Sunday, March 6, 2011

Eternal Review

Jez, I haven't posted in a while. Grr.  I don't like myself for not doing that.  But anyway I have a really good post for everyone.  Go get this book. 

Eternal by Cythia Leitich Smith
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: 307
Genre: Paranormal Romance
From: Library

With diabolical wit, the author of TANATALIZE 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 and adopted by none other than the reigning King of the Mantle of Dracul, Miranda goes from high-school theater wannabe to glamorous royal fiend overnight. Meanwhile, her reckless and adoring guardian angel, Zachary, demoted to human guise as the princess's personal assistant, has his work cut out for him trying to save his girl's soul and plan the Master's fast-approaching Death Day gala. In alternating points of view, Miranda and Zachary navigate a cut-throat eternal aristocracy as they play out a dangerous and darkly hilarious love story for the ages.

From the Compact Disc edition.

      Way better than the synopsis makes it sound, trust me.  I LOVED the ending!  I want to just pick up Tantalize and dig into it (since I read this one first). Some books start out good then fade with progression.  This book started good ( a little confusing, but nothing slower reading couldn't solve) then got better and ended with a bang.  This author is really talented.
       Zachary was a very real character, and offered a very interesting perspective as a guardian angel.  I love how he's conflicted even though he's an angel, and still grows as a person.  He's proof that God is forgiving.  Miranda was great. In the beginning she's a teenager with low self-esteem, then by the end she's a bad-ass vampire princess starting to discover who she really is.  In the back it says characters from Eternal will be in "Blessed", I can't wait. 
        The plot was very well paced.  Every scene of romance, action, and paranormal added suspense that had me flipping pages even though I had started "Once in a Full Moon" first and probably should have finished it before getting half way through this book. 
        All of the mentions of God and angels offered a very interesting perspective.  I mean, in other books about angels God appears to be MIA and not very loving and forgiving at all.  In Eternal, he's referred to as "The Big Boss" and he's on Zachary's side even though he's a "fallen" angel.  Also, it's said that every human has a guardian angel, whether they believe in them or no.  This offered me quite a bit of comfort for my atheist friends because they're awesome people just because they don't believe in God doesn't mean they shouldn't go to heaven.  This also answered the "Which religion is the right religion?" question.  Answer: Anything you believe, your okay, your guardian angel doesn't discriminate. 

Characters: 9
Plot: 9
Suspense: 9
Theme: 10
Pace: 9
Mood: 9 
Cover: 9
Overall: 9.1 - Awesome I can see why there would be hype on this book series. (even though there really should be more)

sequel: Blessed

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