Love stories. I say blech to them in general. People will recommend certain books that focus around a love story, and while I do love “love” it seems that lately I have been more interested in Sci-Fi stories and those dominated by a post-apocalyptic or a dystopian theme (even a little political). I had planned on reading The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller, but it was definitely further down on my list. It was not until I received the book in audio format that I pushed it to the top of my reading/listening schedule (I love audiobooks, especially when they are read by the right person).
Here begins my review on Eternal Ones:
Haven Moore has uncontrollable visions about a previous life. This is not just any typical, run of the mill previous life either. Haven’s visions are filled with passion — red, hot passion — making her life in Snopes City, Tennessee very difficult. Her grandmother strongly believes that Haven is possessed by the devil, ironically making Haven’s life a living hell. Haven’s main ally and confidant in Snopes is her good friend Beau, but he can only give her moral support. She needs to figure out what Constance (her previous life) is trying to tell her. Haven’s visions transport her to the 1920s in New York city and she finds herself madly in love with a boy named Ethan. In the present day, Haven feels an urgency to travel to New York City, find the reincarnated Ethan (Iain), and figure out what her old self is trying to warn her about. The only problem is that her visions are so scattered and she doesn’t know who to trust, even Iain. Will she solve the mystery of her past life?
Listening to the audiobook, I found myself completely sucked into the world Miller creates. Emma Galvin, the reader, does a fantastic job with character voices and the Tennessee accent. With each chapter I became more and more enthralled by the life and past life of Haven/Constance and Ethan/Iain. The only times I felt frustrated with the story were during Miller’s longer passages about love. There were a couple passages at the end that became a little sappy and a little preachy, but aside from that I couldn’t stop listening.
Note: There were some steamy moments in the novel that gave just enough to count the book as a romance and not a tease. Haven is seventeen and makes some very adult decisions, however, she’s also remembering a past life from the 1920s so that kind of makes her close to her nineties! She is an old soul.
Age Group: 13 and up
Genre: Young Adult
Themes: Romance, Supernatural, Reincarnation
Publisher: Razorbill, imprint of Penguin Group