Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Haunted ~ Jessica Verday review

This & my review of The Hollow are posted today to go along with the anniversary of Washington Irving's death--I thought it fit with the books . . .


The Haunted (The Hollow, Book 2)
Simon Pulse
August 31, 2010
480 pages
Buy/info @ Amazon


**BEWARE O' SPOILERS FOR THE HOLLOW (BOOK 1) IN THIS REVIEW (BOOK 2)--MY REVIEW OF THE HOLLOW IS HERE**


In this follow-up to The Hollow, Abbey Browning is still mourning her best friend, Kristin, who died the year and reeling from the discovery that her love, Caspian, and new friends Nicholas and Rose are actually ghosts.

Taking a mental break from her life--and school and Sleepy Hollow (and Caspian)--with her Aunt Marjorie--Abbey is taking some time to regroup and find out if she went crazy or just what happened to her in the wake of Kristin's death.

Now, though, it's time for her to return home to Sleepy Hollow--early, too to give a speech as they dedicate the finish bridge to Kristin's honor. Whether Abbey can handle the return--and what she will find there is the question of The Haunted.

The Haunted is the book that The Hollow (and especially its ending) set readers up to enjoy. While The Hollow only let you in on its secrets at the end, with The Haunted you already know enough of those secrets to be truly intrigued and captivated. That's not to say there aren't secrets in The Haunted --there most certainly are. And I can't wait to read The Hidden to find out those answers.

There was a lot more devlopment between the characters in this novel than the first in the series (between Abbey and Ben, Abbey and Caspian, etc) now that everyone was introduced and their basic who and what revealed.

I really liked that storylines from the first book were continued (and expanded) but that new things were also introduced. Things weren't just forgotten, the new didn't overrun the old, but you were also rewarded for having read the first book, too.

Passages like those describing Abbey's dreamed of store really show Jessica Verday's skill in discription, too--I can't tell you how much I wish it were a real story I could visit.

I'm now anxiously awaiting the third book in the series and more from this author.



9/10

Thank to the author for a copy of this book for review

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