Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Book 12 of '10 The Hollow by Jessica Verday

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Dust Jacket 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. 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.

Characters: There were too many that didn't really matter. Although I did enjoy Abbey's character over time. The characters acted like they were from black and white 1920 movies in the sense that they overreacted in the most unrealistic way. Every other character besides Abbey made my head spin. Too many useless names and little relevance attached to some of them. 2 and a half flowers.

Writing: I was groaning when I first started this book because of the detached prose, but Verday found Abbey's voice half way through and I grew to like it. But the dialogue was lacking, and there is nothing that pulls me out of a story more than that. 3 flowers.

Plot: Oh boy. The only real plot or endearing quality appeared at the END of this novel. This is something I've found in a few novels recently. Please, authors, I want to read a novel where things HAPPEN. I am so frustrated because this book had so much potential. 1 flower.

Ending: Brilliant. If only Verday had started at the end and not the beginning. 3 and a half flowers.

Dust Jacket Description:
There is absolutely nothing that entices me to read the book here. Half a flower.

I don't know who the girl on the cover is supposed to be. She looks too much like a model to be any of the characters. This is way too overdone. 1 flower.

So much potential wasted. If only is the one thing that came to mind when I closed the book.
Emma Out!


  1. I think I'm gonna skip this one. I haven't heard too many good things about it. Thanks for the review!

  2. I had a problem with so much descriptive stuff that was not important to the story line. This easily could have been a lot shorter book... I liked it though. :) Good review.

  3. I think I'll skip it. Great review, though!

    I gave you two awards over at my blog - http://maggiesbookshelf.blogspot.com/2010/03/overdue-awards-post.html - methinks you already have them, but hey. Who knows. =)

  4. Jessica: Oh you're welcome! I actually enjoyed the middle 200 pages, but the beginning was painful and the end made me want to throw the book against the wall. I think that's a good choice.

    Lorielle: There was just no plot. This really got under my skin. And thank you!

    Maggie: OH THANK YOU. I shall check. It's the thought that counts.

  5. Great review! I'm gonna skip this one, though.

  6. This is why I'm hesitant to read this book. I just had that feeling this one wouldn't meet up to it's potential. Hmmm...I'm glad I won it and didn't buy it. I'll read it eventually.

  7. Great honest review!

    Isn't this the author who's husband jumped a couple of book bloggers for negative reviews?

  8. Annie: Thanks!

    Jenn-ay: I'd love to hear your opinion. I think a lot of people will like this book, but it was mediocre for me.

    Juju: Thank you! And yes, I believe so.

  9. That's too bad that you didn't enjoy it. I just bought this book too and am regretting it. Hopefully it will be better for me (but I hate too many meaningless characters). Thank you for your honest review.