Review: The Hollow of Mont Noir

The Hollow of Mont Noir by Jennifer Krey

*Review copy received from the author.
Allison Spencer was no stranger to the paranormal. An animal empath, she had the unique capacity to sense the feelings of animals around her - an ability she liked to call "Crittervision." She had never met anyone else with unusual powers and had gotten used to the fact that she was just an eccentric in a world full of normal people.

Allison lived an otherwise ordinary life and was looking forward to finishing high school along with her friends and her boyfriend in her hometown of Ocean City, Maryland. But when her older brother, Logan, suddenly disappeared from a small college town near the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, Allison's entire world was turned upside down.

Logan still hadn't been found after several months, so Allison's parents decided to move the family to the Hollow of Mont Noir, New York to look for him themselves. In addition to leaving behind her home and her friends and being dumped by her boyfriend, Allison suddenly had to deal with life in a small town, a strange creature that seemed to be stalking her, a new school full of cliques and cattiness, parents who were preoccupied with her missing brother, and an illogical fascination with an outcast boy who didn't talk to anyone at school.

As Allison settled into her new home, she began to realize that not everything - and everyone - was what they seemed. She soon learned of the existence of supernatural creatures living side-by-side with humans and was faced with a whole new set of questions - and some shocking answers - about herself and her family.

This book was lovely and the first half was very enjoyable. It had everything I like and a good paranormal YA should have. There was a smart, strong, and slightly cynical main character Alison with her special gift, Crittervision as she calls it, the ability to sense animals and their moods. There was the dark cloud hanging over her and her family since the time her older brother disappeared. There was wild nature and some encounters with wild animals. There was a very special friend who helped her to get through tough times. There was a bitchy school mate who tried to boss Allison around, unsuccessfully.  And of course, there was the strange mysterious guy who Allison slowly fell for. And I'd love to stress the word slowly. It was natural and it felt just right.
The second half was still good, but the dialogues between the two main characters sometimes felt awkward. Also, for my liking there were far too many I-love-yous. On the other hand, there was a bit more action and some interesting twists. So even though the second part wasn't as good as the first, all in all it was fun.
I'm also glad Allison's brother and the family situation played its role in this book as well. It just gave it another dimension.
Even though there were some things that I would change, I'm really glad I had a chance to read this book and I'm looking forward to book two. :)



Anonymous said...

I'm glad you made special note of the fact that the love relationship took it's time; too often in YA the romance is so quick that it's unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

Hmm... sounds good!

Petra said...

It was a lovely book, sweet, not very dark. :)

nurmawati djuhawan said...

great riview..i wonder what happen with logan....

Ligeia Ahgony said...

Hmmm, now you got me intrigued...

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