Haven Moore has always lived in the tiny town of Snope City, Tennessee. But for as long as she can remember, Haven has experienced visions of a past life as a girl named Constance, whose love for a boy called Ethan ended in a fiery tragedy.
One day, the sight of notorious playboy Iain Morrow on the television brings Haven to her knees. Haven flees to New York City to find Iain and there, she is swept up in an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Is Iain her beloved Ethan? Or is he her murderer in a past life? Haven asks the members of the powerful and mysterious Ouroboros Society to help her unlock the mysteries of reincarnation and discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again. But what is the Ouroboros Society? And how can Haven know who to trust?
I have very mixed feelings about this book. While the premise of the book and the actual story were really interesting, the execution of it was a bit clumsy and poorly executed. The writing seems to be somewhat simplistic and awkward. Especially when it comes to the dialogue between the characters and the metaphors and descriptions.
Haven Moore begins to have visions, triggered by a beautiful face on the television screen, of a past life where she was a woman named Constance who was deeply in love with a man named Ethan. And when she learns that her crotchety old Grandmother and the Pastor of her church have been working together for years to repress her memories, Haven takes off for New York to find the truth and reunite with her one true love. But for someone who is supposed to be her destiny, when Haven meets Iain, Ethan in a past life, he is creepy, scary and controlling. He treats her like she is a child and is condescending and entirely too secretive.
She also has a supposed best friend named Beau who can sure be an asshole to her. And I get that he is upset that she revealed a secret to his father, but no matter how upset, when your best friend calls you to update you on her journey, you don’t say things like…”You’re the mystery girl in Italy! I hope you know you don’t deserve it…” (pg. 215). Wow really? And then when she calls him in need of help he tells her…”Now grow some balls and see Ms. Whitman. Otherwise I’m not going to help your sorry ass anymore.” (pg. 241). Now she’s a sorry ass? Do best friends talk to each other like that nowadays?
Also, it was hard for me to get past how naive and stupid Haven was. I understand that she is only seventeen, from a small town, and has been essentially manipulated a good portion of her life. But she doesn’t even seem to have basic common sense at times in this story. At one point she genuinely believes that Iain is a murderer and can’t be trusted, but…”Murderer or not, Iain’s voice could still send her heart racing.” (pg. 297). And she seems to continuously make really bad decisions and walks herself right into danger. I just found myself really frustrated with her and shaking my head as she stumbled her way through to the truth.
Overall, the bones of this book was really good and incredibly interesting. But when it came to being fleshed out, it fell short of my expectations.
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