Silver Hollow (Borderlands Saga #1)

Silver Hollow (Borderlands Saga #1)

by Jennifer Silverwood

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BN ID: 2940155187134
Publisher: Jennifer Silverwood
Publication date: 05/31/2018
Series: The Borderlands Saga
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 674 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time, she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it's the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador, or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of three series—Heaven's Edge, Wylder Tales and the Borderlands Saga—and the stand-alone romance titles Stay and She Walks in Moonlight.

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Silver Hollow 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
She writes fiction for a living, but Amie Wentworth believes in reality. She has had to face enough of it in her lifetime, particularly after the crash that killed her parents ten years before. When a letter comes from a long lost uncle, little did Amie know HER reality was about to become the things of fantasy, or madness…and it all began in earnest the night she died, a stranger brought her back to life, and a killer got away… With the handsome stranger by her side, she is convinced to meet the uncle she never knew in England, just until her “killer” is caught. But no one warned her she was about to enter a world not unlike those she wrote about or that she would be either the heroine or the damsel in distress or that fact is stranger than fiction, and definitely not for the faint of heart. Jennifer Silverwood’s SILVER HOLLOW IS more than a fairy tale. It is epic in its scope and its promise for more to come! As one young woman discovers why she never quite fit in, she will discover more about her past, her present and her future than she could have ever imagined! Amie will also find the missing pieces of her heart, her life and her destiny. Brilliant world building on Ms. Silverwood’s part creates an atmosphere of danger and romance as each scene unfolds and we are drawn deeper into Amie’s new reality as it morphs into a true saga with each twist and turn. Incredible characters, a magical atmosphere, and a heroine who comes into her own in spite of the chaos around her. Love the action, love the world, love the romance, love the chaos and all those delicious secrets…love 'em! I received a complimentary ARC copy of the 2018 edition from Jennifer Silverwood!
BookAddictLive 6 months ago
Wow what a saga I feel like have been caught in in a waking adventure. It starts with an ordinary young girl who looses her parents in a car crash at 16, but fortunately her best friend’s parents take her in. Northing happens until we meet the adult Jessamiene Nimue age 26 and an author of fantasy and magical kingdoms. Then the adventure begins and what a wonderful one it was. We have a mixture myths and legends woven together to create a magical kingdom. This is not a pretty story we have war and betrayal everywhere but a gripping tale of a world we dream about and Aimie finally finds out who she is. I loved her grandfather I thought that was a clever touch. IF you enjoy a fantasy that brings to life all the people and world you will love to meet in this gripping tale. This is book one so there is lots world building, but there still plenty to keep you hooked . I have one more thing to say and that is “ where is book two?”
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Amie Wentworth (Jessie) is a struggling writer with a good chore group of friends that she considers her family. She receives a mysterious invitation to visit her uncle. When someone attacks Jessie she decides to head off to her father's homeland and away from the threat. Little did she know she was heading into a century's old war and she will be the key piece in this ongoing battle. I found Silver Hollow a very interesting story with extreme plot twists and unexpected turns. Treachery and heart ache are at every turn and you are left wondering till the very end who is friend and who is foe. The beginning was a little slow going but once the story proceded, it was one shocker after another. Silver Hollow is a brilliantly imagined fantasy world, filled with magical creatures, a haunted library and a fantastical castle.  I received this copy of Silver Hollow from Jennifer Silverwood in exchange for a honest review. Written by: Jennifer Silverwood Page Count: 378 pages Publisher: SilverWoodSketches; 2 edition  Publication Date: November 2, 2012 Rating: 4 Stars Genre: Fantasy
