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Jo Black went in search of a vampire…and finding one is going to rock her world.

Immortal Nic Lucian has finally met his bond-mate only to have her try to kill him. As he tries to introduce her to his world and reunite her with her sister who is now an immortal, he gets a lesson in modern women and how stubborn they can be.

Jo's world had been turned upside down. The death of her sister introduced her to the world of vampire hunting. Now she learns the hard way that crosses, stakes, holy water, and sunlight don't work. And you better protect your heart and body, because when an immortal wants you, he gets you - one way or another.

Topics: Vampires, Death, Vampire Hunters, Forbidden Love, Adventurous, Romantic, Urban, Shapeshifting, Love, Series, and Speculative Fiction

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ISBN: 9781907280696
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Second in a series. I found parts of it interesting and parts much less so, though I did like it considerably more than the first book. [Aug. 2011]more
I can't say the story ever felt like it came together for me. The characters felt flat and the plot and romance never felt realistic (as much as a romance between an angel and vampire can be realistic). The writing dragged and I really had to push myself to finish the novel. I expected more because, though Tantalize isn't a huge favorite of mine, it was a good title. Eternal fell short.more
My first time through Eternal I was really disappointed, since I'd really enjoyed Tantalize. Now, though, coming in with somewhat lowered expectations I was, largely, pleasantly surprised. This is not to say that I now think this is the best book ever, but I did think it was an interesting read.

Actually, there definitely was quite a lot frustrating about this book and pretty much all of it can be summed up in one word: Miranda. I hate just about everything about her. After she's turned into a vampire princess against her will, she just rolls with it. She happily eats people and calls the creepy, power-mad vampire who turned her Father, because that helps him fulfill his delusion. Miranda is entirely vapid, conceited and selfish.

Smith tries to set her up as an object of pity by showing her friend Lucy's devotion to her, by showing Zachary's love for her, and by suggesting she had a rough home life. The only one of these that's working for me is Lucy. Miranda's fate doesn't sadden me, but her best friend's does, desperately hoping that her friend has not died because of her desire to flirt. Zachary I actually find to be a somewhat interesting character, but his love for her is both creepy (what with the whole guardian angel, watching her grow from a child to a teen, watching her sleep thing) and ridiculous (she sucks [punned!], so why love her?). And, as for her rough home life, her parents got a divorce. Not to say that that is not painful, but her mother still loves her, and her dad, though distant, buys her awesome presents (now who's selfish? haha).

If you like Maggie Stiefvater's books, you may want to give Cynthia Leitich Smith a try. They have a lot of commonalities, I feel. Both have really clever ideas for paranormal YA romances and both write incredibly obnoxious female main characters. With both books I've read so far, I feel like the stories would have been so much more interesting had they focused on the male characters more.
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Miranda gets abducted by the reigning King of the Vampires and is turned into an “Eternal” and becomes his “Princess”. Miranda’s Guardian Angel, Zachary, is kind of the reason Miranda gets abducted. And for his error…Zachary is earth-bound. With the help of another Guardian Angel, Zachary finds Miranda and becomes her Personal Assistant. Together Zachary and Miranda discover that they are not beyond redemption.I have to say going in that this book confused me because it had NOTHING to do with the previous book and there were NO references to the previous book either. I thought that was kind of strange for a series. By the time I finished Eternal, I could see where the author was probably going to go with the third book.I was surprised by how easily Miranda gave up on her human connections for her new vampire life. Her human life was “normal” but she felt it was boring. She seemed rather shallow and obnoxious for most of the book and only seemed to think about her humanity once Zachary was on the scene and pretty much forced her to.Zachary was lacking depth as well. I get it that a guardian angel’s charge is their whole reason for being…but I guess I expected more from him.These are not “kinder, gentler” vampires of “twilight”…these vampires are bloody and will suck you dry, with a definite good versus evil theme. If those are the kind of vampires you prefer than this is the series for you. Personally, I liked the first book much more than this one and have started the third and thankfully we are back with Quincie and Sanguini’s. The series, thus far, is becoming predictable, but it’s still enjoyable.more
Although this author's storytelling is choppy, it wasn't a total disaster. It was an ok book but definitely not a book that I'll go out of my way to buy. I enjoyed reading Zachary's point of view.more
Zachary the guardian angel screws up and now Miranda is a vampire - well on her way to losing her soul. Zac throws himself into fallen angel despair, until he gets a hint that he still might be able to save her. Miranda is adapting well to her mew life as a vampire princess, until a new PA starts bringing back her human feelings.Told in alternating points of view, this was funnier than Tantalize (and there are no overlapping characters.)more
