Title: The Hollow Girl
Author: Hillary Monahan
Date of Publication: October 10th, 2017
Five boys attacked her.
Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh.
Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her.
One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.
She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.
This book is one of my favorite reads this year! It was dark, different, and had revenge. It wasn’t just about revenge though, it had a great daughter/grandmother bond, potential love bond, emotional pulls, and doing something to save someone that deserves to be saved no matter how heinous it might be.
The revenge stuff was pretty awesome! It gave me vibes from Creepshow 2 (the one with the native american wooden statue), Last House on the Left (not the crappy remake), and I spit on your grave, but the thing was it was done with a purpose here.
Loved the interactions between Martyn and Bethan, they were incredibly sweet. The five boys who Bethan goes to get her ingredients from, were all douche bags, so I didn’t feel sorry for them one bit.
I really loved the writing in this one, too. It pulled me in, and I could feel Bethan’s hard journey every step of the way, and the ending was perfect!
Note* There is a lot of violence in this, but I feel like it’s incredibly purposeful with the story
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