Eternal (Tantalize Series #2)

Eternal (Tantalize Series #2)

by Cynthia Leitich Smith


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With diabolical wit, the author of Tantalize 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 by none other than the King of the Mantle of Dracul, she goes from high-school theater wannabe to glamorous fiend overnight. Meanwhile, her guardian angel, Zachary, demoted to human guise as her personal assistant, has his hands full saving his girl’s soul while planning a fast-approaching Death Day gala. In alternating viewpoints, Miranda and Zachary navigate a cut-throat aristocracy as they play out a dangerous, diabolically witty love story for the ages.

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ISBN-13: 9780763635732
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/10/2009
Series: Tantalize Series , #2
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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I MAY BE HEAVEN-SENT, but I'm not perfect.
I watch my girl slip the oversize Dallas Cowboys T-shirt over her pink bikini panties and turn in for the night.
That sounds perverted, I know. But I've always watched her dress, undress, shower, and bathe.
Then there was that one blessed weekend last August when the air conditioner broke. She spent a full day in bed buck naked, reading Tolkien under the ceiling fan.
It's not like I look look. Not usually.
What's more, it's my job to keep an eye on her 24/7.
I'm Miranda's guardian angel (GA for short). A newbie created after the first atomic blast in 1945.
Miranda is my second assignment and my reason for being. Not that she has clue one. She can't even see me. Nobody can unless I choose to show myself. That's a no-no. We GAs have our limits. Sure, we help out when we can, but not in any way that's clearly detectable . . . or at least traceable (I'm known to push the limits now and then).
Night after night, I watch her sleep. She's restless. Always restless. I'm forever rearranging the sheets so her legs don't get tangled. Otherwise, she'll wake up.
She doesn't get enough rest as it is. She worries about little mistakes. Or what she frets are mistakes. What other people think of her. What will happen next.
All humans do. I wish they could glimpse infinity. It would make glitches like a C in algebra or a nitpicking parent or being ignored by The Guy feel a whole lot less fatal.
I would love to talk to Miranda. To tell her that.
She woke up crying twice last year around the time of her parents' divorce. I don't know what she dreams about. I've heard that older angels can tap into the mind. Sounds tempting, right? But I wouldn't do that. Or at least I can't.
I'm already so here. Miranda deserves her own mental space.
This is her physical space, though. My fave place on terra firma.
Since she's sound asleep, I risk assuming solid form on a denim beanbag chair, taking it in. Four cream-colored walls, two windows, eight-foot ceilings, outdated gold shag. A twin bed, desk set, tall cedar dresser, and hope chest. The blanket her grandma knitted. The stuffed toy penguin from SeaWorld. The poster of the earth that reads: HOME, SWEET HOME.
Here, I can see the little girl she was. The woman she's turning into.
Miranda began wearing bras like the one hanging off the back of her desk chair in fifth grade. She gave up on the third of her fuzzy pink diaries that same year.
One wall is covered by a bookcase. She reads paperbacks mostly. Lots of series titles. One shelf is jammed full of acting and theater books. The library stack on the desk waits to be returned. The college information packet beside it is from the University of North Texas. The cell phone next to her PC hasn't worked since it went through the wash last weekend.
Beside it rest copies of A Tale of Two Cities and Romeo and Juliet. Dickens is assigned reading, but Shakespeare is Miranda's ticket to her dream. Today's date is circled in red on the Narnia calendar. Spring-play auditions are this afternoon. My girl is so shy. I'm surprised she signed up.
Mr. Nesbit is taking a drink of water from the bottle attached to his cage. He's good company, for a gerbil.
I dissolve again so I don't have to wiggle up from the beanbag. It's time to check on Miranda. To breathe in her lemongrass body wash. To study her heart-shaped face. It's something I do almost as often as humans blink.
This time is different. Horrific. I recoil, looking for another explanation. But the ladybug nightlight is still on. The nearly full moon hasn't been eclipsed.
A smoky gray film swirls around Miranda. It clings to her. It twists into long-fingered hands, caressing her cheeks, pawing at her slim neck and shoulders. It lengthens into a translucent sheet, covering her body, sliding up over her head.
It's wrong. It has to be. But I've seen it before.
My girl is sleeping in the shadow of Death.


