Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Review: The Hollow by Jessica Verday

The Hollow (The Hollow, #1)
The Hollow by Jessica Verday

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.
Published in US: Sept 2009
1st in series (2nd already out)

*My Review*

     I really enjoyed the setting for The Hollow, and I think it is a very unique taking an existing story like Sleepy Hollow and throwing those elements in the story. Verday seems very knowledgeable on her subject and the vivid descriptions are awesome. 
    I enjoy Abbey's character, how she is quirky and has an authentic voice. Her emotions are understandably all over the place, and I feel right with her. I also appreciate that she has a different interest- the perfumes. It is something I haven't seen explored, and I am glad to see a character with a clear idea of her future and her plans. 
     I tore through this book and was left with some questions, and I was very glad that I had the next one and could start it right away. 
     I like how the memories of Kristen slowly pieces together who she was, and I really feel for her. The friendship between Abbey and Kristen makes me smile. 
     Caspian is very mysterious and I really am drawn to his character. I wanted to know what was going on and why he did the things he did. 
     I also like Ben- he is funny and easygoing. I would love to be his girlfriend, so I am torn between his team and Caspian's.


  1. So good to finally see a positive review on this book. I'd wanted to read it for a while and then changed my mind after all the negative feedback it got. I've been on the fence about it since it first came out but maybe I'll give it a try after all :) Great review!

    I'm doing a series on my blog for debut authors and the first post went up today, come check it out?

  2. Love your review.I really liked this book as well. I'm waiting for the third one to come out.

    Happy Reading!

  3. I've seen some seriously mixed reviews for this one, but I think I have to check it out myself now. I've been interested in it for a while, but all the negative reviews were making me wary. I'll have to give it a shot now.

  4. I really liked this book. I have bought the second one, but haven't read it yet. :) Loved the characters and the town.


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