The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller (review copy) - Haven Moore has always known she's different: there are the talents that can't be explained; the knowledge of places she's never been; and then there are the visions that overwhelm her - terrifying visions of a life that ended tragically two decades earlier and more than a thousand miles away in New York City. The citizens of Haven's rural, highly religious community, believe that she's been possessed by a demon. But this is no demon: it's reincarnation. Haven journeys all the way to Manhattan in search of clues about her past life and a decades-old murder. One wrong move could lead her into the clutches of the sinister villain at the center of a conspiracy much larger than she could have ever imagined. But if she makes the right choices, Haven will find the answers she's been seeking her entire life. This is an epic and thrilling romance set in the snake-handling churches of Appalachia, the dusty ruins of ancient Rome, and the grand mansions of Manhattan. The Eternal Ones tells the story of the first battle in a war between undying love and eternal evil. From Amazon UK
Oh my word, I cannot tell you how amazing this book is! It's just brilliant! So intriguing and mysterious, and dangerous! I loved it!
I really don't know what to say about the characters. I really liked Haven, but sometimes I felt she made so many bad decisions and judged things badly, but I loved her at the beginning of the novel having to battle against the discrimination of the people living in the small town. She was strong, and she seemed so interesting, but as soon as she met Iain, I felt she lost a bit of her personality by how obsessed she was by him. I wasn't a big fan of Iain right from the start. There was just something about him that put me off; he ordered Haven around, and sometimes shejust did as he wished. As the book progresses you kind of understand why, but I still say he went about things all wrong. Not a fan. However, I do love Beau and Earl Frizzell! I thought they were just awesome!
The plot itself is just so interesting, and I can't really get into it without spoiling it. There's more than just the whole reincarnation theme, it kind of becomes secondary. There are people who have past lives, and they have a group, but there is so much more going on. Secrets and lies, plots and schemes, and danger like you wouldn't believe! There isn't action in fighting terms, but there is a lot of heart in your mouth moments. It's thrilling and exciting, and, oooh, I loved it!
The twist! Oooh, the twist! I worked it out as I was getting closer to it, but I was still amazed! Even though I worked it out, I was telling myself that I was wrong, surely not! But it's pretty great, and creepy, and oh, I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book!
I am so sorry that I can't go into much more detail about this book, but it's so complicated, I don't want to accidentally give anything away. But you must read it! It's aboslutely amazing, and I can't wait for the next installment in August 2011. Read this, I can't recommend it enough! And check out the promo websites linked below, they're so cool!
Thank you to Puffin for sending me a review copy.
Published: 19th August 2010
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