Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Miranda was your everyday teenager. She wished to be popular and wished to have her life in the spotlight; but, whatever she tried, it never seemed to work out.

Zachary tried to help her. He was her Guardian Angel.

Things take a drastic turn when Miranda is taken to the cemetery by her best friend in promise of an exciting evening. An exciting evening it was. Both girls were chased by monsters, Guardian Angel Zachary did the only thing he thought he could do to protect his girl; but, it also was the event that caused him to lose Miranda.

Unhappy with Zachary’s actions, the Arch-Angel Gabriel removed Zachary’s powers and his wings, leaving him as a Fallen Angel on Earth.

Thought lost, Miranda was “killed” and raised once more by the king of the Underworld to be his princess.

Zachary is soon given a chance to redeem himself. Sent to Chicago to kill a nasty bloodsucker, he meets the princess only to discover who she is. Will he save Miranda from the fate he led her to, or will he die in the process?

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the author of Eternal and Tantalize. Both books take place in the same universe, and the characters from both books will soon crossover in her soon-to-be released novel Blessed.

Eternal is the first novel I have read by Smith, and though it was interesting, I felt there was so much going on that it was hard to follow. There were many fantastic ideas in the book, but they got lost in the rushed pace.

Plot lines include the story of:
· Miranda trying to become the picture perfect princess for her new father
· Zachary attempting to get his Guardian Angel powers back
· Miranda’s best friend Lucy trying to find her

This book also comes at a time when I have found that many authors are on the bandwagon, feeling the need to write about vampires, werewolves, witches, and all those things that creep in the night. I felt bombarded by the amount of fantasy in the real life setting within the 320-page book.

This book has a lot going on in it, it is like a movie where you cannot miss one detail or else you will be lost in something else that will happen in the novel.

If you enjoy fast-paced and eventful books this is for you. A spine-full of fantasy and with no bounds, Eternal will take you for a trip and allow you to connect with all types of characters

Conclusion: Eternal was not for me, too much going on and in the end some lingering details that were not closed.

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