Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Ethan Wate is a high school student whose family has fallen apart since the death of his mother a year ago. His father has turned into an unshaven hermit, working all night on his book, only sometimes crawling out of his study to ignore Ethan at the breakfast table. Nearly every night Ethan has terrible nightmares about a girl; one who (in the way that dreams seem to work) he's sure he knows: nightly she'll be (for example) clutching his hand as she's sucked into a dark pool of water. Ethan will wake sweating and horrified from a final vision of the girl slipping away from him, the water closing over her head.
But Ethan lives in Gatlin, SouthCarolina: the quintessential small town. Everyone knows everyone and is up on their business. So Ethan keeps up a good front: he's still a star on the basketball team; he's still the guy who can date a cheerleader. So at first this book seems like a teen-angst-y southern Gothic; perhaps even one of those psychological thrillers. After all Ethan has just lost his mom.Keep reading: Ethan goes to school one morning and there,decked out as the quintessential Goth,is the new student, Lena Duchannes. She is, literally, the girl from his dreams.
They're connected.She knows it (even ifshe refuses to admit it) and so does he. Neither Lenanor their connection is anything sleepy, hide-bound Gatlin has ever experienced. And while the nasty reaction Lena gets is unfair and cruel, she brings with her a darkness that can destroy everyone around her: even the ones she loves best. It's a fate her family endures that stretches back to the Civil War, and is unlikely to be stopped anytime soon. But no matter what it costs him, Ethan is determined not to let Lena go. If it's the last thing he does, his dreams, his nightmares about her, will not come true.
Like the backcover of the book says: some loves are meant to be: some are cursed. Check out this chewy supernatural romance from a library branchnear you (or download the e-book) in one of several formats (Kindle, Nook, etc.) from the KCLSdownloadable books website.