Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: "The Hollow" by Jessica Verday

The Hollow

Again, I'm a sucker for a good cover and The Hollow has a great one (the necklace version, not the one with the crazy-looking girl with the glassy eyes on it).

Also, I'm a fan of ghosts, perfume, Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman so let's give it a shot!

The Scoop:

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead and rumors fly that her death was no accident.

Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone.

It only makes things worse that everyone now treats Abbey like either a freak show or a charity case. Thank goodness for Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life.

Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend.

How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

My Take:

I'm a little divided about this book. The Hollow contained aspects that I really liked: the realistic way Verday built the relationship between Abbey and her mother, the details about Abbey's perfume making (I can picture her dream shop and want to shop there!), the touching, methodical description of Abbey's journey through her grief (have to admit I did tear up a bit).

Okay, you guys win the Four-Hankie Tear Jerker award, but The Hollow's pretty sad too.

Here's what I didn't like: Caspian.(Go ahead, send the hate mail now...).

Okay, hear me out. I could've used a little more explanation early on about why Caspian was creepin' on Abbey so much. He peeks in from the edges of a funeral of a girl he doesn't know (creepy).  He turns up in the basement (creepy) of the house of the same girl he doesn't know (creepy). He hangs out in the graveyard and won't give out his cell number, house phone number, email, Twitter or Facebook info (quintuple creeper).

Honestly, if Caspian looked like this dude, Abbey would have called the cops faster than you can say Ichabod Crane.

Maybe because The Hollow is told from Abbey's POV, I relate to her and understand why she develops a crush on Caspian (he's dreamy: with a black streak in his blond hair and piercing green eyes), but after a while I really don't see the attraction because he is just too quickly enamoured of her from the first scene. Maybe this has something to do with their destiny that I might find out in Book 2, but I really think Abbey would have been done with this guy after about two creepy graveyard meetings.

Overall, I would recommend The Hollow for YA fans because I think the series holds promise. Also, the aspects that I liked, I really liked and I think more will be revealed in Book 2 that might make me like Caspian a little more. Maybe.

Final Verdict: Chocolate Fudge

You know what's coming and it may be bad for you, but it's still tasty and leaves you wanting more.

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