Hollow's End (book review)
About the book:
Two hundred years of secrets and lies are bleeding into the present, and high school seniors, Hunter Morrissey and Rowen Corbett, find themselves linked with unseen forces shrouded in mystery and violence in the quaint river town of Sleepy Hollow…but the dark water of the Hudson River is not the only blackness looming in the distance. Truths, buried and long forgotten, have risen at a time when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest. Only Hunter and Rowen hold the key to locking the past in the past, and setting old wrongs to right. Can justice be served? Can the two find a way to straddle both worlds and solve the mystery when they don’t understand the clues? Inspired by true events that surround the village of Sleepy Hollow and the famous legend that shares its name, this Young Adult Romance takes you on a journey full of history and suspense with a splash of horror and the paranormal.
I love the two completely different stories in Hollow's End. Obviously the story of the paranormal/witch/ghost/Sleepy Hollow mystery and Rowen and Hunter's family witch backgrounds. But also, the story of Rowen being somewhat of an outcast and suddenly finding herself being pulled into the "popular crowd" because of her friendship and relationship with football player Hunter.
I have been obsessed with the new Sleepy Hollow show on FOX since it started last year. I just love the mix of history and the paranormal stories and legends. As much as the senior students hated the project of trying to find historical truths and legends of their town... I can imagine it would have been pretty cool to read their final papers and hear the findings. Like.... knowing the legend of the Headless Horseman... but hearing the true story behind the legend. I just love it.
In addition to the whole Sleepy Hollow/urban legends story... we get the beginning romance of childhood friends Rowen and Hunter. The story of the outcast girl and the popular boy overcoming the whole clique thing is such a classic favorite of mine (Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club...). I can't wait for the next book in the series to see how Rowen and Hunter progress.
AND on top of that... the story of Rowen coming into her witchy powers. Always fun.
Oh... and the fact that I finished reading the story the day before Halloween... when the story comes to climax on Halloween??? Perfection for me. AND that Rowen and Hunter are talking about Halloween weather and give a shout out to NJ post Hurricane Sandy & Halloween ice storm. Marianne Morea won this Jersey girl's love.
He chuckled. “Maybe…but then again maybe not. The last two Halloweens were brutal around here, or so I’ve heard. One year, monster snowstorms, and then last year Hurricane Sandy. Maybe your spell sent whatever was supposed to hit out to sea or something.” “I didn’t even think of that. People were without power for weeks.” I made a face at the thought. “And the Jersey Shore still isn’t back to normal.”
About the author:
Born and raised in New York, Marianne Morea’s stories embody the grit and complexity of the city. An avid traveler, she uses experiences from around the world in all her books. Dark Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy Suspense and Horror are the hallmarks of her writing style, where readers are thrust into a world where the city never sleeps because the nightmares are real.