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The Eternal Ones

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The Eternal Ones

Being born in small town Tennessee, jam-packed with religious zealots who will cry “Devil” at the drop of a hat, isn’t exactly ideal for a girl who’s been reincarnated over and over again. But Haven Moore doesn’t know that she’s lived past lives. For all she knows, those visions she’s been having since she was in diapers may very well be the devil’s doing. But she doesn’t think so. 

It all starts up again when an image of Iain Morrow, a 19-year-old playboy suspected of murdering a rock star, flashes across her television screen. The image sends Haven swooning, and it brings her a vision. She finds herself calling out a name: “Ethan.” It’s not the first time she’s mentioned that name, as these visions of Ethan aren’t new. They’ve just been suppressed over time through the combined efforts of Grandma Imogene Snively and Dr. Tidmore, the town preacher who curiously doubles as a psychologist. Both Imogene and Dr. Tidmore support the belief that Haven’s visions can only mean one thing: demonic presence.

Together with the help of her gay best friend Beau, Haven soon comes to believe that the visions she’s been having of a love affair between herself and a boy named Ethan are not just visions but memories --- maybe even warnings. She learns her struggle isn’t with demons; it’s with herself, circa the 1920s back when she was “Constance.” And if these visions truly are memories, then Iain --- a boy Haven has never met --- must be Ethan. Her discoveries send her to New York, where Haven will seek out the Ouroboros Society, a mysterious organization that brings together people who have led past lives.

Once in the city, Haven meets Iain, who is truly Ethan reincarnated. The dashing millionaire whisks her away on his private jet to a foreign country, trying to spark Haven’s memories of their past together. He convinces her that, despite public suspicions of his involvement in the rock star’s murder, he is innocent. Haven wants to believe him, but is conflicted. Iain has been convicted of murder, not just in this life, but in his past ones as well. She knows. She remembers. And it’s not as though Iain is forthcoming with his secrets. He gives Haven a reason to be suspicious.

So who can she trust? This man who makes her remember a love that has spanned the ages? Or maybe she can trust the Ouroboros Society that claims to want to help her. But there’s something a bit too familiar --- and unsettling --- about the president, Padma Singh. Can Haven even trust herself and her memories? Each vision that comes to her seems to provide another clue to the mysterious deaths of the past, possibly even her own, and she is determined to find out what happened. But her memories are also flawed by being incomplete, showing her only one side of the coin.

Will she solve the mystery before her life is over…again?

This book is a page turner; I found myself engaged by Kirsten Miller’s humor and use of dialogue, as well as Haven’s endearing southern sensibilities. Her trust in Iain is constantly wavering, however, and for that reason readers might find the love story difficult to connect with. Indeed, the love of Haven’s life does not actually happen in Haven’s lifetime. It happened for the first time many lifetimes ago, and it is constantly being thwarted through the ages. It was born well before the beginning of this book. For readers able to imagine that love and accept that it occurred without wholly seeing it, this romance will surely satisfy. THE ETERNAL ONES will keep you on the edge of your seats, hopeful that the lovers will be finally, eternally, reunited.

Reviewed by Jordana Frankel on July 5, 2011

The Eternal Ones
by Kirsten Miller

  • Publication Date: July 5, 2011
  • Genres: Supernatural, Thriller
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • ISBN-10: 1595143750
  • ISBN-13: 9781595143754