Once again, we visit Sleepy Hollow, New York and get reacquainted with the town's unofficial/official witchy family the Corbetts and friends. Hannah MOnce again, we visit Sleepy Hollow, New York and get reacquainted with the town's unofficial/official witchy family the Corbetts and friends. Hannah Mayer's sister, Talia, died the year before, and ever since then both Hannah and her mom have been being visited by Talia, who begs them to help her. Talia tells Hannah to reach out to Rowen, who was Talia's best friend and one of the Corbett witches. Talia appears more and more agitated with each visit and seems to be in pain, how can a ghost be in pain and how can Rowen help her move on? Well, it ain't going to be easy, it ain't going to be pretty and it ain't going to be boring, it will be exciting and might even have a few laughs and just a little romance mixed in.
Ms. Morea writes a number of different series, with different genres and ratings, but all show her aggressive, self-assured and, more than a little bit of flair, style. She doesn't waste words and always paints a very descriptive picture so the reader has no doubt what is going on. While she doesn't baby her readers and her writing can make one flinch at times, she always leads us on an exciting and interesting path.
We met Hannah in the first book of this series, Hollow's End, and while her sister Talia was more visible, Hannah peeked out of the pages. In this book she takes the lead and the story is told from her perspective. Early on we meet her best friend, the hunky soccer player Angel, whose parents must have been psychic in naming him. She is a senior in high school and not the strongest, most confident young lady in the world and her sister's tragedy have set her apart from most of her classmates. Boy, does she come into her own later. She is assigned a freshman to mentor, Gina, who plays a key part in the story as well. Rowen, Hunter, their mom's and the formidable Gram Corbett round out the cast of fun, quirky characters.
I love a good spooky story around Halloween and this one certainly delivers. We get everything we could hope for, ghosts, evil entities, a sacred location, spells and mystic events, you couldn't ask for more. Of course, I do have one little niggle and it is what kept this book from being 5 stars for me. This is the third book in the series and relates very closely back to the first book. If one hasn't read the first book, or if in my case, read it when it first came out back in 2014, there is a good possibility you are going to be lost for the first chapter. The circumstances behind Talia's death are alluded to but never explained; just that it caused an uproar in the town. I know author's struggle with how much, if any, of a synopsis they should give from previous books and it can be a delicate tight rope to walk. I would have appreciated a small one at the beginning of the book, maybe just a paragraph or two. My niggle aside, I love a good story and boy was this one. I recommend anyone who likes a good spooky tale with a dash or romance and a tad of laughs, snuggle up and enjoy.
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