Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett
Published: 12-6-11 by Pendrell Publishing
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A love so strong, even eternity can’t separate them. Evie Starling has lived a relatively uneventful life hanging out with friends, gossiping about boys, and driving her 1966 Mustang.
All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men. For centuries, Alex Night and Emil Stone have yearned for Evie but they each have their own reasons for wanting to be with her. When both men claim to be her soul mate and tell her about an unbelievable past, Evie learns that she s not the person she thought she was. Soon, Evie finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance the soul destroyers. With a past she doesn t understand, and a future rife with danger, Evie has to decide who she can trust. But Alex and Emil aren’t the only ones who want Evie, and her soul is about to become the rope in an eternal tug-of-war.
Design – Alma Tait Photo – Laini Woodland Model – Adrie Buchanan Rating – 2/5
This cover is not good. It screams self-published. The photo is nice enough – the girl is pretty and I do really like the colors. The title font is awful though – much too busy and hard to read, and doesn’t work well with the simplicity of the photo. the flower’s odd as well. I think it’s meant to be a tattoo, but it’s large, with the extra two flowers in an odd grey/green color. The author’s name is almost too hard to see, with the letters much too spread out across the bottom.
Eternal Starling is one of those YA paranormal books where you roll your eyes at the dialogue. There are 2 guys, of course, but they know Evie from her past lives – lives that she, of course, can’t remember at all. I got this book because it was free, but it has so many problems that are hard to get past. The hints at Evie’s past lives are so much more interesting than the rest of the book, and most of it is just blah.
- past lives – I’m a sucker for stories about people who have already loved each other in past lives. The problem is that I thought Eternal Starling would be more about Evie’s past lives and not just the boys she’s eternally struggling to choose between. I’d love if there was more about Evie’s actual past lives and how she first met Alex and Emil, whenever that was.
- Evie – Eternal Starling is constantly saying that Evie is a strong person who can take care of herself, yet all Evie does is rush into situations that either Alex, Emil, or both rescue her from. Stop telling me your heroine is strong when almost every event in your story says otherwise. Evie is not good at thinking anything through and she’s very quick to trust. Most people would react with outrage if a total stranger kissed them, but Evie doesn’t – he’s hot so she’s into it. She’s always telling Alex and Emil that she doesn’t need them to take care of her, but she’s strangely accepting of their presence whenever they show up anyway.
- dialogue – There are many info dumps – multipage speeches about groups of people who live forever and guard eternal souls. There are also grand declarations of undying devotion to Evie. There was even what was possibly the worst dramatic love confession I’ve ever read. People don’t want us together. But why? Because I’m your soul mate. Dramatic exit. Gag me.
- Alex vs. Emil – Hey, let’s both show up in this girl’s life demanding that she choose one of us because of a centuries-long feud she has no recollection of! Sounds great. Emil especially takes a lot of liberties based on him knowing Evie in a previous life as a different person. He just decides to start making out with her before even introducing himself. Alex and Emil both claim to love Evie, but they don’t even know her, and she certainly doesn’t know them – no matter what they say about her previous lives. It’s all a bit creepy. They also seem to love her because of traits she once possessed, yet conveniently ignore how different she is in the present day. It’s like seeing two cats fight over a laser pointer dot – it’s kind of there, but not really, and you wonder why they want it so much.
- plot – Oh, no! There’s a group of soul stealers fighting the group of soul protectors and it’s just so Dramatic with a capital D. I don’t think anyone talks about saving the world, but I’d imagine that it’s the general direction the series will go in. It’s just silly that all of these supposedly powerful people are showing up in town because Evie is special in some way, because all Evie does that is special is have some kind of power that basically just bursts out of her. The focus of the plot is just about how someone is trying to find her for some reason, while all Evie herself thinks about is which boy to choose. Then, at the end, Evie all of a sudden has some sort of power. I also have an issue with all the big dramatic reveals and Evie’s reactions to them. Every single time something is revealed, Evie is shocked and amazed by it, but many of the things she could have guessed if she’d just given it a minute or two of thought and connected the dots herself. And the boys’ dialogue when telling her anything from her past is just ridiculous, and although Evie is certainly clueless, I wish they’d treat her as if she were smarter.
“For clarification purposes: you think that because a new guy at school paid attention to me, the apocalypse is about to take place?” I was seething, mad at Alex, Emil – and the whole situation.
Alex rolled his eyes. “Don’t overreact. You know I didn’t mean it like that.” – Evie + Alex Loc. 2001
“Why are you being so defensive of Emil all of a sudden?”
I could get whiplash from Alex’s mood swings. “Telling you my parents don’t have a preference for either guy who decided to crash our camping trip is not being defensive.” – Alex + Evie Loc. 3144
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