Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Hallow by Jessica Verday

The Hollow by Jessica Verday
Genre: Ghosts, Sleepy Hollow
Hardcover: 513 Pages
Published: September 1, 2009
Series: The Hollow
            1. The Hollow
            2. The Haunted
            3. The Hidden
Goodreads Synopsis:
A love like no other...

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead...and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her - one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.
My Short Review:
 It was original and kept me entertained for a good four hours or so. The pacing was okay but I would have liked it to be a little faster. I really liked the concept of the story which was based on Washington Irving's classic tale of Sleepy Hollow. Kind of creepy when you read at night (never doing that again!) so be warned. The characters had little potential but I believe they could have been expanded. Abbey's character was believable in the sense that the sorrow and grief in the book wasn't dulled down. I felt like I could feel her pain because that's how detailed the book was. Caspian on the other hand, was an interesting character. He is a ghost and only on his birthday he is able to turn human. I don't want to say too much, but his back story was fascinating to read. Overall, the book was fine. Not bad, but nowhere near amazing. So if you like the idea of Sleepy Hollow told with a unique perspective then do pick this book up. 

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