The Hallowed Ones

The Hallowed Ones

by Laura Bickle
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The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.

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ISBN-13: 9780547859262
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Pages: 311
Sales rank: 432,041
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Laura Bickle is the author of The Hallowed Ones and The Outside. Her professional background is in criminal justice and library science. When she's not patrolling the stacks at the public library, she's dreaming up stories about the monsters under the stairs, and writing contemporary fantasy novels under the name Alayna Williams. Laura lives in Ohio with her husband and five mostly-reformed feral cats. Visit her website at

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The Hallowed Ones 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The Hallowed Ones brought me into a World of the unexpected, where opposite ends of the spectrum collide. A quiet little Amish community is about to meet a horrific evil that puts their lifestyle, beliefs, and lives in jeopardy in this dark coming of age tale. It was a hard book to put down and became an extra appendage over the last 24 hours. The creatures were brutal, merciless, and will make you want to sleep with your lights on. Katie was an interesting and believable character who matured as the story progressed. She was rebellious, brave and wasn't going to blindly fall in line just because she was told to do so. She knew how to think for herself. She had heart. I thoroughly enjoyed her character. This story brought out your emotions. I had full fledged anger towards the arrogance of the Elders, especially the Bishop. He needs a good kick in the shins. For me, there were some overall religion issues that brought the book down to a four star rating. Otherwise, I was fully immersed within the pages and stared at it blankly for a few minutes when it ended hoping for more pages to magically appear. I don't know if there is a sequel in the works, but I will definitely be standing in line waiting for it if there is. Laura Bickle has a new fan. The Hallowed Ones was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley. The opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly a good story. Unexpected twists.
MVF More than 1 year ago
What can I say about this book? First--it's about an Amish girl Katie. Oh, I know what you are thinking, Amish? But you HAVE to read it. Katie witnesses the end of the world as she knows it, and with it her chance to experience Rumspringa (and I spelled that wrong I apologize) The time teens go out and live without the Amish rules before coming back to be baptized and join the Amish world. But--that pales to what is happening in the world and her insatiable curiosity is the best and the worst thing about her. The author is brilliant weaving in the creepy things that are happening in the world-- the juxtaposition of the slow, and reliable world of the Amish to everything falling apart. --I have to be careful; because if I say too much I will give away spoilers and you really, really have to experience it.) The characters are real, sympathetic, and frustrating. Katie is likable and I love her compassion. As a reader of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal--This is an outstanding book and I can hardly wait to dive into book two. Side note: I also listened to the Audio; narrated by Nora Hunter; She was adept at layering in the tension and made it a joy to listen to this story.
lagnella More than 1 year ago
This really is more of a horror/thriller in my opinion but I did enjoy it, I was just surprised. Something happens in the "outside" world.  People in the local towns, included some members of Katie's community, have disappeared and when it is investigated, stores have left lights on, windows are broken, and shops are ransacked.  What else Katie finds is death, and a lot of it. There is quite a bit of violence in this book.  It actually reminded me a bit of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which I loved).  Heads were definitely rolling on a several occasions in the story.   Katie herself, in my opinion, is a typical confused teenager.  She loves her community but also wants the experience of the outside world.  The author does a nice job using Katie's thoughts and feelings to share the inner conflict she is experiencing. She has what seems to be just the right amount of disobedience to allow the reader to recognize that maybe the Amish life isn't meant for her. The expectation is that she will return, be baptized, marry, and take her place in the community.  Only part of her isn't quite sure what she wants and, as the book continues, she begins to realize that her community isn't the trusting, safe place she thought it was. Katie is an extremely strong character even though the reader can also sense her vulnerability. You can see and feel her terror in each violent scene but she continues to move forward and do what has to be done. The relationships in the story are interesting.  Elijah is portrayed as her best friend and future husband and she is content with that at the beginning, even almost looks forward to it.  I liked Elijah until about the middle of the story when he began to change and in my opinion, show some of his true colors.  Alex, on the other hand, represents the exact opposite of contentment. He represents disobedience and passion.  He treats her as an equal rather than someone who needs to be obedient. When the terror on the outside finds its way into the community, she makes some major life decisions that not only affect her but the safety of all the community.  I agreed with all of them and was actually happy with the final events in the book even though it left me wanting more.  The book deals with a few heavy themes.  Trust, faith, life decisions, love, self worth.  All handled very well.  There is a sequel to this book called, The Outside.  I definitely plan on picking it up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So very pleased with this!!! Wonderful story, interesting characters, well written... I truly enjoyed this book, and look forward to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was good......moving on to book two.
