The Eternal Ones

The Eternal Ones

by Kirsten Miller

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781101460030
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 713,638
File size: 419 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Kirsten Miller is also the author of the critically acclaimed Kiki Strike book series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and she suspects she may have been either Amelia Earhart or Catherine the Great in a previous existence.

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-The Eternal Ones is an engrossing and utterly enchanting story of true love, discovery and destiny that defies time. Thrilling and magical. A must read.+ -Danielle Trussoni, author of Angelology

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The Eternal Ones 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 158 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Haven has always been an outcast in her little town of Snope City. Her best friend, Beau, is the only one to stick by her when everyone else in town thinks she is strange, or worse yet, possessed by a demon. Since she was a little girl, she has had visions of a past there is no way she should know about. She sees New York City almost 100 years ago, herself as a blonde named Constance, and a man named Ethan whom she knows is her soul mate. After the death of her father, Haven attempted to control her visions, not wanting the attention they brought upon her and her family. But, the visions came back with a vengeance when she saw wealthy playboy Iain Morrow on a gossip news show. As she passed out, she called out Ethan's name. Haven decides the only way she will get any peace from the visions is to figure out what they all mean. The only way to do that is to run away to New York and find Iain and see if he is really Ethan - and what that means for her life. She is afraid of what will happen if Iain is really Ethan, though, because Iain is suspected of murdering his friend. Plus, the visions she has shows her dying in a fire, and it's possible Ethan is the one who started it. Can she trust him? THE ETERNAL ONES kept me engaged. I read it in almost one sitting, staying up until 3:00 AM to finish it. The only thing that forced me to give it 4 Stars instead of 5 was Haven. The flip-flopping about her feelings toward Iain started to get annoying about halfway through the story. One minute she trusts him COMPLETELY, and the next she believes the worst about him. Another issue about their relationship that could have been better was their romance. It could have been so much more emotional, but instead the fact that they were reincarnated lovers was used to fast-forward the connection between them. It was just assumed they would be together once they met. Even though Haven didn't remember everything from her past, she still picked up the relationship with "Ethan" where it left off 90 years ago. Still, all in all, I definitely recommend THE ETERNAL ONES. Kirsten Miller leaves it open for a sequel, but really, this book would be a good stand alone.
withabook More than 1 year ago
In the Eternal Ones you're thrown right into the plot with the first couple pages. It opens during one of Haven's visions which she's been having for as long as she can remember. From there you're taken on a journey with Haven and her best friend Beau to get away from her evil grandmother, and her small town to find out what her visions are really about. In the beginning of the book you spend plenty of time in her small 'everyone one knows everyone' town. It seems like many young adult books have settings just like this. Twilight, and Beautiful Creatures are just two. This is the only similarity Eternal Ones has to all these books. The plot is so different and unique. I loved the size of The Eternal Ones; I prefer long books to short because I never want to give up the characters. Even after 416 pages I was sad for the book to end. I wanted to spend more time with these characters. Kristen Miller did a great job developing them and I felt like I personally knew all of them. It's hard to let go of things you love. You don't want to miss this story, especially if you love books with supernatural, romance, and mystery.
lolbookwormlol More than 1 year ago
This book took me by surprise! This is a exciting,captivating, and romantic read. The beging may start a little slow, but stay commited and you will be rewarded. Pay attension to detail and enjoy! All i really have to say is hold on tight and the ride is fun.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Originally posted at: ***** Do you believe in reincarnation? After reading The Eternal Ones you will certainly consider the possibility. I know I did. In this one we meet Haven, who has been reincarnated into a new life but doesn't know it yet. Why is that? Well, people are trying to hide it from her. Haven is a great, believably written teen who struggles through high school and not being able to fit in, a common occurence and completely authentic. Through all of those trouble, she remains true to herself which is something I really admired. Beau, her best friend, is also a really amazing character. He stays true to himself throughout this story as well. It seems to me that a big lesson in this book was about a person's true nature coming through no matter kind of trials they faced. The plot was just awesome -- unique and interesting. In a YA paranormal world typically populated with vampires and shifters, this was a nice change. With strong, descriptive writing the author kept me hooked. I loved following the adventures of Haven as she tries to find out who she really is and who she can really trust. Overall, I give this one five suns! I enjoyed everything about it from beginning to end. If you're looking for a paranormal book that's a little different from the norm, I recommend you give this one a try.
