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The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,546 ratings  ·  475 reviews
"Marrying forbidden love, devoted friendship, and the supernatural with Palombo's signature passion for music, storytelling, and heartbreaking choices, The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel enchants with a concoction of love, longing, and loss plucked from the bones of one of our most enduring and haunting legends." - Erin Lindsay McCabe, USA Today bestselling author of I ...more
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by St. Martin's Griffin
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La La Since 12% it's been almost entirely cheesy romance. It's ruined the good story it was in the beginning. I'm around 30% in now and the only reason I ha…moreSince 12% it's been almost entirely cheesy romance. It's ruined the good story it was in the beginning. I'm around 30% in now and the only reason I haven't DNFed is it's a review book. I hope it returns to more of the historical story element soon. The publisher needs to promote it as Romance, not straight-up Historical Fiction like it was presented to me on Netgalley. In comparison, I have read a couple of other Historical Romances and they weren't cheesy like this book.(less)
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Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
This lush retelling of Washington Irving's classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, is told from the perspective of Katrina Van Tassel.

And, as I was hoping, it gave me all the gothic feels!

For those less familiar with Irving's original story, Katrina, is pretty much the only female character.

She is doe-eyed, beautiful, sweet, naive and the love interest of both Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones.

As soon as I discovered this book, I knew I needed to get my hands on it as soon as possible.

Growing u
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo is of course a retelling of Sleepy Hollow told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane’s love, Katrina Van Tassel. With the fantasy of the headless horseman, the romance of Ichabod and Katrina all wrapped in the historic setting this one was a must read and couldn’t come at a better time of year leading into fall and the Halloween season.

The story begins as Ichabod Crane comes to the small town of Sleepy Hollow to be
I received a free copy of The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo from Goodreads for my honest review.

First I must say I have always loved the story of Sleepy Hollow. I watched the TV series as well and loved it. So when I won a copy of this book I was absolutely thrilled.

This is a wonderfully twisted read. I loved this feminist version of the story of Sleepy Hollow told from the viewpoint of Katrina Van Tassel. This is a story of love, suspense, mystery
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
It might be only September, but with an expected publication for October 2018, you're definitely going to want to hear Katrina Van Tassel's point of view on the superstitions of Sleepy Hollow, a young schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane, and one Headless Horseman. Alyssa Palombo is vastly becoming one of my favorite authors as she is gifted in providing her readers with rich historical content about a young American nation while also making me swoon over Ichabod. If I had one little critique, it t ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 04, 2018 marked it as dnf-lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
I'm really disappointed that I couldn't push through this one, but I think my expectations just weren't in the right place. I kept waiting for the story to begin, but at 40% in to a book being portrayed as a sleepy hollow retelling and continuation, there's just been lots of sex. *shrugs* ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a weakness for re-tellings. This one had me completely sucked into the story from the first line:

Washington Irving got it wrong.

Katrina Van Tassel tells her story. All the characters are there.....Ichabod Crane, Brom Van Brunt, the Headless Horseman. Only the tale doesn't unfold as Washington Irving told it. Katrina meets Ichabod, immediately forming a friendship with the new schoolmaster, which soon turns to romance. They begin sneaking off into the woods to meet. But the schoolmaster r
Jennie Damron
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG!! This book is amazing and has everything I love in a book. Mystery, romance, death, witchery, and spooky atmosphere. The writing was impeccable and I wish I could live in this world that the author created. Katrina is an amazing well thought out character. By the end of the book she felt like a dear friend. If you come across this book, grab it, read it, and enjoy. My favorite read this year so far.
BAM Endlessly Booked
Netgalley #78

Many thanks to Alyssa Palombo, St. Martin’s Griffin, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

