» Eternal, Cynthia Leitich Smith

Posted November 27, 2009 by / 0 comments

Eternal, Cynthia Leitich SmithEternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Published by Candlewick Press on 2010-03-02
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
2 Stars

At last, Miranda is the life of the party: all she had to do was die. Elevated by none other than the King of the Mantle of Dracul, she goes from high-school theater wannabe to glamorous fiend overnight. Meanwhile, her guardian angel, Zachary, demoted to human guise as her personal assistant, has his hands full saving his girl’s soul while planning a fast-approaching Death Day gala. In alternating viewpoints, Miranda and Zachary navigate a cut-throat aristocracy as they play out a dangerous, diabolically witty love story for the ages.

My Thoughts

Green swirlsOkay, seriously?   Kinda…….. annoying!  I finished it and it appear to have a pretty good ending but OMG the entire first 3/4 of the book just about put me to sleep it was so boring.

The last few chapters were written very well.  They held my interest.  They climaxed at the end of each chapter to anticipate the next.  Questions were answered.  Really good final quarter.  The fact that I had to work so hard to remain focused to finish the book though seriously dropped my rating.

I give it at best a 2 and that’s being generous in my opinion.  I almost never finished it so it almost got a 1 but the last few chapters redeemed itself.

Love the cover!  It’s a beautiful cover.   But.. you know what they say about covers.

The male “hero” character of the book was a complete wuss until way late in the book!  The female lead character showed no strength until way late in the book.  Other characters, which had major potential of being great only had bit roles and we learned very little of them.  After I read the first couple of chapters online I thought that this book was going to be great and I was sorely disappointed.

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Not For Me

About Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia’s fiction is noted for its diversity, humor, lyricism, and mid-to-southwestern settings. Still early in her career, she has shown tremendous range and loves to experiment.
Cynthia’s first upper YA novel is TANTALIZE (Candlewick, 2007))(Listening Library, 2008)(Walker U.K., 2008), a gothic fantasy aimed at ages 14-up. It’s one of the new books that signal an expansion of her writing from contemporary realistic fiction to also embrace fantasy. TANTALIZE also is her first title set in Austin, where she now makes her home. The Horn Book calls the novel an “intoxicating romantic thriller.” BookPage says the book “will appeal to fans—both teens and adults—of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” TANTALIZE was named a Borders Original Voices Nominee in March 2007 and Chapters (Canadian bookstore chain) named it a Junior Advisory Board Pick. In addition, the novel was chosen for the 2007 Texas Book Festival and the 2007 National Book Festival. The Bloomsbury Review cheers, “Cynthia Leitich Smith is the Anne Rice for teen readers.”

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