From Amazon: Growing up in the town of Sleepy Hollow, the mystery and intrigue over Washington Irving's classic legend are all part of daily life for sixteen-year-old Abbey. But when her best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Abbey's world is suddenly turned upside down. While everyone is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead, Abbey refuses to believe that she is really gone. And when Abbey meets the gorgeous, but mysterious, Caspian at Kristen's memorial she starts to feel like she has something to hold on to for the first time since Kristen's disappearance...
The Hollow succeeded in both frustrating and intriguing me at the same time. My frustration stemmed from a slow plot and too much description which, while not necessarily a bad thing, didn't make me want to rush home and continue with the story.
The Sleepy Hollow story and characters were interesting enough, and I was suprised by the secret revealed towards the end. It might not have been the bombshell I was expecting, but I still thought it was a clever twist that should make the second book in the series a really good read. All the threads and background information have been set up in The Hollow, so hopefully future books can dive straight into the story.
I would have liked more relationship development between Abbey and Caspian, as they ended up falling into my I've-just-met-him-and-I-love-him category. Romantic relationships like that lack realism, and I find them hard to comprehend. More depth and character interaction would have made a big difference, and I think this is something Verday will explore in the sequels. I enjoyed her writing and ideas, and think she has a lot of potential as an author.
I think The Hollow's readers will form a love/hate relationship with this novel and, like me, will ponder their afterthoughts for quite a while. Though not amazing, it does try to stand out from the crowd, and I applaud Verday for trying to think outside the box.