Monday, September 5, 2011

Review: "The Haunted" by Jessica Verday

The Haunted is the second book in Verday's The Hollow trilogy. In my review of the first book of the series, The Hollow, I wasn't 100% on board with Caspian, the love interest. My hope was that The Haunted would convince me of his hotness. We'll see...

The Scoop: (Goodreads)

An impossible truth. An impossible love.

After a summer spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with--the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead--Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, ready to leave the ghosts of her past behind.
She throws herself into her schoolwork, her perfume-making, and her friendship with Ben, her cute and funny lab partner, who just might be her ticket to getting over Caspian once and for all.

But Abbey can never get over Caspian, and Caspian has no choice but to return to her side, for Caspian is a Shade, and Abbey is his destiny. They are tied not only to each other, but also to the town of Sleepy Hollow, and to the famous legend that binds their fates--a legend whose dark truths they are only beginning to guess...

My Take:

The Haunted does begin to answer some of the lingering questions left over from The Hollow, but then turns right around and poses more (many, many more).

Caspian did start to grow on me with this book, but he's still far from my favorite supernatural YA book love interest. He's still a little ineffectual and not fully fleshed out for me. Abbey also starts calling him "Casper" in this book, which further dissipated any hunky vibe he might have been trying to cultivate.

Cute? Yes. Boyfriend material? No.
The pace lagged for me close to the end and I honestly wasn't sure if I would continue with this series after this book.

Then, WHAM! Stuff starts hitting the fan, the pace zooms to breakneck speed, some questions get answered and (again) more cliffhangers turn up. I knew I was hooked. I had the get my hands on The Hidden ASAP.

It reminded me of how I felt during the last season of Lost. Just when my attention would wane, BAM, Sayid comes back from the dead...

What the...? I was pretty sure you were dead.
You can tell The Haunted is setting up big things for book three. Only time will tell...

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.

1 comment:

  1. I need to start this series! The Hollow has been sitting on my shelf forever! I need to get on it haha.



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