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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,427 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jessica Verday Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hollow Trilogy Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781455198979
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Mourning your best friend is no time to fall in love with a stranger.

When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead, and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral, and who keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he’s the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again—but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen’s betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her, one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spectacular! The Hollow keeps you reading from beginning to end without coming up for air.”

    L. J. Smith, bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries

  • “Cassandra Campbell convincingly portrays Abbey’s confusion and depression as she clings to the hope that Kristen is not actually dead…Set in a town with a legendary haunted past, the story’s overall tone is suitably eerie, and it ends with a surprising twist. Paranormal romance fans will be clamoring for Book two.”

    AudioFile

  • “Verday’s paranormal romance has an intriguing premise…that will easily attract a teen female readership…With a cliffhanger ending and impending sequel this novel will find many fans.”

    Booklist

  • “This inventive tale from a first-time author cleverly interweaves elements of Washington Irving’s famous The Legend of Sleepy Hollow not only in the setting, but also in the characters…Readers, particularly fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight and other supernatural romances, will clamor for the second novel in this trilogy.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Verday weaves in Irving’s Legend throughout Abbey’s first-person story making it magical and suspenseful. Cassandra Campbell’s narration perfectly matches Verday’s expressions and storytelling to further draw listeners into this paranormal romance. Each character is fully voiced both by personality and emotionally, with Abbey’s deep and growing grief over the loss of her friend being appropriately the most clearly and poignantly expressed.”

    SoundCommentary.com

  •  “The Hollow…is a phenomenal read that will leave you itching to read the sequel!…Jessica Verday is my favorite breakout author of 2009!”

    Alex Malerba for twilightseriestheories.com

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 2/19/2014

    " I would give this book 4.5 stars. It entertained me and kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for the second one to come out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Sue | 2/19/2014

    " Overall, it was a good story. I loved how it took place in the 'Legend of Sleepy Hollow' small town. The ending wasn't really surprising but it was my favorite part in the whole book. Not because it was close to being finished but because everything was becoming exciting. I hope in 'The Haunted', i'll find out what happened with Kristen & also if Abbey & Caspian ever speak again. It was definitely slow-paced but I think Verday did a good job :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicola | 2/19/2014

    " I was so unimpressed by this one. It was just so... empty. It was five hundred pages but really could have been condensed down to a short story. I could not identify with or bring myself to like Abbey. She seemed to think she was clever and witty but she just sounded foolish most of the time. The dialogue was forced and flat. A lot of the book consists of Abbey going to bed, taking a nap, complaining about getting out of bed or talking about how she'd like to go back to bed- seriously, she takes a nap every twenty pages or so. It was so dull! I really wasn't feeling the 'relationship' between Abbey and Caspian. He had no real personality and I couldn't figure out what either or them saw in each other. There was literally nothing happening (except Abbey sleeping, eating, going to school) until about the last thirty pages. Overall, it was really void of substance and I'm puzzled about how anyone could find this book compelling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Johnna | 2/16/2014

    " This book was so disappointing. It was boring & the story was too slow moving. I just didn't feel the characters were strong either. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melinda | 2/3/2014

    " This book was a waste of my time... the main character was annoying, pretty much throughout the book. She makes perfumes as a hobby and it comes up in conversations and every other thought she has because she is, oh yes, planning to make a career out of it. She pines over her best friend Kristen who died right before the book started and she pines over Caspian who seems to be interested in her, but maybe isn't and oh, she loves him sooooooo much. The setting of the book is Sleepy Hollow, yes that Sleepy Hollow and "the Legend" gets thrown in in every possible way as well. I don't think this book could be more overdone. There is very little plot throughout the majority of the 500+ double-spaced(??) pages but then she throws in a crazy but not well-done twist at the end of book, I assume to hook the reader into the rest of the trilogy. I will not be falling for that bit, sorry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brie | 1/18/2014

    " Honestly, I'm getting kind of irritated with the last couple ya books that I've read. They have been so blah... My issue with The Hollow, was that it was about 450 pages of filler. I kept waiting for something to happen, by page 400 I was just starting to get irritated. In the 500 page book, you learned next to nothing about the actual mystery and then right when it starts to answer some questions, the book ends. It was really disappointing. The story idea is genious, I love the idea of incororating The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but the book was just so slow paced that it made it really hard to finish, and then once I did finish it, I was just irritated in how it ended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 1/14/2014

    " Uggghhhhhh, sooo boring! Couldn't even bring myself to finish it and i've never not finished a book before! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Mauersberg | 1/14/2014

    " Verday offered a fantastic study of descriptive writing. Her attention to detail was beautifully executed. However.... the plot just moved a bit too slow for me. I can see how it would appeal to teenage audiences, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chloe | 1/9/2014

