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Eternal (Tantalize #2)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  7,639 Ratings  ·  599 Reviews
Now in paperback! With diabolical wit, the author of TANTALIZE revisits a deliciously dark world where vampires vie with angels — and girls just want to have fangs.

At last, Miranda is the life of the party: all she had to do was die. Elevated by none other than the King of the Mantle of Dracul, she goes from high-school theater wannabe to glamorous fiend overnight. Meanwhi
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Candlewick (first published February 10th 2009)
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Gunne
Girl has guardian angel who loves her.
Girl is turned into a vampire against her will.
Her guardian angel breaks the rules to try and save her.
Her guardian angel is stripped of his wings and radiance.
Hence the story of a fallen angel who loves a vampire princess.

I love the concept of this. I really do. It's like a middle finger to Stephenie Meyer: "You think it's cool to have a vampire fall in love with a human? Let me show you the kind of extremities you can really indulge in, you half-wit pseudo
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Misty Baker
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
6 or 7 months ago I ran across this book and instantly felt the need to read it, unfortunately (as would be my luck) there was no Kindle version. So there I was… watching it taunt me from my wish list until finally I decided to put my big girl panties on and actually purchase the physical book. This final shove into adulthood however, did not come without reservation, after 7 months of updated comments and crap reviews, I was a little bit doubtful of how good it was actually going to be.

Of cours
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Tamora Pierce
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
This is the quirkiest tale I've read in a long time! Guardian Angel Zachary loses his wings and his status when he interferes with his charge's good death and Miranda becomes the vampire king's newly adopted daughter. Now Zachary must pull himself out of his drunken tailspin and see if he can salvage what's left of the coolest young vampire's soul before it's too late for either of them--if it can be done. After all, in Miranda's new life she's rich, popular, adored by her new father, dressed to ...more
Jeanine
After reading "Tantalize" I didn't know what to expect from "Eternal". I didn't expect for vampires and guradian angels to be thrown in a novel together, that's for sure.I really enjoyed this story and loved how Zachary's and Miranda's relationship unfolded.
I would have given this book a five-star rating if it weren't for the lack of emmotion during certain times in the book where emmotions should have been so high that the reader's heart's ache for both Miranda and Zachary.
Overall, I loved how
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Set in the same present day, alternate reality world as Smith's first book, Tantalize (which I haven't read), a world of shape-shifting vampires living on the fringe, of were-animals of all kinds, and some very sexy angels, Eternal is a sweet story with some pretty gruesome touches.

Miranda has always been the shy, quiet one, following along in her best friend Lucy's shadow, eyeing cute boy Geoff from afar, aspiring to theatre but lacking the confidence to get up on stage. Her parents are divorce
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Kristy
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars (generous)

Okay, so it wasn't to terribly horrible. It is a completely different story and set of charaters from 'Tantalize'. When I first started reading and it seemed to be going in the route of guardian angels, I was on board. But, as the story develops it's really more about vampires, which is okay I guess, but something was not working for me in this one at all.

Book info: Miranda is a typical shy-girl teenager who just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. She goes to
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Parthena
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The writing style definitely seemed geared more towards young adults than adults, but this was one of the most sad yet inspiring romance stories I've ever read, in mostly a good way.

The story opens as young Miranda, unpopular and awkward, tries to live life a little more dangerously in order to impress her more popular and edgy friend. They creep into a graveyard at night to meet some guys they have just met, and, unfortunately, this is her entry way into the life of the undead as she is attack
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Chloe
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this at some point a few years ago, and it was the worst book I've ever tried to read. Terrible writing, terrible cliches, nothing makes sense. It's a shame that one of my favourite kinds of mythology was ruined so much by this.
Bark's Book Nonsense
I have not read book one in this series and listened to this as an unabridged audio borrowed from the library (love my library!).

