by Jessica Verday
Book Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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….
As soon as I discovered The Haunted was out (And, ok, BEFORE it actually was supposed to be out…), I went straight to my local bookstore…and they didn’t have it. So, I waited…a week. They didn’t have it.
I had birthday money, so I went to Amazon and had it delivered to me with 2 day shipping…money well spent!
I loved the creation Verday made in the Hollow, the characters, the places, the relationships, even the paranormal aspects. Going back to them was a sweet joy.
I wanted to delve right back in, be entranced in the world of Abbey. And I was!
The spooky town still remained, the genuine characters were more….alive (I kinda just giggled really loudly!) than ever. In The Haunted, you are taken deeper into everything. Deeper into secrets that were opened up in The Hollow, about Kristen, about Caspian, about Nikolas. Taken deeper into romance. Let me just give a GIANT compliment to Jessica…she was able to write very steamy, sexy, thrilling, moments between Abbey and Caspian…and they can’t touch. Yeah.
No touching…yet still completely smoldering and sexy.
The paranormal aspect went deeper, as well, of course. We found a bit more of what’s going on, but still have questions that will be anxiously wanting to be answered.
Kristen…the girl might be dead, but she knows how to leave a mark. Her actions, the good and the bad, still leave marks on everyone in the story, she’s not forgotten.
The town still holds the pure richness that I think it will always have, and Abbey still holds passion for it, as I think she always will.
The ending…came too soon! I am left with a lot of questions!
I actually think the ending could have had a bit more, I’m not just saying that because I want more, I’ll always want more, but it was like Abbey was slashed with a knife over and over and we’re left with her wounded and lost.
(No, that really didn’t happen.)
I did not want this book to end, I really didn’t. I’m going to miss all the characters, because they are all relatable in different ways, they are all realistic.
Congrats on the well deserved Bestseller (#10!), Jessica!
The Haunted made me read fast, regret reading so fast, but still reading on, hooked on every page. Hauntingly good, if I do say so myself!