psteinke1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What if¿you remembered every one of your previous lives, since time began? What if in every one of those previous lives you knew your soulmate was out there. What if you believed that soul mate killed you in your last life, and he was suspected of murder in this one? These are the questions Haven deals with in ¿The Eternal Ones¿. Periodically she is drawn into a vision from her most previous life. During these visions she sees her soul mate, Ethan. It¿s not until she sees a gossip show on TV that she realizes that New York ¿bad boy¿, Iain Murrow, is the reincarnation of Ethan¿and he¿s also the prime suspect in the disappearance of a famous musician. What¿s a girl to do? Why, investigate, of course.I fell in love with The Eternal Ones! I got pulled right in and the world Ms. Miller created was so warm and homey¿I didn¿t want it to end. The story moved very deliberately¿I was going to say slowly, but, that sounds like a bad thing. In this case, Ms. Miller was providing so much story and atmosphere to languidly peel back the many, many layers of this story¿it was like wearing a comfortable robe with a pot of tea on hand.My only complaint was the way Haven treated her best friend, Beau. She, at times, treated him like a slave which got to be a bit much. Beau put up with more crap from Haven than I think anyone would/could. I also wished Haven¿s Mom had more of a backbone¿she was frustrating.I thought that Ms. Miller did a fantastic job of creating that small Southern town with all the stereotypes¿anyone different is touched by the devil, the one gay guy in town is going to Hell, there is another group on the outskirts of town that have a cultish-like religion of their own creation. Ms. Miller¿s depictions of the various characters were well thought out and moved me to many emotions. I especially loved the paintings by the up-coming artist and that little twist to them.Personally I am intrigued by reincarnation and the possibility that I would run into and fall in love with the same ¿person¿ over many lifetimes, while romanticized, is appealing. I think I could do a lot worse than be with my loving hubby over many lifetimes! I found this book extremely hopeful! And hope is always a good thing to have!
thehidingspot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel! Since there was so much hype surrounding it, I feared I'd crack open the cover to find a stereotypical tortured love story with the only unique element being reincarnation. That was definitely not the case.My favorite aspect of Miller's novel was the well-rounded and believable characters. With Haven, she struck a perfect balance of lovesick, confused, and smart. In my mind, those characteristics conflict, making it difficult to incorporate them all into one character, but Miller was successful. There seems to be a trend towards unsupportive and rather annoying best friends in YA literature, but THE ETERNAL ONES seems to have left out that unfortunate element. Haven's best friend, Beau, ended up being one of my favorite characters, even beating out her love interest. He's was so unique and confident - loved it!It was, however, the fact that Miller keeps her readers guessing that really made this novel memorable. I can honestly say that I never once felt sure about who the villain in the novel would end up being. I caught a weird vibe from the entire cast of characters, but could never pinpoint which was most malevolent. To some, the epic romance of reincarnation will be the main draw of THE ETERNAL ONES, but, for me, it was the mystery and amazing characters. I love that this book has the ability to appeal to fans of either focus!
Squishy133 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
REVIEWED BY ROSThe Eternal Ones is a book revolving around the idea of past lives and reincarnation. The main character, Haven, who lives in Snope City, Tennessee travels to New York to find out what the visions that she has had her entire life, are about. The other aspect of this book is the connection she has with Iain Morrow, who she barely knows.The book centres around Haven, the protagonist, as she tries to work out what her visions of the past mean, and what happened to a girl named Constance in the early 1900¿s, of whom she¿s been having visions of since she was little. The visions that Haven has come in bits and pieces, and not in order, so what actually happened to her kept me guessing until the end, particularly because an important player in the story wasn¿t revealed until quite close to the end of the novel.The world that The Eternal Ones took place in was pretty much the typical urban fantasy setting, with a normal world that included a `fantasy¿ element. The Ouroboros Society was a mystery most of the way through the novel; its purpose and who had influence within it was hard to pick throughout the novel. Like most urban fantasy novels, the part of the world that Haven was discovering throughout the novel was secret from most people, so this didn¿t pose many surprises.I actually didn¿t mind Haven too much as a protagonist; she wasn¿t as naive as some, and could actually think for herself and make her own decisions (although she did make some pretty terrible ones).Beau, Haven¿s gay best friend was a fairly likeable character as well. He provided a bit of a link back to normality throughout the book, while Haven was finding out about her long history.I found Iain¿s character quite confusing. His motives and the entire section of the plot that involved him confused me a bit, as it kept changing, and it was hard to tell whether he was a good or bad character. However, this did all get sorted out in the end.There was another character (who I won¿t name because it might ruin the book) who creeped me out a little (okay, a lot), but he wasn¿t in the book that much, so that wasn¿t too much of an issue.The plot was a little confusing, as the whole story was seen from Haven¿s point of view (even though it was in third person) and she kept getting everyone¿s stories and motives mixed up, however the whole thing was sorted out in the end. It wasn¿t written exceptionally well, however it was written well in that it was very difficult to guess the ending.Overall, I liked The Eternal Ones, and I look forward to any other books Kirsten Miller writes.
