Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith, a novel set in the same parallel world as her previous book Tantalize, is not the typical vampire romance. Instead it is a breath of fresh air as it explores a new fantastical pairing.
The story is told by Miranda, a high-schooler turned vampire (“Eternal”) princess, and Zachary, her adoring guardian angel. After Miranda joins the legions of the undead, she is adopted by the King of the Mantle of Dracul, otherwise known as the reigning Dracula. Because Zachary reveals himself as an angel while attempting to protect Miranda the night she is taken, he is stripped of his wings. The only way to regain his heavenly powers is to complete a mysterious assignment. Zachary is led to Dracula’s castle, where he soon accidentally interviews to be the Eternal princess’ personal assistant. As he finds himself face to face with Miranda, his long lost girl, he makes it his goal to save her soul. Miranda realizes that she is falling in love with this strange human as they work together to plan her Father’s Death Day gala, although soon she discovers that Zachary isn’t as human as she thought.
Their love story, one of a vampire and an angel, has never been told in such an amusing fashion. With a cast of vibrant and contemporary characters, Eternal is a must-read. Smith employs the perfect combination of wit and sincerity, making for an enthralling tale that is almost impossible to put down. Eternal will keep readers entertained through the very last page. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance, and even to those who don’t. I doubt that anyone could be disappointed after reading this amazing novel. — Tara Olivero, Allen County Public Library Teen Advisory Board
Eternal is one of 25 Teens’ Top Ten nominees chosen by teen advisory groups from around the country. Read all about TTT here.