EITHER MY HOUSE IS HAUNTED or my beanbag is possessed. Or maybe they're the same thing, haunting and possession. I'll have to ask my best friend, Lucy. She'll know. Whichever it may be, I swear the denim lump changes shape as I sleep. This morning it's definitely mushier in the middle than it was last night.
"Miranda!" Mom calls. "You're going to be late for school."
As if I don't know that. I grab my black mesh backpack and try to sneak through the foyer and living-dining room, past the kitchen, calling, "Bye!" only to be intercepted by Mom in front of the pantry.
She's wrapped in a thick white robe, her dark hair twisted in a knot. By now, she's usually dressed and ready to sell cosmetics. "You're not eating breakfast?"
I can smell the turkey bacon and burnt toast. I remind myself that Mom tries.
"I don't want you stuffing your face with cookies at school," Mom goes on. "You know how chocolate - "
"My skin is fine." Not flawless, but I'm by no means the "before shot" in the acne commercial. I make a show of checking my watch. "I have to pick up Lucy and - "
"This came yesterday." Mom holds up a postcard, cutting me off. "From your father."
I suppress a sigh, unable to resist taking a look. Greetings from Alaska! He's on a luxury cruise. It's news to me, but that's no surprise. He quickly became an every-other-holiday dad, not an every-other-holiday-and-every-other-weekend dad. Because of his job. Because he has to travel. Because he's starting over in his new life.
"He didn't write this," I say before realizing I should've kept my mouth shut.
Mom puts her hands on her hips. "It's a woman's handwriting."
She's right. The letters are big and loopy (Wish you were here), nothing like Dad's businesslike, slanted scribble. Mom must've stewed over...

