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The Hollow Girl

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  510 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Five boys attacked her.
Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh.

Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her.

One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Delacorte Press
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Elle (ellexamines)
Breaths, as a rule, are warm, airy things, but his death rattle was frigid and thick, like icy porridge slithering down my throat. It tasted like raw meat and pennies.

This is one of those reviews where I feel like I should clarify that three stars is a positive rating. The Hollow Girl tells the story of a Romani girl who decides to extract body parts from a gang of boys who were involved in her rape, sometimes when they are alive... and sometimes when they are not. And yeah, it is fucking c
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
After not caring for the other Hillary Monahan book I read, I'm not sure why I expected much differently of this one, but I DNFed it fairly quickly because I just don't enjoy her writing style, sadly. ...more
Ellen Gail
4.5 dreadfully good stars!

“Always make a visible mark, so they cannot hide from their wrongs.” She stepped aside, offering me the knife handle first.

Breaths, as a rule, are warm, airy things, but [his] death rattle was frigid and thick, like icy porridge slithering down my throat. It tasted like raw meat and pennies.

With vibes of Anna Dressed in Blood, American Mary, and Fear the Drowning Deep, The Hollow Girl is haunting and bloody, tender and brutal. It promises grand and terrifying things
Mel (Epic Reading)
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Where do I even start?

This book is set at an indeterminate time... maybe in the late 1800's? Our lead gal is being raised by her gypsy caravan's 'witch'. The lady that everyone goes to for healing, charms, etc. At first we are not sure that any magic is real; that quickly changes. I'm going to use the common words for gypsy, herbal woman/witch, and what not. The book uses (what I assume) are the correct words to describe these groups but let's face it you won't know these words if I
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a powerful book. It really packs an emotional wallop. I cried off and on through the entire thing. And then I didn't want to read anything else for a week after.

Full review to come.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE HOLLOW GIRL by Hillary Monahan is beautifully written, and both brutal and nuanced, and ultimately about the impossibility of hope. Highly recommended
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I received this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

CW: Rape, harrassement, physical and sexual assault, murder, blood, graphic violence, gore.

This book. THIS BOOK. I’ve been staring at my screen for the past half hour trying to collect my thoughts and write them into words but I’m failing miserably because as hard as this book was to read, it felt so deeply personal to me. Beyond the reveng

Honestly, I don't even know how to rate this story...
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
It was released earlier this month (October).

I was looking for some spooky/creepy reads for this month in celebration of Halloween and came across The Hollow Girl on Netgalley. Magic, witches, I'm all for it! I love books about witches. That's now all this book is about though. There are so many elements to this story and some being very serious and important topics.

Bethan wants revenge on the boys that harmed her and her friend M
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

**** Huge thank you to Delacorte Press for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! ****

I knew I was going to enjoy this book but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did! Even though this book handles some tough content I still thought it was a fantastic book and something I just know I’ll be recommending, however, please keep in mind the following trigger warnings since this book gets very dark and gritty:

****Trigger Warnings: Rap
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

THE HOLLOW GIRL was written by a Romani to honor her grandmother and their shared Romani heritage. I was drawn in by that fact, excited to learn more about the Romani culture from the point-of-view of a young woman learning magic from her grandmother. However, I feel I must start this review by acknowledging that THE HOLLOW GIRL deals with a trigger warning for sexual harassment, abuse, and rape.

Bethan is subject to many different abuses at the hands o
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
The Hollow Girl was the perfect horror novel to put me in the spooky mood. This revenge story was equal parts dark, suspenseful, gritty and emotional.

Rape is a large element of this book, so there are definitely trigger warnings for that in this story, which the author does point out. I thought that the author handled this sensitive topic in a very understanding and careful way. I don't have any personal knowledge on the topic, but it seemed like the author really looked into it so she could tr
Sinead Anja (Huntress of Diverse Books)
Check out my book blog for more book reviews and other bookish posts!

I received an ARC of The Hollow Girl from Netgalley. I decided to request this book because it was a story about revenge and a victim of rape seeking justice. It’s written by Hilary Monahan, who is also a survivor of rape, so I was pretty sure it would be written respectfully. I don’t usually read horror, however this was something that I thought I might like.

This book is #ownvoices for Romany and multiracial representation.


Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beloved-books
*I received a copy of this book through NetGalley which does not influence my review*

Hillary Monahan’s The Hollow Girl is one of the few books that I would strongly suggest reading the synopsis of before diving in. The storyline involves the rape of the protagonist and how this dramatically changes her, as well as following her quest for retribution. Knowing the inevitable assault was coming did not make the beginning of the story any easier to read. There’s a lot of building tension that is bot
Trigger warning: rape, sexual assault, abuse

I'm rating this 3.5/5. Not sure what rating I'm giving for this book (3 or 4?). While there are other things I wanted to change, I do like this book. However, I still think there could be plot holes. The pacing was unusual because the blurb from this book didn't happen until it reached 50%. Needless to say, anything before that felt uneventful to a certain extent. My favorite character is the grandma and she's the reason why I kept reading.

**Full r
lauren ♡
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Trigger Warnings: rape (off page), graphic violence (slight gore), non-consensual behavior

Thanks to Delacorte Press and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'll have a review up closer to release date but I enjoyed this book as much as one can enjoy books about this topic. I'm always up for a good, dark and gritty horror!
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! I originally got an eARC off NetGalley as a reviewer for YA Books Central, but I bought a hardcover of it the day it came out. The latter is what I read. <3

Warning for talk of rape and sexual abuse.

