Is falling in love the beginning . . . or the end?
In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .
There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head . . . Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.
There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it’s been promised. And no one can stop it.
In the end, there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.
Miss Riki’s Review:
After a slow start, I ended up really enjoying this book. I felt like the first fifty pages were really heavy handed in describing the setting and the town and lacked anything in the way of real character development, but once I slogged through the start, I was pleasantly surprised at how seamlessly I fell into the action.
I particularly enjoyed reading a novel from a male point of view and found Ethan to be a very delightful, albeit unreliable narrator. It was refreshing to fall in love from the boy’s perspective and I felt like the male voice was spot on. Ethan is a hopeless romantic and falls for Lena hard and fast, but part of the joy of the novel is that heady rush of first love depicted within its pages.
I was sort of burned out on paranormal worlds and the characters within them, but I was pleasantly surprised at the complexity of the Caster world and really enjoyed all of the intricate details woven throughout the story. The novel has a wonderful historical background that grounds the magical properties to real life and I loved how seamlessly the two were written together. Setting plays a huge role in this book and the deep South and its cast of crazy townspeople kept me interested.
Although it’s not a short book, clocking in at 563 pages, it does move fast. Every chapter ends on a bit of suspense that left me turning pages to find out what happened next. I ended up enjoying it so much that I went looking for a sequel, and found that there are actually three more large books (plus a spinoff) in the series. I’ll definitely be reading on to find out the fate of Lena and Ethan.