The Eternal Ones, by Kirsten Miller – Book Review

In Kirsten Miller’s The Eternal Ones, Haven Moore is like most seniors in high school, she spends most of her days dreaming about escaping family imposed rules and having freedom as a freshman in college. However, Haven’s reasons for longing to get away far exceed the average teenager’s. Haven has long suffered from fits which give her glimpses into another life and a boy named Ethan (Iain Morrow in this life), whom she has seemingly loved forever. Her grandmother and the small town of Snopes City, Tennessee view these visions as works of the devil and Haven has to do some pretty fancy footwork in order to break free and follow her destiny.

As an avid reader of fiction, I suspend my disbelief but I do it grudgingly. I want the world that I live in to be, for the most part, accurately reflected and I expect that the world built will have rules that I can apply and that I can turn to throughout the book for structure. I want to know that the action taking place before me is within the parameters of that world. The Eternal Ones breaks those rules, but somehow manages to be an appealing and engaging read nevertheless.

It is strongly plotted and in constant motion, but it certainly has its eye rolling moments and does not make always make a lot of sense. A teen breaks away from her family to research reincarnation and find the boy of her dreams, meets him, basically starts living with him while on the run from bad guys, both known and unknown. Apparently reincarnation can be something of a pain. You don’t always find your soul mate, and when you do smooth sailing is not guaranteed since it seems you bring all of your baggage from previous lives with you. Haven has major trust issues and I got whiplash from how she went from trusting to not trusting Iain. She has reason to have questions, but at some point either believe in someone or you don’t.  But all in all it’s a fun book – total candy- with a main character you want to smack out of gullibility and a dreamy beau you want to run off with yourself. And yes, it’s the first in a trilogy, but All You Desire, the second book, is out on August 9, 2011. Recommended.

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  1. *sigh* I just wrote a review a couple days ago about YA, and the types of YA that I really like. What I DON’T like is dumb drama and the feeling that the teenage protagonist needs a good smack. I don’t mind suspending belief, I will embrace reincarnation if I must, but that other stuff would get on my nerves I think. I know, I sound like a big grump!

  2. Like you, I tend to want my fiction to be more realistic. I think I am going to pass on this one, at least for the time being.

  3. I bet this book would have gone over big with me when I was in high-school and was living a really crunchy granola life. At that time, I believed strongly in reincarnation, and was sure that it was absolutely true. Now I have moved on to different beliefs, but I still sort of have a fondness for stories about reincarnation that hasn’t gone away, so imagine that I could probably suspend my sense of disbelief a bit for this one. However, I might have trouble with a protagonist who needs a smack and all those trust issues. Your review has certainly given me something to think about though, and makes me think I might have to take a chance on this one! Thanks, Nicole!

  4. Veens

    I am not in a hurry to pick this one up, but I will definitely keep it in mind 🙂

  5. thanks for the great review. I think this book might be right up my alley.

  6. This sounds perfect for me! I believe in reincarnation myself and rarely see this topic in fiction – I’m excited now! -)

  7. CLM

    Very interesting review! I agree that there needs to be some kind of balance between creating an unusual and appealing plot (which mayrequire some suspension of disbelief) and creating characters that are inconsistent in a way that is simply annoying or plot elements that are absurdly improbable. For example, in a book I just finished the teen heroine and two younger sisters managed to sneak onto the Titanic and ran around blithely until…well, you know what happened. No wonder there weren’t enough life boats with all these stowaways on board! Still, this does sound intriguing, although I am somewhat turned off by the need to turn everything into a series.

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