The Haunted

The Haunted

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...

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Title:The Haunted
Author:Jessica Verday
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The Haunted Reviews

  • Amy Jacobs

    After the disappointment that The Hollow left me with, I was anxious to read the next in the series to see if it would be better. I am so glad I gave this author another chance!

    Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow after a breakdown caused by the death of her best friend Kristen and falling in love with a dead boy. She has been living with her Aunt and finally comes home after the completion of the Sleepy Hollow bridge to dedicate it in the memory of her friend. She is scared to return to the town that

    After the disappointment that The Hollow left me with, I was anxious to read the next in the series to see if it would be better. I am so glad I gave this author another chance!

    Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow after a breakdown caused by the death of her best friend Kristen and falling in love with a dead boy. She has been living with her Aunt and finally comes home after the completion of the Sleepy Hollow bridge to dedicate it in the memory of her friend. She is scared to return to the town that caused her such pain, but she puts a brave face on and decides it is time. Just when things start taking off with Ben and getting back into the perfume creations, Caspian returns to Abbey. She feels conflicted at first trying to figure out if she is going crazy again, or if Caspian truly is real in her world. Along the way, we get to see the love between Caspian and Abbey grow, old favorites return in Abbey's life and new discoveries about The Shade.

    I am amazed at how much the author's writing has progressed from The Hollow. I admit, the beginning of this book moves slow like the first one, but as you get going in the story it really takes off. That is about the only negative thing about the book in my opinion. There is more suspense with a lot of the answers you were wanting from the previous book being answered. The author still left a great climax at the end of the story though that will leave you frustrated because you have to wait for the final book. Some things become clear in the plot, but other things are going to be left for the final book I assume. Personally, I can't wait for the final book now. I have crossed the Sleepy Hollow bridge and I don't want to turn back!

  • Kiki

    One word sums up this book in my mind, and I hope it does in others too:

    I loved this book. It was an astronomical improvement on

    and although I did enjoy the first book as a nice bit of fluff, this one blew it right out of the water. I love it when, in a series, you can see the author's writing gradually growing and improving - another thing I loved about this book. Verday has proved her worth in the YA machine; her characters are deep, captivating, and real enough to blee

    One word sums up this book in my mind, and I hope it does in others too:

    I loved this book. It was an astronomical improvement on

    and although I did enjoy the first book as a nice bit of fluff, this one blew it right out of the water. I love it when, in a series, you can see the author's writing gradually growing and improving - another thing I loved about this book. Verday has proved her worth in the YA machine; her characters are deep, captivating, and real enough to bleed.

    Abbey. My GOD, how Abbey has improved. I'm so pleased that I'm actually able to say

    . I cannot stand hating the protagonist of YA novels, so it was really refreshing to find a girl who was relatable and likable. Alright, so she's no superwoman, and she doesn't always make the best choices, but she's human. I can find parts of her personality (she has one!) that I like and that's big in a genre so hell-bent on churning out wet rags disguised as protagonists.

    And Caspian...oh, Caspian. Caspian. Caspian, Caspian. You have my heart. He was just

    . Flamboyant, deep, charming and thoughtful, he had me from the start. I liked Ben, but loved Caspian, which made for an engaging tangle of feelings that roped me in from the beginning. Caspian was kind, loving and respectful toward Abbey, but still boyish enough to be fun. I loved the scenes in the hotel room, in the mausoleum, in Abbey's bedroom with the glow-in-the-dark stars, at Caspian's graveside (which was beautifully touching). All the time the connection between Abbey and Caspian was so palpable, so beautiful and rich. I really, really wanted them to be together, no matter what. Their love was entirely believable.

    The supporting characters were equally strong. Abbey's parents felt like plausible parents, the Revenants were neat and intriguing in their design, and Vincent was just as much of a slimy creep as Verday intended. It was as brilliant, engaging and colourful as a pantomime; I almost felt like booing when Vincent came on the scene!

