At one time, Ethan Wate thought of his southern hometown Gatlin as a place that always stayed the same. That is, until he met a mysterious stranger named Lena Duchannes. Her arrival to Gatlin brought with it the revelation of the secrets this town has been keeping all along. In fact, for generations, the Duchannes family has been cursed in Gatlin, where seemingly impossible, supernatural events really come to pass.
Though Lena and Ethan long to stand side by side, throughout all changes, there is a tragic loss that threatens their bond. Once this happens, Lena hides secrets and Ethan finds that he can no longer pretend he does not see the darker side of Gatlin. These dark visions draw him further down into the mire of the Gatlins history, where he finds himself circling in the vast underground labyrinth in the South.
The film Beautiful Creatures was released in America in February 2013, and introduced us to the world of the Caster Chronicles. One of the highest rated young adult fantasy series, the story of Ethan Wate and Lana Duchannes is masterfully crafted by two American authors.
Kami Garcia was raised near Washington D. C.. Yet she has ties to the south, where these tales are set, and she has always been fascinated by the supernatural. Margaret Stohl has a background in the video gaming industry, where she applied her creative writing first. Though they created the Beautiful Creature series together, both women now live in California and work separately.
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.
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