Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, December 2010
Grades: 9 and up
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After a summer spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with by the bridge where her best friend drowned - the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead - Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, determined to leave the ghosts of her past behind. She throws herself into schoolwork, perfume-making and her friendship with Ben, her cute and funny lab partner, who just might be able to help her get over Caspian once and for all.
But Abbey is never going to truly be able to move on from Caspian, and Caspian has no choice but to return to her side: for Caspian is a Shade and Abbey is his destiny. The two are tied not only to each other, but also to the town of Sleepy Hollow, and the famous legend that binds their fates - a legend whose true ending and dark truths they are only just beginning to guess...
The Haunted is part two in a series by author Jessica Verday, following on from book one, The Hollow. This series is so unique and original and the mystery and suspense are amazing in The Haunted. I was constantly on the edge of my seat waiting eagerly for the next thrill to burst from the pages. Verday also adds numerous subplots to keep the suspense and flow of the story fastpaced and extremely entertaining. Basing the story on the legend of the town of Sleepy Hollow, Verday builds upon the legend with such skill and craftsmanship that you would think the original story originated from her pen.
Another of my favorites parts of this story is the romance. Slow growing and bittersweet I loved reading about Caspian and Abbey even though their relationship is so restrained. I felt their pain at not being able to do regular things together like have dinner with her parents or even kiss good night.
The series is aimed at the YA paranormal romance and as such is written perfectly for this market.