Authors: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Series: Caster Chronicles
Published: September 19th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source of copy: Bought at Hastings
Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.
Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.
(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)
I love when a book is hard to put down. This book held up to all expectations the first book left me. These books are full of action and leave you unable to stop from turning the next page. You just have to read more... Sleep? pffft... Who needs it?
My sister had told me we needed to read this series before we went to watch the movie. Of course I was like DUH.... I was really glad we did. I couldn't just stop at the first book though. I had to read the next.
The authors write the characters stories so well. Each character having deep backgrounds and playing vital roles in the story. Emotionally these books will put you through the ringer. (At least I was emotionally drained) You will find yourself living right along side Ethan and Lena as they struggle to find their connections to each other and the world around them.
So... Go read this book if you haven't already!