angelgirl122193 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been eagerly anticipating the release of The Eternal Ones and ever since I got it, I have been waiting for the moment where I could delve into this book uninterrupted. Boy, am I sure glad I waited because once I started reading, I couldn't put this book down. It was so unbelievably amazing and I loved everything about it!Haven is an unbelievably strong main character. She put up with the whole town and even her own grandmother thinking she was possessed by the devil. She never let them see how much they were getting to her and for that, I commend her. When she escapes to New York to find the Ethan that she has visions about, Haven finds Iain Morrow, the newly reincarnated Ethan. She soon falls in love with him once more, but knows that some things don't quite add up with him. Whenever she thinks she can trust him, someone or something will make her doubt him again. Iain is a bit of a question mark throughout the whole story and kept me guessing as to what kind of person he truly was.The plot for The Eternal Ones was original and kept me glued to the pages. I never knew who to trust or what to believe. I loved Kirsten Miller's take on reincarnation and I still find myself thinking about it long after i've finished the book.Thank goodness I chose to read this book on a sick day, as I don't think I could have put it down otherwise! Once I started reading, nothing could have kept me away from the pages. The ending satisfied me, while at the same time leaving it open for a sequel. If you don't have The Eternal Ones on your TBR shelf, I recommend getting this book, stat! You won't be disappointed!
mrsderaps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one heck of a crazy roller coaster adventure of a paranormal thriller romance. Every time that I thought I'd figured out what had happened and what was going to happen, some other bit of information or idea would totally disturb what I'd thought. And I loved every second of it.Th basic plot is this: Haven Moore grew up knowing that she was meant to be win a man named Ethan. When she was a little girl, she'd tell her father all about Ethan. About their life in Rome and in New York City. She knew a whole lot about New York City, which was many miles away from her home in Tennessee.Her father took her seriously. He contacted an agency in New York City, The Ouroboros Society, that dealt with people who had memories of past lives. Shortly thereafter, Haven's father was killed in a car accident that devastated her family forever. Raised by a controlling and uber-religious grandmother, Haven was not prepared for the sultry memories of the romance she had with Ethan. And, she was also perplexed by the knowledge that she and her former-life lover died in a fire. Her whole previous life is very confusing and disconcerting to her. So, after a series of tragic events, she decides to head to New York City in search of Ethan and the Ourboros Society. Haven wants answers, but what she finds is going to shock her.
Book_Girl2010 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, first of all I have to blame this book for giving me a headache. Yes, this book was so good that I spent half of sleeping time finishing it. That's why it is being blamed for the lack- of-sleep- headache that I now have, but that is all it is being blamed for. Actually the blame for my headache is me .But if this book wasn¿t so good, I wouldn¿t have the headache in the first place. So it all goes back to the book, so there. And even though I have this monstrous headache, I didn¿t postpone this review for tomorrow because it was so good that I am too excited to not tell you guys about today. So as long as I am able to think coherent thoughts and type, why not review it?This book starts a little slow, but don¿t get me wrong, every bit of that slow-paced part is interesting and leaves you curious of what is going to happen next. Now on the second part of the book (titled The One Who Was Waiting) it where all of the action takes place. That is when Heaven decides to do something about the visions she has and visit the guy who has been in most her visions and dreams. Ethan, who is the one invading most of her past-life memories is (according to Heaven) nineteen-year-old playboy/murder suspect Iain Morrow in this lifetime. And she is not waiting for her grandmother¿s approval to find out if he is her soul mate Ethan, reincarnated. The weird thing is Ethan was also a murder suspect of someone other than Constance.The way Kirsten Miller describes the streets of New York made me feel like I was actually there. It surprised me how much detail she could put into words. This book had more suspense that I could handle, and I am not complaining at all. But I think I handled it well. My guesses of who the murderer was were as messed up as Heaven¿s. Every time I kept guessing who and what (usually I am very good at this) I ended up being wrong.Heaven Moore, I am glad to say was a very likeable character and I did not get frustrated with her or disliked her at any point of the book. I actually felt empathy her for everything she went through and for the frustrating choices she had to make. She didn¿t go through it alone though. Beau Decker, her best friend and dress design partner, had her back for most of the time. Beau was my favorite character of the book. He was so hilarious and loyal that he made me wish I had a friend like that. Her grandmother was a bit annoying and non-grandma-y sometimes. But she wasn¿t the character I disliked the most.The romance between Iain and Heaven (which was quick-paced but at the same time very understandable due to that fact that well in their past lives they had a very steamy romance going on) is every girls dream of love at first sight. And Iain, well I don¿t want to say a lot about him (might spoil it) but he is now in my Boys Are Better in Books List. And brace yourself for the last few chapters of this book, because you are in for a shocker!This book left me thinking and wondering about the possibilities of previous lives and the meaning of love at first sight.
