Thursday, March 11, 2021

Hauntingly Beautiful: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland [Book Review]

Title: House of Hollow
Series: -
Author: Krystal Sutherland
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Format: Paperback
Expected Publication Date: April 6th 2021
Pages: 320

Synopsis (Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.

Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.

As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children.

The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.

My rating: 8 / 5 ★

If I have to describe House of Hollow using two words, I'd say it's "beautiful" and "horrifying". To make it fancier, perhaps "ethereal" and "grotesque" would be perfect for it. The two words are opposite of each other, but yes, that's simply how this story turned out to be. The flow of the story was beautiful, it was so beautifully written, but the scenes that played out were terrifying and would bring chills to its readers.

House of Hollow follows the story of Iris Hollow, the last one of the three Hollow sisters. She had always known that the three of them were strange and different from everyone else, the event that happened during their childhood a solid proof of it. But when Grey and Vivi left their home to pursue their passions, Iris finally started to feel that she was just a normal girl. Alas, her desires to simply lead a normal life went tumbling down the drain when she started catching glimpses of a horned man following her in the shadows. She reunited with Vivi, but when the oldest of the Hollow sisters, Grey, went missing, Iris knew that something had gone terribly wrong.

"Terribly wrong" is probably a mild way to put it, because what Iris and Vivi—and Tyler, Grey's ex who happened to be dragged along—had to go through make someone's blood run cold. Not only they were chased by something inhuman, they had to deal with a bloody corpse and were thrown into doors that lead to the world of the non-living. I still shiver whenever I think of how white carrion flowers would bloom in their wounds and blood. I don't think I would be able to stomach it if I were a Hollow sister too.

The story was written and woven so beautifully, it was hard for me to stop flipping to the next pages despite the growing fears as everything started growing darker. One of my favourite quotes in the story is only in the second page of the book: "She was fourteen then, and already the most beautiful creature I could imagine. I wanted to peel the skin from her body and wear it draped over mine." I'm in love with these words, but these very words had a much crucial meaning in the later part of the story. My most memorable quote turned out to be revealing the true nature of the Hollow sisters and I was sickened by it.

Honestly, I have no words to describe how much I'm in love with House of Hollow. I could talk about it for days, and I still don't think I'd finish declaring my love towards it. I wish I can say more, but saying more would mean I'm risking spoiling something and I'd hate to do that. What I can assure is that, you are in for a very wild ride when reading this book. Whatever you may guess about the Hollow sisters, you may want to think again. They may be strangely beautiful, but they're also something you never want to mess around with.

For fantasy lovers that enjoy darker and more horrifying stories, this is the perfect book for you! I am 110% recommending this book to everyone—unless you're not comfortable reading things related to blood and gore at all. Thank you so much Pansing for sending me a copy of House of Hollow in exchange with my honest review. This book is set to be published on April 6th 2021, and you don't want to miss it!


There were waxy white flowers sprouting from his mouth, his nose, the softening remains of his eyeballs. Flowers growing rabid from the gash in his skin, their roots red-black with dead blood. Something moved at the back of his throat, behind his broken teeth. Something alive in the greenery.

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'

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