Friday, June 25, 2010
Review : The Eternal Ones
Title: The Eternal Ones
Author: Kirsten Miller
Published: August 24th 2010 by Razorbill (first published 2010)
Details: Hardcover, 432 pages
Synopsis: 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.
Thoughts: The Eternal Ones is a beautifully written novel about past lives, reincarnation and undying love. While the story is very similar to other current YA novels (*ahem* Evermore), I still found it captivating and lovely.
For as long as Haven can remember, she's had visions of another life and a boy she believes is her soulmate. Unfortunately, Haven lives in a small southern Tennessee town where different is considered devilish. When she was a child, Haven used to share her visions with her classmates and family. The whole town is convinced she's crazy or worse, possessed by a Demon. With the strict lifestyles as a Southern Baptist, Haven begins blocking out these memories the best she can.
Now in her teen years, Haven realizes she'll never fit in. At least she has Beau, her BFF and fellow outcast. One day, while watching tv, she notices a boy and realizes he's her soulmate. It's Ethan, the one from her visions. After much thought, Haven decides to head up to NYC and find him.
No longer Ethan and now Iain Morrow (rich, famous and scandelous), it doesn't take long for Haven to find him. He recognizes her right away and they soon drift off into the perfect love affair. The honeymoon period doesn't last long. Now there are other things out to get her. For example, the Ouroboros Society isn't the safe house it once was. With all their secrets and Iain's secrets, Haven soon begins puzzling the pieces into her past lives, her present and her future.
For the most part, I really enjoyed The Eternal Ones. The only thing that bothered me was the multiple similarities between this book and Evermore by Alyson Noel. Here are some examples:
*Iain (aka Ethan) remembers everything whereas Haven only remembers bits and pieces. In Evermore, Damon remembers everything and Ever remembers nothing. Sure Damon never dies, but still.
*Haven and Ever's BFFs are gay guys.
*Haven and Ever get lost in the love affair, but then begin to question their guys. They both believe their guys are killers.
*Haven and Ever are both quick to judge and both a little pig headed. They would rather believe strangers than their family, friends and lovers.
*In each life, Iain and Damon search for the girls.
*The snake symbol and secret clubs designed for their kind.
*Jealous eternal lovers.
Honestly, I could add more, but I think you get the point. When writing novels with similiar backgrounds, it's difficult to not make it mirror others of it's kind. I remember reading The Eternal Ones and thinking "Wow, Iain is just like Damon and Haven is just like Ever." I think it's important for the characters to establish a uniqueness which makes them stand out above the rest. Unfortunately, in this case, they were just TOO much alike. Even Beau reminded me of Miles.
With all that said, there are things I did enjoy about The Eternal Ones. I loved how all the past experiences were relived. I loved Iain and his protective nature. He's such a sweetheart and very swoon-worthy. Beau's humor kept the story interesting and fun. In my opinion, the writing was more elegant than that of Evermore's. And of course, the drama. Got to love the drama.
At times, the pacing can be a bit slow, but if you love a good romantic read, I would recommend checking this book out.
Raiting: 3.5/5 stars