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The Eternal Ones (Eternal Ones #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  9,555 ratings  ·  1,242 reviews
Have you ever fallen in love at first sight?
Do you long for a place you're never been?
Do you often experience the sensation of deja vu?

she's experienced visions of a previous life as a girl named Constance, whose love for her soulmate Ethan ended in tragedy.

And then the sight of the world's hottest movie star, Ian Morrow, brings Haven
Paperback, 410 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Penguin Group (first published August 1st 2010)
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Jacque Because in the south, family is everything and the elders are supposed to represent wisdom and is a figure of high esteem and respect. I say this, not…moreBecause in the south, family is everything and the elders are supposed to represent wisdom and is a figure of high esteem and respect. I say this, not only being a southerner but also because Kirsten Miller is posing Haven's family as a traditional southern family, complete with a white picket fence. And though they do allow people to know about Haven, the reason being is to have pity points. In traditional southern culture, nothing got past that white picket fence and everything was perfect as far as the neighbors could tell. But Haven's situation was too public and so her grandmother goes to religious professionals so the neighbors know something is being done about Haven and that whether or not Haven get's better, she herself as a good Christian woman tried and should be pitied for it.(less)

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Jenn Estepp
my disappointment of the year.

i kinda hated it. and i'm trying to decide how negative i want to be with this commentary, because if i give into my urges, it will be a non-stop rant. and i will straight up admit that part of this comes because i love the kiki strike books so very, very much and as such i have certain expectations of miller. which did not even come close to being met with this one. meaning that if this were written by someone else, it would probably garner maybe one star more. bu
The PR firm that handled this title did one hell of a job, believe me. I had heard all kinds of good things about this one, and was resigned to waiting for paperback to come out, when a coworker lent it to my mother, who I promptly stole it from.


I know it gets said a lot, but Haven might be one of the stupidest and most frustrating young adult heroines I've ever encountered. The entire second half of the book consisted of:

1. Haven spends time with Ethan, thinking about how very pretty he is,
***Contains some spoilers from the first chapters*** Through all her childhood Haven Moore had flashbacks to earlier lives as different persons – that of Constance Whitman, a woman living and dying in the New York of the 1920s in particular. Her parents believed her, because a small child could not possibly have invented so many facts about buildings, circumstances and persons. After her father’s tragic death things started to look different, though: Haven’s mother sank into depression, to weak ...more
I’m starting to think that it is pretty much impossible to do these eternal love stories really well. I’ll probably keep looking for one though, because I think the idea is really wonderful. This book centers on Haven Moore, a 16 year old girl from East Tennessee and her eternal (via reincarnation) love affair. Throw in some bad guys who are after Haven and her man, and you have your story.

The issue with stories like these is that because of this supposed eternal connection of souls, there is no
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I am very picky about my romances, especially when it comes to the notorious minefield that YA romances has become. With the paranormal YA genre populated with instant love, jerkiness masquerading as love, tragic live with no consequences, obsessive love and stalking as love, it’s all become a little depressing. With “The Eternal Ones” we have an emphasis on reincarnation with romance, something that was touched upon with disastrous incompetence by Lauren Kate in “Fallen.” When I was working in ...more
Daisy Chain Books
If you’re looking for a fresh, exciting new read, then this book is for you! With her tale of love across the ages, Kirsten Miller has turned the paranormal romance genre on it’s head and delivered a completely unique tale, one which I can pretty much guarantee will keep you enthralled right until the last page. The Eternal Ones is the first book in an exciting new Young Adult series, and I have to say, I can‘t wait to get my hands on the sequel! I’ve always been interested in themes of reincarn ...more
‘The Eternal Ones’ is Kirsten Miller’s first stand-alone YA novel.

For as long as Haven can remember she has loved a boy called Ethan. When she was just a child Haven would often speak about having to find Ethan Evans in New York City, and she would refer to herself as Constance Whitman. Haven scared her parents by having ‘fainting spells’ and waking with clear memories of another life in New York City and the love of a man named Ethan.
In her small Tennessee bible-belt town of Snope City Haven qu
I had been waiting for over a year for our library to order this book so it was with much anticipation to finally be able to delve into this mystery.

Which lasted about 61 pages. I. just. can't. go. on....

First off, I'm not a big fan of the 3rd person POV--especially with YA; and unless the author is a very talented writer, the 3rd person perspective ends up making it sound like a narration from a screenplay.

Miller is case-in-point. There were about 5 pages covering 2 short chapters where there w
I’ve been excited to read this book for forever and that’s why it was even more disappointing when I couldn’t get into it—and was sorely tempted to throw it across the room as I got farther and farther into it. I know a lot of people have really enjoyed this book, but I am not one of them. I got nearly 200 pages in, cut somewhere in the back and basically got the whole story.

There were two things that really ate at me. The writing and the characters.

The writing:

One of the first things that struc
Elii Vela

Haven Moore creció teniendo esas visiones de una vida pasada, a lo largo de los años, su vida se ha complicado por ese "don" que posee de recordar lo que vivió en otros tiempos. Su amor del pasado, Ethan, ha reaparecido y ella tiene que encontrarlo, tiene que descubrir lo que Constance desea que Heven sepa en esta vida, así que sin nada que la detenga en su pequeña ciudad, se embarca en un viaje lleno de sinsabores, de eventos frustrados, situaciones extrañas y muchas malas influencias. ¿Có
Before I begin my review, I’d like to talk about reading lest I come over as pretentious in my thoughts and observations about the books I read. Before I started taking classes that dealt with analyzing literature, I used to be able to jump into a book and surf the plot to the finish without any other thought than my enjoyment of it. I read the story but I didn’t read what the characters said and did beyond their presence in the book. To elaborate, I was entirely unaware of the stories that the ...more
The Novel Strumpet
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If this book had a face, I would punch it.

