Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Paperback: 311 pages
Publisher: Graphia Books; 1 edition (25 Sep 2012)
ISBN-10: 0547859260
ISBN-13: 978-0547859262

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.

Cover: A great cover!  Perfect match for the story.

I had heard a lot of amazing things about this book, so finally took the plunge and picked it up.
And I'm so glad that I did!  I loved it.
Vampires and the Amish.  Doesn't sound like the two go together.  But it made for a dark, creepy read.
There were definitely moments where I was creeped out.  There was even a few moments that made me jump.
It was much darker and graphic than I was expecting, which isn't normally something I'm drawn to, but I was hooked.
I loved Katie as a character, her struggle between how she has been raised and how to actually feels.
I was hooked from the get go, and couldn't put it down.  I can't wait to pick up the sequel.
4.5/5 stars.

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