publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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. (Amazon)
In (Very) Short:
+ first in a series
+ about witches and caster
+ told from the perspective of the male protagonist
Ethan and Lena don’t know each other, have never met before, have not seen each other by accident nor knew about each others existence, but Ethan is dreaming about her pretty much every night. Lena is a witch, a caster, who will be claimed by either the light or the dark side of magic. She tries to hide that, she tries to fight it but the time is running out.
This is the first book that I have come across that is told from the perspective of the male protagonist. I enjoyed it, he came to the point pretty fast, was addressing the problems and issues he had and refused to make a fuss. However, sometimes I still felt like it was a little mushy at times.
The caster story was interesting, yet the major focus of the story was on the developing relationship between Ethan and Lena. I liked her cousin Riley, who I believe is not as bad as everybody thinks she is (including herself). The narrative pace was okay, but could have picked up a little bit. The story slowed down in between but picked up towards the end.
I am not sure how the series will continue, since I don’t particularly remember what questions were unanswered towards the end.
The story was good, the scheme similar to other YA books, the perspective was new – at least for me.