|Release Date: September 25, 2012 |
from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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"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."
I was very very hesitant to pick this one up. I was very concerned about the Amish aspect and if I would be able to relate to the characters. However my wifey/parabati Michele over at A Belles Tales Reviews loved this one and assured me that I would too. She was even nice enough to lend me her copy. Well if it wasn’t official before, it is official now, I will read anything she recommends to me.
The Hallowed Ones is a great read and it is also a very different read. I can honestly say I have never read anything like this book before, even with the vampire aspect. We all know I love vampires in all their forms. Sexy and broody, nice and glittery, domineering and sex crazed, and even the traditional scary ones. These are not your sexy and seductive vampires. These vampires are scary as hell, and it was nice to read about vampires as they were originally thought to be for a change.
What really makes this story different is that it takes place in an Amish community. Who would have thought that vampires and the Amish would mesh so well? It was also interesting to read about the Amish faith in general and the strict guidelines that come along with it. I don’t know how they do it, but that may be my disobedient nature showing.
Katie is a unique heroine. She is a very strong character but at the same time she is very naïve. She has lived a sheltered life, to say the least. However, she has never been one to blindly follow orders, she thinks for herself, but as she gets older and closer to adulthood it becomes more and more problematic. You should not question, you should just do. While some people would retreat and follow blindly at the end of the world, Katie does not. It makes her question things she has believed her whole life and it makes her see things in a very different light. Katie grows so much over the course of the novel and I loved watching her become a truly strong woman.
I will admit that the book started off a bit slow for me. It took a little bit for me to get fully invested in the story. I’m not sure if this was simply my mood, the pacing, or just that it took me time to adjust to this world, but I didn’t immediately get invested. However, as the story expanded I found myself more and more engrossed to the point where I simply could not stop reading.
The Hallowed Ones is a must read for anyone who is sick of the current vampire
trend and anyone who enjoys a good paranormal. This is one you do not want to miss!