Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Hollow

Title: The Hollow
Author: Jessica Verday
Series: The Hollow, Book 1
Number of Pages: 513
Date Read: 1/4/15
Genre: Ghosts, Paranoramal Romance, Fantasy

Synopsis (Found on

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 Review:

So this is the second time I read this book. I wanted to continue the series but I realized that I completely forgot everything that happened in this book so I re-read it

I liked this book more the second time around. Abbey is a teenager (16 yrs old) who lived in Sleepy Hollow, New York. When the book starts, Abbey's best friend Kristen has died and Abbey is attending her funeral. Kristen had fallen into the Crane River and drowned. At her funeral, Abbey meets a guy named Caspian. He comforts her a bit and Abbey finds that he made her feel better. After that she doesn't really think about him. Abbey has a hard time dealing with Kirsten's death and she spends her time in the sleepy hollow cemetery where she and Kristen used to hang out all the time. She visits Washington Irving's grave where she meets a nice old man caretaker named Nikolas. Near the cemetery is the Crane River which is another spot where Kristen and Abbey used to hang out. By the river she sees Caspian again and a romance starts between them. But Caspian is hiding something from 

Abbey. Abbey also finds out that Kristen was hiding thing from her and Nikolas also has secrets too. 

I really enjoyed the setting of the story. When reading the book I got the feeling of a nice and cozy small town where everyone knows everyone and where everything is a few minutes walk away. Not like NYC where there are cars everywhere and houses next to each other with no room for a backyard or front yard. A nice small town with open space and nature. Thats the feeling I got anyway. 

I liked Abbey well enough. She was very depressed in this book but its understanding since she lost her best friend. She had a lot inner turmoil and sometimes she was too angsty for my taste. But she was a really sweet girl in general and very polite especially to her elders. She falls hard and fast for Caspian and acts like a typical teen by being lovestruck, daydreaming and doodling her name and his name together in her notebook. At times Abbey acts like a teen should but at others she acts older than her age especially since she has gone through so much in her young life. Abbey also makes perfumes which I find interesting and she knows her future goals which is to open up a perfume store. Abbey is very trusting and loyal to the people she cares about. 

I liked Caspian. He has major secrets that he's keeping from Abbey but he falls for her all the same. He doesn't think its love because of his situation but from his actions I know it is. He is very kind to Abbey and befriends her after Kristen's death. He gets closer to her and they spend a lot of time together. Hes not a jerk like many teen guys are. He cares about Abbey's well-being and want to protect her. He also not to bad to look at or in the readers case imagine. He has blond hair that falls into his face with a black streak running through it and according to Abbey he has the most beautiful green eyes. He also has tattoos which is a bonus in my book. He is hiding secrets from Abbey and its very weird because he doesn't have a phone or a computer and he always tells her that they will find each other when she asks about hanging out.

I also really liked Nikolas and his wife Katy. There are an old couple who are groundskeepers for the cemetery and they befriend Abbey. They live in a beautiful cottage on the cemetery grounds. Abbey sees them like her grandparents and they see her the same way. Katy is a warm person who loves flowers and knitting. Nikolas likes to carve wood and is very kind to Abbey the times he meets her in the cemetery. He also likes to joke around with Abbey. 

I liked the romance in the book too. Like I said, Caspian befriends Abbey but something more develops. They spend a lot of time with each other, meeting by the river and at Abbey's house. They talk to each other about anything and Caspian helps Abbey deal with her grief about Kristen. They make a cute couple but Caspian is hiding something from Abbey and in the end she finds out what it is. 

I'm looking forward to reading the second book of the series. 


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