Sunday, December 6, 2015

Book Review: "Hollow Blood" by Austin Dragon (Blogmas Day 6)

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sleepy Hollow Horrors #1
Genre: Horror Mystery
Source: Author

"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?" - Amazon

Let's start this review by saying that this book is not a horror, so if you're expecting something scary while reading it, you definitely won't get it. Having said that, I won't judge this book as one from the horror genre, but for what it actually is - a really good mystery novella.

As short as it is, this book is really action packed and fast paced. The historical setting of the book was a really nice touch and it was appropriate for the mysterious atmosphere of the story. Once you are through with the beginning, which is rather slow, you can fully enjoy the rest of the book.

One of the things I liked most about this book is, that you never know what to expect going from one scene to another, which is to be expected from each well written mystery book. There are some scenes, that I felt were unnecessary and didn't add anything to the story, except may be a little bit of an insight on some of the main characters.

When it comes to the characters, I must admit that they were well introduced, but there wasn't any character growth throughout the book. Nevertheless, they were interesting and obscure, which made this a really pleasant read. I was really fond of Katarina and Julian and I'm hoping for some development of their characters in the second novella.

Overall "Hollow Blood" has its ups and downs, but in the end it's a really enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to finding out how the story will wrap up in the second book in the series.

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