This was a good book. I loved Zachary and how he called Miranda "his girl." It was a little confusioning at the first of the book, and I little hard to get into, but once you get into it was a good book.more
My favourite part? Michael's memo: "please find Yahoo map attached."more
So when I was at the library I read the premise for Eternal and it caught my interest. Vampires and Fallen Angels in one story? I wanted to know more. What I liked about this story was it different from other books in the same genre right now. For starters, vampires were portayed the way they used to be, evil. They see themselves at the top of the food chain and view killing humans no different than humans killing animals. This made for a more gruesome story at times, but that actually made me enjoy it more. It's also different because the main character, Miranda, is "evil". She doesn't fit your usual mold.The alternating point of views made the story fun. I liked Miranda, but she was confusing at times. She went from shy normal girl wishing to be an actress, to a princess vampire a year later that was perfectly fine with drinking human's blood. The story does mention how she went through "soul sickness" the first few months where she feels guilty for her actions, but you don't get see that. I would have liked to see more emotion from Miranda. I did enjoy watching as she slowly started grasping her humanity back as Zachary influenced her, even a times when she didn't notice. Zachary however, I loved him him throughout. He was such a sweet guy that really cared for Miranda. But he was also the rebel angel, so he had that bad boy appeal. I think the lack of emotions is what kept me from loving this story. I just kept feeling like it was missing something. I didn't really feel any true emotions until the ending. In general the story was just good, but the ending was great. It was not the ending I expected. Just a beautiful way to end the story. I applaud Ms. Smith for this. Eternal was a fun and entertaining quick read that I recommend to fans of the supernatural genre.more
One good thing about this book is that I had no idea where it was going. Ever since the first scene in the cemetery, I had no idea what to expect... so it wasn't just like every other teen book I've ever read. However, the good basically stops there. I thought the writing was cheesy at times and full of tired cliches. The characters weren't that interesting and the relationship between the main two just didn't seem real or exciting. The big fight scene at the end was a bore and Dracula died WAY too easily. I was quite disappointed by this book.more
Eternal was an easy to read, fast paced vampire novel full of forbidden love, (sound familiar?) heartbreak and deception. Although harrowing all of these genres, it wasn't what I would call a love story. I had no clue what to expect when I began reading. The beginning wasn't the strong point of the novel as I felt it was very rushed, incoherent with no further explanation of the events until nearer the end of the book. Many things happened but nothing really happened. The book made light of what should have been crucial moments so it lost its effect on the reader not just for that but for the entire duration of the novel. Even when things began to pick up, you had no hopes that it would fulfill your expectations. It seemed like a quite an ammature novel at first before the storyline began to evolve. This was, by no means the love story that I thought it would be. You never really became engrossed in the relationship between Miranda and Zachary and I think that this was the main fault of the writing. The writing was what I would call vampire slapstick. Some parts were almost comical because you tried to identify with the characters but couldn't because of some of the things they came out and said. It would be an overstatement to say that the writing wasn't the best that I had read. As mentioned before, I would've enjoyed this novel a lot more if I could have identified with Miranda. She seemed to take being turned into an evil, bloodsucking vampire like taking a walk in the park. She seemed to have no real emotion and some of the events that took place at her fault where amazingly unbelievable. I know that an average girl would act differently from a vampire princess but when you behead someone and don't even batter an eyelid, it isn't the best way to go. Especially if your an animal loving dream child before. To put it simply I didn't enjoy this book. The ending wasn't what I would call an ending, the characterization was poor and the writing wasn't exactly Shakespeare. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this.more
Eternal is apparently set in the same world as Smith's previous novel, Tantalize, but since I haven't read that one, i can't comment on the setting. Eternal is not a sequel however, and works perfectly on its own. Having said that - I enjoyed the book, but would perhaps have enjoyed it more had I not been flooded with vampire novels recently. I did enjoy the dual perspective provided by the voices of Melissa, the teen turned vampire princess, and Zachary, the fallen, but still determined to save Melissa, guardian angel. I found the ending a bit too convenient, and I found Melissa's character made the decisions she made so quickly in the end of the book that they were hard to believe. There were other things that prevented me from ranking the book higher, but I don't want to give anything away, so I'll leave it at that.more
