The Hollow - Jessica Verday

Monday, June 28, 2010
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. Then she meets 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.

When I first laid eyes on this book, I had huge hopes for it. I just knew it was going to be good. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I did. At first, I was thinking 'okay, it'll get better' and then the book ended didn't get better. Abbey annoyed me most of the time, and I thought the author focused way too much on what she did, ate, wore, and other mundane acts of her life.

The ending really threw me for a loop, but not in a good way. I felt as a reader, that everything I based my knowledge on, wasn't real or solid. I kind of felt like it was a waste of my time at the end. Caspian didn't have any depth at all for me (and not to mention, hello skunk hair?) and I felt he was a huge jerk to Abbey. They said they loved one another a couple days after meeting, it's just another example of that unhealthy teen relationship *cough*bellaedward*cough*.

I did like the idea of Abbey making perfumes, and I love that you can order the character's scents on the website and get the snickerdoodle recipe...I really like the details authors put in books. Apart from that, I think this novel leaves much to be desired and I don't think I'll be continuing the series.



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