Wednesday, December 11, 2013

SEVERED (A Tale of Sleepy Hollow) by Dax Varley

Severed: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow

(I bought this book.)

Katrina’s 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.

This is a delightfully atmospheric and spooky young adult novel, retelling the classic story from the perspective of Katrina.  At once selfish, spoiled, generous, and thoughtful, Katrina is the daughter of the wealthiest citizen of Sleepy Hollow.  As such she has been insulated from the power of gossip and judgement, protected by status, making her naive and vulnerable to her own behavior.  Because she enjoys status, comfort and respect in the town, she has a false sense of security and safety that allows her to flaunt the accepted norms of behavior for young ladies.  But when she falls in love with the new schoolteacher, just as the Headless Horseman has seemingly starts killing again, her privileged upbringing does not protect her from the gossips.  She behaves with the reckless, willfulness of youth and impetuousness of first love, and this behavior creates resentment.   Pretty soon her actions have created a sense of indignation in the self-righteous, terrified townspeople, and the mob mentality takes over.
I found this book intriguing and compelling, and felt like a teenager again while reading it.

Check out the author's website HERE.
Twitter: @daxvarley


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