Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: The Hollow

Title: The Hollow
Author: Jessica Verday
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Number: 509
Series: The Hollow Trilogy - Book 1

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.

Mostly Reeled In!


When I had first read The Hollow, dropping half a star would have never crossed my mind. Now, after having gone over the story again to write my review, I can say there are a few minor flaws. In any case, this is an amazing love story from the debut author, Jessica Verday!

While Abbey struggles to come to terms with the death of her best friend, Kristen, rumors surge that her death may not have been an accident. Then, on the day of Kristen's funeral, Abbey meets the mysterious Caspian who shows up out of no where and makes her feel special. When Abbey's just beginning to feel normal again, she discovers secrets that make her question every thing she knew about her best friend, her emerging love for Caspian, and her sanity.

This story has such a unique and yet timeless plot. For one thing, the story is centered around "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," which you can read here (it's Public Domain). The Hollow also has almost a star crossed lovers thing going on, but telling you why would ruin the ending of the book.

Abbey was kind of refreshing as protagonists go. She was very different, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading from her point of view. You could really feel her emotions through Verday's writing, and I loved every minute of it. Caspian is a swoon-worthy character. He's definitely got the charm down. Most of the other characters only had very minor roles. The Hollow suffers from a small case of disappearing parent syndrome, but I can't say I'm entirely complaining with this one. Kristen was mentioned, but was obviously not featured seeing as how she's no longer alive and all.

Now, the reasons I only gave this book 4.5 stars. For one thing, I felt the characters didn't develop much. Even with the addition of two more books, I felt they should have developed at least a little more. Another thing that affected this book was that no questions were really answered. None of the mystery surrounding Kristen's death was really unraveled. Most of the story was focused around Caspain and Abbey's relationship, again not that I'm entirely complaining. I feel, again, though that there should have been a little more reveal, even if there are two more books in the series.

The question that was answered, however, recieved a reaction similar to "HOLY HECK!" My heart went out to the characters at that moment. So, I am beyond reeled in and ready for the next book in this trilogy!


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