The Hollow (Hollow Trilogy Series #1)

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When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps ...

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Overview

Download a free excerpt of The Hollow.

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
For the high school students who have fallen in love with the supernatural, Verday's first novel will sweep them away. This is a ghost story set in the heart of America's first ghost story, Sleepy Hollow. Each chapter begins with quotes from Washington Irving's famous story and details from the actual setting and story are intertwined with the developing love story between Abbey and Caspian. Abbey's best friend, Kristen, drowns in a tragic accident that no one can explain. Did she slip? Did she hit her head? Why was she walking under the bridge? Even the secret journal Abbey finds gives no indication of Kristen's intent that night. Abbey and Kristen often walked through the cemetery in Sleepy Hollow and now Abbey befriends the caretaker and his wife while she visits her friend's grave. Abbey's loss and despair is lessened by meeting the charming, and devastatingly handsome, Caspian Crane. Having already graduated from nearby White Plains, Caspian has secrets of his own but Abbey finds a soul mate in him, someone who understands the loss that threatens Abbey's mental health and well being. How can she be who she wants to be without Kristen? Abbey's ambition is to become a businesswoman. She dreams of parlaying her interest and talent in making perfumes into her own local store, but college is on the mind of her parents and she cannot seem to talk to them about any alternative. She never has had many friends and without Kristen she feels the loneliness deeply. Caspian brings friendship and romance into a life torn by tragedy and high school angst. Having met these haunting haunted characters, readers will no doubt be lining up for the story's continuation. Reviewer: JanisFlint-Ferguson
VOYA - Amy S. Pattee
This debut novel is the first in a planned trilogy that combines elements of the horror and romance genres. It is told from sixteen-year-old high school student Abbey's first-person perspective as she grieves the disappearance and presumed death of her best friend, Kristen. Abbey mourns Kristen by visiting their favorite local hang outs—the grave of Washington Irving and the banks of the Crane River. She makes the acquaintance of Nikolas, a grandfatherly type and self-described caretaker of the cemetery, and Caspian, a good-looking teen from a neighboring town. While both new friends provide support to Abbey in her grief, the nightmares that plague her and her feeling of isolation at school refuse to abate. When Abbey discovers that Caspian and Nikolas are seemingly inexplicably enemies, she begins to question both men's origins and comes to a dramatic (and spooky) conclusion. Peppered with references to Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and informed by urban legend, this long novel establishes the trilogy's central character and her New York setting and suggests two mysteries: Kristen's disappearance and death and the origins of Caspian and Nikolas. Fans of the Twilight series will be prepared for the novel's epic length whereas fans of romance-tinged horror fantasy will appreciate the novel's incorporation of what would seem to be a doomed love story. Reviewer: Amy S. Pattee
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—The Hollow opens with the funeral of 16-year-old Abbey's best friend, Kristen, who vanished near the legendary Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and is presumed dead. On the day of the funeral, Abbey is drawn to Caspian, a mysterious young man who comes into and out of her life during the next several months. While she searches for answers to Kristen's disappearance, she meets Nikolas and Katy, the charming caretakers of the cemetery. During a chance visit to a shop in a neighboring town, Abbey discovers Caspian's secret. This inventive tale from a first-time author cleverly interweaves elements of Washington Irving's famous "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" not only in the setting, but also in the characters of Nikolas and Katy. Abbey's narration is heartfelt and authentically written as her emotions fluctuate from grief at Kristen's disappearance to growing romantic feelings for Caspian to raw anguish at learning the truth about him. Unlike many coming-of-age novels, the minor characters aren't given short shrift; instead, Abbey's parents, her classmate Ben, Kristen's mother, and Nikolas and Katy all come vividly to life through unique personalities, characteristics, and pasts. Readers, particularly fans of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" (Little, Brown) and other supernatural romances, will clamor for the second novel in this trilogy.—Leah J. Sparks, formerly at Bowie Public Library, MD
From the Publisher
In the wake of The Twilight Saga, another supernatural romance rears its ugly head, this time taking on Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. After the death of her best friend, Abbey feels abandoned and alone. She tries distracting herself by creating perfumes, but true distraction comes in the form of Caspian, the "total hottie" she meets in the Sleepy Hollow cemetery. Abbey quickly falls head over heels in love with Caspian, although she struggles with his mysterious and elusive demeanor. Just as things seem like they are back to normal, Abbey makes two discoveries: she finds Kristen's secret diary that reveals she was hiding something from Abbey, and she learns Caspian's true identity. On the verge of a breakdown, Abbey's world slowly begins to unravel when she realizes Sleepy Hollow may hold more truth than legend.

