A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teen girls may quickly devour this book -- and then look for other mysteries and romances to read. See our recommended lists for some other ideas.
While Haven and Beau are immediately outcast from their small town community, one for being eccentric and the other for being gay, they learn to stay true to themselves
Positive Role Models
There are many role models in this book, some heroic and others anti-heroes. Haven is a respectful and independent girl who makes decisions based on personal preference and facts, rather than emotion. She remains level-headed when an opportunity arises to chase romantic love, and learns to have faith in others. Ethan is a chivalric, honest man who will go to necessary extremities to defend his honor and love for Constance.
Violence & Scariness
Murder mysteries appear throughout the novel. The main character, Haven, comes to realize that she may or may not have been the victim of more than one murder in her various past lives. The violence is not explicit and written in the third person.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Haven is a young woman who literally meets the man of her "dreams." Once they are reunited there is talk of sex and desire, but nothing teen readers can't handle. There are also frequent sexual innuendos that come from Haven's homosexual best friend, Beau.
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Occasional cursing and use of the word "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Car models and fashion labels are used to define characters. Also, the characters rely on gossip magazines and television shows, such as Access Hollywood.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Marta Vega, a secondary character, has a heroin problem. There are a few scenes where her "track marks" and syringes are visible. However, her substance abuse problem is not glamorized and eventually overcome. Seventeen year-old Haven also mentions that most of her peers smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this page-turning mystery features three murders -- and the protagonist wonders if she was victim of more than one murder in her various past lives. The book romanticizes love at first sight, and there is talk about sex and desire -- though nothing teen readers will be shocked by. There are also frequent sexual innuendos that come from Haven's homosexual best friend, Beau. This book explores themes of identity, faith, and the afterlife: Haven is raised to believe that Christianity is the only true faith until circumstances encourage her to explore the possibility of reincarnation. Readers also will get messages about staying true to yourself: Haven is a respectful and independent girl, who, while treated like an outsider, continues to believe in herself.
Is It Any Good?
Kristen Miller's imagination is alluring and very entertaining. She has created likable characters and suspenseful events that keep the reader hooked and excited for more. THE ETERNAL ONES is rich with a mixture of literary genres that will appeal to some, but come across as scatter-brained and confusing to others. Although the theme of chivalric love and a single soul mate for eternity may cause some to roll their eyes, the way in which Miller utilizes mystery, romance, satire, and fantasy offers something for everyone. The open ending invites reader imagination -- and possible sequels.
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