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Posted December 21, 2014
I'm a huge fan on author Marianne Morea. I read her adult series and saw she started a YA series at the request of one of her children, so thought I'd give it a read. I found the history included in this book to be very interesting and informative. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the fascinating facts about the Revolutionary War were included in the story and made for a really fun read. I highly recommend this book to adults and teens.
Seventeen year old Rowen Corbett has witchcraft in her blood. Coming from a family of witches though she would be considered the "reluctant witch" of the family. When she experiences some frightening visions. Rowen and her teen boyfriend football jock Hunter Morrissey discover they are linked to the events of the past by forces of good and evil. The tiny town of Sleepy Hollow is in for a Halloween that they will never forget.
I really got into this book and find myself wanting to pay a visit to the place where the Legend of the Headless Horseman still holds a large amount of interest, even after all these years since Washington Irving penned the famous tale. I look forward to the next book in this great new YA series.
Posted October 31, 2014
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.
Quote: 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.”
Posted January 4, 2014
Okay so next to Christmas I think Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. And it's not the whole dressing up in costumes or eating candy (while both of those are good) but for me it's the history and legends. Scary stories and the Headless Horseman and Sleepy Hallow and all of that stuff fascinate me. It might be why I loved the Disney version of the Headless Horseman and why I love the new t.v. show Sleepy Hallow so much. The lore behind it all and history gives it the perfect edge for Halloween. And knowing all of that might be why I liked this book as much as I did. I mean who doesn't love a book with the title of Hallow's End? Especially in October this close to Halloween?? Not very many people.
And let me say this book did not disappoint. This book is like Disney Sleepy Hallow in Young Adult form. It's a super quick and easy read and well worth it. So much detail and time went into this book and the research to make it what it is. And the characters were amazing. I loved every moment of Hunter and Rowen. I just fell in love with their characters and wanted to know what was going to happen in their lives. Good, bad everything.
This review is hard to write because I mean most people know the story of Sleepy Hallow. However, this book changed my opinion of the Disney version of that, but it was so good. The problem is I don't want to give too much away because this book is a good read and I want you to enjoy every moment of it. This book had a shock factor to it, which only made it better. I had a few OMG did that really just happen? and some awww...moments and just some pure awesome moments.
I'm so excited and ready for the next book. I need more. I want to know what is going to happen next. I would definitely recommend this book especially with Halloween right around the corner. So make sure to go get your copy.
Posted January 4, 2014
Wasn't for sure I would like the story? But the book and of course Marianne Morea,hooked me ! the story was good from the start to the very end. second book I have read,and many more to come. thank you .Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2013
I enjoyed and loved the book finished it in one day. Has lots of history, mystery and just enough witchcraft or supernatural if you will to keep reader's interested with plots and turns. Never no what to expect next. It is a must read for all who think they know about the Legend of Sleepy Hollow you may be pleasantly surprised to find out what you thought you knew is completely changed. The ending makes you wonder if Tyler really went to the dark side or not very suspenseful and easy to comprehend for young teens and adults who love a great plot with turns and twists. I would recommend this book and can't wait to the follow up if there is one would make an excellent Christmas or birthday present. Never knew Hudson Valley had so much and was rich in history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be well-written, and a great modern version of the legend of Sleepy Hollow. The story is actually written about the modern teenaged descendants of the original characters from the legend. I thought the author did an excellent job of making it relevant for todays young adult readers. She incorporated a fair amount of witchcraft - just enough of the paranormal to capture those readers who are fans of the current paranormal genre. I ended up feeling so badly for the teens who were caught up in events outside their own making; the simple fact that they were descendants was enough to doom them. I particularly hated what happened to Tyler; he wasn't particularly nice, but he didn't deserve to bear the full weight of the sins of his ancestor!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2013
Having teenagers, I have had the opportunity to read several books in the genre and often come away disappointed in what I have read. Not so with this book. Great character growth and development, I well thought out plot, and a great setting draw you in from the beginning. As residents of Sleepy Hollow and descendants of the original Legend, a school project causes them to uncover new information at the same time they are learning more about themselves, all while navigating the landmine that is High School. I appreciate how Marianne Morea handles common teen issues, but doesn't dwell on the negative. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all its characters. I also learned more about the Legend of Sleeping Hollow, which surprised me because I remember studying it several times in school. I highly recommend this not only to teens but adults also, you will not be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 15, 2013
I was a little iffy when I started reading this. I am a huge fan of the original Legend of Sleepy Hollow so I wanted to like this one but was afraid it might be basically a rewrite. Turned out I loved it. I couldn't read it fast enough. Definitely a must read for any horseman fan!!!(less)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 15, 2013
As always, I must review the cover first. And Author Marianne Morea gave me a surprise. Not one but TWO covers! This is by far a treat for a cover lover like myself.