Did you read TANTALIZE and love it? Maybe you haven’t even heard of it. Either way it doesn’t matter. ETERNAL is set in the same world as TANTALIZE, but takes place earlier in the timeline. Completely different characters grace the pages of ETERNAL that you will grow to love. Reading TANTALIZE first isn’t necessary, so in February when ETERNAL hits the shelves run to the bookstore and get your copy.Miranda is a quiet and shy typical teenage girl. Zachary is her Guardian Angel (GA).Miranda has no idea Zachary exists.Over the years of keeping watch over Miranda, Zachary has fallen in love with her.Their status quo interaction completely changes one night in a creepy cemetery. Miranda’s best friend Lucy drags her to the cemetery to meet some guys for an exciting night out. Miranda doesn’t want to be there in the first place and lags behind until she is lost. As Zachary watches Miranda stumble through the darkness, he sees she is about to step into an abandoned open grave. Knowing she’ll probably fall and break her neck, Zachary does the first thing that comes to mind in order to save her - he reveals himself by yelling for her to stop and illuminating himself using his angel light so she can see where she is walking.Two things happen simultaneously.1) Michael, the arch angel, appears and strips Zachary of his wings and his ability to become ethereal for breaking the rules and revealing himself to humans.2) Miranda is attacked by a vampire and taken away to be the current Dracula’s princess heir.With Zachary stuck wandering the mortal world and Miranda a vampire princess how in the world is he going to protect her now?ETERNAL was a fast and enjoyable read. The pages fly by and getting to the end comes too soon. The third book in this series is called BLESSED and the characters from both TANTALIZE and ETERNAL will cross over and I for one can’t wait to see what happens when they meet.more
Zachary is Miranda's Guardian Angel, but he falls from grace when he reveals himself to her to save her from a dangerous fall. Instead, she is taken by the head of the vampire world and turned into a vampire herself. Interesting premise, but it falls flat. The characters are not fully developed and the emotions are poorly expressed.more
We meet Zachery, a guardian angel with a crush on his charge. And we meet Miranda, Zachery's charge, a high school girl who is about to be turned into a vampire. Can Zachery save her soul after he fails to save her life?Eternal was a quick read that switches perspectives between those two characters, neither of which has a particularly strong or exciting voice. The plot was not very interesting and the world was not explained or described enough to be especially believable. Overall, a mediocre book.more
Eternal is the next book from Smith in this series. It is not a direct sequel but it seems that the following book will tie everything together. It is another dark book but the ending may surprise you.Miranda is a shy girl who wants to be in the school play. Zachary is her guardian angel who somehow has fallen in love with her. When Miranda's friend brings her the graveyard to meet a guy, Zachary tries to keep her safe. But the worst possible thing happens and Miranda becomes a vampire princess. It's up to the tarnished guardian angel to save her soul and save himself.more
I loved Tantalize and was excited to see that Smith had a new novel. But when I read the description, I wasn't so sure I was going to like it. Turns out I was wrong. Really, really wrong. Set in the same world as Tantalize, Eternal is the story of a girl (Miranda), her guardian angel (Zachary) and the underworld of vampires, werewolves and other creatures. Miranda is kidnapped in a graveyard one night, much to the chagrin of Zachary, who is supposed to look out for her, though not necessarily interfere. It's at this point that Smith could have done things different and created a mediocre novel about angels and vampires, but she doesn't. Instead, she draws us into the strange world she's created and takes us on a ride as now-fallen angel Zachary must try to find Miranda, who has changed in ways he'd never imagined. Highly, highly recommended.more
This one's a bit gory, but if you don't mind that it should keep you entertained. Miranda's guardian angel, Zachary, goes against the eternal rules and tries to save Miranda's life. Instead of saving her life, he falls from grace for his mistake and Miranda, whose soul would have entered Heaven had he not intervened, not only dies but gets turned into a vampire. Now her soul is in danger of being eternally damned. Zachary gets one more chance help set things straight, but his involves his having to deal with the mightiest most evil vampire of all! Will he suceed? Don't wonder eternally, read the book!more
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Second in a series. I found parts of it interesting and parts much less so, though I did like it considerably more than the first book. [Aug. 2011]more
I can't say the story ever felt like it came together for me. The characters felt flat and the plot and romance never felt realistic (as much as a romance between an angel and vampire can be realistic). The writing dragged and I really had to push myself to finish the novel. I expected more because, though Tantalize isn't a huge favorite of mine, it was a good title. Eternal fell short.more
My first time through Eternal I was really disappointed, since I'd really enjoyed Tantalize. Now, though, coming in with somewhat lowered expectations I was, largely, pleasantly surprised. This is not to say that I now think this is the best book ever, but I did think it was an interesting read.