    The setting, ambience and general feel of the book was rich, earthy, dark and gothic, without the author trying too hard. I loved the sticky, summer-fall feeling of the town, the quaint to-be perfume shop, the run-down birthplace of Caspian. His sad past was so touching, so enveloping and deep, emphasised perfectly by the dreary tone of his home town and the simple description of him once being 'the weird, quiet kid who drew pictures all the time'. I could see Caspian as a little child, pale and alone, an outcast on the railway tracks. It drew me in, and held me there, so much so that it took a lot of force and willpower to set the book down and return to school after my lunchbreak.

    The one and only piece of beef I have with this book, and the sole reason that I gave it four stars and not five, is the ending. It really, really saddened me. Not that it was poorly written - not one part of this book is - but that it all happened so fast and felt like it was rushed. It didn't really seem like a proper cliffhanger; more like the ink on the printer had run out or the text had been cut off in the middle of the author typing. The climax was explosive, and the emotion radiated off the page (a sign of a truly talented author) but it was kind of spoiled by a tiny misjudgement, and could have been concluded better.

    Not to worry, though. If Verday can keep up this fabulous quality of writing, stay strong with the engaging story and beautiful, vibrant characters, and make up for that tiny blip in the ending, then I'm sure the next book and the last in the series (gasp!),

    , will make it on to my five-star list.

    My rating for this book: 4.5/5. Excellent.

    solidified my absolute love and faith in Jessica Verday. It moved and touched me. Her integrity, moral strength and sheer bravery left me speechless.

    She is, without a doubt,

    .

  • Donna

    Ghost stories really are not my thing. I happen to be participating in a challenge this month that requires reading ghost stories since it is October. TBH, I truly felt dread about starting any of them. But I have to say, this was a good one to choose for the challenge. It is YA paranormal.

    This was probably 3 stars for me, but I upped it to 4 stars for a few reasons. The characters were well defined. Since they are teens, there was the whole teen drama thing, but the author kept that tightly re

    Ghost stories really are not my thing. I happen to be participating in a challenge this month that requires reading ghost stories since it is October. TBH, I truly felt dread about starting any of them. But I have to say, this was a good one to choose for the challenge. It is YA paranormal.

    This was probably 3 stars for me, but I upped it to 4 stars for a few reasons. The characters were well defined. Since they are teens, there was the whole teen drama thing, but the author kept that tightly reigned in and focused more on the ghost story. The romance was a little too sweet at the end, but thankfully, that wasn't the tone for the whole book.

    The story line was also a reason to up this to 4 stars. It was new to me and even though I didn't love this, it was still interesting. There were also some weird twists in the plot, by that I mean they were unexpected but in a decent way.

    The last reason is that I was just relieved that it wasn't eerie and hokey. So 4 stars.

  • Brigid ✩

    UGH UGH UGH I'M SO BEHIND ON REVIEWS IT'S DRIVING ME CRAZY.

    I know all my reviews have started this way lately, but ... it's true. And it may affect the quality of my reviews, because I'm kind of rushing through them. And a lot of these books I'm reviewing now are books I read like 3-4 months ago, so I'm forgetting a lot of details and it's just sad. I need to actually get to the point where I'm writing reviews right after I read the books because ... this is getting super aggra

    UGH UGH UGH I'M SO BEHIND ON REVIEWS IT'S DRIVING ME CRAZY.

    I know all my reviews have started this way lately, but ... it's true. And it may affect the quality of my reviews, because I'm kind of rushing through them. And a lot of these books I'm reviewing now are books I read like 3-4 months ago, so I'm forgetting a lot of details and it's just sad. I need to actually get to the point where I'm writing reviews right after I read the books because ... this is getting super aggravating.

    Okay, so ... I found this book to be just "meh." It wasn't too bad, but it wasn't great either. I felt pretty much the same way about the first book (

    ), but I decided to pick up the second one because several of my reviewer friends had said that the series gets way better. Well ... unfortunately, I didn't really feel that way. I would say I liked this one about as equally as I liked the first one––which was only a little bit to begin with so ... Oh well.

