A darkly enchanting series from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a teenage witch who battles dark forces in her small town, perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Hex Hall series.
A boy cursed with visions that lead to madness. A girl granted the powers to save him.
As soon as Nadia arrives in Captive's Sound, she knows something is seriously wrong. The town is shrouded in dark magic, more powerful and complex than she has ever seen. Mateo has lived in Captive's Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is "cursed" with insanity. When the mysterious girl he has been dreaming of every night appears (Nadia), he fears the curse may be true. But danger is coming, and Nadia and Mateo must work together to stop this unknown force before it destroys everything in its path.
High school senior Nadia Caldani is both the new girl in Captive's Sound and a powerful novice witch. Her father moved what's left of their family from Chicago to the depressed Rhode Island beach town after Nadia's mother, who is also a witch, deserted them. A near-tragic car accident sets in motion Nadia's relationship with the handsome but cursed Mateo Perez, and also alerts her witch sense that something strange lurks underneath Captive's Sound. Enter Verlaine, another outsider who quickly becomes Nadia's best friend, and Elizabeth Pike, an outwardly perfect girl who has her eye on Mateo. While Gray (the Evernight series) relies on a few too many paranormal clich s (two car-accident rescues, an overly broody star-crossed romance), she does a fine job of developing the good and evil witches around which her plot is built. The author's intricate portrayal of witchcraft including its theories, rules, spells, and history raises this novel a notch above others in the genre, and Nadia is an appealing heroine as she juggles personal pain and looming supernatural disaster. Ages 13 up.