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Publisher's Note:

A love story that spans across continents and centuries Julia Jones is an eighteen-year-old science prodigy with a big secret. After landing a prestigious internship with brilliant but eccentric Dr. Caleb Bertel, she is finally ready to move on from her mother's death. But after Julia revives Dr. Bertel from a near-fatal electrocution, strange things start to happen. Without warning, Dr. Bertel disappears. Then Julia receives threatening notes on her car, and someone has her followed. The young police officer assigned to the case, Austin Moore, believes the events are connected and asks her to help him solve the mystery of Bertel's disappearance. Instantly attracted to him, Julia agrees. Still, she knows that she has seen Austin somewhere before, if only she could put her finger on it. Will Julia uncover the mystery of Bertel's disappearance before it's too late, and does she dare trust Austin with her heart? Spoiler: Austin and Julia are tragic historical Fr…


by H. G. Nadel

Overall Book Review:

Due to her summer internship which included some controversial research with a brilliant scientist, Julia’s life is about to take a turn for the extraordinary and unbelievable. Nadel really stretches the imagination with the possibilities that are considered and explored in their studies. The plot thickens with each turn of the page, and things become pretty intense, especially in the last half of the book. There are some seriously passionate characters in this story and some who really get in your head, making it a little difficult to sleep at night if you’re one with a vivid imagination. As the events switch between past and present, you see an increased depth to several of the characters and they become even more interesting and alive. Eternal is an outstanding tale similar to Romeo and Juliet, with a scientific addition and a paranormal twist that will appeal to both male and female audiences ages 16 and older.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Gibbs Smith

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 2 religious exclamations; 18 mild obscenities; 3 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore: Many (42) brief incidents including threats; imagining potential violence; people injured in emergency room including one with severed finger; character’s family member dies from cancer; second hand report of characters committing suicide; non-life threatening physical injuries such as getting cut and character getting grabbed by arm; characters hitting, kicking and punching others; characters getting tased; fantasy violence including dead characters posessing bodies of living characters; vandalism to gravestone; character electrocuted to death; character commiting suicide; recalling story of violent death; characters murdered; character tortured and reproductive organ violently removed. One extended incident of characters fighting.

Sex/Nudity; Many (61) brief incidents including hugging; kissing; touching face, arm, feet and back; massaging shoulders and legs; holding hands; cuddling; female character’s shirt removed for medical reasons; innuendo; characters thinking of other characters; referring to self and others as sexy; character referred to as a slut; mention of character not getting to have sex; characters making out and touching shoulders under shirt; reference to a story about an affair; song with a sexual reference; character’s reproductive organ removed due to another character disapproving its use.

Mature Subject Matter:

Cancer, Death of a Family Member, Exorcism (mentioned), kidnapping, souls being posessed, amputation of character’s reproductive organ.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Teenagers doing drugs and drinking; adult drinking; song about a teenager in a bar; PCP given to both adults and teenagers without them knowing; character suggesting another character was on drugs.

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I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.