Thursday, July 1, 2010

Teen Review by Fathima. . .The Hollow by Jessica Verday

Abbey should be hanging out at The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery with her best friend Kristen, not mourning her death. There is no body, just an empty casket, and it feels all wrong. Kristen Maxwell, Abbey's one and only friend, is dead - at sixteen.

All their life, Abbey and Kristen made a promise to each other never to cross the river, but that's what Kristen was doing on the day of her death. But why? Abbey doesn't think she'll be able to cope with it all, but at the funeral, she meets Caspian, the only one who can erase her pain and make her feel normal again. Spending time at the cemetry, meeting Caspian at the weirdest places, and working on her perfumes (which is a pretty unique part of Abbey's life) consume Abbey's time, and ease her pain. But Caspian seems to be keeping secrets of his own. And Abbey finds out a side she never knew of in Kristen - in a diary. Who was she meeting, and why was she keeping secrets from Abbey, who never kept anything from Kristen?

Heartbreaking and personal, The Hollow is the first in Jessica Verday's debut trilogy. Parts of it revolve around Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Its pretty long, and by the end of the book, you'll feel a connection to Abbey and her pain. The second book will be out in August, along with the new (and gorgeous!) cover for The Hollow!

As usual, great review from Fathima. I love the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, so now I must read this book! If you need some other titles to tide you over until the release of the sequel, read one of these:

The Splendor Falls by
Rosemary Clement-Moore

Beautiful Creatures
by Garcia & Stohl

by Lauren Kate

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