Wednesday, August 29, 2012

BLOG TOUR: REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Hollowed by Kelley York

Book Description:
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.

I first discovered the awesome talent that is Kelley York when I read Hushed and I've been incredibly eager to read more from her ever since. So when I heard about the Hollowed blog tour, I jumped at the chance to be involved! Hollowed isn't a book that eases you into the action. No, Hollowed grabs you and throws you right into the middle of it!! 

Briar Greyson is 18 years old. She's independent, she has a boyfriend who she loves and a best friend that she shares an apartment with. Things are pretty good in Briar's world except for the fact that she is still mourning the loss of her sister who was murdered a few years ago. One night while walking home from work, her and her roommate are attacked. Briar survives but her roommate isn't so lucky. But Briar is definitely not the same person she was before she was attacked. She is infected with the virus that will turn her into a vampire!

One of the things that I loved most about this book is Kelley York's ability to create this character in Briar that is so relatable. No, not the being a vampire part, but her feelings of uncertainty, her feelings of loss, her feelings of anger and the unknown. These are all feelings that we can relate to and empathise with her. Briar is faced with some incredibly tough situations and she handles them just as you would expect her to.

And while this book contains vampires, witches, shifters and the usual fare that we see in paranormal books, these characters were different. Whilst the baddies were exceptional in their badness, it was the good guys that contained this humanness to them. Cole, Oliver and Daniel were such likeable characters. They were all protective in their own way of Briar and helped ease her into the unknown world that she has been thrust into. Add Noah into the mix and despite the fact that he loathes the existence of vampires he always seems to be there when Briar needs him.

Hollowed is filled with enough action, twists and turns, paranormal elements and romance to keep you completely engrossed. Add in the Kelley York factor and you end up with one incredibly awesome read!!

4.5 Stars

About the author:
Kelley writes anything from dark to light, contemporary to paranormal. She was born and raised in central California where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She adores all things furry, be them squeaky, barky or meow-y, is a lover of video games, and likes to pretend she's a decent photographer and artist. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or to at least write about them.

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