friend, Beau, she made it through. The ending was fresh and unsuspected. All these elements poured together one great book. If you want a new paranormal romance, I'd suggest you pick up this book!