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The Haunted (Hollow Trilogy Series #2)

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by Jessica Verday
     
 

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An impossible truth. An impossible love.

After a summer spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with—the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead—Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, ready to leave the ghosts of her past behind. She throws herself into her schoolwork, her

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An impossible truth. An impossible love.

After a summer spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with—the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead—Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, ready to leave the ghosts of her past behind. She throws herself into her schoolwork, her perfume-making, and her friendship with Ben, her cute and funny lab partner, who just might be her ticket to getting over Caspian once and for all.

But Abbey can never get over Caspian, and Caspian has no choice but to return to her side, for Caspian is a Shade, and Abbey is his destiny. They are tied not only to each other, but also to the town of Sleepy Hollow, and to the famous legend that binds their fates—a legend whose dark truths they are only beginning to guess....

“Spectacular! The Hollow keeps you reading from beginning to end without coming up for air.” —L.J. Smith, bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries and Night World

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Like Twilight (Little Brown) and the Vampire Diaries (HarperTeen) series, Verday’s planned trilogy (of which The Haunted is the second installment) is characterized by its protagonists’ unrequited passions and its narrative’s gradual revelation of a second, supernatural world, the rules of which are distinct and complicated. This lengthy novel ends with a cliffhanger, as Abbey is positioned to make a choice that may or may not ensure the eternity of her relationship with Caspian; this trope will all but guarantee an audience for the trilogy’s final novel. VOYA, October 2010
Children's Literature - Kirsten Shaw
The second book in "The Hollow" series finds seventeen-year-old Abbey still recovering from the pain of her best friend, Kristin's, murder. She has convinced herself that the boy she fell in love with while Kristin was missing was a figment of her imagination, a way for her brain to cope with the pain of losing a friend. But when she returns to Sleepy Hollow, Caspian appears to her again. She is undeniably drawn to him, real or not, and craves his companionship. Together they learn from Nikolas and Katy, the infamous headless horseman and Katrina from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, that Caspian is a Shade—a soul that does not go to the afterlife, not human but not quite a ghost either. Knowing how they feel for one another Nikolas also reveals to them that Abbey is also destined to be a Shade—Caspian's other half—and soon the Revenants will come to help her begin her new "life" with Caspian. While the plot line at times borders on the ridiculous, Verday manages to provide readers with a different take on the paranormal romance in a market flooded with vampires and werewolves. With the raw attraction heating up between Abbey and Caspian as their romance develops and the mystery surrounding Kristin's murder, this book is the epitome of the guilty pleasure. Reviewer: Kirsten Shaw
VOYA - Amy Pattee
After spending time in the country with her great aunt in an effort to heal from the "nervous breakdown" her parents consider a psychological reaction to her best friend's death, seventeen-year-old Abbey returns to her home town of Sleepy Hollow, New York to participate in the memorial service for her friend. There, she rekindles her relationship with Caspian, the mysterious and handsome young man she only recently discovered is a Shade—a ghost who can interact with psychically-sensitive living humans. As Abbey learns more about Caspian's life and postmortem limitations, her love for him grows both more passionate and more frustrating; the couple may enjoy each other's physical touch only one day per year, on the anniversary of Caspian's death. Meanwhile, a quartet of strangers with musical voices lingers on the periphery of Abbey's life, and she has several chilling encounters with a good looking but malevolent young man she suspects was her best friend's secret boyfriend. Like Twilight (Little Brown) and the Vampire Diaries (HarperTeen) series, Verday's planned trilogy (of which The Haunted is the second installment) is characterized by its protagonists' unrequited passions and its narrative's gradual revelation of a second, supernatural world, the rules of which are distinct and complicated. This lengthy novel ends with a cliffhanger, as Abbey is positioned to make a choice that may or may not ensure the eternity of her relationship with Caspian; this trope will all but guarantee an audience for the trilogy's final novel. Reviewer: Amy Pattee
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This sequel to The Hollow (S & S, 2009) finds Abbey home after recovering from the news that the unbearably beautiful boy she loves, Caspian, is actually dead. Neither vampire nor ghost, he is a Shade, a shadow "living within the shade of real life." The convenient plot slowly reveals that Abbey and Caspian are soulmates, but in order for them to be together as destined, she has to die. To that end, four Revenants, helpful sorts who are supposed to assist souls to crossover, appear. A fifth, Vincent, torments Abbey, but he wants her alive to prevent her union with Caspian. Set in Sleepy Hollow, NY, the series includes characters from Washington Irving's story "The Headless Horseman," and each chapter opens with a quote from the tale. Abbey's talent as a perfumer is the most interesting thing about her, but unfortunately this only results in lists of essential oils and nonessential details. Abbey and Caspian's unconsummated love—he can only touch her on the anniversary of his death—results in lines such as, "Desire hit me like a rock." Clumsy exposition and awkward sentence construction are not helped by clichéd language replete with pedestrian minutiae. The big revelations are obvious rather than powerful, and the cliff-hanger conclusion is more gimmicky than intriguing. Purchase only where the first book has fans.—Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416978954
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Series:
Hollow Trilogy Series, #2
Pages:
467
Sales rank:
536,911
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile:
HL610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

Read an Excerpt

PREFACE

I was so lost when Kristen left. When she died. Then Caspian found me. I got to know him. Fell in love with him. He helped me deal with the fact that my best friend was never coming back. And when I found out that she’d been keeping so much hidden from me, he helped me try to understand.