Actually, there definitely was quite a lot frustrating about this book and pretty much all of it can be summed up in one word: Miranda. I hate just about everything about her. After she's turned into a vampire princess against her will, she just rolls with it. She happily eats people and calls the creepy, power-mad vampire who turned her Father, because that helps him fulfill his delusion. Miranda is entirely vapid, conceited and selfish.

Smith tries to set her up as an object of pity by showing her friend Lucy's devotion to her, by showing Zachary's love for her, and by suggesting she had a rough home life. The only one of these that's working for me is Lucy. Miranda's fate doesn't sadden me, but her best friend's does, desperately hoping that her friend has not died because of her desire to flirt. Zachary I actually find to be a somewhat interesting character, but his love for her is both creepy (what with the whole guardian angel, watching her grow from a child to a teen, watching her sleep thing) and ridiculous (she sucks [punned!], so why love her?). And, as for her rough home life, her parents got a divorce. Not to say that that is not painful, but her mother still loves her, and her dad, though distant, buys her awesome presents (now who's selfish? haha).

If you like Maggie Stiefvater's books, you may want to give Cynthia Leitich Smith a try. They have a lot of commonalities, I feel. Both have really clever ideas for paranormal YA romances and both write incredibly obnoxious female main characters. With both books I've read so far, I feel like the stories would have been so much more interesting had they focused on the male characters more.
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Miranda gets abducted by the reigning King of the Vampires and is turned into an “Eternal” and becomes his “Princess”. Miranda’s Guardian Angel, Zachary, is kind of the reason Miranda gets abducted. And for his error…Zachary is earth-bound. With the help of another Guardian Angel, Zachary finds Miranda and becomes her Personal Assistant. Together Zachary and Miranda discover that they are not beyond redemption.I have to say going in that this book confused me because it had NOTHING to do with the previous book and there were NO references to the previous book either. I thought that was kind of strange for a series. By the time I finished Eternal, I could see where the author was probably going to go with the third book.I was surprised by how easily Miranda gave up on her human connections for her new vampire life. Her human life was “normal” but she felt it was boring. She seemed rather shallow and obnoxious for most of the book and only seemed to think about her humanity once Zachary was on the scene and pretty much forced her to.Zachary was lacking depth as well. I get it that a guardian angel’s charge is their whole reason for being…but I guess I expected more from him.These are not “kinder, gentler” vampires of “twilight”…these vampires are bloody and will suck you dry, with a definite good versus evil theme. If those are the kind of vampires you prefer than this is the series for you. Personally, I liked the first book much more than this one and have started the third and thankfully we are back with Quincie and Sanguini’s. The series, thus far, is becoming predictable, but it’s still enjoyable.more
Although this author's storytelling is choppy, it wasn't a total disaster. It was an ok book but definitely not a book that I'll go out of my way to buy. I enjoyed reading Zachary's point of view.more
Zachary the guardian angel screws up and now Miranda is a vampire - well on her way to losing her soul. Zac throws himself into fallen angel despair, until he gets a hint that he still might be able to save her. Miranda is adapting well to her mew life as a vampire princess, until a new PA starts bringing back her human feelings.Told in alternating points of view, this was funnier than Tantalize (and there are no overlapping characters.)more
This was a good book. I loved Zachary and how he called Miranda "his girl." It was a little confusioning at the first of the book, and I little hard to get into, but once you get into it was a good book.more
My favourite part? Michael's memo: "please find Yahoo map attached."more
