Headless Haunting!

More of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow in the Haunted, the second in the Hollow series by Jessica Verday.  (With the review and info on the final installment of the trilogy tomorrow!)

So we get a lot more information here in this middle portion of the story then we had in the first book – although it is still clearly the middle book with more questions remaining unanswered then otherwise. We learn the term revenant (which was new to me this year and now I feel like I am seeing it all over the YA genre, oh well) and shade. We learn much more about Nikolas and Katy. And we Get much more in the way of relationship development between Caspian and Abbey.

At the end of the first installment Abbey is sent to live with a Great Aunt while getting some professional help because she couldn’t deal with the death of her best friend Kristen and she couldn’t deal with the fact that the boy she fell in love with, Caspian, is actually dead. Her parents convince her to come home early to help dedicate a bridge to Kristen’s memory. And the new school year starts. She still struggles but starts to find a few additional friends, including Ben. Turns out Ben had a thing for Kristen.  And Abbey, after a little while, realizes that Caspian wasn’t just a figment of her imagination. We learn that Kristen was dating a creepy guy named Vincent and Vincent is after Abbey for some reason. Abbey coming to terms with the fact that Caspian is dead and moving the plot forward to the point where we can find out what the deal is with Vincent and Nikolas and others is the main thrust of this middle book.

This was on par with the first. It was an intriguing story and the reader knows that there must be something bigger coming in the final third of the story. We see more of Caspian and Abbey and their relationship blossom. And we see Abbey’s grand plans for her future. She struggles still with her grief but she gets back to living. And she struggles with what the future will hold for her.

Caspian is still a little too good to be true, but he comes across as such a genuine and nice guy that it’s easy to forget that teenage boys aren’t usually so sentimental or sappy. And the bond between Abbey and Caspian is so easy to believe. It is such a good glimpse into that first young love….

The quotes from Irving’s story still lead the reader into each chapter and sometimes feel more obvious then other times. But it was a nice progression. There is little payoff though from the loose ends from the first book. They are really almost all left for the final portion of the trilogy. I was glad to see the mysterious D revealed here but his true nature and the details as to where the story is really going is left almost exclusively for the final installment. I suggest, if you are impatient at all, to read all three of these back to back like I did. It will feel less frustrating when you still don’t have much information at the end of this book since you can dive right into the final!

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