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Eternal (Tantalize) Hardcover – February 10, 2009
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Grade 9 Up–This dark romance is told in alternating chapters from the perspectives of 17-year-old Miranda and her guardian angel, Zachary, in an alternate America in which vampires and werewolves exist. Early in the novel, Zachary falls from grace as punishment for materializing in his full radiance in a failed attempt to save Miranda from being bitten by a vampire. The tale resumes a year later with the now-vampire Miranda a revered princess living among vampire royalty and feasting regularly on humans. Zachary, meanwhile, has sunk into a life of aimless debauchery and is resigned to never regaining his wings when an archangel suddenly gives him the opportunity to become Miranda's personal assistant. Determined to save his former ward, with whom he has fallen in love, Zachary takes the job. Miranda finds herself drawn to him, and the murders she has carelessly committed begin to weigh on her conscience. With his help, she is determined to find a way to redeem herself and help him return to grace. The plot is occasionally choppy and frequently grisly, and the dialogue seems forced in places. Neither Miranda nor Zachary is particularly likable, and the ending, while logical, is not one that romance fans will favor. The story lacks the elegance of Stephenie Meyer's hugely popular novels, but serious vampire buffs will undoubtedly add the novel to their must-read list.–Leah J. Sparks, formerly at Bowie Public Library, MD
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"Revisits the dark alternate world of Tantalize with a new set of characters. . . . Readers should be hooked . . . up through the action-packed finale." — Publishers Weekly
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Of course... I had to judge for myself, and I'm glad I did.
See, there is this newly formed phenomenon called the "Meyer's Effect" it rears its ugly little head anytime a YA novel is released and spouts the now daunting words "Vampire" and "Romance." Regardless of the premise or plot intentions of the book, people are automatically inclined to compare and contrast it to the "Twilight" series.
Please people, for the love of all that is holy, you have to stop doing this.
"Eternal" was fantastic in an entirely NEW way. The story follows 2 lead characters, Miranda, who due to no fault of her own ends up a vampire, and Zachary, her guardian angel, whom...coincidentally is the reason she is now guzzling blood instead of Sprite.
Zachary, overwhelmed by guilt and self pity turns to a life of drinking and partying, that is... until his boss, Archangel Michael, sends him on a mission.
Save Miranda...and save yourself.
The story is a wonderful journey of determination and the ability to maintain free will, regardless of your current circumstances.
The writing was a tad choppy in places (mostly the beginning) but once the plot was in full swing, I hardly even noticed. I will make it very clear though that I thought the ending was brilliant and fitting, I don't see how softening it would have done the characters any justice. (Trust me when I say this was a matter of much debate in the previously mentioned reviews.)
There were personalized coffins complete with Nascar emblems, 1 serving of maid tongue, a vampire debutant ball, holy water dunking tanks for those who misspeak, the nosiest father on the planet, and one hell of a killer battle scene.
If you like vampires...and you like sarcastic pissy fallen angels...buy the book you will enjoy it. But if you are looking for a smattering of romance and heartfelt speeches, better luck next time, cause this is not for you.
Happy reading my fellow Eternals and remember: cherubs aren't angels, they are just fat little short dudes with curly hair.
While the novel is considered a "young adult" book, I found it to be a very intersting read indeed. The action never seems to faulter but at the same time it is not overdone. Smith knows her readers and with a dash of romance, a little adventure, horror and mayhem, she spins a web of interest that will inevitably keep you bound to this book from beginning to end.