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Wake the Hollow Paperback – August 2, 2016
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Gr 7 Up—From the opening pages, this spooky YA immerses readers in an atmosphere reminiscent of the "real" Sleepy Hollow—a dark train station, late at night, a chilly wind, mysterious voices echoing in the air. Micaela Burgos, a prodigal daughter of the town Washington Irving's headless horseman made famous, returns to belatedly make things right with her mother, who died six weeks earlier. Mica has been living the good life with her father in Miami; her mother stayed behind to pursue her obsession with Irving; she claims to be a direct descendant of him (though her parents were both Cuban exiles). She and Mica have barely spoken since, and the teen's grief at the nature of this loss gives the book a strong emotional core to hang some of its more haunting happenings on (a haunted graveyard, Micaela's own encounters with ghosts). The complicated narrative includes lost literary masterpieces and generational grudges. Frankenstein author Mary Shelley even makes an appearance. The work's literary hook may be lost on some teens not as well acquainted with these figures, but the thoroughly modern heroine and prominent love triangle will keep most of them reading. The protagonist's ethnic background serves the plot well, adding nuance to her status as an outsider in the small, mostly homogeneous town. VERDICT A good addition to any YA mystery collection.—Bobbi Parry, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, LA
"In this page-turning, eerie novel, the author skillfully builds an air of quiet menace, where 'pumpkins sit on front porches like families gathered in the dark, telling ghost stories.' The book's action scenes echo the rhythms of hoofbeats, and the reader's pulse should pound along with Michaela's. It's indeed ambitious to write a horror story involving Irving and Shelley, titans of the genre; luckily, Triana turns out to be up to the challenge, with a smart, unusual take on the true legend of Sleepy Hollow." -Kirkus Reviews
"From cover to cover, Wake the Hollow takes ahold of you, with an unrelinquishing grasp, as if the Headless Horseman himself has you within his sights." - Amy Shane, Dixon's Independent Voice
"It had everything I could want in a good book: great, unique characters, thick suspense that kept me on my toes, a gripping mystery, a sweet, unexpected romance and a town with an interesting history and past." -Night Owl Reviews, NOR Top Pick
"The tone of the story is a bit ominous, which makes it difficult to put down. [...] The mystery of Washington Irving's descendants grows and so does the danger to Michaela. The suspense lasts throughout the book and the supernatural touch brings the right amount of thrill to the story. Wonderful spookiness!" -LynnDell Watson, Hugs n Kisses for Books & Delta High School Media Specialist
"Wake the Hollow kept me on my toes. It had mystery, unexplainable romance, history like I've never read before, and a main character that I would love to see more of. Like it's inspiration, it will be a story that won't be forgotten any time soon." -Moriah Chavis, A Leisure Moment
"OMG!!! This retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow surpassed all my wildest expectations and then some. The cover is stunning and the author's creative take on this ghostly read is simply outstanding. I was on the edge of my seat throughout this read that captivated me from beginning to end. This is an ominous read that will delight and scare you." -YA Book Divas
"The author does a great job of making the reader question everyone and everything. You don't know who to trust any more than Mica does." -Kristi
"Gaby Triana expertly weaves a story that kept me going. I was binge reading this book and had a book hangover afterwards." -Casia Courtier, 60 Seconds and More
"I loved this book. It sucked me in so fast that I couldn't even stop reading long enough to take notes for this review. Oh my poor heart was a racing while reading this. I felt every emotion poor Mica felt, her fear, the tears, and the confusion on who to trust. The writing was amazing. There are two young men that are trying to help her out, Bram and Dane, both of these men are from very different back grounds and she has no clue which one is truly there for her and not for their own selfish motives....and neither did I. I constantly went back and forth on which one I prefered, who I wanted her to fall for. The constant push and pull for who I wanted to truly be the bad guy out of all the possible bad guys had me staying up all night so I could read just one more page." -M.A. Hickman, Daydreaming Between the Lines
"Great mix of suspense, mystery, and a little bit of romance. I am a big fan of the Sleepy Hollow legend, so it was very cool to see a modern story based on it." -Amy
"Quite the mystery. Kept me on my toes the entire time!" -Christina, Lulo Fangirl YouTube Channel
"OMG! This book kept me on my toes! It left me guessing right until the end...LOVED LOVED LOVED it!!" -Shawna Cramer
"Equal parts dreamy and eerie, Gaby Triana’s Wake The Hollow is a thrilling teen mystery set against the backdrop of a ghostly legend. Exquisitely written! Loved it!" - Virna DePaul
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