Review: The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

October 9, 2012 Review 27

Title: The Hallowed Ones
Author: Laura Bickle
Published:  September 25, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher for review

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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.

 

Oh… wow!  The Hallowed Ones is such a good book!  I devoured it during a late night sitting.  I was completely sucked into this world and didn’t want to leave, no matter how frightening it got. I don’t get scared easy, so it’s always a huge plus anytime a book can get me to feel some of the fear.  It’s not exactly action packed, but it will get your heart going.

The Hallowed Ones begins with Katie and Elijah making plans for Rumspringa, something Katie has looked forward to for a long time.  She’s Amish, so this is her only chance to truly experience Outside with the freedom to make her own decisions.   Unfortunately her dreams may be dashed when strange and terrifying things start to happen on the Outside.  People are literally being ripped apart by something evil.

Bickle did a wonderful job at painting the setting of The Hallowed Ones.  I had such a clear picture of everything in this book, even the not so pleasant scenes.  This is one of those books that really takes you there.  She also does a great job with the characters.  They are all very well done, and I got a real feel for them.  And the vampires, -shivers- there will be no romancing these creatures.

I liked Katie a lot!  She is in a constant struggle with being obedient and being rebellious.  She’s strong, smart, and a little bit naughty… by Amish standards, anyway.  I mean really, every girl should have Wonder Woman comics.  Then there is Alex… mmmm.  Some of you know how picky I am about my fictional men, but Alex is a great secondary character.  Ginger, who is an Outsider that takes refuge with the Amish, is another character I really liked.  I felt so bad for her at times, but she was a small source of strength for Katie.

Overall, The Hallowed Ones is put together really well.  I don’t know if there will be a sequel, but I hope so.  Though, part of me likes leaving it the way it ended.  Either way, I’ll be happy.  Honestly, the more time that passes, the more I realize just how much I loved this super creepy book.

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27 Responses to “Review: The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle”

  1. Ron C. Nieto

    You know, I’d not have picked up this book for myself. The raven in the cover looks good, but the whole Amish thing just didn’t prick my interest. Until you told me that works, of course! Now I think I really need to pick it up. I mean, I love it when a book can scare you, not just disgust you with inordinate amounts of cheap blood. I’m definitely giving this one a try… Thanks, Christy!
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    • Christy

      Yeah, the Amish thing is done very good in this book, and a big part of what makes the story so cool.

  2. Amanda

    I’ve been SO curious about this one…I love creepy and since we are nearing Halloween…haha! I’m definitely going to have to get my hands on it. Great review. :)

    • Christy

      There will be?? Yes! Now I’m REALLY happy :) Agreed about the originality, and I can’t wait to see what Bickle does next.

    • Christy

      The Amish setting is REALLY good and original. I love horror books that actual stand out, and this one does.

    • Christy

      Seriously, don’t let the the Amish thing detour you, because that is a big part of what make the story so cool. Definitely add this one, Michele!

    • Christy

      No, but I ate some Ruffles. lol … a little decapitation isn’t going to bother me.

  3. Jenn

    I LOVED this one!! I agree with you though, while I want to know what happens next, it would be ok to leave it where it is. I’ve heard a rumour that there might be another one, but I don’t know.

    I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for the review!
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    • Christy

      After I posted this I was told that there WILL be a sequel! Now I’m really excited, even though I liked the setting of the Amish community.

  4. Jennifer

    I was very intrigued with this one! So glad to hear it is actually creepy! I also read a lot of scary books but never really feel much of it. I thought this was about zombies lol so cool that it is about vampires but not any romantic ones. I always like to have the deadly ones every now and then. I am also fascinated with the Amish and it is true that they would probably handle a crisis really well since they don’t depend on electricity or stores or anything outside of what they can do for themselves. Can’t wait to red it.

  5. Becky

    I’m glad you liked this one, I’v e ben struggling to decide if I should read it! I love the concept and the creepy but pretty cover.

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