Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever 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 that 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 the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.
©2010 Kami Garcia (P)2010 Hachette Audio
Enjoyable story. Found myself looking forward to the others in the series
Kevin Collins has a wonderful sense of the characters and manages to capture their personalities with ease.
I would recommend this story because I think it is a good story, fun! Reminds me of a Harry Potter book, which are also great stories!
I liked the variety of characters. There were a few new characters in this story, I really liked that. I like how it ended, was sorta unexpected.
I guess the main character is my favorite, Ethan. But I do like several other characters. I really liked the new keeper in training character.
Yes, I liked the story. Liked that it was male main character.
I Liked the fact that there was music and actual sounds. Made listening more interesting.
Again, liked the story. I have listened to the first 2 books. About to listen to the third.
This book would be great for someone who like to be bored into sleep.
The first book was entertaining but the second book started so slow. The challenge to the relationship wasn't very compelling. Snore.
No. At times I couldn't tell the difference.
I loved the first book, but this one is not good. I'm 3/4 into it and I don't care how it ends (not a good sign). I probably will not listen/read to the rest of the series.
I devoured all he books in this series in a fairly short amount of time. I enjoyed the story and the narrator. If you liked the first book you will like this one.
Maybe. If he promises never to attempt a british accent EVER again. Liv just sounds like Stewie Griffin from the Family Guy.
Not as much as the first.
It really bugged me that he made Liv sound like Stewie Griffin. I really hate that show and it ruined Liv's character for me.
I like magical realism.
If you aren't looking for a book that requires a great amount of thinking or any background knowledge in the genre of fantasy, this is a good book to get. It's nice an long, if that's what you're looking for and all unknown information is spoon-fed to you all the way through the book. It's got your typical Romeo and Juliet-esque love story, and you can't help but root for them. There is not a lot of ambiguity is characters' good/evil alignments, except for a couple of characters, because that's really the basis of the plot.
All in all, I eat up this type of story, but that doesn't keep me from getting frustrated. I thought the voice acting was great. The southern accent annoyed me, but that has more to do with the book's setting. The plot is great. It's a new spin on something a little overdone. But I did get frustrated with the two main characters, because at times they seemed so thick-headed. I would have something figured out long before either of them did, and I wanted to yell at them for being dense. I didn't feel like the male protagonist was *totally* realistic. As I was Ethan's age about 8 years ago, I don't recall being that emotionally intelligent as a 16-year-old, so that is was stood out to me the most, as far as flaws go. Like I said, overall I liked the book. The characters weren't under or overdeveloped for the span of time it took to listen to the book. But I felt like the end was a big middle finger, and a ploy to make me buy the next book (which I did).
The song 16 Moons throughout the book is what really made the audiobook for me. It was a great touch, and it made my hair stand on end.
Couldn't stop listening to first one - it was delicious!
...but this one was a little slow for me and negative at the beginning. The first half was her depression and I almost put it down (like in Twilight book 2 where Bella whines and whines and whines...until I wanted to kill myself or her!) then it picked up. It introduced a new character that I loved and with all the depression I was almost hoping he ended up with her.
I get a little confused with so many periphery characters but it adds to the flavor of the book. I did miss the "aunts" in this book: they do not show up nearly as often as they did in book one and they made me laugh out loud.
I liked it enough not to give up on the series though and I am buying book 3 now. :)
I liked the interaction of the characters, Ethan and Lena, Ethan and Link, Ethan and Liv, Link and Liv, Ridley all by herself, Lena and John. Parts of this book were heartbreaking, awe inducing and tear-jerking.
He brought depth to each character, made each of them have their own voice and personality.
When Ethan spoke to his mother as a sheer, it was very bittersweet.
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