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Really enjoyed it!
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srfeike More than 1 year ago
Growing up in an Amish community, Katie is looking forward to Rumspringa for a real taste of the Outside world. Her and childhood friend Elijah have everything planned out that they want to do before going back to the Plain community to give up their childhood ways and get married. But a series of strange events send Katie's life into an uncontrolled spiral. Strange things are happening, people are disappearing, and Katie must decide if she should trust herself and do what is right or listen to the Elders and ignore everything, hoping it will go away. As you can see from my five-star rating, I really, really liked this book. Katie is not fearless, but despite her fear she does what she believes is right. Throughout the story she is constantly searching for something to justify or confirm her community's faith. She realizes that she is not perfect, which makes her feel guilty, but she can't help but question how God's will fits into the horrific events taking over her life. She is young and innocent and has an appealing quality to her that made me want her to keep fighting against the Elders even though she would eventually get caught. I loved her sweet, innocent relationship with Elijah and was rooting for them from the beginning, but then later was hoping something more would come of Alex. I look forward to finding out more about him in the next book. Not having ever read a book set in the Amish world, I was not really sure what to expect. But I thought the author did such a wonderful job of building up the world the story was set in. Katie's day to day life and the activity within the community was so eloquently described, I felt I could literally step into the pages of the book, and the writing was alluring and descriptive. I guess I should mention at some point that this is a horror story, and at times a bit gory. However, the horror aspect did not overshadow the rest of the storytelling. I felt there was a good balance in the story and am looking forward to the next one to find out what happens.
Asand More than 1 year ago
The wonderful and very amazing Jen from YA Romantics  had recommended this book to me telling me how scary good it was.  That was back around Halloween (I know it took me a long time to finally get it) but I finally picked it up and I am so glad I did.  This book puts the frightening back into vampires! There is definitely no sparkly brooding vamps here people.  Nope!  These are the vampires that will be just as happy eating your face off as they will draining you of your entire blood supply.  But these guys are mindless killing machines either; they are smart and clever killing machines.  Laura Bickle has taken a turn for the more traditional storyline with the terrifying vampires that decide to go after everything.  And I love her for this.  Don't get me wrong:  I love the brooding sexy vampire that hates what he/she truly is as much as the next guy.  But....there is just something about the scary as hell vampires that love being what they are and love hunting down their food source like a predator.  A good comparison for these vampires are the ones from 30 Days of Night.  But there is a lot more to this story than just vampires; sorry I really dig those guys though.  Our main protagonist, Katie, is a very different heroine but definitely one I truly love indeed.  Katie is an Amish girl  impatiently waiting for the chance to go out on her Rumspringa, which is basically like Spring Break for the young Amish people.  It's where they go out into the world and experience the secular world and decide if they want to stay or come back to their people.  This is where we see how completely cut off from the world this Amish community truly is because the Outside world is in complete disarray while life continues to move along at a slow and steady pace for them. But they finally see the upset that is happening when it comes to close for comfort at their doorsteps.  I really loved Katie as an character.  She was curious; always questioning her elders and the rules they set in place as the world went further into turmoil.  Katie is also very strong and handled the apparent threats in the town much better than I think anyone else would have.  But we also see that Katie can be fragile as glass at other points in the book.  I think I really enjoyed the well roundness of her personality.  Even her faith, while some of the closed mindedness she exhibited when she learned other religious groups could try to battle the evil by saying: "God cannot be everywhere. Not everyone is right." did upset me, I found that Katie was much more devout than some of the elders with her faith because of her undying need to protect those who needed it.  No matter if they were Amish or not.  She didn't have that snobbery that most of the other Amish elders and families there in the community had against outsiders.  These two dynamics: the Amish and vampires, are definitely an original idea to me.  I think it was an awesome idea to take these two seemingly vast opposites and put them into a book where it seems the world may very well be coming to an end in the most evil way possible.  Then we get to see how these two play against each other as well compliment each other too.  I was completely hooked from the first minute I started reading this book.  I always had this ominous feeling about me as I read it; like someone was going to jump out at me and scream "BOO!" any moment.  I love that feeling, just like when you watch a scary movie.  It was just amazing for me that I got it from reading a book.  I hardly ever have that creepy feeling and when I find a book that takes my breath away with that kind of energy I know I have found a truly special thing!  I loved The Hallowed Ones and I cannot wait till I can't get my hands on the second book.  I give it .........................
