Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Hollow Blood (Review)

Hi there!
Title: Hollow Blood (Sleepy Hollow Horrors #1)
Author:  Austin Dragon
Publisher:  Well-Tailored Books
Published Date:  14th March 2015
Rating: 3 Stars

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: Ichabod Crane is dead! Everyone knows it. The Horseman took him—like so many others—one dark night in 1790. All that remained of the town's amiable schoolmaster was his hat on the side of the road, with a shattered pumpkin beside it. But soon the fearful townspeople of Sleepy Hollow realized that the terrifying Horseman, that haunted their region for ages, had also disappeared, inexplicably, after that night. They were free!

That was 10 years ago. And a lone stranger has come to their quiet town.

He is friendly enough, well-mannered, educated, but there is a secret about this man—he is not what he seems. Suspicions grow. The whispers of gossip begin. All of Sleepy Hollow is soon turned upside-down when they learn the truth.

It is only the beginning, as they find themselves in the path of his black vengeance, his hunt for the foul murderer of Ichabod Crane. This stranger threatens not only their lives by his presence, but their very souls by bringing about the return of the hellish Headless Horseman!

For Sleepy Hollow, will death be upon them all?

Review: This was a very decent read. I hoped it would be more horror related, but it wasn’t. It still made for an interesting story.

Although presented as a horror, I truly didn’t feel like it was creepy enough or delved deep enough into the subject to give me the shivers at all. But we did have the rumors of the Headless Horseman, who would murder people and had his ways of doing so. That was the most I got out of the horror. It was also poised as a bit of a mystery. Julian Crane doesn’t believe Ichabod was taken by this horror creature because it doesn’t exist, and insist on a man having killed him. The only question he has to answer is who has done it?

This also had a historical fiction feel to it, seeing as it was set in 1800. The descriptions in the book were lovely, and I loved being set in this time period. I am someone who always loves historical fiction, and even though it wasn’t the focus the author did use it to make a great setting. It had a good impact on the storyline as well. You do have to be a bit give and take though. I had a hard time believing that a single rumor could ruin someone’s reputation when there is no evidence to back the words yet, but in that time period it is understandable.

The Headless Horseman
The main character, Julian Crane, was too confident and hot headed for my liking. I felt like he went about some things the wrong way, and I couldn’t really connect to him much. However, I really liked Hans Van Ripper who was quiet and kept to his own business (I could imagine myself being like him most) and Katarina who is a rich woman. She makes her husband the man he is in the book, and is kind and graceful. She really does bring out the best in him, and I can certainly admire a woman like that!

The middle of the book seemed to deviate from the main plot a bit and I didn’t feel like a lot of the story was necessary. We could have easily cut a lot of the scenes in the middle and still had a book that made sense. It was a bit slow when we got off topic, but as soon as we were back on the right track I was happy enough.

The ending of the book is okay. It was a good set up for book two, but it didn’t necessarily blow me away or creep me out, which I think was the intent.

In conclusion this was a pretty mixed review. There were some things I did like, some things I didn’t. Buy overall it was a good enough read.

New Video! If you have time make sure you check out my discussion video about procrastination!

 

Olivia’s Question: Do you believe in ghost stories?

Olivia-Savannah x

20 comments:

  1. Have you seen the TV show Sleepy Hollow? I love Icahbod Crane! He isn't dead in the show; he was dying back in the 1800s, but was saved and put into some kind of deep sleep and wakes in the modern world... I'm intrigued by this book, but wonder how much I will like it.

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    1. I haven't seen that television show but I have heard of it and might try it myself after reading this one :3

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  2. Hi Olivia - Great advice for procrastination. I'm guilty as charged.

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    1. I think a lot of people are, not only you!

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  3. I know what Sleepy Hollow is but I've never read it nor seen the movies and TV show and I'm not sure this kind of books are for me. I hate horrors and I know you've mentioned it wasn't that scary but I get frightened quite easily and I would love to keep being able to sleep at night, you know? hahahah so answering your question, nope... I don't like ghost stories (most of the time) and I don't want to believe in them LOL

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    1. I am strictly a no horror movie kind of person, but I can watch horror shows and read books fine! And I can totally understand 0 everyone has a thing that will creep them out easily...

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  4. Well, the likes and dislikes seems to still give a readable one

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    1. Yes, it is readable, but not the most amazing thing I have ever read.

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  5. This reminds me of the movie Sleepy Hollow which I really loved :) It does sound like a decent read, but it doesn't sound like my cup of tea - lovely review overall Olivia, I hope your next book is a hit for you! <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I really need to try either the movie or series people keep mentioning! It was decent enough.

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  6. This doesn't sound like my kind of book although I am really into Sleepy Hollow - the book, the film, or the TV series. Have you seen the TV series? It's great!
    Andreea Catsfika

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    1. I will be trying it soon! It's a shame this one isn't for you though - I am not sure it would work for everyone.

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  7. This one definitely does remind me of Sleepy Hollow because of the Headless Horseman and the same characters, although Ichabod seems to be characterised quite differently. I like how his wife strengthens him as a character though! lovely review Olivia!

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    1. Oh, it seems like he has a different kind of character here? Interesting. I thought the match there was very nice. Thanks Jeann :)

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  8. I haven't heard of this one, but I am glad you had a chance to read it It sounds different than I was expecting based on the cover. Great review!
    ~Jess

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    1. Yes, the cover seems a bit misleading, but then at the same time seems to suit? If that makes any sense :D

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  9. Great review Olivia! :) Sounds like an interesting story, but not as much of a horror as the cover would make you believe. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! :)

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    1. The cover is a little misleading but it turned out to be pretty okay!

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