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The Hollow by Jessica Verday
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Oct 13, 2011

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bookshelves: library-read, young-adult, ghosts, read-in-2011, fantasy, series-or-companions
Read from October 09 to 13, 2011

This book was just alright - I enjoyed parts of it but on the whole, it dragged quite a lot. I really liked the idea of it and the fact that it is based around the Sleepy Hollow legend is mysterious and fascinating - I think that this setting is what made the book enjoyable for me. The premise is intriguing, but it didn't completely captivate me. The whole revelation at the end was expected and definitely not a surprise. The protagonist was quite a passionate character - I liked her passion towards perfumes, the thing she really enjoyed, but apart from that she was really quite weak. I don't like the typical YA romance - where two people have an encounter and all of a sudden they're in love and perfect for each other - and unfortunately this is what the romance was all about. Caspian felt like a bland character to me and not trustworthy at all.
One of the main issues for me was that we're told that the protagonist's best friend, Kristen, has died mysteriously by a river - this is infact one of the reasons why Abbey visits the cemetery - however, Abbey doesn't seem all that bothered. Sure, she is a little sad at points but apart from that, I think her grief could've been expanded upon and explained. Abbey goes from wondering how Kristen died to basically forgetting about it and instead obsessing over a boy she hardly knows. There is a little insight into Kristen having a sort of double-life without Abbey but after that, there's nothing else about her - perhaps in the next book more will be revealed and those could be more successful. Even though this was over 500 pages long, it feels like nothing really happened and it did drag quite needlessly. Saying that, I think it really did have potential and I loved the setting.
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Nicola Well. Glad you enjoyed it more than I did!

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