“candace_redinger said: 5 stars
Beautiful is certainly one word to describe this story. Unique is another word that describes it well. Paranormal YA books are very popular now and finding a story line that is unique without being cheesy isn't always done. This one was very unique with a story line completely different from any other (that I've read yet anyway). I fell in love with the characters and was so happy to not have them back and forth in their relationship and their steadfastness that they belonged together and that's that. I loved that it was the guy telling the story and he was a teenage guys that wasn't completely stupid in his decisions. Well, most of the time anyway! The story ended in a way that I wasn't completely pissed off, but I wasn't satisfied either and I'm very eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Tien H said: 3 stars
A small town, in the middle of nowhere, where nothing ever happens, everything is always the same...
A new girl at school, mysterious and good looking...
Very, very moody weather...
Does it sound familiar? It says 'Twilight' right away to my mind. However, there is more to the story. Some, of course, is predictable due to its genre & target audience but at least, there is more to the plot. It's filled with mystery, magic, ghosts, a terrible past, numerous dysfunctional families, and many other supernatural things.
Unfortunately, whilst I wasn't impressed with the Twilight series, I can't say that I'm too impressed with this book either. It wasn't bad, which is why I'm giving it the average & common 3 stars rating but I couldn't say that I truly love it. I'm still undecided on what I think of the ending. I understand that it's practically a set up for the second in the series but... utterly undecided... (I haven't decided if I'd pick up the second book either)
~* Kim *~ said: 4 Stars
Lena's family is not like normal families. They have special powers. There is a catch to the powers, however. When they turn 16, they will be "claimed" to either the light side (good) or the dark side (bad). Lena meets and falls in love with Ethan. She tries to have a normal relationship while protecting him from what she fears is about to happen.
I thought this was a well written, fast paced book, although I did find it a little on the long side with some details that probably could have been left out. I did find myself reading a lot more at a time, anxious to find out what would happen in the end.
Book Worm said: ★★★ and a half
This is the first book in a YA fantasy series it revolves around the relationship between mortal boy Ethan and caster girl Lena.
Before they even meet Ethan has been dreaming about Lena and believes he has fallen in love before first sight. When Lena arrives in town reality is a lot more complicated, for a start she is the niece of Gatlins Boo Radley and that automatically makes her an outcast, secondly she is cursed on her 16th birthday her soul will either be chosen by the dark or the light a decision she has no choice in, and thirdly she is a caster from a long line of casters this gives her magical powers which she must learn to control and makes her life a world apart from that of Ethan.
The book is unusually told from the point of the male protagonist Ethan which makes it stand out from a lot of other YA fiction a change I really enjoyed. I also enjoyed the setting of Gatlin a small plantation town in the American South where the locals still cant believe they lost the war, but that is just the surface and what happens behind closed doors reveals a totally different town.
While I did enjoy this book I didnt have the immediate connection with the characters that I did with The Hunger Games nor was it as dark as the Wicked Lovely series which for me made it feel like a story aimed at a slightly younger audience maybe early teens as opposed to YA's, that said I am curious to find out what happens in the next installment”