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The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller


Cover art: The Eternal Ones Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: The Eternal Ones
Author: Kirsten Miller
Publisher: Razorbill
ISBN-13: 978-1-59514-308-2
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
Publisherís Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 12 and up
OUARís Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 12 and up
Year/Setting: Present day, Snope City TN
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Kirsten's Website/Blog: www.theeternalones.com

Haven Moore has always lived in the small town of Snope City. After the death of her father several years ago, Haven and her mother have lived with her grandmother in her house on the hill. Havenís grandmother is devoutly religious and is determined to keep the devil from getting to Haven like he did with her father. One night Haven begins to have visions of a girl named Constance and her fiancť Ethan. These are the same visions she had as a child and now they have become more intense and causing Haven to experience black outs. She watches in horror as the visions show her Constance and Ethan dying in a house fire. As Haven and her friend Beau are pinning a gown they have made, Haven notices a news special come on the television. As she is watching about notorious playboy Iain Morrow and his fatherís funeral, Haven sees his face and knows it is Ethan from her visions and faints.

Havenís grandmother, Imogene, decides that it is not best for Haven to go off to college. She believes the Devil has come back to Snope City and has targeted Haven. Imogene sends Haven to see the new pastor, Dr. Tidmore in hopes of getting the visions to stop. Haven tells him everything about the visions she had as a young child and how they have gotten worse. Dr. Tidmore tries to convince Haven that she must stay in Snope City in order for him to help her get rid of the visions. Haven disagrees, and with the help of her friend Beau, leaves for New York City to find Iain.

While in New York, Haven contacts the Ouroboros Society. They are an organization that believes in reincarnation and past lives and Haven believes that the visions she has are of her in a past life. She also believes that Iain Morrow is her lost love Ethan. While at a music event, Haven meets Iain and he has his security guards take her to a secluded room. When they finally meet Iain tells her he has finally found her and knows all about her past life and whisks her away to his home. From there Iain and Haven must work together to unravel the clues in their past before they are doomed to relive it.

I will have to say that this has to be one of the best books I have read. I love the whole concept of soul mates and being able to find that one person meant for you in each life. Haven is a wonderful character. She lives in this close minded community with a strange and wonderful gift of visions. Like all good love stories, she happens to see her love and goes through trials and tribulations to reconnect with him. Whatís even better is the fact that Iain knows who she is and was looking for her as well.

I loved going through Havenís search for answers and Iain. I found myself tearing up through the heartache of reading of Constance and Ethanís demise in the house fire. I cheered when Haven found Iain and life seemed to be going their way and I was upset when forces began to unravel their wonderful reunion. If you are looking for a book showing how truly powerful love can be through tragedy and obstacles, this is definitely the book to read.


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