Sunday, May 02, 2010

REVIEW: Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Pages: 320
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: 10th February 2009

From Amazon
CLASSIFIED ADS: WANTED Personal assistant to Her Royal Highness. Duties: Whatever is asked, without hesitation, including but not limited to secretarial / administrative, household, defense, blood donation, driving, companionship, prey disposal, and love slavery.
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, demoted to human guise as the princess’s personal assistant, has his work cut out for him with the Master’s Death Day gala fast approaching. Can Zachary save his girl’s soul and redeem himself before all hell arrives, quite literally, on their castle’s doorstep? In alternating points of view, vampire Miranda and angel Zachary navigate a cut-throat eternal aristocracy as they play out a dangerous—and often darkly hilarious—love story for the ages.

I hadn't read Tantalize by Cynthia before or anything else by her, so I was a bit weary before starting this, unsure that I would like it. The plot was ah-mazing, I don't think I've read anything else that was like this, or maybe I have..I can't remember. A guardian angel risking his wings to save her life - unbelievably sweet!

Zachary is Miranda's guardian angel. He has always been there to protect Miranda, ever since she was a young child. He's always there, forbidden to reveal his divineness to her, yet always there, helping, guiding and steering her towards the right direction for her actions.

It was all going perfectly, until one night Zach has crossed worlds to save her, but instead causes Miranda to get pushed into the arms of the eternal. He has been stripped of his wings and heavenly powers, and is forced to accept a mission to gain access to this new and cruel world, and save Miranda. He may not have been able to save Miranda from a vampire, but there may be a chance of saving her soul from the clutches of hell. And falling head over heels for the vampire princess.

I really enjoyed how Smith alternated the narrative between Zachary and Miranda. It was uplifting to hear the perspectives of both characters. There were parts of classics including those by Dickens' and Shakespeare that were cleverly weaved into the story. It is nice to see modern day authors embracing more traditional works of literature.

Eternal was full of danger, passion, deception, humor, and anticipation. The ending was most surprising, I was actually quite sad to see what happened between Zach and Miranda, but also quite hopeful to see what will happen when the characters of Smith's Tantalize (which I should really read first!) and Eternal cross together in a final (installment?), Blessed. 


Thanks to Laura at Walker books for sending me this book :)

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  1. This looks really good- I should probably read it!

  2. I so want to read this! I've read tantalize and done a review at my blog.sadly, i thought those two are sequels but actually not. great review by the way =0

  3. Glad you enjoyed it! I didn't get on with won't stop me from trying other books by Cynthia Leitich Smith! A few bits were fun but overall I couldn't click with it.


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