Second Look: The Hidden by Jessica Verday (HC, 2011)

I want to congratulate Jessica Verday on an amazing trilogy.  Although I’m sad to see THE HOLLOW trilogy finished, I think she ended it on an amazing note.

For those of you who have not yet read THE HOLLOW and THE HAUNTED, you absolutely must go to your local library/bookstore and pick them up now.  THE HOLLOW was amazing and I had a hard time putting it down (much like this weekend with THE HIDDEN).  The storyline takes place in Sleepy Hollow (yes, THAT Sleepy Hollow) and interweaves the original story by Washington Irving into the new story.  Go.  Read.  Now.

That being said, if you haven’t read the other books in this trilogy, you’re going to be spoiled by reading this review.

Second Look: The Main Plot

THE HIDDEN picks up directly after THE HAUNTED finishes.  The majority of the story focuses on Abbey dealing with her choice to die and be with Caspian forever.  The choice becomes harder and harder to make when Abbey is faced with things that make it hard to say good-bye to her current life (like her growing friendship with Ben and her parents’ amazing early Graduation present.)

The story allows the reader to (slowly) find out more information about the Revenants and the villain, Vincent.  Though, it’s not until the end of the book that we find out exactly what was supposed to happen a year ago…(Ssh! I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say this – this was an AWESOME twist that I just did not see coming.)

What I Liked  Verday does an amazing job wrapping the story together.  In the final chapters of the books, things are made clear for the reader.  I really liked that there were (literally) no questions that were left at the end of the story.  We know what happens with the Revenants, we know all about Nikolas and Katy, and we have a pretty good idea regarding other major players in the story.

What I Didn’t Like  There were parts in the story that were too TWILIGHT-ish for me.  For instance: Abbey’s unwavering in her decision to die so she can be with Caspian.  It was very Bella’s “I want to live forever with you” whine.  Along with that, Caspian’s “You need to go to the senior prom because I want you have a normal life.”  Sigh.  Although, I suppose it needed to happen in regards to the storyline.

Red Hot Factor  There’s a few amazing scenes on November 1st when Caspian has his Death Day and is “human” for 24 hours.

Overall Rating: 8/10
If you’re a fan of TWILIGHT, read this.  Seriously.  It’s better than TWILIGHT and chocolate.



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