Review: Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Series: Tantalize #2
Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Published on: February 10, 2009
, Young Adult
Format: 307 pages, Hardcover
Provided by: Borrowed Amazon Book Depo
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.
Eternal, like its parent Tantalize, draws tirelessly on the four senses (sight excluded because it is a given in most books). It gets down to business quite quicker though.
Miranda, it seems, we only know for a couple of hours before she is flung into the barbaric and bureaucratic world of Cynthia Leitich Smith’s vampires. This seemingly instantaneous vampirization leaves plenty of Miranda’s past conveniently out of bounds.
Because of its heat-seeker setting, I would recommend Eternal over Tantalize. It, in fact, although having been written afterwards, actually details events that precede the love story of Quincie and her werewolf loverboy, thus making it ideal for dethroning its parent.
Zachary, Miranda’s angelic loverboy, one-ups his love in terms of characterization just because his past as a guardian angel doing angelic things like pretending not to enjoy watching Miranda undress is easier to swallow.
Mostly when you approach either Eternal or Tantalize, you must remember that it matters very little what happened for these characters prior to the present occurrences. Leitich Smith writes hard and fast about their present sensations (sinsations in Miranda’s case).
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