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.
Ethan’s dreams are very really. When he wakes up in the morning he is often left with physical evidence of his nightmare including mud on his fingernails. When the girl in his dreams turns up in his town he can’t quite believe it. Being with her however isn’t going to be easy. In the small town of Galin they don’t like new comers and with her weird appearance and the fact she is the niece of the town lock-in they really don’t like Lena.
Things go from bad to worse when there is an incident at school. Ethan however just can’t stay away. Going after Lena their connection grows but Ethan still has a lot to learn about Lena and her family. He is about to learn that being together isn’t just a problem from the town, Lena is cursed and counting down the days till she turns 16. Is there anything they can do to prevent loosing on another?
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book, I usually stay away from books about ‘magic’ (apart from Harry Potter of course). Having now finished the book I actually quite enjoyed it. There are a lot of paranormal romances going about just now and I feel this one doesn’t follow the pattern that occurs in many of the others. It is easy to sympathise with Ethan as his life isn’t easy and he is living in a town where nothing is a secret. I also felt bad for Lena and there was part of me that wanted her to be able to shake the rest of the town into being more welcoming. This was a good book and I enjoyed reading a new take on a popular genre.