Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
When Ethan Wate hears there is a new girl at Jackson High, he can hardly believe it. Nothing EVER happens in Gatlin, South Carolina. When she turns out to be the niece of the notoriously reclusive Old Man Ravenwood, the only thing that makes it worse is that she is the girl Ethan has been seeing in his dreams since he mother died in a car accident a few months back. Lena Duchannes is different from any girl Jackson High has ever seen, and most of the students make it clear from Day 1 that she is not welcome there. Not Ethan, though. He eventually finds out that Lena is a castor, with special powers she doesn’t understand yet. Her family has a Civil War era curse hanging over its head, and on her sixteenth birthday (only a few months from now) she will be “claimed” as a light or dark castor. Unfortunately, by the time he finds all this out, Ethan is completely falling for Lena, and it looks like she might feel the same way about him.
This Southern Gothic novel is a true page-turner. Once you get involved with the folks in Gatlin, you won’t be able to put it down. As Ethan says in the first chapter:
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
I never even saw it coming.
Here is a very cool video book trailer you can see from home:
The book also has an awesome website with lots of links @ Beautiful Creatures.