Book Review: Hollow’s End by Marianne Morea

hollowSynopsis:

The dark water of the Hudson River isn’t the only blackness looming in the distance of the quaint river town of Sleepy Hollow. 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.

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 historical events that surround the village of Sleepy Hollow and the famous legend that shares its name, this Young Adult Horror takes you on a journey full of history and suspense with a splash of romance and the paranormal.

About the Author: holow author

I’m a New Yorker, born and bred, and for the most part my stories and my characters embody the grit and complexity of the city. An avid traveler, I use my experiences from around the world in all my books. There isn’t a place my characters live or travel to that I haven’t been myself.

Like most authors, my love affair with the written word started as a child with the books I read. Even today, I love to read almost as much as I love to write. My favorite stories are the ones that transport me, that bring me to places and introduce me to characters that leave me breathless…the ones that spark the fire of my imagination, allowing me to dream in the world of ‘what if?’

I’ve always been a scribbler, and from the time I could write my name I’ve been making up stories. So it was no surprise when I earned degrees in both Journalism and Fine Art, but after working in the trenches of Madison Avenue as a Graphic Artist, I decided to do what I love most full time. Write.

In the meantime I am also a founding member and former President of The Paranormal Romance Guild, a not-for-profit organization for readers and authors of the genre…and when I’m not ‘bichok’ (but in a chair hands on keyboard), I’m spending time with my husband and our three kids, traveling to exciting, romantic places …for inspiration, of course!

http://www.mariannemorea.com/

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4228374.Marianne_Morea

My Review:

I adored the idea of setting a book against the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Especially a YA book, as it really lends itself to the themes and reminded me of when I first saw the old Disney cartoon when I was a little girl.

The high school drama was appropriate for the teen reader, but as an adult reader I found it a little cliché and boring – that said it is a teen read and few YA reads dance the fine line between adult and teen successfully. The character of Rowan was a little hit and miss for me. I didn’t like her obsession with food, although I guess it’s realistic, but it really starts the debate about responsibility to the reader – if your main audience are teens, isn’t it more helpful to give them a strong character to look up to, rather than one who can’t let eating a late night a bag of crisps go?

The historical facts in this book are very compelling and it’s pretty obvious that there was a lot of research done to really make this book stand out. The style of writing and setting also very much reminded me of Beautiful Creatures, which I loved.

From a writer’s perspective, I felt it was a bit slow going at first and took me a while to get into it. And why did Hunter have to have a six pack? Although sexy romantic leads are a must in romance fiction, YA affords the author more room to move and I would have preferred more ordinary looking characters.

The front cover is evocative and interesting and highlights Rowan, which as its written first person from her perspective, is just.

Also, great timing coming up out when the TV series Sleepy Hollow hits the airwaves, it can do nothing but help promote the book!

Overall I’d give Hollows End 3 out of 5 stars, an interesting read if you are a teen.

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