Goodreads: Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?
For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.
Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.
Fair Warning: Be prepared for many I loves and OMGs in this review. I can't help it.
What I Liked: 1) The way Ethan treats Lena. I'm a sucker for southern gentlemen. Seriously, I am. And Ethan, wow. He's just the epitome of what good ol' southern boys should be. Bravo to Kami and Margaret for that one. Amma taught that boy well. 2) John Breed. Whoa, didn't see that one coming. If you've read Beautiful Darkness (book 2), you'll be surprised to see this guy again, and especially to find out what role he is playing now. 3) Lena's back story. We learned so much more about where Lena comes from in this story, and it really brought the story into a new perspective to me. Especially with regarding who the true villains of the story are. 4) Link. Oh, Link. Does anyone watch Chuck? Ethan and Link remind me of Chuck and Morgan. I love that Link's got more of a story line on his own now, and it isn't all about Ethan and Lena, but we've got this whole Ridley and Link plotline going on too. Ridley confuses me as to who she really wants to be, but I think it's just her way of finding a way to live as a mortal instead of a siren, and I love it all! 5) I have love/hate for the ending. I sobbed through the last twenty minutes of the book (I actually listened to it on audiobook). The authors have this ability to pull very real emotions from me with their writing, and that is one of the highest compliments I can pay an author.
What I Didn't Like: I WANNA KNOW LENA'S "true name"!! Seriously. (not a dislike, I just feel the need to shout that loudly and at frequent intervals. Also, I am just...sad (not nearly a strong enough word) at what the end of the book hinted at and I don't even know if I can stand it long enough to wait for the next book.
*Additional: I have listened to the audiobooks of all three of the Caster Chronicles books that are currently available. Kevin T. Collins is one of the best readers I have ever listened too, and honestly, having him put a voice to Ethan really just helped me get into the story even more. If you haven't listened to any audiobooks before and are looking for a good one to start with, this one is it.
Overall thoughts: I love this story. End of story. I love the characters, I love the magic, I love how I'm able to connect to it emotionally, I love the story, the creativity, everything about it. It truly is one of the best YA paranormal stories, and I will continue to read these books over and over again.
My rating: 5 shots