There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
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 had already seen the movie long before I read the book and, although I know the book is almost always better than the movie, I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was! It was a pleasant surprise to be absolutely sucked in to this amazing world of magic and unconventional love. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who loves books that transforms the everyday reality we all know into something magical and mysterious!55
The book was so good and was a real page turner!55
The more beautiful creatures that read banned books...55
Great book 👍55
So I actually just saw the movie about a month ago. I had never even heard of it before. I really don't have time to read much either. So I read a book about every 10 years. Never really liked to read much. I saw the movie and immediately fell in love. I loved the movie, the characters, the plot. I read the reviews of the movie and was really disappointed that it didn't receive better reviews everybody exclaiming that it just didn't do the book justice. Understanding that you literally can't put every detail from a book into a movie, I had to read the book. Got to say that as much as I loved the movie I loved the book. I'm glad I watched the movie first because it gave me a visual reference to the characters in the book. I'll never forget in the beginning of the movie when Lena turned around in the class room for the first time with her pretty smile that stole my heart. She just has that face that almost makes me feel like I had known her all my life, like we had met somewhere before. I'm sure it was just that I had seen her in another show or something but there was just something about her so familiar to me. I really credit the writer's and producers for that. They really CAST the perfect girl for that role. "No pun intended!!!!" I carried that and the visions of all the characters from the movie into my reading of the book. Sure the movie and the book have their differences but I loved them both equally. Wished they would have made more movies from the book series. Can't ever say that I enjoyed reading anything before now. I was always the guy in class that would buy the cliff notes to do my book reports so I wouldn't have to read. This book has really cultivated a love for reading for me. I am fixing to continue reading the series. Can't wait to see what is in store for the gang from Gatlin. Best wishes to the authors of this book and the producers and cast from the movie. Love your work. You have really opened my eyes to the wonderful world of books and how enjoyable reading can be. Makes me want to go throw away all my cliff notes from years ago and buy the books!!!!! Gary55
I'd actually give this a 3.5. An enjoyable, albeit not great read. I enjoyed the narrator and his occasionally funny references to pop-culture, sometimes before his time. There were some great literary references and allusions as well. Overall, the characters were interesting and mostly well drawn although some were bordering on cliche. The story itself was well done, although I don't know that the resolution was as well done as the rest - although that may be a lead into the next in the series. The ending left me with some confusion as to the whys as well as feeling a bit cheated. I will say that reading adolescent /YA fiction today is much different than years ago. The stories are more imaginative and often tackle topics more complex than I remember. The teenage angst is still alive and well, but there is often much more going on. Read in the context of YA fiction this is more of a 4-star, but compared to the bulk of writing out their this just falls in the middle of the pile.45
I saw the movie and had several questions, so I bought and read the book for answers. It never got interesting to me even though I read the whole novel. Was happy it was over.25
I watched the movie first and then had to read the book since books are always better. It was WAY different from the movie and much better. I loved it! I can't wait to finish reading the rest of the books. :)55
This one of a kind novel will transport readers to the beautiful and mysterious world of Gatlin. There is romance, action, and witches! This book will leave readers with their heads in Gatlin and their hearts with Lena and Ethan. Absolutely stunning in every way!!55
My sister had just gotten me the movie to this book and I fell in love with it, so I decided to look for the book on here and I FOUND IT:)! I love these books and cannot wait for the next movie!55