Publication Date: February 17th 2012
Genre: YA Supernatural Romance
Book Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Allison Spencer thought her life was completely normal - or as normal as it could be for an animal empath known as "Crazy Animal Girl." But when her older brother disappeared and her parents moved the family 400 miles away to try to find some answers, she discovered friendship and love in a supernatural world she never knew existed and learned some shocking truths about herself and her family.My Thoughts: What an unexpected surprise! With the short blurb about the book, and a cover that did not reveal much, I was not sure what to expect with this one. Much to my pleasure, it turned out to be a wonderful story.
Many supernatural romance stories kind of flow in a very similar fashion, but The Hollow of Mont Noir is unique. Nothing was predictable, and it just had a tone to it that made me want to dig into my comfy chair and stay put. The pacing was very comfortable - not too fact, but no where near slow. The writing style brought so much to the book. The author has a way with words that built intrigue, but not so much that you were stressed by the time you go an answer. Just a very pleasant book.
Allison in my opinion is pretty typical. She is not popular, but she is not in the lower rung of the student caste. She is faced with a very stressful situation - her brother comes up missing - and then her parents throw another twist on her - they are moving! And moving right before her senior year in high school!!! She hates the fact that she has had to move, but she deals with it. She makes some new friends, and even finds a boy she is immediately attracted to. However, this boy is not liked by others, has the nickname "Bulldog" and is known to be rude - a jerk. What we eventually find out about him, though, is really what makes the story!!!
It is in fact, the supernatural element that brings this book to life. Not only is Allison the "Crazy Animal Girl" with her Crittervision, but we find out she has some "magic in her blood". It is not what happens in school that holds the intrigue, it is what happens beyond the school day - starting when she goes for a run in the woods.
I did not know until the end that this book was the beginning of a series. I am so glad to hear it. There are so many unanswered questions I have. I am really hoping that these get answered in future books. I do think that Jennifer Krey is a very promising author, one that I know that I will seek out. I am so glad that I gave this book a shot - and so will you.
About the Author: Jennifer Krey resides in upstate New York with her husband and two young sons. She is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys swimming, cooking and reading, and she also likes to write in her free time. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Biochemistry, a B.A. in Art History and an M.B.A.