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The Mortal Sleep

(Hollow Folk #4)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  225 ratings  ·  53 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 l
Kindle Edition, 491 pages
Published April 5th 2019 by Hodgkin and Blount (first published April 3rd 2019)
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~Mindy Lynn~
5 Stars!

I was pretty sure this was going to be a 4 star read for me. It would have been the first time I'd given this author anything but 5 stars. But alas, it was the ending that changed my mind. The only reason I was even contemplating 4 stars was because this book absolutely had my emotions all over the place. If I'm gonna be 100% honest with you, and I always am, it was because I was infuriated most of the time with Vie. I even cursed Gregory a few times for wrecking my heart. Ugh, this book
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, an

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
My brain is mush since it’s towards the end of the week. I have yet to review the previous book and not up for reviewing this one yet either. I’ll try to write something this weekend before I forget all my thoughts. Because I have OPINIONS about this one.
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 some idea 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 a
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This series was one heck of an emotional ride. My head hurts from crying through the last few chapters and I don't even know what to say in a review other than I will always and forever be Team Emmett.
What an incredible series... this had a bit of a Dean Koontz vibe to it.. eerie, twisted and had me on edge. This is pretty raw & gritty so if you’re looking for fluff this is not for you. Extremely well written - I was hooked. ...more
The Mortal Sleep
(Hollow Folk #4)
by Gregory Ashe
491 pages
Published 4.5.19
by Hodgkin and Blount
**4 stars**

This was an incredible YA series that took a lot of imagination. It’s a paranormal/suspense/YA romance.
The 4th book and (probable) last book in the series saw Vie and his friends work together to beat the bad guys.

It also told the story of a 16/17 year old boy who has demons of his own, but is a better person than he gives himself credit
~ 4.5 stars ~

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I thought a loooong time about how to rate this book. My status update when I finished it was "1700+ pages of beautiful & heartbreaking writing done but the ending left me kinda hollow. See what I did here? Anyway, I guess I get why it ended the way it did & I guess it was the right ending for this series but I'm not sure I like it & I wish it had ended differe
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did find a lot of the action sequences a little hard to follow in this one... not that I don't always find them hard to follow in general, since I can't visualize things to save my life.

I really enjoyed this series and how things wrapped up.

On the one hand, I didn't think I would care for this series with it's supernatural elements, as that's not really my cup of tea. But on the other hand, I love Gregory Ashe's writing, and it the end, my enjoyment of his writing overwhelmed my dislike of s
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 l ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Austin Miller deserved so much better.
I gave this book 5⭐ because the plot was amazing but the characters... I wanted to kill them all. Not you Becca, sweetheart.
I really, really, REALLY HATED what happened here between Vie, Austin and Emmett. The plot was interesting, it didn't need any extra drama.
I love Vie, bless him, but I also hate him. Yes, he has problems. Yes, he has issues. But he also is a bloody hypocrite and he doesn't deserve Austin Miller.
Austin was always Vie's second choice.
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
Joyfully Jay
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

This is the last book in the Hollow Folk series and Vie Eliot is certainly one of the most favorite characters I have read this year. There is something absolutely mesmerizing about him and those he encounters see it as well. A few months have passed since the last psychic battle and, while Vie has a lot more information, he has little idea what to do with it. Then, violence once again finds him as more people with unleashed powers want him out of town permanently
Jenny Tran-Le
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘‘Love was about navigating the black spaces of the universe. Love was a lighthouse at the edge of the world. Love was a bridge.’’

Finishing this book makes me feel empty yet so full at the same time? This was such an amazing series. It’s raw and it’s real. It’s dark yet beautiful. It makes you scream and cry. It shows all the ugly parts of mental illness, but it also shows you how to get up even if you’re broken. It shows you that it is going to be okay one day. And most of all, it’s a story abo
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I already knew I adored Greg’s writing but this series totally blew me away! The love I feel for these characters and the awe I have for this story in all its awesome nuances is overwhelming!
Just. WOW!
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A satisfying conclusion to this story. I’ll miss (most) of these characters.
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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
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 givi
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm
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 ge ...more
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 people'
Claudie ☾
Okay, so it’s finished. And I don’t know how I feel about that. My gut’s all twisted, but then again, that’s been going on and off since the beginning of this series.

Setting aside all the X-Men-level action that went down here and which was a pretty good conclusion overall, this last installment was a real emotional shredder. It made me feel like something exploded in my chest, like someone took out my heart, trampled all over it, and then gently put it back in. Fucking hell, but this series kil
jeannie h;
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.4 stars--I loved this series and I'm a big fan of this author. I discovered this after I read the Hazard and Somerset books, also wonderful, and so loved Gregory Ashe's depiction of flawed, yet strong protagonists. His characters have so much depth, they linger long after I put the books down.
Vie Eliot is an abused 16 year old when this series begins, a survivor sent to his other abusive parent after being taken away from his mother in Oklahoma. He comes to Vehpese, Wyoming and quickly becomes
Benny Blisto
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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