Friday, 9 September 2011

Book Review: Eternal by Cynthia Leich Smith

3 out of 5 stars

CLASSIFIED ADS: WANTED Personal assistant to Her Royal Highness. Duties: Whatever is asked, without hesitation, including but not limited to secretarial / administrative, household, defence, 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 theatre wannabe to glamorous royal fiend overnight. Meanwhile, Zachary, her reckless and adoring guardian angel, demoted to human guise as the princess�s personal assistant, must try to save his girl�s soul before all hell arrives, quite literally, on their castle doorstep. In alternating points of view, vampire Miranda and angel Zachary navigate a cut-throat eternal aristocracy as they play out a dangerous love story for the ages.

My Review:
Ok so I saw this at m local library under the book shelf "If you like Twilight..." So I picked this up and it sounded different and had great potential... Hmmm....

This is quite a hard book to review and I have had all day to think about while out with the kids.

Ok.. This was an easy quick read. They typical YA book. I feel like the author was a bit like Ok how to make money what do I need... VAmpires, check! angels, check! Forbidden love, check!..... Wayhey! Paycheck day.

The book was all about forbidden love. Good (Angels) versus evil (vampires). That is pretty much it. Many referances to many well know authors and playwrites, including Shakespeare, Dickens and Stoker.

The characterisation was for me poor. I hated Miranda all the way through the book, I never got it, I never got her or the way she suddenly changed. I only started to 'see' her as a character in the last four pages. Her character, situation and generally just everything about it was just unrealistic. Zakary was the sexy, muscle clad, sex god, with morals, and romantic love.:smile2: The romantic scenes were rushed. The scenes that were suppose to be sad, did not pull one emotional heart string. I got confused at one point who was who, and people who were apparently important, were not described in anyway shape or form and I was left thinking.. Hang on.. Why were they important? The people whom I thought were to be important and whom were made a big deal were actually not big players in the end.

But... Now this is the thing. I really want to know what happens. Again The writer, being the cleverwriter she is, has left it.... You guessed it.. Open.. Way-hey! and because of this and me being the sort of person I am I want to read the next book, so no it can't be that bad.

Inconclusion, read it if you find it for half price and want a quuick, non offensive read. It will however not keep Meyer awake at night thinking that this writer has given her some stiff competion.... She has not. There are better books in this genre on the market, including Hush hush, and Shiver. But I can think of some that are a lot worse.

Pros: It has vampires

Cons: No sexy male vampires! Run of the mill. Could not bond with characters.

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