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I won a copy of this book. Thanks to author Jennifer Silverwood.) 27-year-old Aime is an author, and has only 3 weeks to get the draft of her next book to her agent. A random mugging, during which she is stabbed through the chest, and then magically healed leaves her reeling though, and she decides to finally accept her uncles offer of a visit to his house in England. Once in Silver Hollow things are not as they seem. Her uncle lives in some sort of castle, with all sorts of servants, he gives her odd books to read about not offending gnomes, and he is also surprisingly cagey about the ‘family business’ in which he wants to train her. What is really going on in Silver Hollow? What is Amie legacy to? And what the hell is a flobbergidit? This book is a fantasy story, seriously let down by the slow pace, and weird-ass words used. There was also far too much included that was totally irrelevant to the story, and only served to dilute the story and slow the pace some more. I have to say that this book drove me crackers. Amie was a bit of recluse, and didn’t have a whole lot of friends. To say that flying from America to England to visit her uncle who hadn’t even bothered to attend her father’s funeral was out of character for her, would be a vast understatement – it was totally something that she would never have done before. What surprised me most though was how few questions Amie actually asked. Although she asked a few questions, mainly of the servants at the beginning of the story, she seemed to give up asking questions quite quickly, and accepted the most bizarre occurrences that would have had me shouting and screaming. Why didn’t she question her uncle when he talked of gnomes? Why didn’t she question the existence of fairies? Why didn’t she question how they could possibly make things grow in the garden without the use of any seeds? Do flowers springing up magically under your fingers not warrant the odd enquiry as to what the hell is going on? Why didn’t she ask more about this mysterious family business that she was supposedly being trained for? Why didn’t she ask what exactly she was being trained for? Etc. Anyway, this book was just too slowly paced for me. I got really frustrated at how often the story went off on a tangent, and we had to sit through all this dull stuff that didn’t add anything to the overall story. I also felt like we were constantly waiting for answers. All these odd things kept happening, with no explanations, and I just felt more and more confused, and more and more disheartened with the story. At several points I really wanted to give up on this one totally, as perpetually having to force myself to keep reading became painful. The multiple bizarre words drove me nuts too, as I felt like half of what I was reading wasn’t even English. The odd word is fair enough, but the sheer number in this book was mind boggling. We had: dishwakling, krumplekined, epperchips, wright’s eye, flobbergidits, frazzleging, dickleweeds, filsh buckets, pussywillows, foshimminey just to name a few – I mean this is serious Harry Potter realm made-up words, with no explanation as to what any of them mean! There did then turn out to be a glossary at the end of the story, but how was I supposed to know that as I was struggling through the book?! This should have probably been at the front of the book (like the glossary in the black dagger brotherhood books). When the mystery of what Aime actually was was revealed, it wasn’t surprising in the least – we had had so many clues it was ridiculous! The actual reveal didn’t come until half-way through the book though, at which point I was getting seriously annoyed about the lack of explanations. After the revelation we had a whole heap of other beings coming out of the woodwork too, from dragons to unicorns, and the whole thing was just unbelievable, and unentertaining. Having fought my way through this, I can say that the ending was at least an ending. No cliff-hangers here thankfully. It was such a fight to make it through this book that all I really felt at the end was relief though – that it was finally over. Overall; a rambling and irritating fantasy story. 4 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was provided a copy of this book through Goodreads’ READ IT AND REAP program in exchange for my fair and honest review.  I thank the author for providing me with this opportunity. I was provided a copy of this book through Goodreads’ READ IT AND REAP program in exchange for my fair and honest review. I thank the author for providing me with this opportunity. Silver Hollow is the story of Amie (aka Jessamiene, aka Jessie) as she discovers her real land of birth and magic heritage. While I found high positives, I also found fairly significant negatives with Silver Hollow. So as to end on a high note in this review, I will begin with the issues I had that really made this a 3-star book for me.  My opening sentence identified one of the issues that I had with this read—and that is with how often a single person or type of people was known by two, or even three, names. Amie is Jessamiene, is Jessie, and so forth. For this reader, the constant change of names made the story difficult to follow. A directly related issue was the use of made up terms. Oddly, this is both a positive and a negative point for Silver Hollow. As I am addressing the down-sides for starters, I will add here that it took some figuring to decipher these coined terms. I could have looked at the end for a glossary at the outset, but by the time I realized it was there, I had already spent some time trying to read beyond them. . . . There were some editing issues, which for the most part I was able to overlook. They do make for funny lines, such as “She had always been a scrawny thing ever since she was born.” Yes, “always” would mean that there had never been a time when she had not been scrawny, in which case, she would have been scrawny since birth. Or, “Rather than seeing the beginnings of endless heather-swept moors, stout trees hugged the road instead.” Had the author meant to remove the word “instead” since that is already implied by the use of “rather” at the beginning of the sentence? Even so, these errors are not a big deal. They happen.  