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A car accident shattered sixteen-year-old Morgan's family. Now her brother’s dead, her mom's paralyzed in more ways than one, her dad lives at work and her seven-year-old sister Amy tries too freaking hard to salvage everything. What’s more, high school is its own special kind of hell, where her ex-boyfriend delights in spreading rumors that shred her reputation and make ...more
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Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Tyche Books
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Xavier Hugonet
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I picked this book, in the horror category, based on its cover and the description. I failed to notice it was a YA novel. I also failed to notice it while I was reading it. It’s something I only noticed when I started writing this review.

Hollow being a YA novel explains why it’s devoid of violence or, at least, of gore. It explains why it is psychological horror which, as we all know, is the best kind of horror there is.

Morgan is a teenager attending high school. She doesn’t have it easy. Her
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Nadhira Satria
Dec 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
THIS SOUNDS SO INTERESTING
Mark Carnelley
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love a good horror read that’s builds suspense as the story evolves. This is one of those stories. Plus more. Brilliantly written, this story increases the tension and the horror chapter by chapter, never allowing the reader one iota of the finale. And what a finale!
Five stars for a chilling read.
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Claire Y
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Bizarre. It's like "Alice in Wonderland" meets "The Crow." I don't consider this book anywhere close to being a horror story. It was just a peculiar and painfully slow read. The excitement doesn't start until you are a little past the 33% mark; and it's not much.

I didn't get how the camera fit into the story, let alone the magpie. I mean, how did the camera get possessed or imbued with evil? What did the magpie signify?

There were some humorous moments and that broke up the monotony. Overall, a
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Rhonda
Jan 13, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
“HOLLOW is a haunting, urgent, wonderful book. Be prepared to ugly cry and compulsively turn the pages to get to the end. It’s just that good a read.” -- Carrie Jones, New York Times and International Bestselling author

“A wrenching story of all different kinds of horror. It grabs you by the heart and squeezes until its fingernails turn white.” -- Patrick Weekes, author of Feeder
Farshana S A
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Many thanks to Net Galley and Tyche Books for a chance to review this book.

Hollow is YA horror fiction that hits all the right notes. Personally, I have not held much stock in the classification of YA and this book kind of reinstates it. Well, for someone who can still read and watch Harry Potter any number of times, YA classification is a moot point for me. Even so, Hollow by Rhonda Parrish is clearly a book that can be read by all fans of horror fiction.

Morgan has lost her brother Aric in an
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K. Lincoln
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Here's the thing about stuff I've read by Parrish....I love the characters, the writing flows smoothly, there's a spine-tingling pleasant creepiness, and I get invested...and then the story ends. Her stuff always feels too short for me because i want to linger in the story world she's created.

And that's pretty much the case here, too. High Schooler Morgan had a bad encounter with her ex boyfriend, was involved in a car accident that took the life of her little brother, and now is trying to
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Nikki
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This will be spoiler free.

Hollow tells the story of 16 year old Morgan who is working through the aftermath of a horrific tragedy that has left her family in ruins. She is dealing with some of her own personal trauma which is making her school life just as dreadful as her home life. She has shouldered a lot of responsibility especially for her younger sister Amy. And she shoulders an enormous amount of guilt over everything that has
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Nicole Luiken
I received an eARC from the author.

I cared deeply about Morgan from chapter one on. The haunted hospital made for a moody, atmospheric setting. The first half of the story had a slower build to one of the plot elements promised on the blurb than I expected, but I really liked the climax.

Also, the cover is awesome!
Cat Jenkins
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read the first few pages of Hollow and felt this dancing, happy, rejoicing anticipation for the rest. THIS is what is meant when you tell a writer to "show...don't tell." Richly descriptive, but the descriptions are like trappings draped across the bones of the tale. Those bones are revealed bit by bit, skillfully encouraging you to discover the characters and events for yourself, rather than having background dumped on you while being told who-did-what.

The story hits the ground running.
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Marla
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, horror
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for a free e-arc of this title!

Ooooh, this was creepy and good! I was a little nervous going into it, because I'm not a fan of horror at all, but this had just the right amount of creepiness for me.

