ARC Review: Hollow by Shannon Watters, Branden Boyer-White, and Berenice Nelle

Title: Hollow

Author: Shannon Watters, Branden Boyer-White

Illustrator: Berenice Nelle

Publisher: BOOM! Box

Genre: Fantasy

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis

Sleepy Hollow and queer romance meet in this coming-of-age tale from the co-creator of Lumberjanes!

Isabel “Izzy” Crane and her family have just relocated to Sleepy Hollow, the town made famous by–and obsessed with–Washington Irving’s legend of the Headless Horseman. But city slicker-skeptic Izzy has no time for superstition as she navigates life at a new address, a new school, and, with any luck, with new friends. Ghost stories aren’t real, after all…. Then Izzy is pulled into the orbit of the town’s teen royalty, Vicky Van Tassel (yes, that Van Tassel) and loveable varsity-level prankster Croc Byun. Vicky’s weariness with her family connection to the legend turns to terror when the trio begins to be haunted by the Horseman himself, uncovering a curse set on destroying the Van Tassel line. Now, they have only until Halloween night to break it–meaning it’s a totally inconvenient time for Izzy to develop a massive crush on the enigmatic Vicky. Can Izzy’s practical nature help her face the unknown–or only trip her up? As the calendar runs down to the 31st, Izzy will have to use all of her wits and work with her new friends to save Vicky and uncover the mystery of the legendary Horseman of Sleepy Hollow–before it’s too late. New York Times-bestselling writer Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes) and debut author Branden Boyer-White are joined by artist Berenice Nelle (Wanderlicht) in a coming of age tale that’s at once a faithful homage and a free-wheeling spin-off of the classic Legend of Sleepy Hollow and everyone’s favorite headless specter.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review! All opinions contained within are my own.

2022 was truly the year of me diving into graphic novels. I picked up so many this year and most of them I truly adored! I’m also a big fan of all things spooky, which I’ve been exploring more and more in 2022. So, as the year was coming to an end and I saw this spooky graphic novel pop up on Netgalley, I knew I wanted to give it a try.

Hollow follows a young woman named Isabel Crane who has, ironically enough, recently moved to the town of Sleepy Hollow. Izzy finds the town’s obsession with the famous Washington Irving legend a little… much, but tries to settle in as best she can. then she meets the beautiful Vicky Van Tassel and the prank king Croc Byun and things in town start to get a little weird. Especially when this unlikely trio start being chased by the famous Headless Horseman! Now they need to work together to uncover the mystery of the town ghost and why it can’t seem to leave the Van Tassel’s alone.

I had such a good time reading this graphic novel! Let me first gush about the artwork in this book. It is lush, vibrant, and just overall very pleasing to the eye. I loved the design of all the main characters, but my favorite has to be for the Headless Horseman. He just looks so cool! I also loved the use of color in this book. Honestly, the art had me staring at pages long after I had finished reading them because I just wanted to pick out all the details. The illustrator did an incredible job with this one!

Second, let’s talk about how much I enjoyed this story. It was spooky, it was romantic, it had twists and turns I didn’t expect. It absolutely sucked me in and I found it hard to put this book down! I was so wrapped up in the lives of Izzy, Vicky, and Croc that I didn’t want the book to end. Which is why I’m stoked that there will be another book in this series! At least, according to Amazon 😂 Overall, this was a fun, quick read that was beautifully illustrated to boot. I’m eager to read more from this team!

2 thoughts on “ARC Review: Hollow by Shannon Watters, Branden Boyer-White, and Berenice Nelle

  1. Argh, I’m so upset with myself for not reading my ARC as soon as I got it because time passed, I forgot about it, it expired and the book was already archived. But I have a feeling I’m really going to love it so I have no problems buying it asap. Maybe I’ll go do that now. It sounds so good! Great review 😃

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