Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Hidden (The Hollow, #3) by Jessica Verday

Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Paranormal YA Fiction
Series: The Hollow
My Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

Abbey knows that Caspian is her destiny. Theirs is a bond that transcends even death. But as Abbey finally learns the full truth about the dark fate that links her to Caspian and ties them both to the town of Sleepy Hollow, she suddenly has some very hard choices to make. Caspian may be the love of her life, but is that love worth dying for?

Beautifully spun, emotionally gripping, and irresistibly romantic, The Hidden will leave you breathless.

Words can barely express my love for this trilogy!! Initially I picked this series up because I learned that the author incorporates The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, By Washington Irving, into her story. That in itself guarantees for an awesome story (if done correctly), in my opinion! I believe that if Jessica Verday had decided to go a different route, leaving out all of the Sleepy Hollow connections (yes, it could have been done), I would still have adored this tale that she so uniquely spun, I just wouldn't have adored it as much. So kudos to the author for taking an iconic legend, and adding it to the many fantastic ingredients she already had in the mix!

One of the things I really appreciated about this series was that there were no infuriating love triangle situations. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy getting caught up in a juicy triangle (or sometimes square) from time to time, but sometimes I feel that it takes away from the story. It seems that from day one, it was always Abbey and the swoon-worthy Caspian, although we were always left to wonder what would become of them. In this final installment of The Hollow trilogy, Abbey struggles with the realities of what will happen if/when she decides to fully commit herself to Caspian, because nothing is cut and dry when it comes to their situation. Which is another reason as to why I am rather fond of them and their connection. I devoured every second of the time they were together.

When I wasn't completely wrapped up in Abbey and Caspian, I was really enjoying the other characters in this book. Abbey's small group of friends are entertaining and hilarious. Ben is a mixture of boyish charms, witty remarks and extreme intelligence (I want one! haha). Beth is very straightforward and forceful at times, but in a good way. She's a good friend to Abbey. There was a new character introduced in this book that I would have loved to learn so much more about, and that is Cyn. She's the new girl in town who ends up being assigned a locker right next to Abbey. Right away it is obvious that she is a little.....different, I totally loved her character though. She was very honest and sort of abrasive, but not necessarily in a rude way. I really wanted the author to elaborate on her character, but sadly that never happened. We are left to draw our own conclusions on her involvement and abilities. All I know is that she's awesome, and I would have befriended someone like her in a heartbeat! Some of my other favorite characters, Nikolas and Katy, are just as sweet and caring as ever in this book, and we get to spend some more time with Uri and Cacey (which is nice, because they were still kind of a mystery in the previous book). Vincent is a level 10 douche-bag, enough said!

I am SO glad to have finally gotten to the bottom of the Revenants and the Shades. I will not go into detail about these characters because I don't want to reveal too much, but I will say that I really enjoyed a couple of the Revenant characters in particular, as well as the Shades. The idea of Revenants and Shades is so fascinating, I have never read a book involving these elements before so it was refreshing to read something so new to me. Also, the whole deal with Kristen (Abbey's dead best friend) is finally revealed. The circumstances involving her death are a bit of a shock and not entirely what I expected.

The ending of this book literally gave me goosebumps and left me all kinds of emotional! I really appreciate books that can do that to me, really make me FEEL something. All in all, I found the close of this story to be very shocking and pleasing, and not necessarily in that order. This is definitely a series that I will read over again, because it was THAT good. I will never be able to get enough of Abbey and Caspian. So, if you enjoy a great romance with several extraordinary elements, then I urge you to read this trilogy.

-On a completely random note, I would just like to say that I got such a kick out of the Vampire Diaries and Supernatural references! I am an avid fan of both t.v. shows, so when they were mentioned, I was extremely excited and amused (clearly it doesn't take much, don't judge me! haha).


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  2. If I knew how to make one, I'd do it. :( But I will totes put your button on my blog! =D

  3. Lovin' the new blog design, it's super pretty! Shopping today! Yay for BFF fun :0)

  4. Whoa, I just now realized that chick on the left has a sword, is she tryig to stab chick on the right? Seriously, even cooler than I thought a minute ago!


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