This is the story of sixteen year old Ethan Wate who lives in Gatlin county. It's a place known for Southern hospitality and Southern Belles. Ethan is part of the "in" crowd. He's on the basketball team, he's dated cheerleaders, and most importantly he was born and raised in Gatlin. Anyone who was born in Gatlin seems to stay in Gatlin because they're insiders. The only thing that seems to be wrong with Gatlin is the mysterious Mr. Ravenwood. No one goes near his house because it's supposedly haunted. So, what does the community do when Lena Duchannes, Mr. Ravenwood's neice, moves into town? She's different, not a cheerleader, and wasn't born there. She's an outsider. The strangest part? She's the girl that's been haunting Ethan's nightmares.
I liked this story. It's one I've looked into for quite some time because it seemed so intriguing. And, yes, it was quite. I found it rather refreshing to read a story like this from the boy's point of view. This story is targeted toward girls who read paranormal romance, and it's written through his eyes? Yes. It provided a unique twist from the often emotional analytical girl's view. There was still plenty of emotion and such, but also a guy's rational, adding a bit of tension to the story as well.
There were a few occasions during dialogue where it was a bit difficult to know who was talking and I had to go back and figure out who said what. A few more speech verbs would have been nice. Other than that, the plot seemed to work out nicely, the tension was good, and the description used the senses well.
I know what you're probably asking... Is this another trilogy that I'm gonna have to wait years to be done with the story? Yes it is a trilogy, but no you won't have to wait long. The first two books are already out and the third comes out in October. Just a couple months of waiting. Happy reading!
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