Creepy Hollow #5
Published by Self-Published on October 11, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Still reeling from a shocking revelation, guardian trainee Calla Larkenwood finds the threads of her world unraveling further when she's accused of a horrifying crime she didn't commit: A deadly magical disease has entered the Guild, threatening to wipe out every guardian--and someone is intent on framing Calla for it. With the Guild Council focusing their investigation on her instead of searching for the real criminal, Calla watches her dream of becoming a guardian rapidly slipping away. Time is running out. As the lines between good and bad, right and wrong, begin to blur, whom can she turn to for help?
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The fifth book in Rachel Morgan’s Creepy Hollow series just further proves books four and beyond (however long this one will last) are so much better than the first three books. After the daytime drama-like ending Morgan leaves us back in A Faerie’s Secret, we’re brought straight back to Creepy Hollow to find Calla Larkenwood in a pretty miserable and “I don’t give a care but I’m going to act like I do” state.
However, by the end of the book, I find I like Calla as a character far more than I ever liked Violet. Calla is like Violet in a lot of ways (have I mentioned this when I reviewed the fourth book?) – she’s ambitious and kicks faerie butt, but I feel she’s more well-rounded than Violet (not that Violet wasn’t well-rounded). Calla’s afraid of a little thing like claustrophobia, while Violet is completely fearless. To be honest, I don’t think I even remember Violet ever being afraid of anything (aside from losing her loved ones), and here’s Calla, squeaking over narrow spaces. More things, bad things, happen to Calla, and I absolutely love it.
I know. You must be worried about me now. You’ll have to line up behind my mom and Lupe and a few other people who know me very well, which turns out to be very few.
I also find that I miss Oryn so much from the first three books because he just goes straight to the point (and he made things entertaining).
“The awkward moment in which I discover that both my wife and my sister have made out with the same guy.”
Of course, by books four and five, most of the characters from the first three are pretty much just starting their future with sparkling baby faeries (I imagine them to be much more adorable). Meanwhile, Calla is still getting treated poorly by her trainer (who is really just playing favoritism possibly due to jealousy) and getting flashbacks/nightmares in the midst of dreams from Gaius trying to tell her something.
And murder. Lovely, lovely murder where Calla gets framed and accused of it. It’s also by this point where Calla is confronted with the question, as Oryn so fabulously points out, “Why did you really want to join the guild? The guild, or the representation?” (See? He gets straight to the point.)
But in a nutshell, A Faerie’s Revenge is really just revenge of the past – something that happened ten years ago and that person wants everyone to pay. How that person will do it (and how Calla is connected) is currently unknown, but it’s official: you’ll definitely want to read the first three books or you’ll be spoiled and possibly lost.
“Maybe there’s no such thing as good guys and bad guys after all. Not when the good guys fail to see what’s wrong, and the bad guys are the ones who end up helping you.”