hrose2931 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read so many mixed reviews about this book that I didn't know what I was getting myself into. But somewhere on someone's blog there was a link to read the first few chapters of the book and I was hooked. I had read complaints that Haven was stupid for this and that and for believing this and that. She was seventeen. I was stupid at seventeen too. I believed it when a boy said he loved me and he didn't. I believed people that said they were my friends when they were just using me for a ride. We are naive at that age and given her sheltered life in Snope City Tennessee? Can you be any more sheltered?I didn't fault Haven for any of the mistakes she made. I'd have made the same ones. When she didn't trust what she was being told by someone she thought she could trust it made perfect sense for her to do what she did. When she went to the Ouroboros Society, it made sense that she trust some and not others. That she was confused all the time. That she misinterpreted things. She didn't remember the past. Only when she had those past life dreams that left her in a dead faint. And they even misled her. I think as a mystery/romance this was a great book. It had lots of twists and turns and kept me guessing right up to the very end. I had no idea who she could trust except for her friend Beau. I hated her Grandmother and hoped she'd drop dead of a heart attack or something but I guess she represents prejudice or something. Beau was a great friend and Leah was an interesting character as well. The romance between Haven and Ethan was just enough to make it believable but not over the top gushy. It's probably the fastest I've ever read a book. It was cut up into small simple chapters and the writing was simple and flowed easily into the next chapter.I have discovered that YA books read quicker and simpler than adult books. I'm reading a mystery series and it takes me a lot longer to read those books than the YA books. And it isn't because I'm not interested. I'm very interested and am trying to find time all day to get back to my book, but the story is more complex, the characters more complex and the wording. I just never noticed until I started reading this series. In any case, I loved The Eternal Ones and I'm glad I didn't listen to the bad reviews. I know we can't all like the same things. We all have different tastes. But it was an interesting idea and I was never confused about who was who. Just confused about who to trust, just like Haven was. I loved the suspense and finding out who the villain was. I can't wait for the next book.Heather
Malbebe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must admit when I first saw the cover of this book I knew I had to read it. The cover is simple and intriguing. You'll love the cover even more when you see it in person.Ok, now to my review. Ever since Haven, the MC, was a little girl she has always talked about a boy named Ethan. Even now as a teenager she has visions of him. Haven's grandmother is convinced she is possessed by a demon and makes Haven stay home instead of going to college in the near future. With the help from her best friend Beau, Haven manages to run off to NY to search for Ethan. The plot doesn't really start until page 160.In NYC she meets Iain Morrow and instantly there is a connection. This sets off a series of the past repeating itself in a way. The Eternal Ones is a mysterious and thrilling novel. You get to meet a wide variety of characters and you don't know who to trust right alongside Haven. Haven soon discovers her family's secrets as well as secrets from her past life as Constance. Many people has complained about there not being a concrete love story but I have to disagree. I found Haven and Iain's, or should I say Ethan and Contance, relationship refreshing and new. I liked how you want to root for Ethan, but don't know whether he is a bad guy or not.I must warn you that the beginning is very confusing. As you read along it gets a little less confusing so hang in there! Also, I still have a question for the author: When Iain is talking about the past is it as himself or is he like possessed by Ethan?The Eternal Ones is a new kind of eternal romance, mystery novel. I highly recommend you buy it now!
brandileigh2003 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am honestly not quite sure how I feel about this book. On one hand, I sped through it, and I hungered to find out what happens and hoping that I got the ending I was hoping for.This is more of a mystery than I usually read, which is maybe contributing to my mixed feelings. The plot unfolds at a slow pace at the beginning, but then it picks up. Like Haven, I was constantly wondering who can really be trusted, and on the edge of my seat not knowing what is really going on. But, Haven seemed almost to naive- she was back and forth it seemed like every single chapter.The premise of a love that cannot die, and reincarnation is such a compelling premise, but I felt like this book was too focused on the table tennis trust this person, no wait, they are lying, no wait... I guess that I just wanted more of the love story than the mystery.I also am torn as to what this book is trying to convey about religion. I am a christian, and although there are two different churches and sets of people portrayed in this novel, and it could be said that the ones with the real faith can be redeeming, it just does not sit well with me.So-- on to the things that I liked: this was not predictable-- I honestly did not know who to trust, I was not ahead of Haven, and I was in suspense. I also really like the character of Beau, her best friend. He is amazing- and different from any best friend/brotherly like characters that come to mind.