JohannaP More than 1 year ago
In short, WOW. I absolutely LOVED this book and it has easily made it´s way into my favourites of the year. The book tells of an Amish girl close to her Rumspringa she has decided to go on with her lifelong friend, and more, Elijah. Rumspringa means leaving the familiar community and seeing the world outside without all the restrictions. But before that can happen something in the world Outside happens.. and everyone is forbidden to leave or enter their lands. As strange and terrible things starts to happen they are faced with the only conclusion. That something has already gotten inside..and Katie is among those fighting of the evil. The horror in this book sneaks up on you and before you realise, you are feeling like YOU should be running for your life. Most of the time I need romance in a book for me to really love it. In this book there is a part for romance too, though it is definitely not the focus of the story. The book has made me flinch a number of times and hold my breath like watching a movie that makes you scared. There were moments when I had to think that I cannot continue reading in the dark, that I had to quit and wait for morning and light. So yes, I pretty much loved this book for the terribleness of it! If you can´t handle gory details, this book is not for you, also I wouldn´t give the book for anyone really young either. But for others I would definitely recommend this book! It goes straight to my absolute favourites of the year! There were many themes woven into this story which made it the more intense. I am sure the book would´ve worked only as a story about Amish people being faced with paranormal danger from Outside, but all the other themes made it more powerful a story.
Frankie-B More than 1 year ago
I literally have NOTHING bad to say about this book! Well, okay. I do hope there’s a second book, only because it ended with a “and they left into the vampire ridden sunset”. Yeah. I seriously need to know what happened to them next!! I’ve had the opportunity to review this book a couple of times, but seeing an Amish girl on the cover kind of turned me off. I was just like, “Meh. I don’t feel like reading about how great dirt and God are. Thanks.” My inside voice is quite sharp and not very nice. However, after the third time it showed up in my email, I said to myself, “Self, this might just be fate. Or an aggressive promotion. Either one. You should try it.” I am SO GLAD I did!!! Man! I was GLUED to my Kindle! I couldn’t put it down! I loved the fact that Katie wasn’t the typical, obedient girl. If she were, I’d have had a really hard time reading it. I might not be an out right rebel, but I bristle at the idea of mindlessly obeying. Katie followed both her heart and her gut! That girl, while emotionally immature (she’s a teenager, it’s kind of expected), has a lot of moxie! I was cheering her on! And Alex? Oh dear, good grief! I’m sincerely glad that Ms. Bickle didn’t do what I thought she was going to do and make him a vampire. When he first appeared on the scene and Katie started noticing the flaking hex sign on her kennel, I cringed and said, “Oh, no. Not again. Please, please, please! Not again.” She didn’t. Alex is a perfectly human teenage boy. She did a great, great job penning him. The setting! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!! The setting was brilliant!!! Loved it! There are just so many of the little details that Ms. Bickle sprinkled throughout the book that made me feel comfortable in this Amish community. It really could have gone another way. You know when you open a book and you’re thrust into a setting that just makes you squirm? Where you’re picturing yourself there and you’re like, “Oh, man. They’re going to see me. It’s going to go badly. Their church (yes, the imaginary one) is going to go up in flames. This is going to be bad.” Ms. Bickle used what I would call a very fine brush when painting her setting. She used Katie to do it. Katie has such LOVE for her community and for all the people there, and her beliefs. It was just so natural. I thought it was amazingly brilliant! So! Should you read this book? YES!!!!!! You DEFINITELY SHOULD!! Go now! Do it!
