“Haven’s eyes glanced up at the action. A tan, handsome young man slid out of a black Mercedes as camera flashes sparkled in the car’s windshield. For a moment, he stared back at the paparazzi, his face dark and unreadable. Then, unexpectedly, a corner of his mouth curled into a grin.
“Ethan,” Haven whispered. A blaze ignited at the tips of her toes. As it began to burn its way upward, Haven felt her knees buckle beneath her.”
- pg. 8 of ‘The Eternal Ones’
The Eternal Ones Series falls under the category of supernatural romance entirely. But, it puts a unique twist on the old story, by picking a theme that’s as old and unexplored as the myth of vampires. This is reincarnation.
Haven is an easygoing seventeen-year old girl designer with a gay best friend named Beau in a Southern town called Snope City. Beau’s a social pariah because of his openness about his sexual orientation in a conservative, homophobic town in Tennessee. Haven’s equally as shafted because she is believed to be the devil’s spawn for passing out whenever she has an ‘incident’. These incidents are actually visions, or memories of the last life she led as Constance, the sweet and rich New York girl madly in love with a man named Ethan.
She starts to discover her past bit by bit as she travels to New York City, following her glimpsing a man with a smile mysteriously identical to Ethan’s, on TV. It’s the smile of gorgeous and completely arrogant yet irresistible Iain Morrow, an actor under suspicion for killing an old friend.
This is a captivating and extremely entertaining book. I couldn’t put the first one down. While The Eternal Ones doesn’t touch on any serious issues, Haven/Constance and Ethan/Iain’s romance is intriguingly dangerous, and very erratic. During the whole first book, Haven wars with what she’s been told by more than a few untrustworthy people, and her instinct and undeniable love for Iain. The identity of the villain is hard to pinpoint right away, but when it’s officially unveiled, it’s surprising, exciting, and more than a little creepy.
If you decide to read this book, and want more, the second book is just as charming, although it seems as though the author was desperate for a storyline, and kept adding unnecessary drama. But, if you’re dying to know what happens as much as I was, you won’t really mind! Check it out.
On a side note, I found something really cool when I was researching the book, wondering if the scarily corrupt and powerful New York reincarnation society in the book, the Ouroboros Society, was real. This is a fabricated (I think!) website for the Society, which Haven discovers she was a member of in her past life, and where everyone with exceptional talents due to having lived previous lives go, to be with others like them.