Wednesday 27 March 2013

Blog Tour for Hell's Hollow by Summer Stone; Review

Hell's HollowPosted by Guest Reviewer Melanie
Release Date: March 14th, 2013
Finished Date: March 11th, 2013
Publishers: Self - Published 
Source: For Review (My Secret Romance Blog Tour) 
Format: Kindle 
Pages:  182
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US 

When Seraphina was younger, she healed her best friend's injured hand. Terrified by the inexplicable cure, the girl shunned her. From that day on, Seraphina found herself without friends, a freak and an oddity. And so she obeyed her mother’s rule to refrain from using her innate ability, heeded her mother's warning that its use could land her in the local mental health facility alongside her aunt and grandmother.

But when sixteen-year-old Seraphina finds a mysterious, wounded boy hiding in the hollow in the woods behind her house, she can't hold out against the overpowering urge to help him. She is drawn to him each night, and as they come to know one another, their irresistible attraction blooms.

She longs to uncover his secrets — where he comes from and why he's hiding and how he came to be so wounded — and to share her own, though she knows it's forbidden. And while her healing touch seems to be helping him, it's hurting her. When the symptoms of psychosis — experienced by the women in her bloodline who used their powers — begin to plague Seraphina, she is faced with the unbearable choice of saving her sanity or the boy she’s come to love.

The Review: Hell’s Hollow was a good read. Seraphina is quite the loner in a small town where she lives up to her familys’ reputation as the local wierdos and who could blame them thinking that when her Grandmother and Aunt are currently residing in a mental health clinic, driven crazy by their ‘gifts’. Not Sera though, not if her mother has anything to say about it. Ordered to never use her gift of healing for fear of ending up where her relatives are, she must resist the tug she feels to heal the injured – be it animal or human. However, one day she feels the tug towards the Hollow, a strangely powerful and mystic place that only the females from her bloodline can tread upon and low and behold, that tug leads to a boy, a boy who would need her kind of help and who she would most definitely like to help. As their time together grows, so does their relationship and as they uncover each-others secrets there is an intense connection, Sera feels compelled to heal him - but at what cost to herself? Is this boy worth her heart & her sanity?

So this was a good read, I liked both of our main characters Sera & Zach, they felt very naïve & vulnerable, each having a similar sort of sheltered existence but under different circumstances. The way they were around each other was very sweet as their relationship blossomed. I liked Sera’s struggle throughout this not just with her gift but with her sanity and I liked how that was backed up with the visits to her Gran & Aunt which gave us a glimpse at what was at stake if she used her gift. I liked the premise of the whole book, I liked what that meant for her family & the town as it all connects to a certain place with a dark history. The background of it all was very interesting and it’s a shame we didn’t get that story in the beginning of the book, I like a bit of folklore and it tied in lovely to the story. I thought it was going to mainly be a boy meets girl with gift, she heals him & they fall in love, kind of story but this has a bit more to it, a bit of mystery & a whole lot of skeletons in the closet which was great!. I liked the way that her Gran & Aunt’s mental health were portrayed, nothing too dark with it being YA but also fitting enough to have an impact on Sera’s outlook on life. All in all, reading this is a great way to spend a few hours. 
Author Bio;
Summer Stone loves immersing herself in the worlds that live inside her mind. When she's in the real world, she likes kicking back on the beach, exploring new places, reading (of course) and eating rich, gooey chocolate. She loves spending time with her husband and kids, which she does as much as she can. Summer writes young adult and women's fiction, both supernatural and contemporary, realistic and looks forward to sharing her novels with you!


Danny Bookworm said...

This sounds great! I was always fascinated with healing powers!

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