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Gilt Hollow Hardcover – September 27, 2016
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From School Library Journal
'Easily the most thrilling and dangerously addictive YA novel to hit bookshelves this year, readers of all ages will fiercely devour every word of this stunning literary win.” (PopSugar)
Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Willow has spent the past four years trying to forget the day her best friend was convicted of murder. But when Ashton is released from juvie, Willow is forced to confront the past, as well as her growing romantic feelings for her once best friend. Ashton seeks out Willow’s help to clear his name, but the closer they get to the truth, the more Willow begins to doubt Ashton’s innocence. Why we’re looking forward to it: We need a heart-pounding thriller to keep us occupied while we wait for The Girl On The Train to hit big screens. Lorie Langdon gives us that. It may be YA, but Gilt Hollow had us checking in our closets and behind the shower curtain before bed. (Redbook Magazine)
Gr 9 Up–Langdon draws readers into a town riddled with deadly secrets and dangerous lies lurking in every corner, from the protagonists’ possibly haunted attic to the bustling coffee shop downtown. Threatening messages appear, and suspicious events begin occurring upon the return of convicted killer Ashton Keller. But is he really the true danger to this society? Meanwhile, Ashton’s former best friend Willow is barely piecing together a normal adolescent life following Ashton’s conviction and now sudden unexpected return from juvenile detention. Torn between her longtime love and loyalty to Ashton and her interest in dating other boys, getting through high school, and keeping her family safe and happy in the wake of her father’s death, Willow finds herself right in the thick of some very dark business. Filled with detailed descriptions of the characters’ physical appearances, this novel would be great for teens who want to mix some elements of danger and mystery in with their love triangles. VERDICT For those who enjoy the romance and drama of Twilight but would rather skip the supernatural sparkling and packs of werewolves, this could be a good fit.–Emily Grace Le May, Providence Community Library (School Library Journal)
- Publisher : Blink (September 27, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0310751853
- ISBN-13 : 978-0310751854
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.71 x 1.18 x 8.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #734,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I enjoyed Ms. Langdon's work in the co-written Doon Series and was happy to see her release a solo project. I just loved the story telling in this book. Many times while I was reading it I found myself in agony with Ashton or Willow, often wondering how Lorie would tie up everything at the end. unlike the Doon Series, the writing describes a haunting, yet beautiful setting; everything feels darker, in a good way. I always had a clear idea of where the characters were, their surroundings, and the trouble the lurked in the shadows. The mystery moved along easily and I never felt lost, but I also wasn't able to easily figure it out. The characters were well developed and I believed the way Willow felt when she interacted with other characters and situations.
The relationship between Ashton and Willow was believable. I get excited about young love. They were two wounded souls, who worked through their emotions in a way young adults would. If anything, I felt Ashton was wise beyond his years, but then I'd just remind myself all he'd been through and in fact, he was true to his character throughout. The book takes you back to what it felt like to be young, in love, and naively ready to take on the world. Willow and Ashton needed eachother to be bravely take on the world, they just don't know it.
I enjoyed the suspense they had to face while proving his innocence, an innocence many people, including Willow, questioned throughout the course of the book.
I am truly going to miss my stay in Gilt Hollow. I wasn't sure how Lorie was going to wrap things up so this town could move on. Luckily, I think she ended the book perfectly without any gaping plot holes.
If you love young adult books, definitely give this one a try! You'll fall in love with the perfectly, imperfect Ashton.
I was very excited for Willow and Ashton to see each other again, and it lived up to my anticipation. I loved all their interactions. They have such an intense connection that goes deeper than physical attraction. So few authors are able to write clean romance that is not boring or immature. This author clearly has the ability to write intense attraction without resorting to anything explicit. In fact, the kissing scenes are hotter than many of the sex scenes I've read in other books. Willow and Ashton have sizzling chemistry even when they are just looking at each other.
The author also kept me guessing about who the villain was. More than one person had a motive, and I suspected each person equally. It was a believable and suspenseful mystery, and I was engaged in trying to solve it as much as the characters were. The only thing I felt was missing was the reaction of Daniel's mother when the real killer was revealed. She took out so much of her anger on Willow that it would have been satisfying to have a scene in which she acknowledged that Willow was right about defending Ashton.
This book is going into my favorites, because I absolutely loved everything about it.