Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 1st 2009
Page Count: 563 (eBook: 390)
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
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.This book really didn't cross my radar until the theird book, Beautiful Chaos came out and everyone, I mean EVERYONE was excited, so I had no choice but to see what this was about, and wow. It was better than I thought it would be.
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.
This book takes place in a little town that's obsessed with "The war of Northern Aggression" or the Civil war, and pretty much everyone who ever lived there still lives there today, and they really don't get any visitors. The setting was pretty different that most YA settings. The main character, Ethan really hates his little town and their views and I really understand what he feels. I would hate that town.
Lena Duchannes is the newest student that the town has gotten in years, so naturally everyone is curious about her but the only one who befriends her is Ethan. Lena is not like normal girls though, as Ethan soon finds out when Lena gets angry at a girl in their English class who has been tormenting her and the glass of a nearby window blows out and Ethan begins hearing Lena's voice in his head. And Lena's not the only un-normal one, her entire family has powers in one form or another.
This boy is told in a male perspective, which really needs to be done in YA more.
I absolutely love the characters in the story, Ethan and Lena are both so alike and yet so different that they work so well together.
The end of the book was very well wrapped up, and it makes sense that this book has a squeal, because it alone was a very long story, and this book needs more to it.