Monday, August 29, 2016

Blog Tour: Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana Review and Giveaway!

Today I'm one of the first stops on the Wake the Hollow Blog Tour!
You may have read about this YA retelling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" on my blog the other day.
Today I'll share my review along with even more info about this book and its author!
Plus, there is a fun giveaway!

Title: Wake the Hollow
Author: Gaby Triana
Format:  Digital Arc
Source: NetGalley

I can still remember hearing the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman as a kid and loving every minute of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Wake the Hollow takes this classic story from American literature and gives it a unique spin with a little bit of history and a whole lotta of mystery.

After the death of her mother Mica returns to her childhood home in Sleepy Hollow, where she reconnects with her former best friend, Bram and learns about the mystery surrounding Washington Irving from student teacher, Dane. But not everyone is happy to see Mica return as her mother was kind of the town outcast, a woman who was determined to the point of madness (according to some) to prove that her family was descended from the creator of the famous legend, Washington Irving.

Soon Mica is having strange dreams and is haunted by more than just the memories of her past. Add in a missing diary of Washington Irving, sightings of the Headless Horseman, and secrets from the past and what we get is an entertaining mystery with Mica determined to find answers.

As Mica investigates her mother’s death and the secrets she was keeping further, things only grow more complicated and frustrating for her.  Mica is confused and doesn’t know who she should trust. I really felt for Mica because as a reader, I didn’t know who she should trust either.  Every time it seemed like she was closer to getting an answer, a new twist would pop up.  I can only imagine how Mica felt alone in a town full of people she doesn’t really know all that well anymore trying to work things through on her own. Everyone seems to have secrets and motives. The author did a great job making everyone a suspect in this mystery.  I love mysteries and couldn’t wait to see how it would resolve itself.

But the story was more than just a mystery though, in my opinion.  At the heart of the story is Mica and her relationship with her mother.  It brings Mica “home” setting events into motion. Mica and her mother had a complicated relationship due to the fact that they didn’t quite understand each other and were separated when Mica was young.  There were a lot of unresolved issues between the two and Mica struggles with this as she learns more about her mother and her life.

In her mother’s defense, I do have to say that Mica seems to have a lot of complicated relationships though…she needs some help with communication.

Anyway, I enjoyed my visit to Sleepy Hollow and the mystery of the story and hope to read more from Gaby Triana.

My Rating: 4 Stars

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*


Here is more about Wake the Hollow!

Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana
Published by Entangled Teen
Published on August 2nd, 2016
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Goodreads    Amazon    B&N    Entangled

Forget the ghosts, Mica. It’s real, live people you should fear.

Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been six years since she chose to live with her father in Miami instead of her eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.

This town will suck you in and not let go.

Sleepy Hollow may be famous for its fabled headless horseman, but the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica’s family as outsiders. But ghostly voices carry on the wind, whispering that her mother’s death was based on hate…not an accident at all. With the help of two very different guys—who pull at her heart in very different ways—Micaela must awaken the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother’s fate.

Find the answers.

Unless, of course, the answers find you first.

About the Author:

GABY TRIANA is the award-winning author of six YA novels—Wake the Hollow (Aug. 2016, Entangled), Summer of Yesterday, Riding the Universe, The Temptress Four, Cubanita, and Backstage Pass, as well as thirteen ghostwritten novels for best-selling authors. Originally a 4th grade teacher with a Master of Science in Elementary Education and ten years teaching experience, Gaby earned Teacher of the Year in 2000, wrote her first novel, Freddie and the Biltmore Ghost, then left teaching to launch a full-time writing career. She went on to publish young adult novels with HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, win an IRA Teen Choice Award, ALA Best Paperback Award, and Hispanic Magazine’s Good Reads of 2008. She spends her time obsessing about Halloween, Christmas, and Disney World, as well as hosting parties, designing mugs, making whimsical cakes, and winning costume contests. When she’s not writing, she might also be watching Jurassic Park movies with her boys, posting excessive food pics on social media, or helping run the Florida region of the SCBWI. Gaby lives in Miami with her three sons, Michael, Noah, and Murphy. She has one dog, Chloe, and two cats—Miss Daisy, and the reformed thug, shooting survivor, Bowie.

Visit her at and @GabyTriana on Twitter.


Now for the giveaway courtesy of Gaby Triana!
One lucky winner will win a Grand prize of one Halloween bracelet made by Gaby + a $20 Amazon gift card!
7 other lucky winners will also win Halloween bracelets!
US only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you all check out Wake the Hollow!
And be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the Blog Tour!

The Tour:
August 29th
PBC – Promo Post
August 30th 
Kimber Leigh Writes – Guest Post
Book Wish – Review
August 31st
A Literary Potion – Review
YaReads – Author Interview
September 1st
A Leisure Moment – Character Interview
Books,Dreams,Life – Promo Post
September 2nd
The Book Beacon – Review
September 3rd
Literary Meanderings – Promo Post
September 4th
Bookish Escapes – Review
Pandora’s Books – Promo Post
September 5th
Daydreaming Books – Review
Roxy’s Book Reviews – Promo Post
September 6th
Reader Girls – Review
The Book Cellar – Promo Post
September 7th
Just One More Chapter – Promo Post
Book Lovers Life – Promo Post
September 8th
RoloPoloBookBlog – Promo Post
Bookish Wanderlove – Review
September 9th
Elizabeth Delana Rosa – Promo Post
Read Love Blog – Review
September 10th
September 11th
books are love – Review
Dana’s YA Bookpile – Guest Post

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