fayeflame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved loved The Eternal Ones! It just a breathtaking and refreshing story that's full of surprises! I could NOT put it down. I loved everything about it, Kristen's writing is awesome, so easy to read, awesome characters, and those flashbacks... it made the story more...EPIC. I wasn't expecting the mystery or suspense at all. I loved the characters, Haven has her flaws, she is independent and true to herself, She's never really fit in at Snope City after the visions of her other life started, then she befriends charming and cute Beau, who's gay(who I absolutely loved) both doomed sinful in Haven's Grandma's eyes. She finds Iain(heartthrob) who is a true romantic, giving that's his loved Haven for thousands of years. But he does leave Haven in the dark with it came to the mysteries of the OS. Through out the story we meet new characters Marta, Padma, and Adam who all have a story to tell. I found Adam to be alarming, dangerous, and kind of creepy but...i still wanted to know more about him, maybe it's his devilish grin...My small issue with Haven,is that she could be persuaded easily. But i can't blame her, people where whispering in her ear, things started to be not as they seemed. It's a good thing she had Beau! he is funny and sometimes the voice of (tough love) reason.The Eternal Ones, is paced beautifully, things start to build up to something even bigger then before you know it your caught in the story reading until 4 o'clock in the morning.It's incredibly addicting. I NEED the second book!ARC courtesy of Razorbill/ Penguin for YA Readers.
jonilee73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am IN LOVE with this book. I never wanted to put it down. The story flowed so well and I found myself researching information on reincarnation after finishing the book. Haven's character is so likeable and I was rooting for her throughout the whole book. I felt terrible for her, being forced to live with a super religious grandmother and a mother who was battling her own demons (so to speak). Her grandmother has to entire town (not that it's that large of a town) thinking that Haven is possessed by a demon because she has been having visions her entire life about her past life as a woman named Constance who was in love with a man named Ethan. They were both members of the Ouroboros Society, an organization for people who remember their past lives.Constance and Ethan were killed in a fire and a lot of mystery surrounds their deaths. Haven's visions reveal more and more about Constance and Ethan's life together and one day Haven sees an actor on TV that she just knows is Ethan, reincarnated.Enter Iain Morrow. Iain is a bad boy. And he has been accused of murdering Jeremy Johns, a singer. Haven heads to New York to find Iain and when she does everything falls together. Iain really is Ethan and he has been looking for Haven. But Haven has a hard time trusting Iain. With so much action surrounding a now corrupted Ouroboros Society, Iain-who can't seem to tell the truth-, and even the devil in the flesh, Haven life goes from small town hell to having no words to describe it. While this is a kind of thick book, it only took me a day to read. I couldn't put it down. Every time I turned the page there was more action and everything was linked together in some way. No detail is left forgotten. This would make an excellent movie, and the ending is open for a possible sequel. I would reread this book many times, I have a feeling this is the type of book that would surprise you with every reading.
monsterofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ah---I'm in love!!!! This story was so romantic, adventurous and a real page turner. I was so hesitant, it seemed so many people were not liking this book and I was afraid I would be the same way. I've been googly eying this since it came out. I think every time I've been to the book store since August I've been picking this book up and putting it down. A week ago I decided enough was enough and chose to try it out. To my surprise--and relief---I loved it. I definitely recommend it as a winter read :)The story starts out with seventeen year old Haven Moore who lives under her Grandmother's dictator reign in Snope City, Tennessee. For most of Haven's life she has been the odd one. Why? Because she has visions of the past (really she has memories of a past life) and they're all about a young couple name Constance and Ethan. Her only true ally is her dress making partner, Beau (who is seriously one of the best characters in the book). The book deals with reincarnation, faithfulness, trust and the devil.The first part of the book is set in Haven's daily life in Snope City. You really get a sense of how she's mistreated. How her visions cause her to faint at the most unlikely times and cause great problems on her. Basically her life sucks in Tennessee. Everyone thinks she is possessed by a demon and her Grandmother believes the only one who can save her is Dr. Tidmore who has been helping her overcome her visions by being her psychologist. By the way he is the preacher at the church in Snope City.I didn't really see how religion played into this story at first but it became more apparent as the novel went on. This book isn't really a hard one to figure out as it's pretty obvious. At points I was annoyed with Haven for not realizing something so simple. I had figured out the truth, way, before she did.The second part of the book is Haven running away to New York to find the newly reincarnated Ethan who is now known as Iain Morrow. Haven believes that if she finds Iain and solves the reason of Constance death in the 1920's then the visions will stop. But things get tricky, people lie, Haven gets stalk multiple times and it's a big adventure/mystery to solve.I found it interesting that time seem to be repeating itself in this book. What happened in the 1920's seemed to be repeating itself in the twenty-first century.All the characters were well crafted and easily came to life in my imagination. I love Beau, Iain, Haven and even Adam. Haven could be really naive at times but I felt for someone in her situation that was believable. Beau had the best one-liners. Adam and especially Dr. Tidmore were good at being who they were (for those of you who have read the book will understand this).I enjoyed the visions Haven got and was eager to know more about Constance as the pages flipped. I really hope they make a film out of this, I would love to see the 1920's come to life on the screen. Have you notice that 1920's seem to be a popular time line in YA book's lately??Haven's and Iain's first meeting was a bit rush I felt. Another point I like to mention was that Iain and Haven kept bouncing back to hating each other to liking each other, it got a little irritating after awhile.The best plot twist comes, near the end, and is about a character in the book. I never saw that coming and found it funny. It was a tidbit about his lives.This book was truly fantastic. Kirsten Miller has a knack for story telling and making the readers want more. She has definitely created a addictive world that I will be looking forward to learning more about.
