Eternal, by Cynthia Leitich Smith
In the history of star-crossed loves, the story of Miranda and Zachary ranks right up there with Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, or perhaps more appropriately, Buffy and Angel, with a bit of role reversal. Miranda is a vampire and Zachary is an angel, but their story doesn’t start out that way. Miranda was a human girl, with the human desire to win a role in her high school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Zachary was her guardian angel. When Miranda bombs her audition she meets up with her best friend Lucy for a pity party that goes horribly wrong. They meet video store employee Kurt while browsing the horror aisle, and he convinces them to meet him in the cemetery at midnight. When is that ever a good idea? Upon reaching the cemetery, Miranda and Lucy are inevitably attacked by a vampire and Zachary, in his role as Miranda’s angel, does his best to protect her. Unfortunately, in his fervor Zachary reveals his true form, which Lucy sees, and as punishment he loses his powers and is cast out of Heaven. Zachary’s attention is diverted for mere seconds, and yet the vampire has escaped and Miranda is nowhere to be found.
Then the real story begins. In order to regain his powers, Zachary is given one final mission, a mission which leads him to Miranda, who has not only become a vampire, but is the vampire daughter of the King of the Mantle of Dracul. Zachary again undertakes the task of keeping Miranda on the straight and narrow, which is not a path typically walked by a vampire. Miranda, who never knew Zachary existed before her death, much less that he was her guardian angel, finds herself strangely wanting to live up to his expectations of her. What would her father think? It’s hardly the behavior of vampire royalty.
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