Review: THE HAUNTED by Jessica Verday

The Haunted (The Hollow, #2)THE HAUNTED
Jessica Verday
467 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: August 31st, 2010
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: LIKED

An impossible truth. An impossible love.

After a summer spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with–the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead–Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, ready to leave the ghosts of her past behind. She throws herself into her schoolwork, her perfume-making, and her friendship with Ben, her cute and funny lab partner, who just might be her ticket to getting over Caspian once and for all.

But Abbey can never get over Caspian, and Caspian has no choice but to return to her side, for Caspian is a Shade, and Abbey is his destiny. They are tied not only to each other, but also to the town of Sleepy Hollow, and to the famous legend that binds their fates–a legend whose dark truths they are only beginning to guess….

I had a hard time deciding how to rate the second book in Jessica Verday’s trilogy. At times, I was distracted – enough to stop reading, and at others I was hooked, but I kept on reading because I really liked The Hollow (Book 1).

Abbey though she was going crazy, and left the city of Sleepy Hollow to stay with her great-aunt for a while. Soon, she comes back to Sleepy Hollow to attend the opening of a bridge at the same spot where Kristen died. After that day, she tries to return to a normal life – worrying about school, her perfumes, and hopefully opening a business – not someone who should be dead.

The Haunted explains many of the mysteries that were created in The Hollow. New dark and mysterious characters are introduced and the story takes a dangerous turn towards the last third of the book. Overall, I wasn’t very disappointed, but I think the book could’ve had more of a pull to it. The ending, however, made me rate this one a four, because it provides the suspense that was lacked earlier. Sorry, its not a very long review, but this was all I could say about it!

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    La Coccinelle

    October 12, 2010

    The cover is pretty. I didn't like the first book (too long, too boring), so I don't think I'll be reading this one. But thanks for the review!

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    Kristina Barnes♥

    October 12, 2010

    I haven't even read the first book, but it seems like an interesting trilogy to read. I've had so many books that were slow at times and fast in others that I wasn't sure how to review/rate, either. Thanks for the review! I'll have to check this serious out. :)

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    Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies

    October 13, 2010

    I have to agree with you on the cover. Its awesome!