The Eternal Ones (Eternal Ones, #1) by Kirsten Miller
Review by Tempest.
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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At first I all but hated this book. It was slow, somewhat dull, and even annoying. It wasn't until a good hundred or so pages in that things started to get interesting. I love the concept of reincarnation, and even more so the concept of reincarnation happening because of love. The Ouroboros Society adds even more intrigue to this idea, and I was always very curious to see more about the members there and what goes on. The flashbacks that Haven had were all well placed, and it was always interesting reading about them. The down side was that we were also given glimpses of another man early on, yet didn't really get to discover much about him until practically the end of the book. That was an issue I had. There wasn't enough Adam. I don't say this because I love him, because I can't really. I don't know enough about him or their past together to either love or hate him, though I do aim more towards the latter considering the six corpses he's got chilling in a set of drawers. Yeah. That's creepy. There really needed to be more explanation of the two of them, how their past interacts with the one she shared with Iain, as well as how everything all started. We get the basic outline of their story, but the rest...it's a mystery. It left me feeling like there were a lot of unanswered questions that needed to be settled in this book in order to convince the reader into reading the second book. Because we didn't get enough, the whole punch line fell flat. Why is Adam so in love with her? Why is Iain for that matter? There's problem number two I had with this book. Haven. Sometimes I liked her; she was good to her friend Beau and determined to go off on her own and discover the source of her visions. The down side was that she was always so quick to judge. She changed her mind so often, that it was annoying trying to follow her logic. Seriously, one minute she believed Iain and the next a virtual stranger tells her something and she just automatically buys into it. Why? Who knows. It was naive and foolish, which really detracted from my enjoyment of this book. No wonder she died horrible deaths in so many of those past lives. She's not very bright. The obvious totally alluded her almost at every turn, things that someone with half a brain would have been able to pick up on. That was ridiculous. Iain with all his secret keeping wasn't much better half the time. He should have just come clean about everything so that there was never any room for her to doubt him. Honestly, I'm not really sure why I liked the book even as much as I did all things considered. It might have something to do with the concept, as mentioned earlier, and the fact that I was still drawn into the world of the Ouroboros Society. I do plan on continuing with this series, and would recommend this book to anyone who's interested in past lives.