By contrast, I find issues of grammar more difficult because they make me stop each time to make sure that I am understanding the author’s intention—or because they simply sound odd to my ear. I confess that I have only recently realized that I was such a stickler for grammar—still, good grammar makes for easy reading. Examples of issues I found included things like the occasional incorrect use of “which” for “that.” Another example is when the author would end a sentence with a preposition such as “Amie jerked out of the haze her thoughts had fallen into.” There was some verb confusion and misuse of verbs. For example, consider the sentence: “. . . and the longer Henry took, the more fearful she was he might try and jump.” The verb here is “to jump,” not “and jump.” Or this: “By now Underhill knew better than to try and pull Amie out of one of her moods.” Again, the verb is “to pull” not “and pull.” (I will say that people tend to make this kind of error when they speak. Unfortunately, I am finding it creep into writing more and more frequently. . . .)  There are many, many references to pop culture, movies (old and new), movie stars and characters. I think I caught most of them—maybe even all of them—and some of them were charming. However, for those readers not so keen to the shows, movies and so forth, some portion of the story would certainly be lost. Just a few examples of these references include, Jack Sparrow, Deliverance, “a vampire-loving awkward chick with a marble fetish,” Ginger Rogers, Spice Girls, Sean Connery, Errol Flynn, D’Artagnan, a “Jedi mind trick,” Rain Man, Rambo, and many, many more. One of the reasons I mention this is that the intended audience seems to be YA or perhaps NA, yet many in these age groups would not recognize a good number of these references.  As to the relationships in Silver Hollow, I admit that I was not convinced. The one that troubled me most was the central relationship to the story, namely Amie’s relationship with Uncle Henry. At the outset she wants nothing to do with him, then on a whim decides to travel to see him, and then within mere days, does not want him to leave her when he goes away for a few days because she has become so attached to him. Hmmmm. Another relationship I had issues with was between Amie and Morcant Hogswillow. On the word of others, Amie does not even want to meet the widow, then bristles each time the widow is around, but in the end, the widow is a central figure for helping Amie and Amie does not really question that fact. Finally, for those who want love triangles, the story does include one—but I was not convinced that Amie was really emotionally attached to either Emrys or Dearg —they both just happened to be there. On numerous occasions, I was confused by what was happening in a scene. For example, when the cook and Underhill are mixing their magic in the kitchen, it took some time for me to figure out what was happening. All that said, there were two very good things about Silver Hollow. The first is that the author shows great imagination. The trick for her will be to translate what she sees into words that help me to see the same things.  Finally, it must be said that from time to time, Silver Hollow delivered some unique and imaginative word pictures. Here are just a few examples: He grabbed the hold of a nearby candelabrum as they passed its oak perch and turned to hold out a proffered arm. (An oak “perch” for a candelabrum. How charming.) Really, with drool on the side of her face, curls a bushy nest around her head. (“[D]rool on the side of her face” made me laugh.) They’re simply a hashout-out of your thoughts, a mental throw-up of your subconscious. (A “mental throw-up” makes for an interesting word picture. . . . ) Her eyes misted over in their new annoying habit. (An great way to describe Amie’s frequent crying.) In the past, Amie had gotten pretty decent at making a stumble resemble a modern dance move. (Many readers will readily identify with Amie here. . . .) She awoke to the rain begging loudly to be let inside. (Funny.) Slaine called out to the growing puddle of people. (I found a “puddle of people” to be quite creative.) He puffed on his pipe, smoke filling the space between them in thick ginger-scented clouds. (I like the “ginger-scented clouds.” I can see and smell them!) Finally, I will end nearly where I started. The author made common usage of made-up words. While annoying when I could not figure them out (as I kept thinking I had missed something), they did help to build a genuinely unique alternative world. Examples of some of these fun (though at times frustrating) words include: nixy, krumplekined, epperchips, flobbergidits, wicklewashers and mushrattling. All told, there were difficulties with this read, but the author shows a great imagination and the beginnings of her own unique writing voice. Keep at it Jennifer!
maffism More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty awesome in general and has amazingly eloquent prose as it's best feature. This a feature which many take to be indicative of pretentious,smug and annoyingly verbose writers. I can assure that this is not the case for this writer. There's something in this for readers of all genres, bar porn, and it should be read by all.