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August 22nd, 2010

YA Shout Out ~ The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

by Gwen

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Oh, the Young Adult genre, how we turn up our noses at you and your readers. You are too brief, slim on plot, deal with problems that we adults no longer face, tend to focus on sparkly vampires or attractively attired werewolves, or the basically undead and/or freakishly paranormal. You know you have had similar thoughts at one time or another. People feel the hate so much so that they need to write posts defending their reading of the genre.

I am here today to change your mind. Well, to tell you to read The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller and she will change your mind.

NEVER has a book had me so glued to its pages. A bomb could have gone off and I could not have put the darn thing down. Dinner? Let them eat leftovers! Laundry? Tomorrow is another day. Shower? Who needs a stinkin’ shower?

Haven Moore is a 17 year old misfit in a small town in Tennessee. She has visions and the whole town thinks she is possessed by a demon. Let me hear ya say Amen. The thing is, these visions are not of death and destruction. They are visions of another life, another time, a fatal fire, and a love so strong that Haven just has to unravel the mystery before she goes batty. They just don’t talk about things like reincarnation in the backwoods of Tennessee, heck, even the snake handlers are outsiders. If she starts talking about past lives, they are going to lock her up in the looney bin.

Her search for the truth behind the visions leads this small town girl to the bright lights of New York, gray men, true love, murder, and a whole cast of seemingly normal, but no where near normal characters.

Is Ethan, her true love? Her murderer? Is he trying to save her or trying to kill her all over again? Who murdered Constance Whitman and are they trying to kill Haven Moore before she learns the truth?

This is Young Adult on steroids with deep characters, a thrilling and ever changing mystery and poses some interesting questions. Is there such a thing as reincarnation? Does love at first sight really exist?

I will give you a passage that hit me in a way that no other ever book has. I have issues with faith and religion and was surprised to be so touched by a piece of dialogue from a fictional snake handling preacher.

The problems come when it’s time to put our faith in things other than the Lord. There’s no doubt that other people can be tricky. But once again, it’s all about listening to your heart. That don’t mean you should ignore what your head’s telling you. But your heart will do a much better job of helping you figure out who’s good and who ain’t. Who deserves your faith, and who doesn’t. If you judge solely by evidence, you could wind up making some big mistakes.

Love and faith go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other. And as we all know, taking that leap of faith ain’t always safe. Sometimes you judge poorly, and you land right on your face. But unless you make the jump, you’ll never know what’s on the other side. You just gotta find the guts to do it.”

I am a big believer in following my heart and jumping, maybe it is time we stop judging and jump into the vast pool that is the Young Adult genre. I know I will and trust me, with writers like Kirsten Miller leading the change, we won’t regret it.

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Hardcover: 416 pages

Publisher: Razorbill (August 10, 2010)

ISBN-10: 1595143084

ISBN-13: 978-1595143082


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August 2nd, 2010

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway

by Gwen

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The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway

This is Young Adult and therefore not in my usual genre, but let me tell you what a great change it was. There are times that I just need to read something that isn’t packing tons of factual information into my brain like nonfiction does and last week was one of those times.

April, May, and June are sisters going through many changes, some normal and well, some are not so normal. Due to their parent’s divorce, they just moved to a new home with their mom and are therefore entering a new high school as well. Not only is there the pressure of a new school and home life, they suddenly have what you might call super powers. One can see the future, one can disappear, and the youngest can read minds.

Before you go thinking that any of these things would be really good to have had in high school, you need to read this and remember something. With great power comes great responsibility. The girls have to learn a lot of about life and their powers before they really can find their place in the world and come to terms with it.

What I really enjoyed about The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June was the relationship between the three sisters. I don’t have any siblings, so I am often drawn toward reading about strong sibling relationships. Call it craving what I can never have or a dream left unfulfilled, it just fills my heart with happiness. The sisters have their tiffs, their vastly different personalities and their different life plans, yet at the end of the day, they pull together and their caring shows.

Thank you Robin Benway for the escape that was The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June. Benway has also written,

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