The first cover that I encountered showed a beautiful young lady and a strapping young man, in the background we see the silhouette of the Headless Horseman, a faded statue and Tarot cards with 4 burning candles. Whew... This cover alone left me with so many questions I don't know where to begin. First, I wondered who the lady and man were, then how did it tie into the Tarot cards and candles? Who on earth is the statue of? Why is the Headless Horseman in the background?
If that wasn't good enough, Author Morea released another cover! This one has a young lady looking off to her left, she is wearing a black strappy dress with french tipped nails. In the background you can see a light post and a gate attached to a stone fencing of some sort with a few bare tree branches reaching in slightly touching her. But the best part for me was the little attention getting caption, "Two hundred years of lies & horror are coming to an end..." And that little caption left me literally saying "Utt Oh!"
First I have to admit. I was battling a demon within. Since I was a child I had feared the Headless Horseman & Sleepy Hollow. I could never make it past the story without succumbing to fear. A HUGE part of me wanted to resort back to my young self and just run away from the book. The cover with the Headless Horseman in the background, not only scared me, it beckoned me to face my fear, and see what the author was doing with this character.
I decided to put my big girl panties on and with that I was ready to peel into this book and hopefully unleash some answers as well as face my fears head on. I must admit, I am very glad I did.
We meet the young Rowen Corbett a feisty teenager that reunites with her friend Hunter Morrissey, can we say teenage heart-throb Morrissey. Rowen the quiet girl who bothers no one, Hunter the football jock who finds his former quiet friend quite intriguing.
These two embark on a journey that will have you bobbing and weaving. Author Morea did an absolute marvelous job in putting us right in Rowen's head, the audience gets so absorbed in Rowen's thoughts and actions that real-life actions (ie: sleep, work, cooking) kind of get in the way. And if you are like me, these are the books we read for.
Rowen and Hunter's expedition is one that will make you do several things, like: cover your eyes but peak through so that you can continue to read, sit there with your mouth gaped open, just shake your head and try to grasp it all, or in some cases, literally looking at the book and say "No she didn't!" or "OMG!" and lastly, cry.
Author Morea incorporated so much history within her book it was such fun to read and it was incorporated so well, I have no clue what was fact and what was fiction, which was exciting about the book. Morea really was able to capture the teenager, Rowen's mind so well. She, (Rowen) was almost every high-school girl, in which we all could relate to her ups and downs.
And right when you thought things were over, Morea gives a tantalizing Epilogue that made me shake my head in pure delight because at that point I was certain of several things.
1. Although the novel has lots of history it WAS NOT bogged down with the weight of having to know the history to enjoy the book.
2.With most great books that are to become a series, I wanted more answers to questions. (like will we get to know Gran's history?)
3. The best part, was my personal journey in conquering a fear that I have had since 2nd grade. I read a book that I would have normally ran from head first. And not only did I read it, but I loved it and what leads me to the last thing.
4. I yearn for more!!!
Posted August 30, 2013
This book is great! It has romance and a lot of mystery. Rowen and Hunter are the main characters of this story and they are dealing with regular teenage issues right along with some supernatural issues. Rowen starts having visions that are linked to Hunter’s ancestors. When they start working on a school project some very strange things start happening. Even stranger things happen after the Senior Halloween party gets out of hand and Rowen and Hunter along with their families have to do something to make things right. I couldn’t put the book down. It kept me interested and guessing until the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 19, 2013
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