MarieCoady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a weekend. Soul mates and reincarnation? I'm in.Unsolved murders and secret societies? Where do I sign up?This book moved at a great pace and the images it conjured up while I read were very 'movie-esque'. This would make a great PG-13 flick. I would recommend this book to all my young adult readers. Yay!! I love a good book.
keeneam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book appealed to me at first because of the paranormal romance aspect. In the beginning I could not put it down. However, I was not happy with some characters decisions in the middle, but felt compelled to finish reading. The character of Adam was weird and creepy, but over all I was satisfied, but would have liked a little more info and the end of the story.
59Square on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kearsten says: This book had quite a few ups and downs for me. I loved the first half of The Eternal Ones - Haven's a strong female character, refusing to hide away from the majority of the small town community that shuns her. She's fiercely independent, not afraid to be an individual, and eagerly awaits the day she can leave her small-minded family and neighbors. She has a fantastic best friend in Beau, the only "out" gay male in town, and together they've started a business of sewing prom dresses for those kids in school who can afford their prices. It's this business that makes it possible for Haven to run away to New York when her grandmother "grounds" her from college in the fall following a fainting spell/vision.I also found Haven's "visions" interesting - she sees another life, with a young man named Ethan, clearly many years before, which ended in fire and tragedy. While she's had these visions for as long as she can remember, they've only recently resurfaced, the last one triggered by a glimpse of a handsome, famously wealthy young man facing suspicion as a murder suspect. Convinced this Iain Morrow is "Ethan," she packs her bags and leaves Tennessee.Here's where things start going south for me. Haven and Iain's meeting is very romantic - he sees and recognizes her immediately, somehow knowing she's his Constance (her name in her previous life), just as she knows he's Ethan. He immediately sweeps her off, using his money and power to whisk her off to Rome, where their previous selves first met.While I love a good romance, and the idea that one can be reincarnated and must find one's soul mate is a nice one, Haven seems to undergo a personality transplant once she reaches New York. The girl from Tennessee, firmly being herself, not letting others bring her down, now believes everything anyone tells her, and for the rest of the book she vacillates between believing that she and Iain are soul mates, meant to be together forever, and that Iain is a killer, heartlessly killing anyone in his way, including her, when she was Constance. It's exhausting and a bit annoying - however, it was a quick read and I think that this will definitely find an audience with the romance and Twilight crowd.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had quite a few ups and downs for me. I loved the first half of The Eternal Ones - Haven's a strong female character, refusing to hide away from the majority of the small town community that shuns her. She's fiercely independent, not afraid to be an individual, and eagerly awaiting the day she can leave her small-minded family and neighbors. She has a fantastic best friend in Beau, the only "out" gay male in town, and together they've started a business of sewing prom dresses for those kids in school who can afford their prices. It's this business that makes it possible for Haven to run away to New York when her grandmother "grounds" her from college in the fall following a fainting spell/vision.I also found haven's "visions" interesting - she sees another life, with a young man named Ethan, clearly many years before, which ended in fire and tragedy. While she's had these visions for as long as she can remember, they've only recently resurfaced, triggered most recently by a glimpse of a handsome, famously wealthy young man facing suspicion as a murder suspect. Convinced this Iain Morrow is "Ethan," she packs her bags and leaves Tennessee.Here's where things start going south for me. Haven and Iain's meeting is very romantic - he sees and recognizes her immediately, somehow knowing she's his Constance (her name in her previous life), just as she knows he's Ethan. He immediately sweeps her off, using his money and power to whisk her off to Rome, where their previous selves first met.While I love a good romance, and the idea that one can be reincarnated and must find one's soul mate is a nice one, Haven seems to undergo a personality transplant once she reaches New York. The girl in Tennessee, firmly being herself, not letting others bring her down, now believes everything anyone tells her, and for the rest of the book she vacillates between believing that she and Iain are soul mates, meant to be together forever, and that Iain is a killer, heartlessly killing anyone in his way, including her, when she was Constance. It's exhausting and a bit annoying - however, it was a quick read and I think that this will definitely find an audience with the romance and Twilight crowd.