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. When Lena 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. Goodreads
About the book:
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Series: Caster Chronicles #1
Book Length: 563 pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 quills
Started Reading: December 6, 2015
Finished Reading: December 10, 2015
“You’re so full of crap, you could pass for a toilet.”
What did I think of the book?
I love it from beginning to end. Another quote I truly loved:
“Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures.”
This first book got me hooked. The beginning of the book was so intriguing, it kept my attention and made me want to read on real quick.
What was really interesting is that the story is told from the POV of Ethan Wate. Nowadays I don’t see a lot of stories which main focus is on a male character. Ethan Wate is a boy with a troubled history, a dark fate and strange dreams. He lives in a boring town called Gatlin, in the south of America. The town is really small, nothing ever happens and the main focus of the town is the Civil War reenactment of one specific moment in history. The Civil War was called the Northern Agression.So you got your deep-rooted Southern culture in a town you only dream to escape from. But this town looks boring, but ain’t boring at all. It got secrets, like a lot. And like big and dark secrets. Like secrets most in town will never know. And if they would know, they couldn’t accept it. It ain’t normal, so it ain’t true. Ethan, too, doesn’t know about these secrets. Until a girl arrives in town. The niece of the town outcast, Lena Duchannes.
Lena isn’t your typical girl. First of all, she’s an outsider. Which means that 99% of the townspeople will find she’s an outcast. It’s not fair, I know all about that. But Lena is kind off an outcast, in the good way. She has the same dreams as Ethan does, at the same time… They don’t know each other yet, but they do know they love each other.. *swoon* how sweet is that? Meeting the love of your life really in your dreams…. But those dreams are not of two people eating ice-cream and holding hands while walking on white sandy beaches. Nope, not at all.
When they do finally meet, the story begins. A fast pacing story about two loved ones who are destined to be together or not. Destiny can be changed. A page-turning story full of mystery and magic. The first book in this beautiful story has a lot of background information. But it’s inevitable for the rest of the story. what fascinates me the most, like with P.C. and Kristin Cast, is that two writers writing one story can fit it together so perfectly. I can’t find any evidence where one began and one ended writing.
This story holds it all, school, family issues, drama, mystery, a love story that is too sweet, magic, excitement, culture, history, diversity and other typical things in the life of a teenager.
This was the first book in the Caster Chronicles. The next book is Beautiful Darkness. Wait for the review on that book!!
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- #31 Scarlet.
- #30 The Raven Boys.
- #29 The Moth in the Mirror.
- #28 Splintered.