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Publisher's Summary

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....
©2009 Kami Garcia; (P)2009 Hachette
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By FanB14 on 07-06-12

Adequate for Adults

This book has all of the key components to a good YA novel. There's outcast girl & boy who find they're soul mates; an overly protective African-American caregiver; humorous secretive uncle and a paranormal twist. I didn't love this story and found some of the characters to be irritating stereotypes (the mean girls at school). Overall, it was a decent attempt, but could have been better. While I enjoyed the story, I won't listen to the next in the series.

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By BumbleBee 456 on 12-27-12

warmed over young adult supernatural fiction

I wish Audible would categorize its books better. I should have known this is a young adult book by the description, but somehow I keep falling for the Fantasy label.

I like a lot of young adult supernatural fiction. There is some good stuff coming out nowadays. But this book is stuffed with the tired conceits of young adult fiction, and it isn't even really self-consistent. Basically, the authors are lazy. Paranoid conviction that all the adults know something they won't tell you? Check. Intense yet unexplained love connection between two good looking yet chaste teenagers whom no one else understands? Check. One dimensional mean girls at the high school? Check. Teachers who are really just dumb placeholders? Check. Parents who are dead or otherwise out of the picture? Check.

Come on. At no high school will freshman girls and boys be elected to be king and queen at the major dance. No one can be comfortable at a party outside where everyone is wearing super skimpy clothes (tee shirts, short dresses, etc) yet there is snow or a hurricane or a rainstorm or I forget there was always some crazy weather. And despite spending months and months trying to solve the MacGuffin - excuse me, the Incredibly Important Yet Seemingly Insurmountable And Probably Deadly Problem That Has A Known Deadline - the protagonists make unexplainably rash decisions hours before said deadline and the only explanation is "well, she is a teenager."

This book was set up as a question of fate: are we fated to become something laid out by our forebears, or do we have free will? It could have been interesting if well-handled, but I get the feeling that the writers knew they wanted a sequel and that if they distract the young adult readers with enough magic and doofy adults then maybe no one would complain that the story just isn't that smart.

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