Overview from Barnes and Noble:
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.
I really enjoyed this book and actually read it before the movie came out. As usual, I pictured all the characters differently than the ones cast in the movie, but the only issue I really had with the casting for the movie was that Ethan was very tall in the movie and the actor that was chosen for the role was not. Minor detail, but distracting all the same.
Ethan has been having dreams on a regular basis of mud and a beautiful girl that he just can't hold onto. Then she shows up at his school for the fall term and is living in the plantation the townspeople all avoid. They become friendly and slowly she reveals her secret. Her family is part of a society of Supernaturals. She is a Castor. Each member of her family has different magical strengths from being able to see all that has happened in one spot in the past, present and future, to being able to tell if a person is telling the truth or not, to being a Siren and being able to control the actions of others. Some Castors are Light and others are Dark, but they don't become either until their seventeenth birthday, which for Lena is just a little while away.
Lena is a very powerful Castor who can control the weather. She is much sought by both Dark and Light Castors to join their side and this, along with the usual drama of being a teen, especially a new teen in a small town, lead to a lot of stress and strain. Questions remain about whether or not Ethan and Lena can have any kind of future together and how her claiming on her seventeenth moon is going to affect the community in Gatlin, in the Supernatural world and beyond.
- ISBN-13: 9780316231657
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: 11/20/2012
- Series: Beautiful Creatures Series , #1
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
- Pages: 592