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Eternal 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 214 reviews.
Lily_Cullen More than 1 year ago
I liked this book and it held my interest the whole way through, but I couldn't help feeling like something was missing. The story and plot were great, but it seemed to me that there was a lack of emotion or something in the writing that made me feel detached from the story. Maybe it's just me. Like I said, I liked it and enjoyed it, but I wouldn't read it again. Would I recommend it? Yeah, but maybe borrow it instead of buy it.
Elocin_Miller More than 1 year ago
Eternal follows the story of a young High Schooler who just can't find her place in life. The in crowd constantly mocks, humiates, and makes life hell for her. A shocking turn of events lead to her becoming a vampiress and a popular one at that! All while her gaurdian angel makes the mistake of revealing himself in order to save her. Ending is yet another twist that will leave you in tears or at the very least a bit misty-eyed.
acsimps More than 1 year ago
This book was only ok. I found myself getting bored while reading it. I did read it in a day so maybe that means something positive, but I felt like I was scanning the last 60 pages or so. I think it had a lot of potential, but it just lost me somewhere along the way. Plus the ending was...kind of blah. I only recommend this book if you can't find another book that you want to read.
M_Nilsson More than 1 year ago
If you love Stephenie Meyers then you're sure to enjoy Cynthia Leitich Smith's novel, Eternal. A light read, it takes us through the short term mortality of a teenage girl while her temporarily disabled guardian angel tries desperately to save her from eternal damnation even at the expense of losing himself. All through this conflict the two struggle with their growing love for one another. Fresh and entertaining.
Fantasy_Chic More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It is told in 1st person by two people, Miranda and Zachary. The switch in 1st person was something to get used to at first, but in the end I think the switching in narratives actually enhances the story. This book is much more dark than most YA novels, however I think her conclusion in this novel was just perfect. The ending really makes the whole book come together and I highly recommend reading.
Azjura More than 1 year ago
I was immediately intrigued by this book but when I saw that it was the "sequel" to Tantilze (after I had already brought it) I wasn't going to read it seeing as how I absolutely hated Tantilze! The only thing that made me look at it twice was how it said a totally different cast was going to be featured in this book and then the first page drew me and I went with it. While this story is INCREDIBLY better than the first, that's not saying much. I still found the whole universe that Smith created in this series to be ridiculously childish and unrealistic. HOWEVER! The character of Zachary is incredible! The ending to this book was amazing! I was expecting something cheesy and lovey dovey, butthe edning of this book is the only reason I'm writing a review! When I found out there was going to be a third book where the two previous books characters collide I was immediately interested just based off how the second book ended. This is saying something seeing as how I did not plan on ever reading these books again until I got to the final three chapters! All in all, It worth a read once over, but not something you're going ot be hooked on for life
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Angels are everywhere, especially those who guard human beings. Zachary is Miranda's guardian angel, or GA within the heavenly realm. He has watched and protected Miranda since she was a child. He is forbidden from revealing his heavenly presence to Miranda, but can secretly guide, suggest, and influence the course of her life. Zach thought he was doing a great job, until Miranda falls into the hands of an eternal - or vampire, as they are more commonly known. Zachary is immediately stripped of his wings and powers, and is forced to find redemption on terra firma. Zach may not have been able to save Miranda from a vampire, but there may be a chance of saving her soul from eternal damnation. ETERNAL was an excellent read! I enjoyed how Cynthia Leitich Smith alternated the narrative between Zachary and Miranda. It was refreshing to see and hear the perspectives of both characters. Smith has also cleverly woven bits of Stoker's Dracula, Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet into the plot. As an English teacher, it thrills me to see contemporary authors alluding to classic pieces of literature. This novel is definitely a page-turner. It is filled with danger, deception, humor, love, sadness, and hope. I think that I was most surprised with the ending. Readers, including myself, will be saddened by what happens between Zachary and Miranda, but Smith also leaves us with a glimmer of hope. That idea of hope is what will bring readers back again and again to Smith's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected a little more out of this story. I found myself just wanting to hurry up and finish it. It was boring and slow. Towards the end it rambled a little. This is a book to read only if you want to pass time. This is definitely a book to borrow and not buy.
Perry-the-Ducktipus More than 1 year ago
What really was the point of this book!?!?! It was weird and just plain dumb....I'm still confused on the time period it took place in! They lived in some weirdo kingdom underground, but yet still they had modern items. I would NOT reccomend this book to a friend, I am quite surprised I was even able to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dare say that I liked this book better than Twighlight. The vampires had more edge. I've always been into vampires, werewolves, guardian angels & fashion. To have all four reflected in a book was phenomenal, and the ending was perfect. It was just as it should be. I would love to see this book become a movie.
Book_Lover09 More than 1 year ago
The main character was a bit flawed. I found myself getting angry with her. Her personality was just plain bad. This is a book for those Twilight Fans.
Magic_reader More than 1 year ago
At first I couldn't get into the book but was soon couldn't put it down. Being not in series made it a short read. But the writing was great and seeing the two different takes on things from the characters made it very intersting to be going back and forth.
Jess7 More than 1 year ago
I didn't really understand this book. It didn't catch my attention. I thought this would be a good book, but really i was just wondering what this book is really about.
KaylaBrooke More than 1 year ago
Suprisingly,I adored this book. I could not stand tantalize,it was such a bore I barley even remember what it was about. Though I loved the characters in this book:D I didn't have high expectations for this book, I just needed a new book to read and I liked the cover, and I was not dissapointed with it. I can't wait for the thrid book:D
EmilyJaneEN More than 1 year ago
i thought this book would be awesome, but it wasn't. i thought it was good but as alot of people say it was lacking somehting i just wish it was a little better it kept me interested but i dont know just somehting wasn't there.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.)
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
WWE_Fan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
pither on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favourite part? Michael's memo: "please find Yahoo map attached."
YAaddict on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
kperry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!