By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
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. 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 to admit it, I flat out just love paranormal YA. I mean, that's probably no big surprise, but I had to reaffirm it :) So, yeah, this was a really fun read, and I particularly liked reading something from a male POV. It's been a while, and though there were a few times where I kind of wondered if some of the things that Ethan was doing were more the product of two female authors than anything else, it was still fun. Plus, the story itself kept me quite wrapped up throughout. Also, I'll admit, someday, I really will have to go see a Civil War reenactment. It just sounds cool, and so utterly random, and after writing CLM, I would love to see it in person, if only for Derek's sake!
And here's my other shameless plug for Colors Like Memories: if you liked Beautiful Creatures, there are lots and lots of nice similarities between the two books. Especially dealing with the Civil War. So you may want to check it out!
So, who's looking forward to this being made into a movie next year??