When Ethan Wate, who has been dying to get out of his small Southern town, starts dreaming of a girl he has never met, he is haunted by her.When the girl shows up in town, she is like no one that Gatlin, SC, has ever seen.Lena Duchannes is a Caster, and she is struggling to control her growing powers and the curse that has controlled her family for years.Ethan is drawn to her and is determined to help her find a way to save herself from the family curse.In Gatlin, where nothing ever changes and the ladies of the DAR rule the town, Lena’s secret will change everything.There is also a mystery that runs back to the Civil War era that will add another layer to the story of the Duchannes family’s past and future.
592 pages 978-0316077033 Ages 14 and up
Recommended by Brandy S. Huffman, Librarian
The first book in a lush gothic fantasy series for younger readers of Charlaine Harris and fans of Cassandra Clare.
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.--from the publisher