Miranda is an ordinary enough shy teen struggling with belonging, cliques and all of that high school stuff that means nothing once you graduate. She humiliates herself by trying out of for the school theater group and plans to spend yet another Valentine's Day watching movies with her best friend because neither have a boyfriend. But their plans change and she ends u
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Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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MY THOUGHTS
Technically, this book is a companion to another book, Tantalize, but there is hardly anything connecting the two books. To be honest, I wasn't that big of a fan of Tantalize, but I already had a copy of this book, so I decided to read it anyway.

This book has two points of view: Miranda and Zachary. Zachary is a guardian angel and Miranda is his charge. When Miranda ends up being turned into a vampire princess, Zachary loses h
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Trin
Cynthia Leitich Smith read all that hoopla about angels being the new vampires and wings supplanting fangs as the primacy source of teen wangst, and she was like, “Whatever, bitches, I GOT BOTH.” She’s also got a sense of humor, which really, really helps a lot. Eternal features a guardian angel named Zachary, the highlight of whose life existence is “shower time” with his charge Miranda naked under the spray—at least until, whoopsidaisy, he lets Miranda get turned into a vamp. Pervy angels, leg ...more
Adrienne
I've given this 4 stars because I really don't know what to make of this and 3 stars seems very mean for something that I actually quite enjoyed so I guess really it's a 3 1/2 but again that seems wrong! Ok all this sounds a little contradictory but the story was good, the vampire world was unusual as the vamps were mean, nasty, blood thirsty types,and the angel thing was good even though there's alot of that going on now, there were subtle elements of other darker things which I quite liked too ...more
Holly
I didn't have very high expectations for Eternal because I didn't particularly enjoy Tantalize. So I was pleasantly surprised when it became an interesting read.

Zachary is Miranda's guardian angel...and he's in love with her. When Miranda becomes a vampire, Zachary is blamed and must correct things. With the help of a friend or two, he sets out. I don't want to say much more for fear of spilling something.

I really liked the guardian angel aspect of the story. I love angels and Zachary was so pur
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Mary
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh.
Just meh.
Boring, cute story with forgettable characters.
I own(ed) a copy of this, or else I wouldn't have bothered finishing it.
Cindy
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Zachary is an angel – literally. He’s had many charges over the years but being Miranda’s guardian angel is his toughest gig yet. See, he’s in love with her and love just complicates everything. Deep down Zachary knows that he would do anything to keep her safe – he’d even risk his own position in heaven. When Miranda heads out one night with her friend, Zachary sees trouble coming a mile off – trouble of the vampire kind. In the process of trying to protect Miranda from becoming a meal, Zachary ...more
Liviania
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zachary's pretty new to the guardian angel gig, but he's doing well enough. Sure, he's fallen in love with his current charge, but what's the worst that could happen? He could save her from a broken neck only to usher her into the arms of a fate worse than death. Not that Miranda sees it that way - she's now beautiful, powerful, and respected. All she has to do is deal with her periodically abusive "father."

I remember TANTALIZE coming out because users on a forum I frequent (Sheroes Central) kep
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Karin
Did you read TANTALIZE and love it? Maybe you haven’t even heard of it. Either way it doesn’t matter. ETERNAL is set in the same world as TANTALIZE, but takes place earlier in the timeline. Completely different characters grace the pages of ETERNAL that you will grow to love. Reading TANTALIZE first isn’t necessary, so in February when ETERNAL hits the shelves run to the bookstore and get your copy.

Miranda is a quiet and shy typical teenage girl.

Zachary is her Guardian Angel (GA).

Miranda has no
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Yan
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I still have yet to read Tantalize which is sitting on my bookshelf right now so I had no idea as to what to expect from Ms. Smith. I think Eternal fulfilled my expectations.

Eternal captivated me from the very beginning and carried me throughout the entire novel. There were short interludes scattered about with Miranda’s best friend’s blog post and an email passed through the angels. While I normally would not appreciate such distractions I found it to be quite fun. It’s like a short commercial
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Cait
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ETERNAL is a dark, intriguing story about falling from grace, and redemption.

