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Jun 16, Montzalee Wittmann rated it really liked it. It has a teen boy as the main subject who lives with his rich grandmother. There is a treasure hunt, evil possession, and other supernatural activity.
Sleepy Hollow: Bridge of Bones
It must be a series because it left some things still open to questions. If it is, it will be good! Narration was good too! View 2 comments. This is one of the few self-published novels I've read recently that I really, truly enjoyed. I wouldn't say the book is absolutely perfect to my taste, but it's filled with fascinating, living characters, breathtaking locations, action, romance, love, death, and is genuinely creepy and nerve-wracking in places. Well worth a read if you enjoy adventure and horror, and entirely suitable for Halloween.
Nov 07, JoAnna rated it it was amazing. This is the perfect book to read for Halloween!! Its eerie, fun, and really enjoyable with audio! I went through so many emotions with this book. Especially my hatred for Hadewych! Oh how I loath him I can't wait for his downfall! Onward to book two!!!! Jul 09, N. Light rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , reviews-by-mrs-n , horror. I've always been a fan of the headless horsemen and Sleepy Hollow so when I discovered this book, I took a chance. It far exceeded my expectations.
Vivid descriptive narration with plenty of twists and turns, this is a must read! My Rating: 5 stars. The Jason Crane series has become my favorite reimagining of the Sleepy Hollow story sorry Sleepy Hollow tv show, this book has you beat. There is some great writing here, with all the characters and plots well fleshed out. A lot of research into the town of Sleepy Hollow shows through, and you feel like you are really there with Jason as he discovers his legacy of the last living descendant of Ichabod Crane. Other great points - It would've been easy to sketch the descendant of Brom as a cartoo The Jason Crane series has become my favorite reimagining of the Sleepy Hollow story sorry Sleepy Hollow tv show, this book has you beat.
Other great points - It would've been easy to sketch the descendant of Brom as a cartoon villain, but he is given such depth that you almost feel sorry for him.
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Through his background and struggles, you see where he came to the place he is in. A gay character that isn't 'sassy-best-friend' or comic relief. Joey, Jasons's best friend is awesome and a great character and not just a sidekick. Love that he has a complicated love interest that will hopefully unfold as the series goes. How the characters that have powers have them is very nicely done won't post a spoiler here and fits in well with the Legend and feel of the lore.
Though it is a YA series and coming of age story, it is appealing to read at any age. I really hope this author is discovered and these books are made into movies or a tv show. Really looking forward to the rest of the series. This was one of those books where, as other reviewers have said, catch you from the beginning and refuse to let you go.
Richard Gleaves wrote in such as way that it would seem like he lived in Sleepy Hollow, breathed its air and knew the people. When breaking down this first story in what will be the first in a series, if you look at plot, pacing, characters, or whatever, it is evident throughout that this is the kind of story that makes you want to read more. It is so well done and presented in This was one of those books where, as other reviewers have said, catch you from the beginning and refuse to let you go.
It is so well done and presented in a fresh way, while pulling on the legends of the past. It flows so well and takes you through twists and turns that are both fun and unexpected. I started reading this book with little knowledge of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and not much interest in horror novels outside of the "Goosebumps" series when I was younger.
What made me pull the trigger and add this to my reading list was the description: "Star Wars fan", "history geek", "doesn't believe in ghosts or the afterlife". The au I started reading this book with little knowledge of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and not much interest in horror novels outside of the "Goosebumps" series when I was younger.
The author really delivered on both. Some of my bullet points on how he accomplished this are below: Quick Read: The book grabbed my attention fast. I found myself wanting to learn more about the characters and where the story was heading right from the beginning. Each chapter and side story was entertaining and had a definite purpose toward the plot and character building. There really isn't any down time here, and this led to a quick read. Utilized the Legend and Setting Appropriately: Although I was not a fan of the legend before reading, I would expect anyone who is to appreciate how the author uses it throughout, quoting short passages and basing supernatural powers on it.
I becamse interested in the Legend after, and even answered a Jeopardy question on good ol' Ichabod while reading true story, ha. As for the setting, if I travel to the New York area where the book takes place, I look forward to visiting the real landmarks used throughout the book to bring Jason's adventure more life. Entertaining and Clever Style: I found myself laughing out loud during multiple passages. Maybe they weren't specifically meant to be a laugh out load part, but Jason, his friends, and Grandmother are witty and have a great sense of humor that I found to be an awesome part of the book.
