Hollow Heathens (Tales of Weeping Hollow, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hollow Heathens by Nicole Fiorina

My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

A forbidden, timeless, and haunting love story.

Once upon a time, there lived a girl named Fallon who was taken far away from home shortly after she was born. 

A home that held more than strange traditions and bizarre superstitions.

Twenty-four years later, she returned to Weeping Hollow, a town she’d only heard about in stories during restless nights under a marble moon, in the middle of the night to take care of her last living relative. 

They called the nosy mortician a freakshow–a ghastly thing.

They said I couldn’t go near her.

Still, there was this aching pull to Fallon Grimaldi that I couldn’t escape.

A nostalgic pull as if we’d been here before.

Once upon a time, there lived a mysterious boy named Julian with a curse as old as centuries wrapped around his soul. 

He was one of the four Hollow Heathens, the very dark creatures who caused the town’s people to live in fear. 

And the Blackwell name was stained with darkness and death.

They called him a monster. Cold and hollow.

They said I shouldn’t go near him.

Still, there was this aching pull to Julian Blackwell that I couldn’t escape.

A nostalgic pull as if we’d been here before.

Hollow Heathens

Eerie, creepy, and witchy

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: ❤️💙💜💛💚
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📔📙
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤

The setting: Weeping Hollow

The Hero(s): Julian Blackwell – the leader of the Hollow Heathens. The Hollow Heathens are the firstborn sons of the five founding families, though there are only four of them because one of the families died out. They are part of the Norse Woods Coven and are cursed.

The heroine: Fallon Grimaldi Morgan – Her mother died in childbirth and Fallon was taken away by her father, who couldn’t get over the death of her mother. Fallon came to Weeping Hollow to help out her Gramps who she had been corresponding with for a year. He is ill and she wanted to get to know him.

The Love Story: Fallon sees Julian on her first afternoon in Weeping Hollow and is intrigued by him. She is drawn to him and he to her. However, Julian is part of the Norse Woods Coven and Fallon is supposed to be with the Sacred Sea coven.

The two covens ended up in Weeping Hollow after fleeing the witch trials long ago. They each took separate land, but worked together to create a spell that hides and protects the town from outsiders. Though now the two covens hate each other. Fallon’s mother’s family was from the Norse Woods coven and her father was from the Sacred Sea coven. There is a lot of animosity between the two and most of the townspeople assume Fallon belongs to the Sacred Sea coven.

This was a wicked interesting story. There was a lot of mystery, craziness and conflict. There was so much that Fallon didn’t know and her Gramps would only tell her that it is dangerous to know the truth so she is better off not knowing. I liked Fallon, she is a modern day Ghost Whisperer and I always liked that show. She is also a mortician, so that was pretty cool.

Julian is a complex character who has been completely defined by the curse. It is quite a terrible curse though I don’t want to spoil the book, so I won’t say what the curse is. However, it isn’t only the curse that is between them it is the coven feud as well.

This book was confusing at times. I couldn’t seem to keep straight who was who, since there were a lot of different characters. Also amidst the story was a sort of flashback story to the long ago when the town was fairly new. It was a bit confusing when those parts would pop up out of nowhere, but I got it after a while. Julian and the other Heathens are trying to find a way to end the curse and they keep trying different things to that end.

The only reasons I am not giving this a five star review is the fact that I had trouble keeping the characters straight, especially the other heathens, I feel there should have been a bit more background on them so I could relate to each of them. Also it seemed a bit long. Sometimes long books go by so fast because they are so good and other times even good books can seem to go on and on. That was the case here!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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