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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.
Hardcover, 563 pages
Published on December 1, 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316042676
ISBN-13: 9780316042673
24 Book Reviews
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  • poshpony
    poshponyMonday, April 16, 2018 at 11:24 am55 stars
    THis is a truly pure love story between, what you might say as normal and gifted people. It shows the true joy and power of love. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!
    • grapefruit
      grapefruitSaturday, March 17, 2018 at 4:59 am55 stars
      Ethan is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl. So when Lena Duchannes moves in to town, Ethan is shocked by the similarities.....could this be the girl in his dreams? Then Ethan discovers that Lena is no ordinary girl. She is a Caster, a witch. At first, Ethan feels pity for Lena as she is teased at school for being weird, but then they fall in love and everything changes. Ethan then realizes that Lena's power is stronger than he thought, and there is someone trying to control her--her Siren cousin Ridley. Can Ethan stop Ridley's power from hurting Lena? Or will they both be killed at the end? This book will leave you hanging on till the end, wondering if Lena will end up Dark or Light...but the answer won't come out just yet! This series combines magic and high school in a horror-cliffhanger that will break your heart and mend it back again.
      • AgnessWednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm
        Lovely Awsome Cool
        • AgnessWednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm
          Love it
          • mamabird
            mamabirdWednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm55 stars
            Great book, great story line, good read. I definitely enjoyed the book 1000x more than the movie.. there were more characters and more moments in the book. I stopped reading the series around book 4 because the story just isn't the same when all the characters keep dying then coming back to life somehow...
            • teencalum13
              teencalum13Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2:25 pm
              SUCH A GREAT..... NO AWESOME BOOK!!!! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!!!
              • pentha
                penthaTuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:01 am33 stars
                Ethan wate's small boring town Gatlin, wasn't all that boring after meeting Lena Duncan. Lena Duran was no ordinary girl and everyone knew that especially since her uncle Macon is like a town shut out but owns all the land in Gatlin. Lenas first week of school she shattered a window with out moving a finger. Ethan and Lena immediately became friends during that week and started dating. Lena had a tattoo on her hand that was a numbered going down everyday until her birthday the choosing day of which she becomes a dark caster or light. But because of a curse her ancestor mad she fading into the dark . Ethan and amma a seer helps Lena find ways to break the curse and become a light caster but there are things that must be done to become light that Lena doesn't like.........
                • pentha
                  penthaTuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:17 am33 stars
                  Ethan wate's small boring town Gatlin, wasn't all that boring after meeting Lena Duncan. Lena Duran was no ordinary girl and everyone knew that especially since her uncle Macon is like a town shut out, but owns all the land in Gatlin. Lena had a tattoo on her hand that was a numbered going down everyday until her birthday the choosing day of which she becomes a dark caster or light. But because of a curse her ancestor mad she fading into the dark . Ethan and amma a seer helps Lena find ways to break the curse and become a light caster but there are things that must be done to become light that Lena doesn't like.........
                  • mardit
                    marditTuesday, September 1, 2015 at 11:05 am55 stars
                    In a city without surprises can secretly change everything . One day pops lena duchannas up at school, ethan wate know her from his dreams - literally ! But lena has creepy powers. Together the two must battle a curse that has been in family duchannes in generations - and within lena turns 16 , she must choose between the good and the evil side .
                    • haiha101
                      haiha101Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 1:45 pm55 stars
                      I loved this book! It was really good. i liked that it had magic, but had both good and bad magic. I would recommend this book 100% to people who like "fairy tale" magic.