Well. It took me forever to finish this book. Too much mushy. I liked all of the characters, even Brom. I liked the town. I liked the ghost stories. I. Just. Couldn't. Get. Hooked by anything. I'm not a romantic. I didn't realize this was going to be that sappy. I would have appreciated more vitriol.
Susan Kennedy
Well Done. I thought this was a well written twist to a classic story. I thoroughly enjoyed that it came from the mouth of Katrina Van Tassel. It was an great retelling from the main female character. I thought the love story was beautiful and tore at your heart. The characters were well focused on and I definitely felt a connection with each of them. Katrina was a beautiful person even though she was selfish at times. Charlotte was a beautiful old soul with a good heart even though she had been ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I have never read THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving. I have seen Tim Burton's movie Sleepy Hollow and parts of the TV series Sleepy Hollow. So, my knowledge of the story of Sleepy Hollow is based on that. Which made this story feel pretty different and slightly less paranormal from what I expected. Not that the story lacks a supernatural angle, for which I'm grateful since I love some magic in a story.

Alyssa Palombo
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Don't tell the other books, but I think this one is my favorite :) I'm SO excited for this novel to be out in the world for you all to read!

Check out my blog post where I talk about what you can expect in this retelling, and some of my inspiration for the novel:
Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle copy of The Spellbook of Katrina van Tassel.

I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this book to anyone, not even my nemesis.

** Romance-y spoilers ahead **

First, The Spellbook of Katrina van Tassel suffers from the ever popular false advertising banner.

Second, there is no spell book, exactly. No darkness, no drama, no witches boil boil toil and trouble, no supernatural elements, no MAGIC.

The Disney version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was scarier tha
Shelleen Toland
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
When Ichabod Crane arrives in the spooky little village of Sleepy Hollow as the new schoolmaster, Katrina Van Tassel is instantly drawn to him. Through their shared love of books and music, they form a friendship that quickly develops into romance. Ichabod knows that as an itinerant schoolteacher of little social standing, he has nothing to offer the wealthy Katrina – unlike her childhood friend-turned-enemy, Brom Van Brunt, who is the suitor Katrina’s father favors.

But when romance gives way to
Kevin. McKernan
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read some other Sleepy Hollow books so I wanted to read this one. I really enjoyed it. A few twists and turns which were artfully accomplished by the writer

Good read
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - Incredible. I really loved it.

A memorable and touching romance that takes place in an incredibly vivid and atmospheric setting with the perfect amount of supernatural spookiness sprinkled on top. Thoroughly loved this one, even more so than the original Sleepy Hollow tale. Palombo had me hooked from the first sentence.
Favorite Quote: I knew that stories always held some truth, else why did we tell them?

First Sentence: It was in early summer
Eve (Between The Bookends)

I have mad love for historical retellings, and The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow has always been one of my favorite spooky Halloween time stories, so to say I was excited when I saw this book available for review on NetGalley would be an understatement.


So did I enjoy it? Yes, quite a lot. Was it perfect? No, I think it was maybe a tad too long. My attention started to waver a bit around the 70% mark. That said, it was an exciting take on the legend. A little bit more ADULT if you will (Katrina and Ich
Lucy Banks
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

An involved, lively retelling of a classic story.

I do enjoy a good retelling -especially when it's done well. This book takes the classic story of Sleepy Hollow, but focuses in on one of its most regrettably two-dimensional characters; Katrina Van Tassel.

In this book, she's no longer a mere trophy bride for Ichabod and Brom to war over, she's a feisty woman in her own right. Even the legend of the headless horseman pl
Patty Smith
Thanks to Netgalley, St. Martin’s Press and Alyssa Palombo for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy.

A crispness in the air lets you know October is here and the time for some spooky reads is upon us. This is my first one for this month and a retelling of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” from Katrina’s perspective sounded right up my alley. I was really excited for this one. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectati
MaryannC. Book Freak
I enjoyed this read based on the classic Legend of Sleepy Hollow which shamefully I haven't read but am familiar with. This book gives more depth to the character of Katrina Van Tassel, who is a beautiful, headstrong, smart young woman who has always been given the freedom to express herself so when she falls in love with the handsome new schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, she knows he is the man for her. Set along the Hudson River during the 1700's the small village of Sleepy Hollow has always held th ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Ichabod Crane arrives in Sleepy Hollow after accepting an offer to become the new schoolmaster.  He is enamored with Katrina, the only daughter of his host, Master Van Tassel.

