The Wicked Deep

Hollowed (Half Light Saga #1) by Kelley York

Hollowed (Half Light Saga #1) by Kelley YorkHollowed (Half Light Saga, #1) by Kelley York
Published by Smashwords on August 15th 2012
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four-stars

All 18-year-old Briar Greyson wanted was to figure out this whole living-away-from-your-parents thing. Apartment, steady job, cool roommate? Check. Noah, her adorable (albeit elusive) boyfriend? Check. Everything in the life of Briar was pretty good.

Then she and her roommate are attacked on their way home one night. Briar wasn't supposed to survive.

Instead, according to the two guys who saved her, she's turning into the things that attacked her: a vampire. Totally crazy and Not Okay. Now Noah's secrets are coming to light, and he wants Briar dead. Then there are the vampires who attacked Briar to lure out her sister.

Her sister...who died years ago.

(Didn't she?)

The city's body count is rising, and Briar wants to help put a stop to it. But first, she has to figure out who the real enemy is: the vampires, the boy she loves, or the sister she thought she'd lost.

Hollowed is one of those books that leave you craving for more. Pun intended 😉 With an engaging narrative, swift plot, and well-drawn out characters, you’ll be hooked instantly. York’s refreshing take on vamps has Hollowed oozing with originality and personality.

Hollowed is a story about a girl named Briar who after witnessing her bestfriend’s murder finds herself undergoing some extreme bodily changes. Thanks to the kind and generous nature of two vampires named Cole and Oliver, Briar is able to determine her odd new behaviors including strange cravings as being product to the beginnings stages of vampirism. Left without answers and a new lifestyle to undergo, both Cole and Oliver take it upon themselves to teach Briar the ropes, so to speak. Blood of course is a must but unlike most vampire fables, York’s vampires have the ability to step into the sun.

I really enjoyed the introduction and utilization of Cole and Oliver. I found Cole’s role to be very similar to that of Carlisle’s in the Twilight Saga. He’s the older and wiser member of the vampire duo, supplying the support and guidance to younger vamps. He is very sweet and calm yet deep down harboring an incredibly strong and protective nature. Cole completely embraces Briar from the beginning while Oliver starts off a bit aloof. I tend to go for the standoffish, incredibly gorgeous, and seemingly moody male characters that are just waiting for a female heroine to break them out of their shell, like Oliver, so I claimed him as my favorite character from the get-go.

Next to Oliver, I also loved Briar. The action starts off right away, along with Briar’s transformation which means we only really see the story unfold in her eyes during her vampiric period. We learn however, that she is very strong-willed and empathetic young woman who’s fiercely protective of her friends and family. Oh! and I can’t forget to mention Daniel. He’s mysterious, protective, French, and completely lovable! I’m really hoping that we learn more about him in the next book, because there was simply not enough of him in Hallowed.

This book is a must-read for fans of YA paranormal reads with mystery, action, and of course, romance. Once you start Hallowed you wont want to stop.

 

four-stars