Friday, September 9, 2016

Book Review - Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana

About Gaby Triana

GABY TRIANA is the award-winning author of six YA novels—Wake the Hollow (Aug. 2016, Entangled), Summer of Yesterday, Riding the Universe, The Temptress Four, Cubanita, and Backstage Pass, as well as thirteen ghostwritten novels for best-selling authors. Originally a 4th grade teacher with a Master of Science in Elementary Education and ten years teaching experience, Gaby earned Teacher of the Year in 2000, wrote her first novel, Freddie and the Biltmore Ghost, then left teaching to launch a full-time writing career.

She went on to publish young adult novels with HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, win an IRA Teen Choice Award, ALA Best Paperback Award, and Hispanic Magazine’s Good Reads of 2008.
She spends her time obsessing about Halloween, Christmas, and Disney World, as well as hosting parties, designing mugs, making whimsical cakes, and winning costume contests. When she’s not writing, she might also be watching Jurassic Park movies with her boys, posting excessive food pics on social media, or helping run the Florida region of the SCBWI.
Gaby lives in Miami with her three sons, Michael, Noah, and Murphy. She has one dog, Chloe, and two cats—Miss Daisy, and the reformed thug, shooting survivor, Bowie.
Visit her at and @GabyTriana on Twitter.
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Review by Anniek

Six years ago Micaela chose to live with her father in Miami. Because of this choice she had to leave her mother behind. Mica is glad that she left Sleepy Hollow and never really looked back until her mother's death makes her return to find out what truly happened. As soon as Mica steps off the train she gets the feeling she's being watched. Mica hears voices and sees ghosts. The people who live in Sleepy Hollow didn't think much of her mother and they passed that judgment on to Mica, so they aren't welcoming. Are the ghosts there to help her find out what Mica needs to know or not?

Mica is a young girl who has a lot to deal with. Her mother reached out to her for help and Mica feels guilty for not supporting her more. Her mother was a history fanatic and needs Mica to further explore her findings. Mica sees things that scare her and she has to get over her fears. Mica has a hard time deciding who to trust and sometimes things aren't what they seem. I think she was brave at the moments that counted. Mica has a clear quest and she's determined to get to the bottom of things, I liked that very much about her. Mica could have easily returned to Miami but she faced all of her questions with great courage.

Gaby Triana's story couldn't have taken place in a better setting than at Sleepy Hollow. This little town gives the story the creepiness and the historical foundation it needs. If you look up Sleepy Hollow on the internet you will find out that it is considered by many to be one of the most haunted places in the world. This knowledge gives an extra layer to the story. I loved reading about the history of the town and enjoyed the fact that the Headless Horseman and Washington Irving also played an important part in the story.

Gaby Triana has clearly done her research and knows a great deal about Sleepy Hollow, which results in an incredible, believable and spooky story. The mystery and the suspense had me hooked from the first page. In the acknowledgments of Wake the Hollow you will find that Gaby Traina's mother finds that from the moment Mica steps off the train it feels like watching a movie. This is exactly what Wake the Hollow felt like for me as well. I would be thrilled if this story would ever be made into a movie, or better yet a TV-series, so I could follow Mica's journey for a longer period of time. Wake the Hollow is a story I highly recommend to anyone who loves ghost stories, Halloween and small-town history.

US only giveaway
Gaby Triana hosts a giveaway that includes a grand prize of one Halloween bracelet made by her and a $20 Amazon gift card as well as 7 other Halloween bracelets for 7 runners' up.


  1. My favorite memory of Halloween is taking my daughter trick or treating. Its the best thing ever for me.

  2. I can't wait to get to read this book.

  3. I've read a bit about Sleepy Hollow & agree that it's the perfect setting for this book.

  4. I grew up in FL, so Halloween was almost always hot. But one year, I went out with my dad, and it was cold! Oh so delightful for me, and I was dressed as the queen of hearts. My mom had made my costume. Such fun!

  5. Very cool! I love that this one has to do specifically with Sleepy Hollow.

  6. This sounds so good, I love ghost stories and small-town books!

  7. Great review! Thanks so much for joining the Wake the Hollow blog tour!


  8. Ohh, this sounds like a great pick as an Halloween read!