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
I had heard some amazing things about The Hallowed Ones - so one day, while in the mood for something deliciously creepy, I picked it up expecting the best. And fortunately, it had such a strong start that drew in right away. Unfortunately, it never really picked up for me after that. I felt like I spent the remainder of the book waiting for "it" to happen (I'm not really sure what "it" was, but I was hoping for something truly exciting and captivating) but it just never arrived for me.  REASON TO READ: 1. Brilliant plot concept: The idea behind this story is like blow-your-mind amazing. An Amish setting? In an apocalyptic world (this is great because Katie's Amish community is so isolated that you have no idea what's going on with the Outside world- INCREDIBLY MYSTERIOUS, love it!) with some freaky killer thing(s) running around? I'm not sure it can get much scarier than that. And the first few chapters are fantastic. They perfectly set the atmosphere up to scare your socks right off, and everyone is like, "WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!" and there's some blood and life gets crazy. And then Katie seems to spend most of her time trying to figure out where she stands in her faith and her love life. There's nothing wrong with that, but it didn't jive very well with the direction the book initially seemed to be headed in. The role of faith was interesting, and for the most part it fit very well until eventually it just felt like we were beating a dead horse.  Plus I really couldn't care for her love life - at all. I sympathized with Katie for a while, because she was in such a tricky spot but after a while it just seemed ridiculous. And I couldn't bring myself to care when I didn't understand why she was acting out that way.  But really, I was hoping for more scares. It felt too much like there was a trade-off part way through the book: exchange scary scenes for kissing/doubting ones. So I believe the ultimate problem for me was that my expectations were for something entirely different, and I was disappointed by that. Review copy received from Thomas Allen & Son Ltd for my honest review; no other compensation was received. 
Erlessard More than 1 year ago
Books about the Amish are my secret love.  I've lived within 10 miles of Amish (and Mennonites) for the majority of my life and I've always fantasied about what it would be like to live among them.  Most books about the Amish are found in Christian literature  which tends to be preachy, so I end up skipping whole scenes.  When I heard about a paranormal Amish story, I was immediately intrigued, and yet skeptical.  I wasn't sure how capable the author was of staying true to the Amish lifestyle and religion, while still maintaining an element of suspense.  I'm happy to say that Laura Bickle surpassed all expectations. My only complaint about the novel is that the author went to great lengths to explain the Amish lifestyle and traditions, so at points, the pacing of the novel suffered.  On a flip side, I appreciate how at no point did the novel feel preachy, even as Kate was being preached to by the other characters.  The author did an excellent job of separating the characters' religious views from the narrative, so even as different religions were mention, there was no bashing or persuasion that one was better than another. With Kate's upbringing, she acts differently from any other heroine in YA fiction that I know.  I admire her bravery.  I understand both her rash decisions and the guilt that came soon after.  There is a love triangle, however it gradually enters the story and as a reader I know that for Kate, it isn't as simple as choosing between one man or another.  Rather it is about choosing whether to commit to the Amish faith or explore the dangerous world outside. (I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.)
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
Creeptastically wonderful! I think this book should come with some kind of warning- "plays on all of your fears." That would be a good one. I love vampires, I've read tons of books that feature them- I was seriously worried that I was going to have nightmares about this one though. And vampires do not usually get to me. I had to wake up my husband and make him come lay on the outside of the bed to protect me from whatever imaginary beasts this book was going to cause my tired mind to invoke. I loved the characters. Katie is freaking amazing. I love her questioning spirit. Don't just let them tell you what to do, girlfriend! You ask your questions! It is awesome that she can use her brain to look at situations and see what is the right thing to do, verses what the Elders tell her what to do. Man, do I hate it when people try to act like they know everything and just expect you to blindly follow! And I love that she breeds dogs! That is such a real trait. Laura has done a marvelous job at crafting this world and the monsters in it. I highly recommend this to everyone! Read it, feel your arm hairs go up as you wonder if this is what our future holds and pray that it isn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good! This is a must read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this upon recommendation of one of my favorite authors, Karina Halle, and I was not dissapointed. It was a quick read but different from the usual apocalyptic stories. Looking forward to reading the next one!