Title: The Hidden
Author: Jessica Verday
Format: Print/Hard Covered
Published: September 6th 2011
Publisher: Simone Pulse
Generally when someone is reading a series, like a trilogy or just a really long series, the first one is always chosen as the favorite out of the corresponding books. Except, for me, this is the COMPLETE opposite. Why? I don't know why, truthfully. Wait, scratch that, I do know why. When an author writes an epic, amazing, perfect conclusion, I will chose that book as the best. I love conlutions. Conclusions are great. I love conclusion that make me feel completed. You know when you're reading, and reading, and reading, and you suddenly turn the last page of the series and your like, "WTF? What kind of ending is that?" Yeah, those endings flipping suck! So yeah, can you see why I generally enjoy concluding books best? I love that feeling of happiness and completeness. Don't get me wrong, diving into a brand new series is always a head-rush feeling that I love. Just, I get happier when I conclude a book. I've finished it, accomplished it, and now its time to move on.
Any who (even though we're not who's in whoville... hehehe, get it?.. the Grinch... get it?.. never mind), onto the review. You can probably guess that this was my favorite out of all three. Again with this one we are stuck inside Abbey's little head, living her days out as if we are actually there. It's great and all, but it gets kind of dull, Jessica. If you decide to write a new book, think about this. Like the other two, nothing MAJOR happens until the last 100 pages. GAH, the last hundred pages! Wow, just wow. That ending was flipping amazing!
Characters: Abbey isn't the needy type. I mean, she doesn't want Caspian to leave her and gets upset when he goes for a walk, but that's understandable. She loves him. I get sad when my boyfriend does that. For me, Abbey is a very likable character. She knows what she wants in life, thinks for her self. I really admired her for that. Caspian, well he's a ghost, so how can you possibly relate to a ghost when your not one yourself. In the first book, truthfully, I didn't like him. I did end up loving him in this one. He's so protective and sweet, and he just makes me cry. I don't know why, but he's such a tortured soul to me. Overall I'd say the characters are likable... except Abbey's mom. I don't like her. She's weird and makes me want to slap her.
Plot: Again, a little slow in the beginning but does pick up. The ending was amazing! I of course can not tell you why it is, but trust me, it is. You can tell the author really thought the plot through. Everything was tied in at the end. Things made sense and you felt COMPLETED! Thank you Jessica! Honestly, I ended up crying after this. I have the most sensitive nerves, just ask my boyfriend. I can't believe I cried. I just really loved this series, and what Abbey did in the end... GAH, she's amazing.
Setting: I must say, after reading The Hollow, I actually want to read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. It sounds interesting. The setting sounds so cute. Sleepy Hollow sounds like a really nice and quiet town I would most likely enjoy.
Writing: The writing is quite good, considering Jessica writes the entire story by hand and than transfers it to computer. I do this to and it shows how much work a writer puts into her writing when he/she does this. Jessica's writing is unique and beautiful. Vivid descriptions and imagery really had me creating a film in my mind.
Overall, I give this deserving 5 curly pig tails
Until next time, Caspian, ghost, headless horse man, completeness,
P.S How do you like the Character/Plot/Writing set up for this review? I thought It'd be different if I broke my review down like this. Let me know what you think ^.^
P.S.S I am going to announce the winner for the Holiday giveaway very soon! With being busy and all I haven't been able to collect all the entries. Wow, it was such a great turn out, and again, I thank you all!