The Eternal Ones
By Kirsten Miller
2010, Razorbill, 416 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
WHO CAN HAVEN TRUST? WHO IS HAVEN, ANYWAY? WHAT IS THE TRUTH!?!?!
Pardon my caps lock, but it basically sums up my crazed state of mind while reading this book.
Haven's been having confusing visions of her past lives for as long as she can remember. As she battles through centuries of lies, I felt every moment of her struggle. The twists and turns and uncertainty swept me away. Can she trust Iain Morrow? It seems like the answer to this question changes every 20 pages, and I couldn't put this book down until I knew for sure. I stayed up FAR too late so I could finish it in one sitting.
Haven's experiences in both rural Tennessee and urban NYC really ring true. They should, after all: The author also left her small hometown at age 17 to move to the Big Apple. They say to "write what you know," and I think this is what Miller does best. That's what first impressed me about her Kiki Strike series, also set in Manhattan. Finding underground tunnels and battling über-powerful secret societies suddenly seems plausible when it's intertwined with reality-based details of NYC history and architecture.
Oh, and it's a love story. And Satan is an actual character. C'mon, can you really pass that up?
You might also like: Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, also by Miller, "the tale of the delinquent girl geniuses who keep Manhattan safe." They're for a little younger age group, but I loved 'em nonetheless.