    " I loved this book as much as i love knitting... oh. No this book is amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Wakefield | 1/8/2014

    " I really like this book. Jessica Verday used the unique idea of having a girl fall in love with a dead boy and it made the story that much more suspenseful. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Funnycucumber | 12/28/2013

    " The ending shocked me completely. I'm desperate to find out what's going to be next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/22/2013

    " reminds me of those movies by jj abrams...sixth sense; the village, I did not get the sleepy hollow connection till I was reading the book. good book similar to twilght series with characters interesting enough that u keep reading to find out more about them "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbie | 12/12/2013

    " i dont know what to say about this except it's confusing and sad but well worth the read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jealani | 12/9/2013

    " i dislike this book...not going to waste my time explaining it:{ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Claire | 7/13/2013

    " Everytime i read this book i fall straight back into Veradays book! I live how its both sad and uplifting. I also love her perfume making hobby! Its one i havent read before! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacey | 5/8/2013

    " The entire trilogy is phenomenal. I have never become so emotionally involved with the characters in a book as I was in this one. loved it and am ready for Jessica Verday to write her next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie Segno | 3/1/2013

    " Not as amazing as I thought it could have been. 544 pages as a bit too long, with many scenes where not much was happening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ghelo | 2/10/2013

    " It's good but won't keep you up at night. Hoping the sequel would be a lot better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misha Fitt | 9/23/2012

    " I have mixed emotions about this book, certain parts were amazingly good, but then next chapter was a struggle to get through. It could of had more potential, but still a good read 3/5 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ella Grey | 2/24/2012

    " A good start to a series that will appeal to the teen audiences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teralee | 1/10/2012

    " While I really enjoyed the authors style of writing, I found the plot lacking excitement. BUT I do love how the author is tying the story to "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"..Can't wait to read the second book! :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara Williams | 9/27/2011

    " Great book that goes with the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paloma Maldonado | 9/8/2011

    " This book was absolutely beautiful! Every chapter kept me wanting more. I have a feeling that Caspian was the guy Kristen was involved with, but anyways. I highly suggest this book!!!! You won't regret reading it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlysummers | 7/27/2011

    " My Favourite Book of all time. Caspian a cute mysterious boy and Abbey the lucky girl who gets him. Super Awesome. Trust won't be able to put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Petit | 7/4/2011

    " I really liked this one with the exception of how long it took for anything to happen! every twist and turn took forever, at time it was like reading a narrative of Abby's everyday life. That aside it was well written and the story itself was wonderful. Defiantly reading the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Little.pixie | 5/23/2011

    " i LOVED IT SOOO MUCH! xoxoxo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mommyreview.com | 5/14/2011

    " Had never heard of this book, just found it on the shelf at the library and sounded interesting, didn't realize it was a series, hadn't read book one but decided to jump in anyway and I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 5/11/2011

    " awwww this whole book was adorable and intense! it wasnt all just about romance but about finding out what really happened to kristen. which was, wow. caspian is really funny and adorable and its killing me to wait to know what happens. left me at a cliffhanger at the end!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hailee | 5/3/2011

    " its the second book, it after the hollow. its really good but u have 2 read the 1st one 2 no whats going on "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 4/19/2011

    " Amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing! So many twists and turns, expected but not predicted! This series just keeps getting better and better! Can't wait to get my hands on The Hidden! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wolfgirlbooklover45 | 4/10/2011

    " This was a amazing book just like the first book. And how much mystery, love and more secrets to be reveal.. I also enjoy how far Abby's character has grow, and the other characters too. I can't wait to read the third book, The Hidden to see what happens to Abby. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BloodyHorror | 4/7/2011

    " What can I say ? I love, love, love this series. It's very touching and haunting (just like the title).I must admit that I find myself tearing up constantly as I read. I'm just mad that I have to wait until this September to find out what happens next ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catharine | 4/7/2011

    " Two and a half stars. I like the characters a lot, but this book got too into the physical side of their romance for me. I think the premise is really interesting, but I'm not sure if I'll continue reading this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 4/4/2011

    " This was a fast read. I liked it better than the first one. I've read better YA Paranormals, but this kept my attention and I'd recommend it. It left a cliffhanger like the first one and the 3rd isn't out until September. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 4/1/2011

    " Twilight read-alike, except with ghosts instead of vampires/werewolves. At least what was proposed as a love triangle didn't really pan out because I'm kind of annoyed by the love triangle where one girl has two love interests--the mysterious, jealous type and the sweet, boy-next-door type. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade | 4/1/2011

    " So Awesome! Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 3/30/2011

    " A ton better then the first book The Hollow!!! A cliffhanger ending!!! Can't wait till #3 The Hidden!! "

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