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 loved this book so much. It was well written, extremely interesting, and captivating. Most books will hit a certain point when you are reading them, and you know that things have reached the climax and won’t be getting any more exciting. This book never let up. It gradually built up the plot, peaked and continued on building. The story itself was incredibly interesting and I don’t recall ever reading anything like it. I feel a little guilty for starting this book when I had already started the Vampire Diaries but it was well worth it (not saying that the Vampire Diaries series is bad, since I haven’t finished it yet). I had been meaning to pick up this book for a long time and I am glad I did. The female lead wasn’t your typical, classical protagonist. She wasn’t stereotypically pretty and she was moody. The protagonist of the story and narrator, Ethan was enjoyable to listen to. He brought my view of a prince like character back into focus (just to point out he wasn’t actually a prince). Each character in the story held their own and were interesting, which is hard to find in a book these days. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy fantasy, romance, or just a good read.
The next book in the series is Beautiful Darkness
This book has been made into a movie and is now in theaters