There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. WhenLena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
Initially I was skeptical because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get into the book through a male POV. I think it was just because the last book I read through a male POV just didn’t do anything for me. The kindle version of this book was on sale for the movie release day, so of course I had to buy it! And I’m actually glad I did.
The writing was wonderful-it pulls you in and you can actually visualize everything in the small town of Gatlin. The story follows Ethan, who seems to be just a typical teenager living in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business. I have lived in the South my entire life, and while it may be difficult for some people to picture that type of life, it comes easy to me. Ethan attends high school, which has the typical groups. Then, enter Lena, the niece of the infamous shut-in at Ravenwood. In the small town, there is talk about the new girl and she doesn’t receive a warm welcome, except Ethan feels drawn to her.
Prior to even seeing her, Ethan has been dreaming about her. But the end of the dream always escapes him and he cannot figure out what happens. Lena has a secret, and Ethan is determined to find out everything about her.
This book takes you on an intriguing ride, with crazy weather, houses that change rooms, a wolf-dog that follows Lena, and all of the other characters in-between. I actually loved Ethan’s aunts! They cracked me up so much.
The writing style was fantastic, and character development was excellent. I really felt like I was there, experiencing everything as the characters were in the book. I am about to start reading the next in the series, Beautiful Darkness, and I’m really excited to see where Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl take the characters next.
I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars! I haven’t seen the movie, and I’m not sure if I’m going to or not. Just from the trailers, I can see where the book is different and I’m not sure I’m going to like the changes. But, that is usually typical-the books are almost always better than the movies!