Jul 22, 2010

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

The Eternal Ones
Author:  Kirsten Miller
Publisher:  Razorbill
Publication Date:  August 10th 2010

From Goodreads

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.


The Eternal Ones is unique, and interesting.  I immediately was intrigued with the book because I find reincarnation a fascinating subject.  The idea of having a soul mate, and looking for them every life cycle puts a smile on my face.  It did seem though, that The Eternal Ones was missing something. 

Reincarnation is so darn out there that The Eternal Ones really couldn't be bad in my eyes.  All the aspects on reincarnation discussed in the book was the best part of it, I thought.  The flashback blackouts that Haven would have were great.  I really enjoyed reading about her previous lives.  I didn't really enjoy the current life Haven had, though. 

When it comes to the characters in The Eternal Ones, not everyone was a hit.  I enjoyed the character of Ethan, not so much Haven.  Haven needed some common sense.  Ethan didn't seem to be missing the common sense, and I liked that he was romantic,  and strong-willed.  He really would go to whatever means necessary to find his "soul mate" in every life cycle. 

The main thing that didn't work for me on The Eternal Ones was the relationship of Haven and Ethan.  I believed it from Ethan, but not from Haven.  I never felt the soul mate thing between them. 

Overall, The Eternal Ones was different, and okay.  I loved the whole reincarnation part, but in the end I wasn't wowed by it.


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