Looking for a Sleepy Hollow re-telling?
Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana is a spooky YA re-telling of the headless horseman.
“Forget the ghosts, Mica. It’s real, live people you should fear.
Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been six years since she chose to live with her father in Miami instead of her eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.
This town will suck you in and not let go.
Sleepy Hollow may be famous for its fabled headless horseman, but the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica’s family as outsiders. But ghostly voices carry on the wind, whispering that her mother’s death was based on hate…not an accident at all. With the help of two very different guys—who pull at her heart in very different ways—Micaela must awaken the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother’s fate.
Find the answers.
Unless, of course, the answers find you first. “
I will say that I have never read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. All I really knew before going into this book is that it features a creepy headless guy atop a horse. Oh, and that it is a great Halloween story / costume.
But other than that, I can’t compare how the two stories correlate to one another. I can, however, say that this book is creepy and does seem to capture what I believe this retelling should hold.
I loved how the author incorporated Irving (the author of Sleepy Hollow) into her own twist. We get to see the legend as well as a sort of backstory for Irving and his possible scandals. It was definitely historically entertaining.
The plot was really enjoyable. The way the characters interacted brought the story alive. The death of her mother grabbed a spooky atmosphere to start off the plot. The main character struggles with what is real and what is in her head… i.e. ghosts. The author does a great job in bringing in the horror to the story. There were plenty of instances where I found myself a little spooked.
There are also plenty of secrets and mystery back in her home town. Her mother left an image that she now has to contend with. Overall, this book was a VERY high 4 out of 5 stars. The book was very enchanting, but I didn’t feel like it was over the top. Especially towards the end, action scenes take over your mind along with the horror and suspense of what could possibly come next. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover.
I recommend this book for anyone who wants to explore a re-telling that normally isn’t touched on (cause I can’t think of another Sleepy Hollow one..). Especially around October and Halloween, this is a perfect book to add to your month’s TBR pile. And for those who may like a lil’ romance, you won’t be disappointed with this (possibly) scandalous love boat.
Want to read an excerpt of Wake the Hollow? Click HERE!
More Book Information:
Published: 2 August 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Re-telling
How I Read It: eBook from Publisher
**Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my opinion only and are not influenced in any way.**
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