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The Mortal Sleep

(Hollow Folk #4)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Months have passed since the events at Belshazzar’s Feast. Vie Eliot, reluctant psychic and self-appointed defender of the small Wyoming town called Vehpese, knows that trouble is coming, but for the time being, he wants to spend as many happy days as he can with his boyfriend.

Until one night, two men arrive and blow up a car. They threaten to do more damage unless Vie
Kindle Edition, 491 pages
Published April 5th 2019 by Hodgkin and Blount
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I've been writing reviews for over a year now. And within that period I've had the pleasure of experiencing a whole range of emotions--from hair-pulling anguish frustration to joy and nervousness and anxiety.

This is my first time being scared of writing a review.

Like, really fucking scared. Like, shaking in my chair scared. Because I could string together every language that has ever existed in this world, scrawl them into a 1000-page epic, recite it from dawn to dusk until my throat is torn,

It’s over

Now to figure out what to do with the rest of my life

I guess it’ll take me at LEAST that long to put the pieces of my heart back together

I love that self-publishing is a thing now, for a whole lot of reasons. But in my personal experience, 99 times out of 100, if a book is self-published it’s going to end up on my DNF pile. I will not pretend even for one second that a book being traditionally published means it’s good,’s basically a truism at this point that a lot - maybe
Wow!! What a series...and just a quick heads up, descriptions of self harm appear in this story. This is definitely not a standalone read, you must read the previous books to get a flavour of what is going on/has gone on...both in Vie's head and in the heads of the people he calls friends/family.

A lot of this story was fairly dark AND fairly grown up too for a YA read, and I have to say Vie did things that I wasn't happy about...not at all, but Vie would say that Austin had broken up with him
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

I can’t express how much I love this series. And yes, I need to see these three as grown-ups. I’m going to feel like something is missing for a while now. Happens with great series hangover.
Lisa The Novel Approach
If you've never read Gregory Ashe and want an indication of what you could be in for, here it is: it took me two days to read the last 15% of this book and four days before I felt even the slightest bit capable of putting my thoughts about it in order. Ashe is not a soft touch when it comes to his characters, he's brutal to them at times, and Vie Eliot does not escape that treatment just because he's a newly-minted seventeen-year-old. In fact, he suffers more for it in some ways because he has ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think I have some spoilers here

Oh man this series are all kind of messed up and reminded me of the reason I hate reading about teenagers XD because the ending like this makes sense and I hate it but can’t complain cuz I also kind of love it. And I just wanna say fucking Austin XD i didn’t like him from the beginning when he hit the girl xD The only interesting thing about Austin is his boyfriend, I think that’s enough to explain how I feel about him XDD That aside I sort of got what I’ve been
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A satisfying conclusion to this story. I’ll miss (most) of these characters.
ari ari ari
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not going to grade this book. I can't. I wanna give it 5* and I wanna give it 0*. I'll try and forget that ending for sure. The epilogue was nice, though. They run away together, okay? Thats when the book ended for me.

EDIT: EM'S GOING TO HAVE A SPIN OFF. now that i know this boy may be happy i'm not mad anymore lol
Oof I did not enjoy this as much as I thought The other books in the series I've rated 5 stars, but this one was barely pushing 3 and only got the 3 stars because of the end.

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Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I love about this series is that past abuse and mental diseases don't just go away once the affected character is in a happy place. It doesn't go away for Vie, even when he's got a great boyfriend, when he's happy living with Sara. He doesn't suddenly become perfect, his flaws and bad habits and bad protective mechanism don't disappear. This book shows this the clearest of all the books so far.

Vie isn't in a good place mentally and frankly, he needs therapy. He reacts badly to other
Sarah Wright
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody
2/5 stars — romanticizes self-harm and a mutually destructive relationship

Disappointingly, I feel that the final installment of the Hollow Folk series took a turn from 'dark' to 'in love with its own darkness.' In an effort to avoid "cancel culture," I have a three-strikes policy when it comes to problematic stuff in books. I DNF'd this around the 60% mark because the series had been treading the line of some unfortunate stereotypes already, and then this book expanded on those themes. I'm
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
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May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hard book/series to read but worth it

I was introduced to Gregory Ashe's writing through his Hazard and Somerset series. The grit, humor, and excellent story telling that never shied away from the dark had me hooked. But I was still leery about taking on this series due to the young age of the main characters. I am glad I took the chance. This is a very different series from Hazard and Somerset, perhaps even darker. Sometimes the subject matter may be painful to read, especially for someone who
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Paranormal isn’t my favorite genre but I enjoyed this book and series. Vie’s emotional journey is what kept me reading.

Vie was exasperating through most of this book. But he also had me crying for him.

I rarely connect with or care about secondary characters but this series is filled with characters I’d like to know more about. Well, as long a Vie is the main character.

Vie ended romantically with who I figured he would. I would have been happy with either Emmett or Austin. The epilogue made me
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, the series ended. Hmm. Well, it is a good place to end, I suppose, most things (Vie's relationships are not one of them) rapped up pretty neatly, plot-wise it makes sense to end here. I wouldn't mind reading 8 more books about them though. On one hand, there is this sense of lost you get everytime a good book ends, on the other, Vie's emotional journey is far from over --the boy is only 16 (17?) so of course it's not--and most importantly, he is still in a love triangle that really didn't ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Ashe once again pulls out all the stops in the fourth book of a series. This one has an engine that will keep you going, shaking and almost crying, until the final page. No one writes about the dark side of the soul better. He nailed it with Vie, Emmett, and Austin, who are some of the most alive characters in fiction. You’ll have to start with book one but it’s well worth the journey.
Carleigh Leake
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do love this series!

This book was a little tedious in some places but overall I loved it. I think Vie, Austin and Emmett should be together but that's because I love all three of them warts and all. I'm glad the bad spirits are gone. I did love the epilogue because I was so glad to see where Emmett went and that he was getting help.
I'm feeling wholly unsatisfied. I don't need a HEA, but I need some closure. Awhh.
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was wordy and long, but did a good job of wrapping up the story arc. I found the love triangle between Vie, Austin and Emmett a little drawn out and tedious.
Carlene Cayenne
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a dark book, with tough themes.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A big thanks to Mr Ashe for this marvellous final step in Vie's journey! I want to be honest, I don't care about all the supernatural stuff, not at all. What I truly care about is Vie's emotional journey: how he navigates his fears and insecurities; how I can feel both his deep sadness and his fleeting hope; how, in the end, he becomes more aware of himself and what he needs, but he still remains the same helpless young boy, in some sort of way. I can't connect with Austin character, probably ...more
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While I enjoy reading across many genres, my two main loves are mystery and speculative fiction. I used to keep a list of favorite books, but it changes so frequently that I've given up. I'm always looking for

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