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was all set not to like this book. In fact, I'm not completely sure what got me to pick it up in the first place. From the packaging and the reviews I've seen, it looked like just another teen paranormal romance -they seem to come off assembly lines these days. However, after reading Brenna Yovanoff's The Replacement (and really enjoying it), I became drawn to Ally Condie's Matched and Catherine Fischer's Sapphique, which I discovered to be part of the now-famous "Penguin Five," a group of five YA authors releasing novels this fall. Sure, it was pretty much a marketing ploy to create a network of YA authors for young readers -but it worked, even though I knew exactly what they were trying to do. I picked up The Eternal Ones, which I wouldn't have otherwise, read it, and....actually liked it.The Eternal Ones is billed primarily as paranormal romance, but I found it to be more of a paranormal mystery. Haven has always know she isn't normal. Her entire life she's had strange visions about a past life and a boy named Ethan she once loved. As she gets older, she becomes drawn to New York, where many important events of her past life occurred. While she does meet Ethan, now reinacarnated as rich playboy Ian, Haven also discovers the Ouroboros Society (or OS), an occult society that gathers reincarnated individuals. But the society has become corrupt and Ian is hiding secrets about who he is, who Haven is, and their keys to their past lives. As Haven gets closer to the truth, the dark secrets surrounding her past life, Ian and the society start to unwravel.Unlike many teen romances out there, the romance in The Eternal Ones is written in such a way that is remains sweet and romantic without crossing over into cheesy. It was also refreshing to see the female character questioning her love interest and being willing to uncover the truth about him. Their relationship just felt more mature, adult and realistic than a typical teen novel, which I enjoyed and felt like I could relate to a little more. The plot was also surprisingly unexpected and fun to read. Though a tinge slow at the beginning, it really picks up toward the middle and leaves readers desperate for more by the end.The only weak point for me was the character development. Oddly enough, primarily in Haven, the protagonist. She just felt really flat for the majority of the book, though she does have some growth at the end (good to see, and fairly natural, but it didn't seem like there was much of a personality for her starting out). I would have liked to see a little more specific characterization for Haven, because she just got swallowed up by the reincarnation and romance sometimes.I know there's a sequel in the works, and I can't believe I'm saying this about a teen paranormal romance/mystery, but I'm excited about it. I want to learn more about author Kristen Miller's ideas of reincarnation and the mysterious society.
alwright1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm on the fence about this one. I loved Kirsten Miller's Kiki Strike books, and I found this book hard to put down at times. It was fast-paced, and I wanted to know the truth about what was going on. But the subject matter was a turn off for me, and I kept feeling like the main character was making terrible choices in her relationship with the main fellow. The man was constantly lying to her and behaving in suspicious ways, and time and time again she kept going back and trusting him, and she decided he was evil just as easily when she was being manipulated by others. I kept thinking, "just sit down with him and make him tell you the entire truth until you have a whole story, this is ridiculous! Ask more questions!" The subject matter that I wasn't crazy about included reincarnation and a devil-figure. I guess I mostly only like fantasy elements if large groups of people don't really believe in them. I probably won't continue reading this series, but I'll keep my eye out for other Kirsten Miller stuff.
resugo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't expect to like this book because it was about characters who had been reincarnated. Not a story element I'm a big fan of. However, I was intrigued after reading some blogger reviews so I picked it up anyway. I was surprised that I actually liked the reincarnation in The Eternal Ones. It made sense in the context of the story. I bought into it.I also really liked Miller's writing. It was smooth as whipped cream, not clunky at all. Which I loved. This is a long book, but it didn't feel like a long book. That is until the last third. Where things just got too ridiculous for my tastes. Because though I liked the reincarnation stuff in the book, there were two other things that bothered me: 1) Haven 2) Iain. Haven was cool to begin with. I liked her--until she got annoying. Her internal thoughts: I trust Iain. I need him.No I don't trust him. I just met this complete stranger and she said that Iain is a murderer. But I'm drawn to him.Yes, I really do trust Iain. I need him.No I don't, I just saw his face on the news. He is a bad man. But I still need him. I trust Iain. I need him.No I don't, I just met another stranger and he told me Iain is wicked and has always been wicked. Oh, Iain, I trust you now because it was someone else who tried to kill me, not you. I need you!Blah! Got old REALLY quickly. Sure, change your mind two or three times, but beyond that and it's boring. And annoying. As for Iain, how many lives has he known Haven for? Did he really believe that she'd be okay with half truths and lies? Did Iain expect she'd wait meekly at home because he said to trust that he knew best? Why is he surprised when Haven goes out to try to find the truth? This is the same woman he's always known for thousands of years and yet he obviously doesn't know her well. Iain's reasoning for not telling Haven the truth didn't make sense to me. He would've avoided half of the problems they ran into if he'd explained what was going on. Having Haven bumble along in ignorance was a whole lot more dangerous than telling her about the OC.I was also disappointed that Iain and Haven weren't together more. I would've loved it if instead of working apart (and against) each other for most of the book, after an initial hesitation on Haven's part, they would've worked together to figure out what was going on. They have an epic love story that spans through generations, yet I didn't really see any of that love myself. I'm just relying on past lives to believe in it and I felt cheated.So because of the lack of communication between these two (supposedly in-love) protags, the ending fell apart for me. Which makes me sad because I really enjoyed the first part of the book.