Seriously, the first two paragraphs of my review here are about my own experience with sexual violence, skip to the fully capitalized "anyway" if you would rather skip that talk. It has to do with why The Hollow Girl affected me so thoroughly, but it's skippabl
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«The choices we make in life stay with us, Bethan. There are few opportunities for second chances.»
«Strength comes in many guises, Bethan. Knowing yourself, your limitations—knowing what you will and will not do, following your heart— that is strength. Enduring what you endured and still being merciful and hopeful? Also strength.»

In a Romani clan, Bethan is the apprentice of Drina, a healer, and she's learning how to use different kinds of herbs. The girl wants to start learning magic, but her g
Warnings: sexual assault (rape), physical violence (murder, stabbing, abuse), torture, immolation, self-harm (for blood use in magic), ritualistic sacrifice, PTSD

Rep: The main character and much of the cast is Romani

A book that bases itself on a revenge plot for a survivor of sexual assault, The Hollow Girl presents a girl who goes through violence to heal herself. Bethan, the drabarni's apprentice, has always been a bit aloof from her people, due to her status as the next drabarni. She sells cu
3.5 stars!

"Hell hath no fury like a woman wronged....It always rang true, and one should fear a woman who want's revenge, most especially if that woman had powers beyond your imagination!"

Bethan was born different, even in their Romani standards, she'd always been an unwilling subject to other peoples prejudice, and supertitious ignorance, and it did'nt help that she's an apprentice to a powerful drabani. Her tribe avoided and feared them, but it seem that not all believe in what they can do. Fi
Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
Wow, this was incredible.

Full review (and list of content warnings) to come.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: don-t-own-tbr
“This is a book designed to make you feel, and those feelings aren’t always good.”
This book hurt, but I loved it.
Kaija Rayne
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book via Netgalley (but then bought it because I wanted a finalized copy).

I'm not usually a fan of horror or YA, but I adore the author's work, so I took a risk and I'm glad I did. It took me a long time to read this, because I had to keep putting it down, to pick it up later. That's nothing but a *me* thing, and only because Ms. Monahan is so FREAKING GOOD AT WRITING HORROR.

Holy gods. I had to sleep with a light on, and the main character is still stuck in my head.

Well worth th
Maya Chhabra
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Hillary Monahan, who is part-Romani and a sexual assault survivor, explores both topics in this wrenching but flawed novel. I really wanted to like it more than I did, but though I devoured it, I couldn’t give it more than three stars.

Bethan is a Welsh Romani girl who has been raised by a woman whom she believes to be unrelated to her. Her guardian is a witch in a world where magic is rare but real, and she wants Bethan to follow in her footsteps. Bethan is more concerned about dealing with her
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was expecting a bit more from Hillary Monahan.

Plot: I was hesitant about this book because of the mention of brutal assault, but because I adored MARY: The Summoning I decided to give it a go. Before diving into the book, I read the author's note which was about Hilary's Romani grandmother and Hilary's journey to discover her heritage. It was clear that this was Hilary's love letter to her Romani culture, but it felt as though The Hollow Girl was more to educate people about Romani beliefs an
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was quite entertaining but not exactly what i had in mind after reading the description.
I loved the insight i got on the Romani life, since i never read anything about them before, and this made me understand their culture a lot more. I also really liked the protagonist and her initial thirsth for vengeance, even if just to bring back her friend. But the thing i liked the most was the portrayal of sexual assault and how the protagonist coped with it.
It was definatly a dark read, but i
Chandra Rooney
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
I read an earlier version of this book when it was in draft, and it remains of the most emotive things I've read from Hillary Monahan so far. It's a powerful, gutpunch of a book. ...more
St. Gerard Expectant Mothers
Ooooh spooky! I just finished the ARC of this! A YA with a creepy horror vibe! Hollow Girl is one of those edgy teen reads that borders into the NA/New Adult category with its gory components but never goes over the top or graphic with its content. Taking place in an older part of history, the book has that type of classic folktale/fairytale atmosphere that really ramps up the creepiness factor which works very well here.

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A Welsh gypsy clan on the outskirts of town brings suspicion and intern
Psyche Ready
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an emotionally intense read, especially for survivors of sexual violence. But I found the book therapeutic, cathartic, and personally transformative and healing.

It's the story of a Romani girl who is studying witchcraft with her Gran. Their story follows women's lives as they mature, grow, heal and develop bonds with one another. It is also a story of the ways that trauma impacts a life and a heart. It meditates on magic, healing, and women's work.

The strength of this book is not the wr
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay, so I will say this:

This is by all means NOT horribly written. The thing is, I've been reading realistic fiction for most of my life, with perhaps a spurt of paranormal/supernatural in my teens. This is the first paranormal book I've picked up in MONTHS.

There is a reason why.

The premise of this book seemed interesting, mostly because out all of the paranormal/supernatural stuff, I dig witches/magical creatures more than anything, but the pacing of this book just seemed too...slow for me. T
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Hillary Monahan's YA debut MARY: The Summoning, a YA Horror retelling of the Bloody Mary myth, sold at auction to Hyperion and hit number two on the New York Times e-book bestseller list. MARY: Unleashed is out as of fall 2015. She's also published THE AWESOME with Ravenstone under the name Eva Darrows, which received starred reviews in both Kirkus and PW.

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