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Eternal – H. G. Nadel

February 26, 2013

Genre: Paranormal Teen Romance
Publisher: Sourced Media Books
260 pages
ISBN: 9781937458195
Source: Publisher via TLC Booktours

Let’s call this one: Romeo and Juliet and Frankenstein’s Monster.

Part epic love story, part science experiment gone haywire, Eternal has all of the plot elements of a fun, fantastic read. It doesn’t quite pan out perfectly but still a fun ride.

The curtain opens on recent grad Julia Jones, science whiz  and California cutie. She is playing assistant to the brilliant but delightfully batty Dr. Caleb Bertel on what appears to be a dangerous but undisclosed experiment of potential genius. They just so happen to be considering the science of life after death when lo and behold, Dr. Bertel accidentally offs himself only to be saved by Julia’s brilliance.

Great, right? Well, the trouble really starts when Bertel goes missing from the hospital, his disappearance followed immediately by someone following and harassing Julia with cryptic, esoteric messages. The police get involved, enlisting a hunk to match Julia’s hotness by the name of Austin Moore. We’re pretty much guaranteed some sort of love connection as Nadel repeats ad nauseam, that the two likely lovers seem to find the other familiar.

The writing was a little spotty, though that’s not to say hat it was bad; it just had moments of beauty and then moments of boredom. I also always have a bit of a problem when the protagonist is too perfect. Julia is California cute in a beautiful blonde way and extra, super duper smart. I always like a heroine with a bit of a social hurdle somewhere. Even though much of the plot and writing hit hard (albeit hardly surprising) the book was a fun read. I had to let go of my reader perfectionism and just enjoy the adventure.


About H. G. Nadel

H. G. Nadel was born in Paris and has spent most of her adult life in the United States. She began her professional career as a SAG/AFTRA agent and later started a successful acting school in Orange County, California. Nadel has written numerous screenplays, but her first love is novel writing. Her expertise in young adult drama has allowed her to write captivating coming-of-age stories in both English and French.

You can find Nadel onFacebook and Twitter.

Find out more about the characters in Eternal at

Check out her other tour stops, below:

Tour Stops

Thursday, January 31st: Sara’s Organized Chaos

Tuesday, February 5th: Books, Books Everywhere!

Wednesday, February 13th: Bibliophilia, Please!

Tuesday, February 19th: So Many Books, So Little Time

Monday, February 25th: Boekie’s Book Reviews

Tuesday, February 26th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Thursday, March 7th: A Dream Within A Dream 

Wednesday, March 27th: My Guilty Obsession


2 Comments leave one →
  1. zibilee permalink
    February 26, 2013 2:23 pm

    I also like my characters to have social or outward hurdles, but this one sounds good to me. I like the fact that there is a bit of paranormal suspense to it, and even if the romance doesn’t float my boat, the other aspects might!

  2. March 1, 2013 4:34 pm

    I’m glad you were able to let go and simply enjoy the book! Thanks for being on the tour.

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