titania86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
*** This review contains spoilers. You have been warned. ***Haven Moore is an outcast in her town in Tennessee. Not only has she had strange visions since childhood, but her grandmother is a religious zealot who was convinced that those visions were the work of a demon. Haven's visions may have gone away, but the reputation for being strange has been cemented with the rest of the town, except for her best (and only) friend Beau. She only has to hold out ten more months before she is an adult and free from her grandmother, but her visions return to her, causing her to black out more and more frequently. She discovers that the visions are from a past life where she was a girl named Constance and loved Ethan. The townspeople go from isolating her to all out attacking her. She sees no other choice but to go to New York to try to find her Ethan. The only problem is she doesn't know the whole story of her past life and if her death in the fire was the result of a tragic accident or murder. Could Ethan be the murderer who accidentally died himself? Or is there someone out there bent on separating her from her true love forever?The Eternal Ones was a mixed bag of a book for me. The writing style flowed very well and really drew the reader into the book. Haven was a strong character that didn't allow her crazy grandmother or bigoted neighbors to bring her down. When they turned against her and started leaving cruel things in her locker and telling her she was possessed, I felt for her and just grew frustrated that they couldn't see beyond their assumptions and misinformation. I absolutely loved Haven's friend Beau. He was quirky, fun, and gay. Although they have some minor conflicts in the novel, they really supported each other and proved to be fiercely loyal. As far as the plot goes, the mystery really interested me and wasn't predictable at all. I didn't see the ending coming at all and it kept me guessing.I didn't like quite a few things about the novel. First, although I really liked Haven, she constantly changed her mind about Ethan. I just grew more and more frustrated with her inability to stick to one opinion. This part of the story reminded me a lot of Nora from Hush, Hush, an equally annoying story involving finding out if one's boyfriend is a killer. One minute he's the perfect boyfriend and the next, he's a plotting murderer. The biggest problem I had was with the ending. Ethan proved to be innocent and Haven lamented over doubting him after he lied to her and proved to be generally untrustworthy. Basically, it's ok for your boyfriend to lie right to your face, creep around behind your back, and act like a possessive jerk as long as he's not guilty of murder. Haven had every reason to be suspicious of Ethan because he came off as a creep. Just because they were together in a past life does not mean that he can treat her like crap. I was very frustrated that Ethan wasn't likeable and I don't think he really deserved Haven, which pretty much undermines the whole story.The Eternal Ones featured some great writing and characters, but Ethan and Haven's indecisive nature really took away from my enjoyment. The book was like the unfortunate love child of My Name is Memory and Hush, Hush. I wouldn't read any more of this particular story if it turned into a series, but I would read more from Kirsten Miller. Her writing style shined through all of the things that annoyed me and I would love to read more from her.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Haven Moore's strict religious upbringing doesn't allow for reincarnation. But the fainting spells and oddly vivid memories of times and places she's never seen certainly seem to fit the definition. Of course, she could be possessed... Her memories of being Constance, of loving a boy named Ethan and losing him and her life to a horrific fire - for Haven, the answers she's seeking seem to lie in New York City. Money saved, bridges burned, she flees to the Big Apple, only to find herself pulled headlong into an affair with Iain Morrow, stalked by oddly unmemorable gray men, and solicited by secretive and mysterious members of the Ouroborus Society. People are dying, and if Haven can't figure out who she can trust, she just might be next.A secret society operating on favors and points, fanatically opposed to exposure.... Scientology, anyone? The resolution seemed a bit pat, and the ease with which the two love-birds headed oversees with nary a passport or customs official in sight was way out there in these days of hyper-security. Not stellar, but readable.