Seriously, I can't really even describe why I dislike this book so much. The premise could have been really awesome, I find past lives and reincarnation really interesting. It was so so so poorly written and the plot pretty much never went anywhere. Everytime there was a "twist" (I'm not stupid, I can see whats coming!) I had to roll my eyes. The main character goes back and forth and back and forth and back and forth so many damn times that I wanted to
Terrible. Reading this book was very frustrating because I could see it had potential to be a great book. The idea of incarnation and love that spans lifetimes was good, but the execution was so awful.

The writing was painfully amateurish. The dialogue was annoying and unrealistic, filled with several exclamation marks for emphasis! The main character was colorless and lifeless. The side characters were caricatures and seemed really...stupid. I don't mean that as an insult, I literally mean they
What I found most interesting about my read-through of THE ETERNAL ONES was that the romance wasn’t the strongest point at all; in fact, I thought it was kind of weak. We literally know nothing about Ethan/Iain, except that they loved Haven in a past life… hardly any discernible character traits, and most of the plot you’re split by the possibility that Iain is a cold blooded killer. (Hardly soul mate material.) And I couldn’t find any reason for them to be together at all… even their romance in ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: This was a good read filled with epic romance, a good mystery, and fun characters. It was a little slow at first, but it picked up nicely towards the middle.

Opening Sentence: Haven was back.

The Review:

Haven Moore lives in a small town called Snope City, Tennessee. She has lived there her whole life, but she has always felt that she lived another life. She has had visions ever since she was a little girl of a woman named Constance. Constanc
So glad this is NOT a trilogy or series. Hard enough to get through this one. Haven was TSTL most of the book and so wishy-washy I wanted to smack her. Her emotions went something like this...

To best friend Beau - "I'm dreaming about this super rich guy in NY. We were in love in a past life and i must find him. We're meant to be together." then off she runs to NY soon thereafter where she promptly finds soul mate Iain. "oh Iain! I love you!"

Bad guys want to kill her and keep sending their goon
It's really sad this book didn't turn out better.

At first I thought it was terrible. And the beginning is - shallow, superficial, and uninviting. I thought the dialogue was horrendous in the first few chapters; Miller was trying too hard to drum up new and unique characters but just made them sound like trailer park trash instead of teenagers, and made the dialogue awkward and rough. I also found the setting of "Snope City, Tennessee", though kudos to Miller for doing something different, a bad
Yep, I am officially soured on supernatural romances, particularly ones that are so pedestrian in their writing, create characters that rarely, if ever, coalesce into people emerging from pages, and mangle reincarnation and southern religion into something that seems to understand or honor neither. Please, if you have read a quality paranormal romance, send me the title. I know my YA clientle isn't picky, but yuck--really? I plan to give this book to my 11-year-old daughter, and uncritical littl ...more
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Sep 04, 2011 Kristi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kristi by: Rachael
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I feel as though it's been a long time since I read this book. And it has, about a year and a half has passed. Still, the feeling that I want to read more has lingered even up to now. That's how much I enjoyed it.

In a simple summary, there's a society in which deals with people who've lived (and loved) in past lives. I believe the main girl, Haven, finds out that she is in fact one of these people. A boy named Iain becomes involved and by the end of the book, the society and its concept are all
Wisteria Leigh
My thoughts:[return]The Eternal Ones arrived in my mailbox on Friday. I sometimes peruse through books I receive for review just to get a sense of the book. When I read the first few paragraphs, I became engrossed, planted in my chair for hours. The skeptic in me says there is no such thing as love at first sight. The woman in me says perhaps there truly is. With my daily schedule put on hold, I was held captive by this romantic suspense. Kirsten Miller creates the perfect mystery with surprise ...more
Bien, este libro lo compré con muchas ganas, la edición es preciosa y la escritora tiene una forma bastante ligera de explicar las cosas, es decir, no es un libro que se haga pesado, pero si que, almenos desde mi punto de vista, te hace creer una cosa que no és. Me explicaré; Kristen ponia menajes de por medio por el libro que me hicieron pensar que Iain, el supuesto Ethan, no era tal, si no que era un impostor que se hacía pasar por Ethan para enamorar a Haven -Constance-.

Poniendo esos pensami
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 i ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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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

I was very intrigued in this book, but mainly because every other turn of the page I was waiting for something bigger to come along that would weave the story better together. Everything is so basic about this book and very VERY predictable. This is a list of parts where I honestly questioned how experienced this author was.
1. Romance in third-person. NO.
2. Literally more than half the book is about the awful life Haven leads and its very damsel-in-distress like. I didn't
Steph Su
THE ETERNAL ONES is a “wow” of a novel. The story started a little shakily, but then I was captivated by the uniqueness, writing style, and romance that Kirsten Miller does so well.

I will state up front that this book will not be for everyone. It reminded me most of Nina Malkin’s SWOON, with its gorgeous writing, mystical mysteries, and a romance so all-consuming it makes you feel like you’re swimming underwater with no chance to come up for air. There is a certain level of suspension of disbeli
So I’ve mentioned this before about a hundred times but I am a huge sucker for romance in novels so from simply reading the blurb of The Eternal Ones I was sure I’d fall in love with it I mean the whole premise of eternal love and searching every lifetime for your soulmate super duper romantic. Alas however romance was seriously lacking, I mean there was a bit but not much at all, the story was more of a mystery which worked quite well as it had me double guessing myself a couple of times, I tho ...more
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