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.
Review - While Miller has the technical writing skills and a brilliant premise for a young adult novel, that's where my appreciation ends. The Eternal Ones was an emotionally devoid creation piggybacking on the the young reading set's appetite for paranormal romances.
The premise of two souls continually being reincarnated over time is splendid and oh so romantic. Haven (horrid name) has gravitated towards New York and 'Ethan' since childhood. This longing is the only way that Miller establishes the bond these two have for one another, that and the need to immediately have intercourse. The lack of development between these two is astonishing and yet the pull towards this guy (Ethan/Iain) is supposed to be overriding. He had money, prestige and good looks but that's about it. He's not charming or truthful so I don't really see the attraction. Additionally both characters have an appalling lack of common sense for individuals that have apparently lived many lives. Between them they could possibly have the equivalent of Paris Hilton's IQ. The emotional pull that is supposed to sustain the plot and motive the characters is non-existent. Chalk is more romantic. Sardines are sexier. And I would sooner marry Larry King.
As for the intrigue of the Ouroboros Society and the role of many characters that fluttering around the dull duo it worked. To a small degree. It was overly reliant on the Haven character being spectacularly stupid and/or forgiving for it to play out as it did. It was clunky and ricocheted poorly off the love connection. But ultimately I was more interested in seeing them off Haven than the dull duo being reunited in the bonds of true love.
What is most concerning is the lack of emotional heart in this book. It feels as though the author has overworked her creation to the point that it has become fragmented. So many things slightly miss the mark that the book feels underwhelming. So attached to the intrigue and romance is Miller that she forgets to give Haven more teenage introspection. She has a relationship with a liar who seduces her and it is the first point that sticks in her craw. The fact that she lost her virginity to this dubious guy is never really broached. Instead we are constantly hearing the protagonist parroting the character she has most recently spoken to as the truth. The character is without integrity or heart. Or a brain.
Published: August 2010
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Source: Penguin UK / Penguin USA
** I would also like to question the author's and publishers need to continue this journey with a sequel. Completely and utterly unnecessary.