Thursday, August 26, 2010
Author: Kirsten Miller
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin)
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from Publisher
$17.99, 416 pages
Release Date: August 10, 2010
This is a bit of a re-cap. I reviewed this book in the winter, long before it was released. Now that's it's in the stores, I want to remind you about it again. I received this ARC from Ben Schrank, president and publisher of Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin during the Winter Conference of the Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators (SCBWI) in New York. He was gracious enough to make a few available and I am grateful that he did.
Prior to receiving this ARC, I was unfamiliar with the author, Kirsten Miller. I am now aware that she has written a critically-acclaimed series called Kiki Strike. I believe THE ETERNAL ONES is going to be her break out novel.
Wow. Where do I begin. This book is chocked full of so many delicious twists and turns, it will keep you riveted to your seat, and quickly turning the page to get to the bottom of all that is going on. Let me begin with the blurb on the back.
Haven Moore has always lived in the tiny town of Snope City, Tennesse. But for as long as she can remember, Haven has experienced visions of a past life as a girl named Constance, whose love for a boy called Ethan ended in a fiery tragedy.
One day, the sight of notorious playboy Iain Morrow on television brings Haven to her knees. Haven flees to New York City to find Iain and there, she is swept up in an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Is Iain her beloved Ethan? Or is he her murderer in a past life? Haven asks members of the powerful and mysterious Ouroboros Society to help her unlock the mysteries of reincarnation and discover the secrets hidden in her past lives and loves before all is lost and the cycle begins again. But what is the Ouroboros Society? And how can Haven know who to trust?
While this book is being marketed as a YA romance/love story, I was pleasantly surprised to discover it is just as strongly a riveting mystery and suspense novel. It very skillfully and cleverly weaves these elements together to keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. It's a real whodunit and why? When you think you have an idea about who's the murderer, who burned down the house, why this and why that, the author, Kirsten Miller takes you down another road filled with intrigue and questions. I never thought of myself as a reader of mystery or suspense, but THE ETERNAL ONES have given me a reason to rethink this. It also has scenes that were laugh out loud funny.
I believe this is the first of a two-book deal. At the end of it, many questions were answered, but there are many more places for this story to go. I am so looking forward to the second book to learn more about Haven's saga.
The Eternal Ones is the first ARC I ever received and I'm keeping it for sentimental reasons, but lucky for one of you, the publisher was kind enough to sent me another copy, this one with the new and final cover. It is this ARC that I will be giving away. If you would like the opportunity to receive it, become a follower if you're not already. Leave a comment that includes your email, so you can be contacted if you win. That is all.
Giveaway will end on Sunday, August 29. Winner will be chosen randomly using Random.org
Open to residents of the US and Canada only.
Thanks again to Ben Schrank for making this super advanced copy available long before release date.