The Compulsive Reader: The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Haven Moore has always had visions of a past life and a love named Ethan. She doesn't know what to make of them, but in her tiny Tennessee hometown of Snope City where her commanding grandmother and her harsh views concerning religion rule everyone, her visions earn her a reputation of being possessed and insane. So when she gets the opportunity to flee to New York, Haven wastes no time, and she finds Iain Morrow, a celebrity with a reputation of his own, who Haven knows in her heart to be Ethan. But Iain is hiding something and the secrets of the past lie with the mysterious Ouroboros Society...but whether they will help or hinder Haven remains unseen.

The Eternal Ones is a book with a fascinating concept and all the makings for a thrilling book; buried secrets, an old society, plenty of villains and evil deeds, fabulous locales, quirky characters, and a searing romance...but it doesn't quite come together. The story is very drawn out, and the narration has a tendency to lag. Haven is justifiably confused by the many mysteries unfolding around her, but her continuous cycle of hot and cold reactions to Iain and the other people she meets in New York gets confusing and old fast. Miller also peppers the book with numerous descriptions of Haven evading the bad guys, which is also tiring. The one bright spot in the book is the character of Beau. Haven's best friend in Snope City, Beau is confident and quirky, and at times he seems like the sole sensible person in the entire book. His friendship with Haven and loyalty to her is well written, and he kept the book moving.

The climax wasn't so surprising, and it seems that Haven, Iain, and Beau escaped from their enemies a bit too easily and move into their happily-ever-after in a slightly unrealistic manner. Though all of the little details come together in the end, The Eternal Ones feels inconsistent, tedious, and about one hundred pages too long.

Cover Comments: I like the simplicity of the cover and the way that it incorporates the ouroboro. When I first saw it, I did confuse it with an adult book because I think it does look a bit sophisticated, but it isn't remarkable.

The Eternal Ones is out today.

ARC received from publisher.


Anonymous said...

I think the cover is the worst one in the last 2 years of YA books. It is just.... SOOOOO boring and amateur looking. I mean that color and type of silver design looks like clip art from Windows 95. And they couldn't be bothered to at least make the red background a gradient? SOOOO lazy. I'll check this book out from the library but I won't buy it because I refuse to support lazy people.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I just reviewed this one too. I wasn't thrilled by this one either, but didn't mind the cover. I didn't love it, just didn't mind the cover.

I also loved Beau. I think he took over the book... or could have.

Meaghan said...

I agree with you about cutting the book down. I did like the idea behind the story but I feel like it could have been shorter. Great review!

Natalie said...

I have this one on my shelf to be reviewed, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Hmm...I wonder what I'll think about it? Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

P.S. I got your package (White Cat) in the mail today. Thanks so much! :)