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The Hollow (Hollow Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Verday
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


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"Spectacular! The Hollow keeps you reading from beginning to end without coming up for air." ----L.J. Smith, bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries and Night World

"Verday's paranormal romance has an intriguing premise and hot cover that will easily attract a teen female readership....[W]ith a cliffhanger ending and impending sequel this novel will find many fans." ----Booklist

This debut novel is the first in a planned trilogy that combines elements of the horror and romance genres. It is told from sixteen-year-old high school student Abbey's first-person perspective as she grieves the disappearance and presumed death of her best friend, Kristen. Abbey mourns Kristen by visiting their favorite local hang outs—the grave of Washington Irving and the banks of the Crane River. She makes the acquaintance of Nikolas, a grandfatherly type and self-described caretaker of the cemetery, and Caspian, a good-looking teen from a neighboring town. While both new friends provide support to Abbey in her grief, the nightmares that plague her and her feeling of isolation at school refuse to abate. When Abbey discovers that Caspian and Nikolas are seemingly inexplicably enemies, she begins to question both men's origins and comes to a dramatic (and spooky) conclusion. Peppered with references to Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and informed by urban legend, this long novel establishes the trilogy's central character and her New York setting and suggests two mysteries: Kristen's disappearance and death and the origins of Caspian and Nikolas. Fans of the Twilight series will be prepared for the novel's epic length whereas fans of romance-tinged horror fantasy will appreciate the novel's incorporation of what would seem to be a doomed love story. Reviewer: Amy S. Pattee (VOYA)

"For the high school students who have fallen in love with the supernatural, Verday's first novel will sweep them away. This is a ghost story set in the heart of America's first ghost story, Sleepy Hollow." Reviewer: JanisFlint-Ferguson

From the Back Cover

     "I reached out and touched the casket lid. It was cold. So cold that I immediately snatched my hand away. It almost felt like it had burned me.

     I just stood there. I couldn't bring myself to say anything...not out loud, at least. But a thousand thoughts raged inside my head, while a thousand feelings raged inside my heart.
 
     The weather mimicked my emotions. A fierce wind rattled by, howling in outrage. The edges of the plastic awning flapped angrily against the aluminum poles holding it up and made a horrible rining sound. Even the rain pounded harder, lashing out its bitterness.
 
     And that was when I felt someone watching me."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1935 KB
  • Print Length: 548 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416978933
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002MB96IM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
When I received The Hollow in the mail I nearly threw my other reading selections aside, their bookmarks noting my reality of being rather far from completion, and I happily welcomed this exciting, inviting take on an old classic.

You are greeted by obviously beautiful cover art, and a well chosen font style but then you open the rather large book to see nearly 500 pages of a much larger then necessary font.(Oh, the waste of paper!) The first chapter in about 8 pages, but it takes less then two minutes to read... it's just a little unnecessary.(Even if it's aimed at younger 'tweens' they can still read a more moderately sized type.)

Any-who, I finished The Hollow in two long, uninspired days to be left feeling entirely disappointed and with more then a few question marks looming overhead.

Abbey and Kristen have a strange obsession with their hometown, Sleepy Hollow and the famous Legend that is derived from it. Which ultimately leaves them unpopular, and painfully strange.

When Abbey meets Caspian, a dark, mysterious brooding type in the cemetery she frequents, a rather alarming crush occurs, or as we are to believe a relationship is formed. Which of course works out beautifully to help distract our misfit Abbey from the recent death of her best and only friend, Kristen.

Our heroine, Abbey is original sure, in that archetypal 'loner-girl' kind of way that is customary to these human/supernatural relationship central tales. Although I will say that her passion of creating perfumes was rather intriguing,... at first, that quickly became tired with her prolonged explanations of their individual scents and composition.
Author Tip: Don't focus so long on certain things that you cannot control.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love/Hate relationship February 4, 2010
Format:Hardcover
I am so torn about this book, I have a definite love-hate thing with it. First, let me say the that cover is amazing and actually depicts a part in the book, for the most part anyway. When I first started reading this book I was sucked in and lost some sleep getting through the first half of the book trying the answer the questions of who Caspian was and what was going on. That became the problem of the 2nd half was that I felt like there was a lot of "filler" type info that wasn't necessary for the story and we were not finding out anything more until the very end of the book. At 544 pages, I think it could be cut down somewhat taking the unnecessary stuff out that really has no relation to the story being told.

The story overall is good with romance and a touch of paranormal. The main character, Abbey, is likable for the most part but has times being a spoiled brat and whiny that can get on your nerves, you want to scream, ENOUGH ALREADY...MOVE ON. The plot is a little weak and meandering at times but overall I did enjoy the book and really look forward to the next installment of the trilogy that is due out in 2010. See what I mean...love-hate :)

I found the note about the author very interesting, that she wrote The Hollow's first draft by hand using 13 spiral notebooks and 15 black pens. She is also writing the 2nd book in this fashion. Do I even know how to write one page in cursive anymore? Just give me my laptop, thank you :)
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Harlequin Teen Romance -- Disguised as Mystery September 7, 2009
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First, a warning: This book has a sequel.

