Book Review: The Hollow by Jessica Verday

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Hollow by Jessica Verday Title: The Hollow

Author: Jessica Verday

528 pages, Published by Simon Pulse, Ages 12 and up

Jessica’s Info: Website | Blog | Twitter

Buy The Book: Amazon

Summary:

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. (Summary provided by Simon Pulse.)

My Thoughts: I have always been a sucker for books and movies with a spooky cemetery setting. So when I heard The Hollow by Jessica Verday largely takes place in Sleepy Hollow cemetery (yes that Sleepy Hollow!), I was hooked. From the eerie Sleepy Hollow locale to the quotes from The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow at the beginning of each chapter, Jessica Verday is a master at creating a hauntingly romantic setting populated by intriguing characters. The plot of The Hollow uses Washington Irving’s classic tale as a backdrop for the events of the story. It is not a retelling of The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, but more of a tribute to the legendary story. The storyline revolves around Abby trying to come to terms with her best friend’s death while in the midst of developing a relationship with a mysterious boy named Caspian. My only critique is that I wish a couple of things were explained in a little more detail (i.e. what exactly happened to Kristen, why was Caspian able to touch Abby sometimes and not others). However, since this is a series, I have a feeling my questions will be answered in the next two books. And I am definitely going to read the next books!

Jessica Verday has not only created fascinating series, but she is also promoting the books in a unique way. Abby, the main character in The Hollow, wants to be a perfumer and open her own store called Abby’s Hollow. Throughout the book she is creating a new scent (in addition to others that she has in the works) inspired by her friend Kristen as a way to honor her memory. In conjunction with the books in The Hollow series, Jessica Verday has launched an online store called Abby’s Hollow where she sells perfumes and necklaces inspired by the books. I think this is such a cool idea and can’t wait to receive the perfume that I ordered from the site!

Click here to go to the Simon and Schuster page for The Hollow where a preview of the book is available to read.

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