This story is told from the young man's point of view, which I found very refreshing!
Things start off very slowly, so it took me a while to get into it. I wasn't completely sold on the multiple playings of the "16 Moons" song early on, but everything came together by the end. That's not the only audio effect -- during storms, you'll hear the rain, flashbacks have an echo, and fire crackles. They did a good job with the sound effects! There's a strong sense of place and descriptive detail throughout, but I'll agree with an another reviewer that the repeated digs against the things that were "always true" about small towns got a little pedantic. But then, don't most kids talk about getting away from the places they grew up, regardless of where that was?
Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. I think my favorite part was getting to know all the excellent characters. Ethan and Lena were fine, but it was the supporting cast who really made the book for me! Everyone has a past, and everyone has a secret -- including the town itself, really. While the "boy meets girl and one of them has magical powers" story has been told before, this one has it's own flavor.
Parents, the language stays pretty clean, and the romantic situations never become too adult. There are bad guys with bad intentions, but the violence isn't gory or graphic.
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