Abigail is a 16-year-old average girl living in the town of Sleepy Hollow. The book opens with her attending the funeral of her best friend Kristin. The rest of the book alternates between her grieving for Kristin and falling in love with Caspian. There are some slight elements of some mystery afoot, which aren't really an important part of the story or all that interesting.

Abbey's not all that bad a character, but with it focusing mostly on some dead character, it's hard to emphasize much with her when you didn't know this other character. And before you get a chance to know Abbey without her grieving, it introduces Caspian, and all the emotions you get from her are grief and a gigantic crush. Which of course means she's obsessing about his hair, his eyes, his lips, his face, and wondering if he likes her and when she'll see him again.

So in two words: sappy romance. As mentioned, there are tiny slivers of mystery, but the answers aren't particularly surprising (good news - no vampires). I read it yesterday and all I've bothered to remember is feeling total disbelief in the romance between Caspian and Abbey. She insists it's love, but I just see it as an obsessive crush that is no fun to read about even though Caspian's not that bad.

The reason why I give it 2 stars instead of 1 is because Abbey's a pretty believable character, and I think her hobby of making perfume was quite interesting to read about. The setting and writing were all right, and the way that the legend of Sleepy Hollow was woven in was pretty well done.

The cover is cool. If you like teen-romance thinly veiled in horror and mystery, this might be for you. And though I was disappointed with the ending, if you actually like it, you'll really look forward to reading the sequel, because that's where I assume most of the real answers will be.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars First book I CANT Finish. October 9, 2009
Format:Hardcover
First, I did NOT finish the book, I stopped in page 305. I think its kind of harsh to give one star to a book, so I've decided to start with the things I did like. I liked the fact that Abbey makes perfumes, its kind of interesting and creative and I also liked how the chemistry between her and Caspian is described in some parts. Plus, I normally don't like when there are faces in the cover -I like to imagine the character myself- but this cover is beautiful. It really draws attention.
Now moving on to what bothered me: the book is full of nonsense. There are at least 80 scenes where nothing actually happens! Like pages that just want to keep you there or torture you! I mean, when I sat down to read, I would start but then anything around me, any noise, a wind, anything would pull my attention away. It's weird because I'm the kind of person who gets so into the book that you can come talk to me when I'm reading and I wouldn't notice. So that was a really bad sign.
Abbey was so boring and dumb, a complete bubble-head. She obsesses over a guy she just met and keeps analyzing how to tell him what she feels. Who does that? And Caspian is not that bad, he has his hot/mysterious thing going on but it wasn't enough to keep me interested.
The writing was not something I enjoyed either, it felt awkward sometimes. The best friend's death subplot is not what the book is about. It's about Abbey and Caspian's relationship. Which is not what you think when you read about the book. To me, that death part seemed kind of forced, but I don't really know the ending. I suggest you read other reviews of people who could finish it. And then again this is just my opinion, you may think differently.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars SERIOUSLY, skip it
I read LOT, mostly YA paranormal romance, and this is easily one of the worst, and by far the slowest, which is really saying something. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!
This was an amazing read and I loved all the mystery and strangeness of it. I kept thinking, something isn't right here, but I couldn't quite figure it out and then in the end... Read more
Published 1 month ago by V. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite trilogy by far
This trilogy is definitely my favorite of all time. I love these types of books. I'm in to creepy, haunted, dangerous books, so if you are too then I really recommend this trilogy.
Published 2 months ago by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing take on the Sleepy Hollow Legend, But it stands apart and...
I rate this book a five out of five easily. This book is great, having known a lot about the sleepy hollow legend i certainly appreciate another take on the legend and Jessica... Read more
Published 4 months ago by writerlou
2.0 out of 5 stars Juvenille
Obviously written for pre teens or young teens, not intended for an adult audience, would not recommend to any adults.
Published 10 months ago by Maryln A. Olsen
2.0 out of 5 stars bored
The writing isn't bad, there just isn't anything going on. I got a little over halfway and had to stop reading. I have no idea where it was going. It was just boring.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS TRILOGY!!!!
This book does take I little while to get the story up and running, but I'm telling you, once you get into the story, you will not regret those couple of chapters it took to get... Read more
Published 12 months ago by dinwiddieigirl98
5.0 out of 5 stars One not to miss
Contemporary, Sleepy Hollow

Abbey's best friend Kristen vanishes suddenly at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, and everyone is quick to accept that Kristen is dead... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Larena Hubble
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!!!!
Because I really like these kinds of books and the characters are really good and the plot is awesome. Also the drama is great.
Published 13 months ago by Madison Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I read this book last year in school and could NOT put it down. It drew me in and I was so sad to finish the trilogy, I didn't want it to end. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mar
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Jessica Verday is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hollow trilogy. Her short stories have been featured in The First Time anthology, which she co-edited, and Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions. She believes a shoe isn't a shoe unless it has a three-inch heel, and nothing beats a great pair of boots. When not daydreaming about moving into a library of her own, she can be found working on her next story, redecorating her office, or buying vintage furniture. Find out more about The Beautiful and the Damned, The Hollow trilogy, and the forthcoming Of Monsters and Madness series at JessicaVerday.com.

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