Book Thoughts: All You Desire by Kirsten Miller

(*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a thoughtful review).

(**Possible spoilers below if you have not read the first book).

Haven Moore and Iain Morrow have been living a blissful life in Rome, an ocean way from the Ouroboros Society and its diabolical leader. But paradise is not to last. The mysterious disappearance of Haven’s best friend, Beau, sends the pair running back to New York, where they encounter the Horae, an underground group of women who have spent centuries scheming to destroy Adam Rosier. Only they can help Haven uncover the secret to Beau’s whereabouts in one of her past lives. But their help comes at a price: Haven must infiltrate the Ouroboros Society, charm Adam Rosier, and lure him into a trap. It’s a plan the Horae believe will save the world-but Haven and Iain fear that it may destroy the happiness they’ve been chasing for two thousand years.

The Eternal Ones is a phenomenal book. All You Desire is a wonderful sequel to a story I thought could not get any better.

After reading the summary, I really believed that All You Desire would have the same plot as Eona. Themes and ideas tend to repeat a lot in YA and I was expecting, and somewhat dreading that the sequel was going to be like many of the other sequels I’ve read. It wasn’t. All You Desire is an amazing next chapter of Haven’s life, filled with intensity like no other.

I promise you that you shouldn’t attempt to predict what will happen (I tried and failed miserably). There is no way to be sure because nothing was as it seemed. It was like tiptoeing around a house that you were unfamiliar with in the middle of the night. You have no idea what’s around the corner and whether or not it’s going to be to be scary or exciting.    

Another substantial aspect of the novel was the relationships that were tested. Every decision Haven made towards the people that cared about her was practical. Haven’s actions showed true human temptation and choice and I love how Miller portrayed that through Haven.

One thing I was a little disappointed at was how quickly Haven fell into temptation. She already knew what Adam was capable of and still she trusts him almost instantly. I would think that because of her past with him she would be even more wary. But she isn’t. The relationships were developed well but I feel that I couldn’t relate so much to Haven’s relationship with Adam. It seemed incongruous with her normally very logical mindset.

I also think a few other elements of the plot seemed a bit sudden or strange, based on the information given in the first book. For instance; the Ouroboros Society started to accept children. How were there so many willing parents? How did all of them manage to come to NYC? It didn’t make total sense to me that so many had enough money to travel such a ways in a seconds notice. Also, the lawsuit between Haven and Iain’s mom was never settled; I think the reader was supposed to assume the outcome, but it left me wanting to read more about it!

Overall, All You Desire is a sequel that does not disappoint. Haven’s journey only gets more insane as new truths about people are revealed and while other groups interfere with her life. If you enjoyed The Eternal Ones the sequel is something you should put on your TBR list.

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