At first glance, Verday's book appears to be overflowing with fabulous potential. The stunning cover art and legendary premise lure readers into thinking this hefty tome is worth the time investment, but the story line drags, disappoints and quickly falls flat. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the obvious catalyst for the story, but other than the setting, Abbey's obsession with the tale, and the quotes that open each chapter, it is unclear as to how the legend relates until the last few chapters. Unfortunately readers might not feel compelled to stick it out to the very end after reading countless pages describing Abbey's mundane activies like mixing scents, baking cookies, organizing her uncle's office or working on a science fair project. Although the book will definitely sell itself, it is not well written and readers may be disappointed. This scheduled trilogy may be a series to pass up if budgets are tight.

——VOYA April 2010

VOYA - Sarah Cofer
In the wake of The Twilight Saga, another supernatural romance rears its ugly head, this time taking on Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. After the death of her best friend, Abbey feels abandoned and alone. She tries distracting herself by creating perfumes, but true distraction comes in the form of Caspian, the "total hottie" she meets in the Sleepy Hollow cemetery. Abbey quickly falls head over heels in love with Caspian, although she struggles with his mysterious and elusive demeanor. Just as things seem like they are back to normal, Abbey makes two discoveries: she finds Kristen's secret diary that reveals she was hiding something from Abbey, and she learns Caspian's true identity. On the verge of a breakdown, Abbey's world slowly begins to unravel when she realizes sleepy hollow may hold more truth than legend. At first glance, Verday's book appears to be overflowing with fabulous potential. The stunning cover art and legendary premise lure readers into thinking this hefty tome is worth the time investment, but the story line drags, disappoints, and quickly falls flat. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the obvious catalyst for the story, but other than the setting, Abbey's obsession with the tale, and the quotes that open each chapter, it is unclear as to how the legend relates until the last few chapters. Unfortunately readers might not feel compelled to stick it out to the very end after reading countless pages describing Abbey's mundane activities like mixing scents, baking cookies, organizing her uncle's office or working on a science fair project. Although the book will definitely sell itself, it is not well written and readers may be disappointed. This scheduled trilogy may be a series to pass up if budgets are tight. Reviewer: Sarah Cofer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416978947
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Series: Hollow Trilogy Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 143,633
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.36 (d)

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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PREFACE

They said she killed herself. Everyone was saying it.

What started out as a rumor, quietly whispered among small gatherings of polite people, quickly grew into something that was openly discussed in large gatherings of impolite people. I was so sick of hearing them talk about it.

They questioned me. Over and over again, trying to find out if I knew what had happened. But my answers didn’t change. Yet it never failed—someone else would ask, as if one day my reply would suddenly be different.

I didn’t know, but I should have … and I’ve been haunted ever since.

© 2009 Jessica Miller

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  • Posted November 27, 2009

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    disappointing

    My review: If you've read the synopsis, you're probably thinking, "wow, this sounds really good". At least that's what I thought. It has all the makings to be really good. It's set in the town of Sleepy Hollow, made famous by Washington Irving. There is a mysterious death, a mysterious boy, a cemetery, and a protagonist misunderstood by her peers. What more could you ask for?


    However, the writing is a bit erratic, some parts interesting, some parts littered by terrible dialogue. I liked the main character, Abbey. Though she is of course captivated by Caspian, the mysterious boy, she still has interests, such as creating perfume and long-term plans of starting her own business. And I suppose the fact that she is alternating between missing her best friend and acting silly over a boy is part of being a teenager, so not problems with that part.


    What really disappointed me was the story; or lack of story. The whole book felt like background, waiting for a big plot twist or finale. But there isn't one. Well, there is a minor one but it was quite obvious from early on, so no big surprise. Now of course there is going to be a follow up book as is the trend in YA these days. But there is a way to do that and still write a great book, ie; Shiver, Once a Witch, Prophecy of the Sisters. This felt like a rip-off, like a trick to lure people to buy the next one. Either that or the editor was horrendous. Maybe both. Despite it's 500+ pages, the book was a quick read. Mostly due to large print and spacing issue, sort of when I would pad my term papers in college.

    A book that fails to live up to it's potential is more disappointing than a book that is just bad.


    my rating 2/5
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    14 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    This Sleepy Hollow legend based book is not a sleeper!

    This book kept me up all night reading. What else can I say? It is wonderful. The Sleepy Hollow legend and feeling of the town really come through. I felt like I had actually been to the cemetery myself after reading it.

    The main character Abbey is dealing with the death of her best friend and meets an unusual boy at her funeral. They become involved and you can really feel the angst of their relationship. It reminded me strongly of Twilight in its intensity.

