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When Seraphina was younger, she healed her best friend’s injured hand. Terrified by the inexplicable cure, the girl shunned her. From that day on, Seraphina found herself without friends, a freak and an oddity. And so she obeyed her mother’s rule to refrain from using her innate ability, heeded her mother’s warning that its use could land her in the local mental health facility alongside her aunt and grandmother.
But when sixteen-year-old Seraphina finds a mysterious, wounded boy hiding in the hollow in the woods behind her house, she can’t hold out against the overpowering urge to help him. She is drawn to him each night, and as they come to know one another, their irresistible attraction blooms.
She longs to uncover his secrets — where he comes from and why he’s hiding and how he came to be so wounded — and to share her own, though she knows it’s forbidden. And while her healing touch seems to be helping him, it’s hurting her. When the symptoms of psychosis — experienced by the women in her bloodline who used their powers — begin to plague Seraphina, she is faced with the unbearable choice of saving her sanity or the boy she’s come to love.
“I’m not afraid,” he said. “I’m only afraid of hurting you.”
My heartbeat sped up. “You can’t,” I replied. “Just sit here beside me.”
“If it doesn’t work, don’t be disappointed,” he said, tugging at his jeans.
“It’s okay,” I said, thinking he was the one that was worried it wouldn’t work. “I’m nervous, too. We won’t know until we try.” It had been a long time since I’d healed a person. I imagined roots growing down from my body, intertwining with the roots of the sequoia for strength. “Okay,” I said, “here we go.”
Our eyes met. Heat pulsed between us. I put my hands on his knees — they were solid, he had to be real. I dropped my shield. At once the power of The Hollow smashed into me along with the pain of Zach’s wounds.
The feeling of damage overwhelmed me. So much damage. The Hollow poured into the deadened, wounded areas. But it was as if they were so starved for healing they pulled me in along with them. And inside there, below the damage raged a raw, rancid pain — as if his initial wounds had been reopened. They burned like nothing I’d ever imagined. It shocked me, like lightning strikes from within. I needed to pull away. It was too much. I couldn’t bear it. I was terrified I’d kill him. But I didn’t know how to pull back, how to make it stop.
And there was this magnetism between us that held me to him. I couldn’t let go. I couldn’t breathe. I reared back, pulling The Hollow into myself. Zach’s pain was so huge, I couldn’t hold it. My head felt like it would split open. I lost all sense of my own body as I fell into the raging chasm.
Seraphina (Sera) Wylde is quiet, introverted and respectful though the people in town think that she is a freak. Maybe partly she is as she feels the pull to help wounded animals and people every day all day long and has to put up a shield so it doesn’t take over her body and mind. Her mother has forbidden her from using her sensitivity to help others as the past shows that women in their family go crazy and end up institutionalized because they use their powers.
One night, Sera meets Zach in the Hollow who has scars all over his body and doesn’t wear shoes. His wounds call to her and she feels compelled to help him though he says he isn’t safe for her because he is the Devil’s spawn.
Without revealing too much of this book, this was an interesting YA Supernatural/Paranormal book unlike what I have been reading lately. I enjoyed the story behind the powers of the Hollow and how Sera tries to help others despite her mother forbidding her to do so. For a 16 year old, I felt that this showed strength of character to do what was right no matter if she could potentially harm herself in the end.
Will Sera be able to save this poor wounded boy who has never experienced any love? And in the process will she forever alter her mind and end up in the hospital with her other loved ones? You will have to read it to find out.
This was a cute story about the power of healing and love.
I was provided an ARC copy for an honest review.
About the Author
Summer Stone loves immersing herself in the worlds that live inside her mind. When she’s in the real world, she likes kicking back on the beach, exploring new places, reading (of course) and eating rich, gooey chocolate. She loves spending time with her husband and kids, which she does as much as she can. Summer writes young adult and women’s fiction, both supernatural and contemporary, realistic and looks forward to sharing her novels with you!