Book Review - Sleep Hollow by Dax Varley | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Sleepy Hollow by Dax Varley

Sleepy Hollow by Dax Varley | Blushing Geek

Sleep Hollow by Dax Varley
Series: Sleepy Hollow, #1
First published on August 12, 2013 by Createspace
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Horror
Pages: 264
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Katrina is still haunted by her encounter with the Headless Horseman – the night he beckoned to her. Now he has risen again, slashing heads and terrorizing the quiet countryside. Her only joy during this dismal darkness comes when Ichabod Crane, a gorgeous young man from Connecticut, moves to Sleepy Hollow and their attraction turns to romance. When the Horseman marks Ichabod as his next victim, Katrina, despite dangerous efforts to save him, sees no other choice than for them to flee. But the Horseman awaits. Now it’s up to her to sever the horror and alter the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.


When I was offered to read and review this book, seeing its cover, I admit that I was a bit hesitant. Oh well, I’m a visual kind of person, so book cover is one of my criteria whether I’m gonna read a certain book or not. Many times “don’t judge the book by its cover” has proved me wrong, but I guess I’m too hard headed to heed the lesson, haha. So yeah, this book is one of those “don’t judge the book by its cover” encounter.

When I got the chance to learn more about this book (including the reviews via goodreads), I instantly changed my mind and managed tucking it in my never-ending books to read. And I’m so happy that I did. I’ve never read a kind of book like this before, so it was really a surprise that I am really into it. I’m a “dialogue” reader, so whenever there’s a part of the book that just talks about the appearance of the character (unless the character itself intrigued me), or talks about what’s happening in the surroundings, and the likes, I would skip until I reach the dialogue part. But this one, oh well, I still skipped, but only a couple of times. Because this book is so mysterious that I can’t help but unravel its hidden mystery.

Just as early as its first chapter, it talked about this headless mercenary that they call “horseman” that came back from the dead. That fast eh? I’m really never a fan of ghost stories (but I love watching ghost movies haha), though I’ve read one which was actually based on a true story. So I was really looking forward to how the author would keep me glued to it. And my anticipation and expectation didn’t betray me at all. 

I like how the mystery, horror, humour and ofcourse, my favorite, a little romance blended into this story. So I think it is safe to say that it’s an all in one book. All the scenes hold up and all its characters we’re so easy to keep track of since they’re not overwhelmingly too many. The only thing that I find difficult is memorizing and reading their names, though only on its first few chapters. Why? Well, find it yourself hehe.

I know most of you, or even all of you we’re asking why I only lit the 4-stars above even though I said that I like this book eh? Actually, I can tell that I really really really love a book when it’ll make me suffer an insomnia and would not let sleep until I finish it; whether I’m going to get up early the next day for work or it’s going to be a weekend (I wouldn’t care at all, haha when I’m reading a good book, my world only revolves around it) This one almost did that.
I have no better idea to end this book but to tell you how cunning the twist of the ending was. (Though I still think it needs an epilogue for I wanna know what happened to Ichabod [I know right, his name sounded like this one haha] and Katrina. Haha, the hopeless romantic in me is still kicking in!). Wondering what was that? See! That’s a great way to end this review. Make you WONDER. Haha, so what are you waiting for? Dig more about this book on the links provided above. Enjoy *wink

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