Book Review + Giveaway: The Hallowed Ones

The Hallowed OnesThe Hallowed Ones
By Laura Bickle
September 25, 2012
Ages 12 and up
Graphia (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Reviewed: ARC from publisher
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Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers are free to experience non-Amish culture before officially joining the church. But before Rumspringa arrives, Katie’s safe world starts to crumble. It begins with a fiery helicopter crash in the cornfields, followed by rumors of massive unrest and the disappearance of huge numbers of people all over the world. Something is out there…and it is making a killing.

Unsure why they haven’t yet been attacked, the Amish Elders make a decree: no one goes outside their community, and no one is allowed in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man lying just outside the boundary of their land, she can’t leave him to die. She refuses to submit to the Elders’ rule and secretly brings the stranger into her community—but what else is she bringing in with him?


Quite possibly the most vividly horrifying YA novel I have read to-date, THE HALLOWED ONES by Laura Bickle is the must-have vampire novel of 2012. Even if you hate vampires. A cross between M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village and Justin Cronin’s The Passage, this book will give you chills deep into the dark of night, causing you to fear venturing out alone after sundown (or wondering if you’re even safe inside).

Laura makes her first debut into the YA market with one hell of a book. Literally. Mixing a detailed portrayal of Amish life with the most terrible vampires in known fiction, hell has literally landed on earth in her post-apocalyptic tale. No stone is left unturned. You will learn more than you’ve ever known before about Amish living, you will believe that the evil which sets off the horrific series of events could easily befall us some day and you will get to know her characters (especially the lead, Katie) inside and out – all in just over 300 pages! The detail, the care she takes in fully fleshing out the story, her characters and their circumstances displays Laura’s skills as a seasoned writer.

Speaking of her characters; I particularly enjoyed learning about the Amish/”Plain People” society. Laura manages to describe their day-to-day way of living without being to over-cumbersome with detail. While there were characters that I truly despised in the book, I greatly admired her MC, Katie. At the beginning of the book Katie is a Plain girl through and through, albeit with a mild “rebellious” and questioning nature and a love for “sinful” things like Coca Cola and comic books. While somewhat timid at first, she grows tremendously as the story progresses. Katie is a startling example of a character who is not at all the same in the end as she was in the beginning of the story. It is because of this that I hold her in high regard as one of my favorite characters in 2012. (Not to mention, I now have another fictional male crush with the tattooed Outsider, Alex.)

This book has everything a horror aficionado would ever hope to find in their reading. If you are a lover of the night and don’t mind descriptive scenes depicting blood and gore, I think you best be heading out and picking up this book today! It will provide you plenty of thrills and chills – and perhaps you’ll learn a thing or two about society and religion while you’re at it.

(Oh, and thank GOODNESS this is the first book in a series! You WILL end it wanting more!)

Plot: 10

Grade: 97


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24 thoughts on “Book Review + Giveaway: The Hallowed Ones

  • You know, I hang not seen a bad review for this book yet. I’m sure they exist, but still that impresses me. I’m totally intrigued by this book. I think Amish books are becoming a trend lately.

  • The review was wonderful, the book sounds great. I love Amish books and this is a new spin for me.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Thanks for the review! This book sounds awesome — I was sold with the summary, but knowing that it’s overall pretty fantastic means I’m definitely going to be picking it up. I didn’t think I’d ever see an Amish vampire book, or that it would be any good, but I’m so glad I’m wrong!

  • I’m truly surprised how horrifying you found it and am now intrigued. It is good to know that there are still some great vampire stories to read. Thanks for the great review!

  • I think the cover on this one is so interesting and evocative. You get that spooky feeling when you look at and read the blurb. It’s a cover that draws a reader in.

  • OooOoOo…this one looks interesting! I’ve always been intrigued by Amish life, and I like the concept of integrating supernatural with hyper-traditional…should be a great novel. Thanks!

  • What a unique concept! I had heard about this book briefly before, but after reading your review and seeing how much you loved it, I had to give it a closer look. I tend to stick to the standard YA contemporary or paranormal/sci-fi, but I’m always willing to give new kinds of books a try, and based on how much you loved the horror in this book, it’s going on my to-read list. Thanks for the amazing review and giveaway! :)

  • Meaningful Comment: (attempting)

    Okay I want to read this book strictly due to your review. I have seen it advertised on Goodreads adn just kept skipping it. When you compared it as a cross between The Village and The Passage i knew i had to read it.

    I have not been on a vampire kick recently so maybe this will get my juices flowing.

    My trainer recently bought a horse from an omish community and he has been the most amazing horse at the ranch. Was well taken care of and that in my book shows that however they run their community has to reflect on how well they treat their animals.

  • This book sounds amazing! Your review makes me really curious to see what happens between the Amish and the vampires. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  • The Hallowed Ones sound awesome! I love horror and lots of gore! And I’m interested in ‘meeting’ this tattooed outsider. ;)
    Great review & thanks for the giveaway! ^__^

  • Thanks for a great review and giveaway! I will have to read this book, i love scary book. i love book that give you chills when you are reading, then you know thats it’s a good book.

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