Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I have had a copy of this book for several years but I never got around to reading it until I knew the movie was soon upon us.
The characters in this book are interesting to say the least. I liked Ethan from the start and I continued to enjoy his character growth throughout the book. I loved that even though he was the popular boy in school he really didn’t want much to do with that crowd and wanted even less to do with them once Lena came to town. I loved that Ethan wanted more out of life and he was able to change throughout the story in order to become the man he needed to be. While I really liked Ethan’s character, Lena took much more time to grow on me. She was rather awkward and just seemed to me like we didn’t learn enough about her in order to form a complete opinion of her. Then there was Link who was a nice comic relief, his mom who was just an evil woman but I guess she had her reasons. Oh and I can’t leave out the adults in this book, Macon was such a mysterious man and I always wanted to know more about him and Amma was such a presence in the book and I wanted to know more about her powers as well.
The story line simply put was a Southern Gothic tale. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book because the Gothic elements of the book really stood out and it was fascinating to read about since I have not read any stories with this particular setting or feel to them. However, as the story went on I will admit that I got a little bored. This book is over 550 pages long and sometimes I felt like there were some scenes in the middle that could have been cut out just so the book could move a little faster, even if only 50 pages were taken out. The last 100 pages of the book really made the story special, everything just came together and the way the book ended left me saying NO NO NO that can’t be all now I need to read the second book.
Overall, I really did think this book had a very unique feel. I enjoyed the gothic story as well as the fact that we got to read a YA book from the male pov. Ethan was a really special character and I can’t wait for more of his story, his love of Lena, and his bravery in the face of the unknown Caster world.