Series: Caster Chronicles #1
on December 1st 2009
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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 was an interesting character. I liked him. A little weird and stalkerish when it came to Lena, but overall a good guy. Especially in that small town setting that was so judgmental of those who are “outsiders” or “different”, Ethan was a breath of fresh air. Lena wasn’t a character I could get on board with. She was interesting, and I could understand Ethan’s interest. But at the same time, I had a feeling she’d be the kind of character I wouldn’t like too much. I wish I could say more, but then there’d be spoilers for sure. Link was my favorite character. He was a good friend to Ethan, even when he wasn’t sure what Ethan was doing. He’s the reason I kept reading.
The premise of the story, of a girl that’s torn between dark and light who has a choice to make, isn’t the most original story. But I think the way Garcia and Stohl spin it is what made this series a good read. There were parts where I found the story dragging for me, but the characters were engaging and the many secrets slowly dug up were fantastic tid bits to keep me going on.
This book makes it onto so many people’s to-read lists for good reason. A solid work from these two authors. This book isn’t one to miss for any YA ParaRom fans. Well worth continuing onto the following books (and short novella).
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