“Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing every 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 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 that dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is at it seems.”
I was so deep into Beautiful Creatures, by the way you can check out my review for that here, that I immediately purchased this on Amazon. I was not disappointed by this book in the slightest. If you take the books as just the series and don’t factor in the movie then this is not only the best book in the series but one of the better books that I’ve read in awhile. However, due to the fact that the movie is going to be bringing in a lot of new readers the things that happen in this book can leave you going “Huh?” The book as a whole was great though. I loved the new characters that were introduced in this book, along with the twists and turns that involved some of the older characters as well. One touch that I loved, and my not knowing if this is in the physical copies of the book is what takes it down for me, is the fact that the book contained illustrations throughout the book. I’ve already purchased the third book and I can’t wait to read it!
4 out of 5