The book alternates between two POVs – Zachary and Miranda. Even though each chapter is titled with the name of the character who is currently ’speaking’, so you don’t get mixed up, I wouldn’t have needed it. I found it easy to distinguish between Miranda’s and Zachary’s voices. Each of them had their own distinct personality and style of thought, and I really enjoyed getting to see events from both their perspectives.

I
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DayDreamer
It was okay. Miranda was made into the princess, left home and that's it. No , oh I wonder how Mum and Dad are doing now that I have left them forever out of the blue. She doesn't even mention home , apart from one time where she mentions her friend that is writing an online blog trying to find her. I can't believe she didn't mention her parents' or even miss them. They were out of the picture so fast and that was it. I was like...okay, like that's believable. Zachary is a good guy, and I liked ...more
Kirsti
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Vampires/Angels fiction
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this novel, and was pleasantly surprised. Vampire fiction is among my favorite kind, but angel fiction, with the rare exception, are mainly badly written and make me want to vomit. Not the case here, lets make that clear!

The story was interesting, and like none I've read before. Zachary is the guardian angel to the shy, Shakespeare loving Miranda. But all that changes when Miranda accompanies her best friend to the cemetery one night so Lucy can meet
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Shanon
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't felt very lucky in my choices of Young Adult books lately. Luckily, this one broke that streak. I really enjoyed the main characters. Seeing the 'evil' side of vampires was a nice change of pace. In fact, it kind of reminded me of Pretty When She Dies: A Vampire Novel only with a Young Adult twist. The comparison is a compliment because I absolutely loved Pretty When She Dies!

Eternal has absolutely nothing to do with the first book, Tantalize, but from what I understand the characters
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Ashley
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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Amor Diwa
I was expecting a lot from this novel because of the unique concept of an angel, who is Zachary, falling in love with the person he's suppose to guard (Miranda) who happened to be transformed into a vampire. Nice twist in terms of pairing. However, all the excitement ended there. The progression of the story is slow that im almost done reading the book and yet nothing is happening. there were also some scenes when I thought that it could have been a perfect moment for both characters and yet it ...more
Kirstin
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Frezanda
The idea of the story is great. A guardian angel who tried to save his charge who was made into vampire. But, I don't particularly like the writing style. Even though I was motivated to like the characters but they just don't engage my sympathy or emotion as the story progress. I feel the story more focused on the gruesomeness of the vampire/eternal clan instead of the characters' personalities. The violence is also a major turn off for me. I mean Miranda, the supposed heroine, managed to incine ...more
Victoria Scott
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was much better than I expected, honestly. The protagonist, Miranda, gets turned into a Vampire. But not just any vampire, Princess to Dracula. What makes this book different is Miranda's acceptance of her new life; or better yet, LOVE for her new life. It's not long before she's swinging axes, draining humans of blood, acting like royalty, and doing other dirty deeds with a smile on her face.

This book was well-written, and moved quickly. Overall, a great read!


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Kristen
I have to say - it's not everyday a main character is genuinely evil. Not that Miranda had any choice. She went to meet some boys in a graveyard with her girlfriend and guess what? They were vampires. Unfortunately for her guardian angel (the studly Zachary), she turns into a vampire princess, but he can't help but try to find and help her, even as she is certainly undead.

I just loved this book. It's nice to see vampires portrayed a bit differently than usual.
Raina
Jan 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of a fun mashup of vampire and judeo-christian lore. The story of a guardian angel who falls in love with his charge, then she turns into a vampire and things get complicated. Enjoyable, and I was amused that the angel's name was Zachary (same name as one of our library angels). Not engrossing, but that could be because I was listening to it. The narrators weren't that great.
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She has me there. "Fine, I'll go. But when Kurt leads his minions in a march around the cemetary with our heads on sticks, don't say I didn't warn you.”
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