Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review of The Haunted by Jessica Verday

Book 2 in The Hollow Trilogy
By Jessica Verday

Star Rating: 

Genre: Young Adult
Number of Pages: 496

Time Spent Reading: Two Days

Synopsis:(From Amazon)
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....

What I love about this book is that it shows that sometimes, you need to ask for help.  Sometimes you need to be able to tell someone what is going on with your life, and have them really listen.  And sometimes, even though you know you should be happy and content with someone showing interest in you, you just aren't.

Unfortunately, there are also some very questionable parts in the book, both with Abbey's character and the way she still thinks about her mother.  Abbey wants a Mr. Rochester, which, we all know I'd be more of a Mr. Darcy type girl myself.  Abbey states, in chapter seven, that sometimes her mom was a very good mom, but in that same chapter she laments how her birthday sucks and her food sucks because of her mom.  At one point, while at a family reunion, Abbey states "I didn't want to sit close enough so that she could talk my ear off, but I didn't want her to think I was rude, either.  Being a teenager is a tricky balance."  It makes Abbey seem much more standoffish and impolite than the majority of the series, thus far, has indicated, not to mention most teenagers do not think in such terms about being a teenager.

I was really looking forward to this sequel after having read the first book, and I was definitely not disappointed.  I really enjoyed seeing more of Abbey, more of Caspian, and getting to hear more of the retelling of Sleepy Hollow, as seen through Verday.  Stay tuned for a review of the third book to follow.

Author Information: (From Amazon)
Jessica Verday is the New York Times best-selling author of The Hollow trilogy, The Beautiful and the Damned, and Of Monsters & Madness. 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, stalking antique stores, or buying vintage furniture.

You can learn more about Jessica at

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