    In case you don't know, this book is about a girl named Abbey who lives in Sleepy Hollow (as in "The Legend of ..."). In the previous book, her best friend died a mysterious death, which she is still trying to piece together in the second book. She also started getting stalked by a creepy-but-sexy type of boy who ended up being a ghost. Ooooh. And then they had a kind of romantic thing, and yeah. Well ... in this one, she starts kinda dating this guy who used to be in love with her best friend. Awkward. His name is Ben. He's pretty cool. But of course, ghost-guy shows up again and is a jealous baby about the whole thing and Abbey is like, "Oh me oh my, how do I choose between the normal nice guy and the supernatural creepy sexy guy?"

    At least I found Ben (the nice normal guy) to be pretty cool. But Caspian (the ghost guy) continued to just ... annoy me. Is he as horrible as the love interests in some YA paranormal books? No, but he's just ... meh. He's not all that interesting, in my humble opinion. Plus, I find it a big turn-off that he calls Abbey "Astrid" instead of her real name ... Like, there's a difference between giving someone a cute nickname and refusing to call her by her real name, which just seems condescending. Is it just me?

    But yeah, of course Abbey likes Caspian because he's a sexy ghost so duh.

    Aaand then there were some like evil ghosts who seemed suspicious.

    And there was some ridiculous plot twist about how it turned out Abbey's friend Kristen kind of inadvertently caused the death of her own brother. Because like, one day he was supposed to be watching her when she was a baby, and then she fell off a table or something and he caught her. And then he set her down somewhere, but he tripped on a chair and fell out the window. And because of his injuries he became addicted to painkillers and eventually overdosed on them which is how he died.

    ... I just don't understand how you can trip on a chair and fall out the window. I don't think it's possible. But, you know, don't try it at home kids. Just in case.

    I apologize. This review is on drugs. I don't even know what I'm writing right now. I just want to get this done.

    So basically, I had higher expectations for this, but to me it's just another so-so paranormal romance series. I might read the third one, but ... probably not. Especially because by now, I've pretty much forgotten everything about this one. So, oh well.

  • Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)

    Again, this novel was okay...I said in my last review for The Hollow that I probably wasn't going to read the rest of this series but I forgot that I already put the next book on hold so when it came in I thought I should give it another chance. Again it just felt kind of 'blah' to me, just like the first one. I did a lot of skim-reading because the main character isn't interesting enough to me for me to read the 200+ pages about her day to day life. (Her perfume making wasn't really as importan

    Again, this novel was okay...I said in my last review for The Hollow that I probably wasn't going to read the rest of this series but I forgot that I already put the next book on hold so when it came in I thought I should give it another chance. Again it just felt kind of 'blah' to me, just like the first one. I did a lot of skim-reading because the main character isn't interesting enough to me for me to read the 200+ pages about her day to day life. (Her perfume making wasn't really as important or written about in this story, weirdly enough given the cover art.)

    I also didn't really get Caspian in this book. He changes his clothes? So because his clothes are physical things that Abbey and everyone can see, do his clothes just float in the air? They must, because when Caspian goes to grab Abbey a snack when they are at the hotel together, she says it might look suspicious if ‘food is floating in the air.’ So when he walks around with her do people see floating clothes?

    Also Caspian can pick up objects but he can’t touch Abbey? That seems kind of stupid…the author just did that so there would be sexual tension between them, they both can’t have what they want which normally would be sexy but all evidence points to the fact that he can pick up objects and change his clothes and draw and stuff so why wouldn’t he be able to touch her? I think the author should have stuck with him either being able to do it all, touch everything/everyone or be unable to do anything.

    And Abbey completely threw me off. At one point, Caspian did something 'totally swoon-worthy' and Abbey said to herself 'that was totally romantic...and kind of creepy.' Well, which one is it? Is he lovely and romantic or is he a creepy ghost? Either she loves him with all her heart like she claims at some points or she doesn't. She also said at one point that she was falling in love with him, and this was sometime in the middle of the novel and I was like...uh what? Doesn't she already love him by this point? I don't get it.

    Also a minor thing but Ben and Abbey said they saw a Japanese restaurant/bait shop but then later it was a Chinese/bait shop. Those are pretty fundamentally different...so was it won-tons or sushi? Maybe Jessica should get a new editor or stop boasting about how she hand writes these books and gets spell-check and so on. (Uh sorry if that sounded mean! Just not a fan of these books :(

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