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The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Thursday, August 18, 2011


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.

Goodreads Summary

Have you ever had visions of a past life?  Haven, the main character, experiences vivid past memories of her and her lover, Ethan.  She believes herself to be Constance in a past life, a woman who dies in a horrible fire with her lover. 

Snope City, a very small town.   The Snope City community tends to be more narrow-minded and religious, it bodes badly for Haven when word of her visions spread around town.  Many are convinced that her visions are the result of so-called dark forces.  Haven's grandmother, a surprisingly strict and cold woman, forces Haven to go to therapy with the local pastor.  Haven has no choice but to pretend to ignore her visions. 

Years later, rich Iain Morrow makes Haven's visions begin again when she sees a story about him.  Haven puts two and two together and ends up believing that Iain may be the reincarnation of her past lover, Ethan.  She goes so far as to travel to New York to see if this may be the case.  Haven stumbles upon the Oroboros Society which specializes in helping and researching those who may be reincarnated.  The story takes off from this point. 

The events in this novel are at just the right pace, the reader shouldn't be bored much at all.  The author provides the perfect amount of detail, just enough so the reader can picture the scene.  The main character, Haven, acts as the reader's guide to the novel and the plot.  The reader won't be confused, though there will be a fair amount of information kept from the reader until the end or even the sequel.  Getting to know Haven and Ethan and some of the secondary characters is fun in this novel, they all have something interesting to say or a weird quirk or two.  Overall, this book is recommended for teens/young adults who like "realistic fantasy" and reincarnation. 

4 Stars

2 comments:

  1. I really loved this one and am glad the sequel is out -- can't wait to read it too.

  1. Krystal Larson said...:

    I know! If I'm lucky I will be able to read and review the next one too!