The story follows 16 year old Morgan, a high school student who is really into photography, as she struggles with a LOT of really hard experiences life has thrown at her. This poor child has gone through a devastating car accident that paralyzed her mother and
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Lu
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

TW: rape, bullying, depression, death

SPOILERS AHEAD

Morgan's life changed when, in a car incident, her little brother Aric died and her mother was paralyzed. Now her mother is depressed and can't function, her seven years old sister, Amy, is suffering and her father is distant, while at school her ex boyfriend, Keith and his friends harass her, spreading rumors and slut-shaming her. The only person who has her back is her best
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Danielle
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from beginning to end! It’s a must read if you love horror books and is throughly written out by the author. I forgot that it was even YA. I still wanted more at the end, with being a quick read of only 171 pages. The author made the characters feel very real, and I loved the main characters best friend Severn who does anything to protect her and is there for her when no one else seems to be. Synopsis: The main character is going through a dark time recovering from a car ...more
Hannah Lucille
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
That moment of absolute clarity, of peace, becomes a weapon in this world which seems to thrive on people's pain and suffering. Not a physical weapon, like a sword or a gun, but a weapon just the same. I feel it. I am it.

Morgan is an average teenager whose live was changed forever when a car accident killed her little brother and left her mother paralyzed. Several months later, she’s battling with guilt and shame when she finds an old Polaroid camera in an abandoned hospital. Morgan soon
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Josephine
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Morgan is sixteen, and Amy, her sister is 7. There was once Aric, a little brother. But a tragic car accident has shattered the family. Suddenly, her brother’s dead, her mom's a quadriplegic and paralyzed in more ways than one. Her dad consumes himself with long long hours at work.
Then there is high school which is its own special kind of hell, where her ex-boyfriend thinks it’s fun to spread rumors that shred Morgan’s reputation and bottoms out her already low self esteem.
Her home is located
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Doris Vandruff
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Morton likes to take pictures. She is extremely interested in photography. Trouble is she doesn't have a camera, other than her phone.
As she's running around the block that encloses an old abandoned hospital, she is inextricably pulled to enter the building. She finds the loose wood panel that covers a shattered window.
The place is dark and dusty. It is also filled with the remains of the garbage left from partiers. The smell is horrid, suffocating in its acrid sharpness. There is bird poop all
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Daniel Pool
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Hollow is a solid horror story in which the only thing scarier than the monsters are the people. The story is filled with rich characters, it has deep psychologically rooted fears, and faces life questions that rarely have good answers. The concepts were compelling and at times a little shocking.

The plot felt at times like it would fall into tropes of the genre but smartly turned the ideas slightly. Characters
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Brennan LaFaro
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Hollow, by Rhonda Parrish, is a YA horror novel. The main character, Morgan, is dealing with the aftermath of a car accident that took her brother and left her mother disabled. Morgan spends the bulk of the story literally running from the problems at home, and also problems with an ex-boyfriend.

The horror element mainly stems from repeated trips to an abandoned and reportedly haunted hospital. During one of these trips Morgan finds a Polaroid camera that does....something. The reader gets a
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Louie  Book Teacher
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, read-2020
Many thanks to NetGalley and Tyche Books for a chance to review this book. This is my first from NetGalley and I look forward to many more. Hollow is a YA horror novel which prevails on several fronts. The novel is a well-told tale that provokes reading. Despite its very lyrical quality, it moves at a fast pace with a vocabulary that is organic and poetic. It’s as if the reader is being drawn in by a skilled bard that whispers at a campfire.
The narrative is told from the first-person point of
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Jenna R
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
**I was provided an electronic ARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

In Hollow, Rhonda Parrish tells the story of Morgan, a high school student who is going through quite a lot. Morgan has had a bad breakup and has been in a bad car accident that killed her brother and left her mother disabled. Morgan finds an old camera in an abandoned hospital, and the camera steals the goodness out of whoever is photographed.