    This is a must read. It is fresh and original. It made a classic American ghost story alive again and I can't wait for the second book.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

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    CRAZY AWESOME

    This book was really good. It has a goth but real life and supernatural mix. its twisting and mysterious. While reading you think you know whats going on but really you have no idea. The ending is with out a doubt unbelievable and your thinking wow WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPEND! The end is not a conclusion you would have thought of. READ THE BOOK PEOPLE !!! YOU WONT REGRET IT SERIOUSLY!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    9 bucks later

    I only finished this because it cost me almost 10 bucks. The story was painfully slow and Abbey kept getting on my nerves. It felt like the story was just scratching the surface but it wasnt enough of a scratch to even make me THINK of buying the other two... Im sorry if I sound tough but for 10 bucks i wasnt expecting a story that should have been 2.99

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    DO NOT READ

    I wanted to return this almost immediately after I bought it. I only bought this book because it was nice and long, but I can't even bring myself to finish it. There are tons of plot holes and zero character development. The main character is soo annoying and quickly falls in love with a complete stranger that randomly shows up at her best friend's funeral. The main love interest is creepy, not romantic. Also, the author goes off on random tangents about characters and events that have nothing to do with her frail little story line. I stopped reading on page 400..maybe it gets better in the last hundred pages or so but I seriously doubt it. The only reason I read as far as I did was because I actually paid money for this. Save your money and don't waste your time.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    Not great

    It starts out as interesting. However, she introduces 5 or 6 supporting storylines and then never does anything with them.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    WOW!

    This book was fantastic from beginning to end. (Especially end!) I loved the development of the characters and appreciated the interaction of all the characters of the book. Thanks to Jessica for writing such a fabulous book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book! at the start I thought it was going

    I really enjoyed this book! at the start I thought it was going to be yet another book about vampires but the mystery and suspense kept me reading through out! Yes, some bits where a bit strange but I cannot wait to read the sequel

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    Cannot wait for the next book in the Trilogy.

    I heard about this book before it came out and I knew I just had to read it. Once I got it, I totally fell in love with this book. Nothing really major happens in the book but for some reason I felt I needed to finish the book because I wanted to know what was going on between Caspian and Abbey and the ending was definitly not expected. I especially loved how this book is connected to Sleepy Hollow.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    Can't wait for the conclusion.

    When I started (and finished reading) this, I had no idea there was a book 2 & 3. I was thinking, how can this story end with so many open endings? I was briefly disappointed because didn't understand why there was no closure to our "couple". It left me very confused and thinking "that's it?" I get how certain things had to "end" the way they did. My only problem was, was that I didn't get the feeling of "cliffhanger" "wait til the next book". It was more like, why bring up everything and not explain it all. But now, knowing that there will be a continuation, I can't wait for the conclusion. How each detail ties into each other in the end.
    So yea...that's my cluttered review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    AMAZING!

    I fell in love with Caspian, but with the story as well! I have read the trilogy and it is by far the best set of books that i have and will ever read!!!! :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

    This book was really good. This book is about Abbey, a junior in

    This book was really good. This book is about Abbey, a junior in highschool, and the aftermath of a tragic event. While trying to remember the good memories, Abbey finds out that there were secrets she never even knew about. She told her best friend everything. How could she not tell her this? However, that secrets don"t stay the most important thing on Abbey's mind. At the cemetary Abbey had seen a mysterious boy and now she likes him a lot, but he has secrets of his own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    must read

    this series is fast paced, i could not put this book down- either will you. if you think it is not your type of book take a chance and prove me wrong!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    I love this book. It sets up the story for a great trilogy. It k

    I love this book. It sets up the story for a great trilogy. It keeps you reading without putting it down. The other books in the series are great too! It's just a favorite of mine

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

    This was, Quite honestly, one of the most bazaar books i have EV

    This was, Quite honestly, one of the most bazaar books i have EVER Read. and I have read some strange ones. I was constantly giving the book weird looks and i am sure half of the people in my math class were giving me strange looks, and i was constantly getting surprised, angry, annoyed. This is a strange book, but it was strange enough that it makes me want to read the other three.

    This book is a bit of a long read, and while it is strange it is somewhat enjoyable. the ending is very very bad though, but it is a trilogy I would recommend this book, but when looking at other reviews remember every ones taste is different..

    My rating 3/5 for her dangling a possible suicide/ murder in my face and not doing anything with it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Amazing story BUT REALLY REALLY REALLY SLOW

    I would have definetly guven this book five stars if it wasnt so stinkin slow it really is a brilliant story but it isnt until the last 40 or so pages in the book that it starts picking up i loved the romance but everthing that didnt really matter in the story she put in detail and everything that did matter was the exact opposite that annoyed me so much its like we know ur trying to cope with losing with ur best friend being dead and all but seriously i litterally just started to read the first sentance of each paragraph and i understood everything perfectly

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Wonderful

    This story sent me into a world of love and mystary i was so taken in that i couldnt put it down i recommend this to those who love thrill and unatainable love

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    The Hollow By Jessica Verday

    This is a good book so far, I've only gotten 100 pages into it but I'm loving how she is describing Abbey and Caspian.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Read It!!

    I read the entire series and I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!! It always keeps you on the edge of your seat and you NEVER want to put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    I love this book!

    This book is amazing! I absolutley love the trilogy! It is amazing and Jessica Verday is an amazing author! This series kept me up all night reading! It is all about the headless horseman story so it is scary and amazing! A great love story! Read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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