A romance blooms and soon the pair are involved in an illicit affair that could ruin them if anyone were to find out.
Ichabod knows he has little to offer the wealthy Katrina; he has no land or even a home, but the pair believe their love will gain the acceptance of Master Van Tassel and he will give his blessing for them to
Wendi Lee
I loved Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow when I was a teenager, and later visited the real town once, so I was excited to read this woman-centered retelling of Irving’s legend. Katrina Van Tassel has been traditionally portrayed as a vapid child, so it was nice to get the story from her point of view.

I must warn you though, this is less a tale of the supernatural than it is a historical drama of love, jealousy, and heartbreak due to colloquial ideas of gender and women’s agency. There are elements of
La La
1.5 stars on the blog.

This story was wonderful until about 12% when the hokey romance scenes started. Three grunty, groping, and grinding romance scenes kept repeating themselves over, and over again until about the 60% mark in the book, when it picked up again and I was enjoying it. However, it didn't get good enough to undo all the damage done from that beginning 50 percent. There was also a lot of license taken with the historical elements for a Historical Fiction story. I know they do this w
Adrienne Carrick
I received this book as an ARC - I only wish it was Halloween so I could have the perfect setting for reading it :) The story is a unique take on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but told completely from the perspective of Katrina Van Tassel. The story is equal parts history lesson, love story, and urban legend, with a little apothecary thrown in. I loved that the main character was a strong minded woman, who was an avid reader and well educated. The book also highlights friendship and the lack of f ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so excited this book now has a release date, and I can't wait to read the finished product! ...more
The Lit Bitch
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok you guys, this book has been on my radar for months. I love Halloween and I can’t tell you how obsessed with Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman I have been….basically since my youth.

I watched the Disney movie over and over again and to this day continue to watch it at Halloween because it’s just that good! And don’t even get me started on how many time’s I’ve seen the Tim Burton adaptation… way way way too many times and every time I am legitimately scared of that damn Horseman! So
Deanne Patterson
I have never read the classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow so I have no idea how close this comes to that but after reading this I feel the need to read that and compare. What does one do when characters in a book become more than just characters and you've invested your time in them, like part of your life actually. It does take time to read and absorb what your read so you do become invested then what happens when an event or series of events happens and you feel as if your heart's been ripped ...more
One would expect a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow from the POV of Katrina van Tassel to be at least interesting instead of the sorry excuse for smut fanfiction it turned out to be.

Also, I really can't see how stripping the original heroine of her choice (because, like it or not, there's no proof that she didn't choose Brom Bones, no matter how much we dislike him) and hoisting her with a silly love story with Ichabod Crane (you know, the man who was in love with her inheritance and th
Tes - paperbackbones
Rating : 3.5 stars

Review to come!
Calista Andrechek
Thank you NetGalley, Alyssa Palombo and St. Martin’s Press for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Katerina Van Tassel lives in the small town of Sleepy Hollow with her well to do farmer father. One day Icabod Crane arrives in the spooky village to be the new schoolmaster and they are instantly drawn to one another. Icabod starts giving Katerina singing lessons and as they spend more time together, their romance turns into passion. Icabod knows unlike Katerina’s other suitor Brom V
Debbie Floyd
3.5 stars. The story of Sleepy Hollow told from the perspective of Katrina Van Tassel. This story dragged at times, however it was interesting to read a story told by the female love interest from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The superstitions of the time, the ghost stories that were told in the village. The author briefly touched on the history of New York state during the period after the American Revolution and as was the case for this period, even though Katrina was an intelligent woman who ...more
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My name is Alyssa Palombo, and I am a writer living and working in Buffalo, NY. I attended Canisius College in Buffalo, where I majored in English and creative writing with a minor in music. I’m a classically trained mezzo-soprano who also dabbles in playing piano. When not writing, I can usually be found reading, hanging out and laughing way too hard at nonsensical inside jokes with friends, trav ...more

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