Title: The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones #1)
Author: Laura Bickle
Release date: September 25, 2012
Reading level: YA
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.
The Hallowed Ones got some pretty amazing reviews back when it first came out. I read a handful of them and immediately went out and bought the book. I figured it would be the perfect scary read for Halloween. Sadly, while it was scary at a few parts, it was actually kind of boring for the most part. I was really disappointed with The Hallowed Ones.
I’ll start with the good: the vampires. These vampires are not sparkly and they are not going to fall in love with you. They are going to eat you. There is nothing human left about these vampires. They cannot be saved and if you happen to run into one, there is a more than likely chance that you are going to die. They are brutal and creepy and my heart started pounding every time I thought one might pop up. I was terrified of these guys!
As for the characters, they were both good and bad. Katie was a strong character but not in a physical way. She was mentally strong. She grew up in a community where she was taught not to think for herself just to listen to her Elders. Their word was law. However Katie couldn’t just blindly accept everything they said, especially when it meant harming others. She questioned everything and even though it was hard for her, she made her own decisions. Physical strength isn’t everything and I was greatly impressed with Katie as a character.
The reason I gave The Hallowed Ones three stars is this: I was bored. There were only a handful of times when I was actually really interested in the story. Most of the book I just wanted to be through with it so I could move on to something better. I really liked the Amish part of the story, getting to see how they live and know more about them but I wanted more vamps. I went into The Hallowed Ones expecting this bloody, gory, non-stop murder spree and it was so not that. Honestly if you know not to expect that from The Hallowed Ones you will probably enjoy it more than I did.
Warning: there is very graphic content in The Hallowed Ones. If you can’t handle descriptions with lots of gore, don’t read this one. While there are only a few really bad parts, it’s enough to make you sick to your stomach. I actually kind of loved that about The Hallowed Ones but I know a lot of people won’t.
Overall, The Hallowed Ones was a very interesting take on vampires and the story has a lot of promise. There is going to be a sequel and while I didn’t love this one, I will be checking that one out. Hopefully I will get more of my bloody, gory, non-stop murder spree in that one.
What others have to say about The Hallowed Ones:
Scribbles & Wanderlust’s review: “I applaud Bickle. I applaud her for making me afraid of the dark this week, for making me happy that I’m not living near cornfields now, and for bringing terrifying vampires back into young adult literature.”
Miss Literati’s review: “Even though we were freaked out and disgusted at certain parts in the novel, we just couldn’t put it down!”
Winter Haven Books’ review: “The Hallowed Ones has scared the ever living daylights out of me and I LOVED it! If you are looking for that creepy Halloween read look no further!”
The Hallowed Ones (#1)
The Outside (#2) – September 3, 2013