I felt sort of mixed about this novel. I didn't
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Iseult Murphy
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Morgan, who had two life altering incidents occur around the same time, and isn’t coping very well. Unfortunately, none of her family are coping either, and the pain has hollowed Morgan out from the inside.
Wow, the depth and sensitivity with which Parrish writes these characters is incredible. It is so true that it made my bones ache. There is a lot crammed into this novel - death, depression, disability, guilt, abuse. Somehow Parrish manages to write it all, touching your
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Jess (Fictionally Dysfunctional)
This book was an extremely solid YA horror! I found the descriptions to be vivid and real, and the characters to be relatable and raw. This was a quick read but I found the themes to be poignant. Hollow tells a very real tale about loss, healing, grief, and guilt.

This story follows Morgan, a teen dealing with bullying by her horrid ex-boyfriend, who finds an old camera in the abandoned asylum in her neighborhood. This camera takes the goodness out of people whose pictures are taken by the
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Mary
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Morgan's life is broken apart after a tragic car accident kills her little brother and damages her mother's spinal cord. On top of that her ex-boyfriend is spreading horrible rumors about her and she and her one friend are the "odd men out" at school. Running helps, and Morgan runs around the abandoned and creepy old hospital every day to clear her mind. One day she ducks into the old building while hiding from the menacing ex-boyfriend and finds an old Polaroid camera being guarded by a ...more
Sarah Reilley
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hollow is a psychological thriller with a truly solid grasp on reality. From the beginning, I was intrigued by Morgan, a girl who's world was shattered less than six months ago. After a car accident took the life of her brother, and forever altered her family dynamic, she found herself afraid of an ex-boyfriend as well.

To escape confrontation by her ex, she finds herself exploring an abandoned, and possibly haunted, hospital where she finds a cool old camera.

As Morgan confronts the consequences
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Martina
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this ARC from Netgalley for my honest review.


“I think when we leave this world we leave something behind”


Hollow is YA horror novel.
If you love the horror genre do not come here and expect much.
The book had its moments but it was not scary at all in my opinion.

Hollow is a very well written book and it sucked me in right from the start.

The story follows high schooler Morgan who is dealing with the aftermath of a car accident that killed her little brother and left her mother
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Megan Fennell
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Terrific immersive imagery, a believably teenage-voiced narrator, and a powerful cathartic plot that didn't go even slightly where I thought that it would. (I had a couple of cocky 'oh, I totally see where this is going' moments in the first fourth and was completely wrong on all counts, to my delight!) I was cruising along happily with this easy read and then got my socks rocked by the final few chapters that came out of nowhere with some intense, emotional sucker-punches. I really enjoyed the ...more
Jocelyn Baine
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of this book thanks to Netgalley. All I have to say is that this book wowed me. This book was a surprise to me and I went in with no expectations. This book made me feel so many emotions at once. The author does a really good job of describing the setting and making me feel like I’m apart of the world. The book starts slowly but once you get into it, it goes fast and is quite enjoyable. The plot makes it seem like it’s going to be some mystery ...more
Lethologicalee
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler free.

The build up to supernatural elements is slow but worth it. Parrish's characters are excellent: each feels distinct and like their own person instead of feeling like an extra. Morgan is a relatable and capable protagonist, and the plot doesn't hinge on questionably stupid mistakes to move forward.

Morgan and her family are living with trauma, and her journey with it is an emotionally charged and rewarding read.
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CASSANDRA M CRYSTAL
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very intense look into the life of a teenager who's family has been deeply affected by the trauma of a car accident, loss of a loved one, and her own personal trauma. As she tries to figure out what to do, she finds herself drawn to this haunted hospital with a strange camera inside. Will the danger from the supernatural make her deal with her own personal demons so that she can finally heal and move forward? Very gripping story that pulls you in, and keeps your attention until the end. The ...more
Kvothe
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given this ARC by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The book was a powerful read and though I felt the horror aspect was not necessarily needed for the major points to come across it was a nice change of pace from most contemporary YA books. Overall I really liked it though I felt the end wrapped up a bit too quickly as I would’ve liked to see what happened in a bit more depth. 4 Stars.
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Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She founded and ran Niteblade Magazine, is an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Earth: Giants, Golems and Gargoyles, and Grimm, Grit and Gasoline.

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