But he had a secret too. A secret he should have told me from the beginning. Now I don’t even know if he’s real, or if I dreamt him up to help me process the pain. I can’t stay away from Sleepy Hollow forever.

Will he be waiting for me?

© 2010 Jessica Miller

Meet the Author

Jessica Verday is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hollow trilogy. Her short stories have been featured in The First Time anthology, which she co-edited, and Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions. She believes a shoe isn’t a shoe unless it has a three-inch heel, and nothing beats a great pair of boots. When not daydreaming about moving into a library of her own, she can be found working on her next story, redecorating her office, or buying vintage furniture. Find out more about The Beautiful and the Damned, The Hollow trilogy, and the forthcoming Of Monsters and Madness series at JessicaVerday.com.

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CiciBear26 More than 1 year ago
I loved The Hollow--So when I got The Haunted; after months of wait, I was extremely excited. The Hollow was such a beautiful book; but while I enjoyed The Haunted, I found it to be a little unsatisfying. The ending leaves you a little disappointed, but I suppose that's a good thing; so that you can be excited for the next and final book in the trilogy. I would suggest this book to readers who like the 'paranormal'. It isn't scary one bit, but it is different; and I love its lack of vampires/werewolves/faeries.
acsimps More than 1 year ago
After a summer spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with by the bridge where her best friend drowned - the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead - Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, determined to leave the ghosts of her past behind. She throws herself into schoolwork, perfume-making and her friendship with Ben, her cute and funny lab partner, who just might be able to help her get over Caspian once and for all. But Abbey is never going to truly be able to move on from Caspian and Caspian has no choice but to return to her side: for Caspian is a Shade and Abbey is his destiny. The two are tied not only to each other, but also to the town of Sleepy Hollow and the famous legend that binds their fates - a legend whose true ending and dark truths they are only just beginning to guess...
DayDreaming_213 More than 1 year ago
Everyone else who has written a reveiw hasn't given the book a fair chance. It was excellent, and everything i'd been waiting for over the last few months. The ending made me scream but that just adds more exitment for the next book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Abbey's recovering from her broken heart and nervous breakdown after learning the truth about Caspian. She relocates to her aunt's house, but is called back to Sleepy Hollow for a bridge dedication she must deliver in her dead BFF's honor. Abbey isn't sure she can handle everything, especially when she sees Caspian for the first time. It's a relief to know she's not crazy, though. Soon, she's spending her summer scooping ice cream, studying science with Ben so she passes Chemistry, and hanging out with Caspian. There's one moment where she thinks funny and sweet Ben could become something more than just a friend. Is he interested in her? But it doesn't really matter, because she can't stopping thinking about Caspian. Is she falling in love with a ghost? Could her destiny involve a dangerous life turn? I really loved this dark tale that included humor, heartbreak, and an undeniable love between two people. It continues with the first book, THE HOLLOW, perfectly - and I can't wait to read the conclusion with THE HIDDEN. As Abbey unravels more and more about Caspian, she also reveals more about her own future. I love watching her world change and become entwined with the Sleepy Hollow legend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definetly a good read! I recomend this book to anybody who like romance and suspense filled stories! I never wanted the book to end!
KAYLA-B More than 1 year ago
IT TOOK ME LONGER THAN EXPECTED TO READ THE FIRST BOOK, BUT THE SERIES IS GREAT. VERY GOOD STORY LINE AND YOU HAVE TO LOVE CASPIAN! PLEASE READ!!!
Emily Kuhlmann More than 1 year ago
This one was definatly better than the first book and is the best book to get you into the halloween mood
Dcurtis More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book as well as the other 2 in this series, I especially love the ending in book number 3.
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Fiction4Life More than 1 year ago
LOVED!!! I hated the cliffhanger yet it makes me all the more excited for the last in the trilogy. It's a nice experience from all of the vampires and werewolves. My only advice is that you read the first book before you read this one.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
Awful, slow, boring.  Unfortunately, I purchased the entire series all at once.  I kept reading to see if it got any better, it didn't.  
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
One not to miss Contemporary, Sleepy Hollow Abbey’s best friend Kristen vanishes suddenly at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, and everyone is quick to accept that Kristen is dead and that it might not have been an accident. Abbey publically goes through the motions of mourning but privately she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral she meets Caspian, a gorgeous boy that keeps appearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian has secrets of his own but with Caspian Abbey feels normal again. He also makes her feel special. As Abbey starts to accept things she learns a secret about Kristen that has her question whether or not she ever really knew her best friend. How when they shared everything could Kristen keep silent about so much? While reeling from what seems as a betrayal on the part of Kristen Abbey learns some more truths that nearly undo her completely. Truths that will challenge her new love for Caspian and doubting her own sanity. This is a wonderful twist on the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This story is contemporary but the original legend influences the current story and makes this one a must read. The town comes to life for readers in ways that will have the reader able to completely picture the town and characters in this story. With every word that is read the reader will be drawn more and more into the story until the very end. It will also have the reader wanting the next book in the trilogy just to see what will happen next and just how many more twists the story will take. This has a wonderful mystery woven seamlessly with the romance and will keep the reader engrossed to the point of hating to put the book down for any reason. This is a Young Adult book that will have readers all ages completely enthralled with the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can someone tell me how adictive "the hollow" is? I read the first one an loved it!
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Amazing I love it
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This was so good it got me in truble on my vation cause I was spending more tiem readign it then vactionign with my family!