February 6, 2011

Book Review: Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read Tantalize, there may be spoilers ahead.

Publisher: Candlewick Press (February 10, 2009)
Paperback 320 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Tantalize # 2
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.

Review by Jessica
ETERNAL, by Cynthia Leitich Smith, brings a whole new cast of characters that will suck you in entirely. Giving you the duel narration of Zachary the angel and Miranda the vampire you get both sides of this beautifully written story of love, violence and sacrifice.

I was extremely unsure about this book because I thought it was going to be the sequel to Tantalize but it is a completely different story with entirely new characters but it turned out to be an amazing book! Smith's writing is amazing, she can really dive into these characters and bring out who they really are.

I absolutely loved that in this book the vampires really were evil demon beings- don't get me wrong, I love the vampires that fret over their souls but this was refreshing to say the least. There is a lot of action that goes into almost too much detail sometimes but overall I thought it was awesome because more and more there is less action in books, again I say it was a refreshing read!

Miranda and Zachery are a complicated duo, Miranda is a vampire princess and Zachery and angel sent to save Miranda from impending damnation. Miranda is really into the whole vampire princess thing and I couldn't blame her, but Zachery was determined to make sure she stayed on the straight and narrow (as much as a vampire could!) and that kind of turned me off a bit, but that could just be personal preference.

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