So when I was at the library I read the premise for Eternal and it caught my interest. Vampires and Fallen Angels in one story? I wanted to know more. What I liked about this story was it different from other books in the same genre right now. For starters, vampires were portayed the way they used to be, evil. They see themselves at the top of the food chain and view killing humans no different than humans killing animals. This made for a more gruesome story at times, but that actually made me enjoy it more. It's also different because the main character, Miranda, is "evil". She doesn't fit your usual mold.The alternating point of views made the story fun. I liked Miranda, but she was confusing at times. She went from shy normal girl wishing to be an actress, to a princess vampire a year later that was perfectly fine with drinking human's blood. The story does mention how she went through "soul sickness" the first few months where she feels guilty for her actions, but you don't get see that. I would have liked to see more emotion from Miranda. I did enjoy watching as she slowly started grasping her humanity back as Zachary influenced her, even a times when she didn't notice. Zachary however, I loved him him throughout. He was such a sweet guy that really cared for Miranda. But he was also the rebel angel, so he had that bad boy appeal. I think the lack of emotions is what kept me from loving this story. I just kept feeling like it was missing something. I didn't really feel any true emotions until the ending. In general the story was just good, but the ending was great. It was not the ending I expected. Just a beautiful way to end the story. I applaud Ms. Smith for this. Eternal was a fun and entertaining quick read that I recommend to fans of the supernatural genre.more
One good thing about this book is that I had no idea where it was going. Ever since the first scene in the cemetery, I had no idea what to expect... so it wasn't just like every other teen book I've ever read. However, the good basically stops there. I thought the writing was cheesy at times and full of tired cliches. The characters weren't that interesting and the relationship between the main two just didn't seem real or exciting. The big fight scene at the end was a bore and Dracula died WAY too easily. I was quite disappointed by this book.more
Eternal was an easy to read, fast paced vampire novel full of forbidden love, (sound familiar?) heartbreak and deception. Although harrowing all of these genres, it wasn't what I would call a love story. I had no clue what to expect when I began reading. The beginning wasn't the strong point of the novel as I felt it was very rushed, incoherent with no further explanation of the events until nearer the end of the book. Many things happened but nothing really happened. The book made light of what should have been crucial moments so it lost its effect on the reader not just for that but for the entire duration of the novel. Even when things began to pick up, you had no hopes that it would fulfill your expectations. It seemed like a quite an ammature novel at first before the storyline began to evolve. This was, by no means the love story that I thought it would be. You never really became engrossed in the relationship between Miranda and Zachary and I think that this was the main fault of the writing. The writing was what I would call vampire slapstick. Some parts were almost comical because you tried to identify with the characters but couldn't because of some of the things they came out and said. It would be an overstatement to say that the writing wasn't the best that I had read. As mentioned before, I would've enjoyed this novel a lot more if I could have identified with Miranda. She seemed to take being turned into an evil, bloodsucking vampire like taking a walk in the park. She seemed to have no real emotion and some of the events that took place at her fault where amazingly unbelievable. I know that an average girl would act differently from a vampire princess but when you behead someone and don't even batter an eyelid, it isn't the best way to go. Especially if your an animal loving dream child before. To put it simply I didn't enjoy this book. The ending wasn't what I would call an ending, the characterization was poor and the writing wasn't exactly Shakespeare. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this.more
Eternal is apparently set in the same world as Smith's previous novel, Tantalize, but since I haven't read that one, i can't comment on the setting. Eternal is not a sequel however, and works perfectly on its own. Having said that - I enjoyed the book, but would perhaps have enjoyed it more had I not been flooded with vampire novels recently. I did enjoy the dual perspective provided by the voices of Melissa, the teen turned vampire princess, and Zachary, the fallen, but still determined to save Melissa, guardian angel. I found the ending a bit too convenient, and I found Melissa's character made the decisions she made so quickly in the end of the book that they were hard to believe. There were other things that prevented me from ranking the book higher, but I don't want to give anything away, so I'll leave it at that.more
