Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Review: Hell's Hollow by Summer Stone

Hell's hollow summer stone
Title: Hell's Hollow
Series: Not sure if there will be
Author: Summer Stone
Publication Date: March 14, 2013
Rating: 2.75 Stars

When Seraphina was younger, she healed her best friend's injured hand. Terrified by the inexplicable cure, the girl shunned her. From that day on, Seraphina found herself without friends, a freak and an oddity. And so she obeyed her mother’s rule to refrain from using her innate ability, heeded her mother's warning that its use could land her in the local mental health facility alongside her aunt and grandmother.

But when sixteen-year-old Seraphina finds a mysterious, wounded boy hiding in the hollow in the woods behind her house, she can't hold out against the overpowering urge to help him. She is drawn to him each night, and as they come to know one another, their irresistible attraction blooms.

She longs to uncover his secrets — where he comes from and why he's hiding and how he came to be so wounded — and to share her own, though she knows it's forbidden. And while her healing touch seems to be helping him, it's hurting her. When the symptoms of psychosis — experienced by the women in her bloodline who used their powers — begin to plague Seraphina, she is faced with the unbearable choice of saving her sanity or the boy she’s come to love.


My Thoughts

I had a few issues with it, but for the most part I really enjoyed it and it definitely kept my attention.

I guess my main issue was that I didn't know Sera was 16. It says it on the blurb but not in the book, so I really didn't know what age she was, and usually this wouldn't be a problem. The problem stemmed from how Sera sounded like a shy 8 year old most of the time. She didn't come across as an actual teenager till like a good 2/3rds of the book when she starts dropping f-bombs (not that she dropped them a lot but there were a few) and shows a bit more spunk I guess. 

Besides the age problem the rest was really engaging. I loved Sera's whole family. From the annoying brothers to the crazy grandma, specially the grandma. She was just awesome. I liked the connection between the whole mystery, Sera and Zach. I didn't really put it all together and made it make sense till the very end when I was finally like OHH. Then it clicked xD

One thing I didn't like were the towns' people except for Astrid. All the kids were obnoxious cliches. George couldn't keep his mouth shut if it depended on his life and don't even get me started on Myra and the church. Drinking snake venom as a congregation and holding snakes? What the hell? And I'm not even religious. That sounds more like they are worshiping the snakes than anything else. Oh and Melody, I think that was her name, grated on my nerves so bad. She was all Oh lord this! and God that! and she turns around and threatens Sera cause she has been 'working' on the 'pastor'................

It was a good thing that most of this was all very scarce and nicely spaced out so I didn't concentrate too much on that aspect while reading.

I'm guessing? hoping? that there will be a second book because of what the grandma says towards the end. It would be nice to continue reading about Sera and Zach. Even with the parts I had trouble with I was still captivated by Hell's Hollow.

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