I read almost every genre & I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory. As a library volunteer, I'm constantly bringing home novels. Being a substitute teacher, I read lots of YA & children's books.
This was a wonderful tale, the Hollows playing a major role as individuals found themselves corralled insides its fortress. They were trapped inside, always searching for a way out but their attempts were always pointless. When they heard cries of help and imaged this next person who had stumbled into the Hollows would be their ticket out, for they always had hope that someday they would walk out of the woods safely. Each additional person who fell into the Hollows became one of them, a person who was missing out on their real life. The town had spoken of a witch who lived inside the Hollows yet who could really believe in this myth unless you lived it. Beginning in the 1600’s, the story reveals how the Hollows came into being and its progression and it was this history and the magical aspects of the Hollows that makes this story shine. Pulling three time periods together, I enjoyed seeing how the Hollows transformed itself and how it shaped the community around it. The town speaks of a witch yet they do not know the identity of the so-called witch and as I read the events transpiring inside the Hollow I wondered how much the townfolk knew about the witch. It was this creep factor of the witch that haunted the Hollows that no one knew much about that mystified me. I wanted her to reveal herself and I wanted to know what made her so fearsome. The only issue I had with the novel was the last sentence; I thought it was a bit cheesy for the novel and it didn’t need to be there.
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.