Did you read TANTALIZE and love it? Maybe you haven’t even heard of it. Either way it doesn’t matter. ETERNAL is set in the same world as TANTALIZE, but takes place earlier in the timeline. Completely different characters grace the pages of ETERNAL that you will grow to love. Reading TANTALIZE first isn’t necessary, so in February when ETERNAL hits the shelves run to the bookstore and get your copy.Miranda is a quiet and shy typical teenage girl. Zachary is her Guardian Angel (GA).Miranda has no idea Zachary exists.Over the years of keeping watch over Miranda, Zachary has fallen in love with her.Their status quo interaction completely changes one night in a creepy cemetery. Miranda’s best friend Lucy drags her to the cemetery to meet some guys for an exciting night out. Miranda doesn’t want to be there in the first place and lags behind until she is lost. As Zachary watches Miranda stumble through the darkness, he sees she is about to step into an abandoned open grave. Knowing she’ll probably fall and break her neck, Zachary does the first thing that comes to mind in order to save her - he reveals himself by yelling for her to stop and illuminating himself using his angel light so she can see where she is walking.Two things happen simultaneously.1) Michael, the arch angel, appears and strips Zachary of his wings and his ability to become ethereal for breaking the rules and revealing himself to humans.2) Miranda is attacked by a vampire and taken away to be the current Dracula’s princess heir.With Zachary stuck wandering the mortal world and Miranda a vampire princess how in the world is he going to protect her now?ETERNAL was a fast and enjoyable read. The pages fly by and getting to the end comes too soon. The third book in this series is called BLESSED and the characters from both TANTALIZE and ETERNAL will cross over and I for one can’t wait to see what happens when they meet.more
Zachary is Miranda's Guardian Angel, but he falls from grace when he reveals himself to her to save her from a dangerous fall. Instead, she is taken by the head of the vampire world and turned into a vampire herself. Interesting premise, but it falls flat. The characters are not fully developed and the emotions are poorly expressed.more
We meet Zachery, a guardian angel with a crush on his charge. And we meet Miranda, Zachery's charge, a high school girl who is about to be turned into a vampire. Can Zachery save her soul after he fails to save her life?Eternal was a quick read that switches perspectives between those two characters, neither of which has a particularly strong or exciting voice. The plot was not very interesting and the world was not explained or described enough to be especially believable. Overall, a mediocre book.more
Eternal is the next book from Smith in this series. It is not a direct sequel but it seems that the following book will tie everything together. It is another dark book but the ending may surprise you.Miranda is a shy girl who wants to be in the school play. Zachary is her guardian angel who somehow has fallen in love with her. When Miranda's friend brings her the graveyard to meet a guy, Zachary tries to keep her safe. But the worst possible thing happens and Miranda becomes a vampire princess. It's up to the tarnished guardian angel to save her soul and save himself.more
I loved Tantalize and was excited to see that Smith had a new novel. But when I read the description, I wasn't so sure I was going to like it. Turns out I was wrong. Really, really wrong. Set in the same world as Tantalize, Eternal is the story of a girl (Miranda), her guardian angel (Zachary) and the underworld of vampires, werewolves and other creatures. Miranda is kidnapped in a graveyard one night, much to the chagrin of Zachary, who is supposed to look out for her, though not necessarily interfere. It's at this point that Smith could have done things different and created a mediocre novel about angels and vampires, but she doesn't. Instead, she draws us into the strange world she's created and takes us on a ride as now-fallen angel Zachary must try to find Miranda, who has changed in ways he'd never imagined. Highly, highly recommended.more
This one's a bit gory, but if you don't mind that it should keep you entertained. Miranda's guardian angel, Zachary, goes against the eternal rules and tries to save Miranda's life. Instead of saving her life, he falls from grace for his mistake and Miranda, whose soul would have entered Heaven had he not intervened, not only dies but gets turned into a vampire. Now her soul is in danger of being eternally damned. Zachary gets one more chance help set things straight, but his involves his having to deal with the mightiest most evil vampire of all! Will he suceed? Don't wonder eternally, read the book!more
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