The Hollow Girl

The Hollow Girl

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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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: the son of the chieftain has been secretly harassing her. One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault her and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels after the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death's door. "There's always a price for this kind of magic," Drina warns. 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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2017
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781524701864
1524701866
Branch Call Number: TEEN MONAHAN
Characteristics: ix, 261 pages ; 22 cm

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OPL_KrisC Aug 22, 2018

A dark Romani gypsy inspired book where a young apprentice healer is attacked and must enact her revenge.

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Chelsea999
Aug 07, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, the revenge is awesome and the book keeps you gripped wanting to read more. There's a great twist in the middle too that throws you making for an even better ending and story. It's an easy read and I would recommend it, thumbs up!

In January, I read The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan, a horror/fantasy young adult novel with mentions of magic, alongside explicit gore and themes of rape and violence. The main character of the book is a young Romanian gypsy who is antagonized by a group of boys for being part of a minority group and dabbling in magic. One night, the boys take things too far, and the rest of the novel centres around the protagonist as she exacts her revenge. Personally, the plot seemed too straightforward and undeveloped, playing out quite predictably. While description was intricate, it sometimes worked against itself as some unnecessarily long explanations were tedious to read and required more explanation, for example the monologues by the protagonist's grandmother describing their history and magic usage. The detailing of the assaults made both against and by the man character were extremely explicit while serving no purpose. The insertion of a secondary plot regarding the history behind the village chief and the grandmother also seemed excessive; indeed, the entire book seemed to be just a shallow depiction of violence, meriting it a 2/5.
(Reviewed by Tracie Z. for the CloverdaleTeenBookReviewProject)

kirstd31 Dec 28, 2017

I did not finish this book. I read 80 pages and nothing was happening. It was boring and predictable.

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OPL_KrisC Aug 22, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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