The author also uses clever metaphors and some cool ways of letting you into the mysteries as they are revealed. Stand Alone Book: Given my review, I am of course excited for the following books in the series, but I was very happy on how this book ended. I thought the author did an excellent job of concluding some mysteries, leaving enough open, while leaving massive potential for the rest of the books. Book one ended as a great story in itself, and Book two will have the potential to start as its own, building on the characters and plot from book one.
My gripe with some series is that the success and even proper conclusion of one book depends heavily on following books in the series. That is not the case, at least with book one. To sum up: there is no way I wan't Jason's story to end now, but book one was properly ended. On the good side, the proofing and editing was excellent, I don't think I saw any errors.
The plotting was fine, and there certainly was a lot of action. I imagine it was a YA book I didn't check that out when I purchased it , so there was a lot of teen-age angst to shift through, and I did not fail to notice that although there were teen characters who weren't painted as being goody goody, the r Rise Headless and Ride, Jason Crane, Book 1 by Richard Gleaves I'm a little conflicted by this novel. I imagine it was a YA book I didn't check that out when I purchased it , so there was a lot of teen-age angst to shift through, and I did not fail to notice that although there were teen characters who weren't painted as being goody goody, the real villains were all adults.
However, the characters were well drawn. You disliked the baddies instinctively and liked the good guys immediately. Creative treatment of a modern telling of a well-known story. Lots of spookiness befitting a novel based on Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow. On the bad side, I thought the novel was a bit over-dramatic in places, especially in Jason's escape from the Horseman.
The result of that escape was almost anti-climactic, leading to that most hated of my complaints, the non-ending ending. Very frustrating to read a book just to discover that the ending isn't that at all, that there is no resolution, but that if you want to know how one of the main storylines play out, you have read the next book. It feels like the author decided the book was getting too long, so better stop and make it two books.
And why introduce the grandfather character and then have him play no real role in this novel. Perhaps he will in the next, although in what capacity I cannot imagine. As I can read the next book for free as a Prime member, I will -- if I had to pay even a penny for it, I wouldn't, simply on the principle of a novel needing to be stand alone, even if it is in a series. Certainly if that second novel also has a non-ending, I will not be reading any more in the series that the author may decide to write. So, conflicted to say the least.
Oct 25, Karen B. I was looking for a good book to read during the week of Halloween and this one was perfect! It kept me in suspense with an update of the old Sleepy Hallow legend by Washington Irving. This book takes place in the modern day and Jason Crane is a descendant of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman still rides.
Of course he's going to be after Ichabod's descendant! This was a long book but fast read for the number of pages because it was so intense and riveting. Upon finishing this I immediately I was looking for a good book to read during the week of Halloween and this one was perfect! Upon finishing this I immediately purchased book 2 in the series and am reading that which is adding even more to the season. Yes, it is full of horror but not too bloody and gory; I think because I was very aware that I was reading a continuation of a legend very aware that it was fiction.
Jason Crane and his grandmother are two lovable characters in opposition of the descendants of Brom Bones. Of course the battle of the Cranes and the Van Brunts continues. I really "could not put this down" and had to force myself to go to bed. Jan 21, B. This was one of those books that I loved but I can't put my finger on exactly why I loved it. The characters were certainly memorable and sympathetic.
I could really connect with both Jason Crane and his grandmother, the heroine, the sidekick. I even saw where the villains were coming from The writing was certainly good, as was the editing. The premise was intriguing - naturally, or I wouldn't have picked up this unknown-to-me author. I don't know. I couldn't put this book down! Except when I h This was one of those books that I loved but I can't put my finger on exactly why I loved it.
Except when I had to for life stuff, which is why it took me 5 days to read. A gal's gotta eat and sleep and work, ya know. Anyway, this is a YA story that I think would be enjoyed by anyone from 13 on up. Good stuff. The only small niggle - the story wasn't finished in this book, so I have to buy the next book to see what happens. Too much was left hanging to stop now. Apr 11, Yassemin rated it it was amazing Shelves: addictive-reading , freaked-me-lut-a-little , favourites , creepy , ghosts , including-totally-hated-characters , kindle-books , reviewed , really-liked , totally-sucked-me-in.
Horror is my favourite genre of all and Stephen King my favourite author but I've not read too much of it recently. I've been sidetracked with quite a lot of paranormal romance fiction so when I picked this book up, it felt good to be back reading what I love most. This book was a solid 4. It was absolutely fantastic and another great example of self published work. I'm starting to love self published authors more and more each day!
The book has its roots in the lore of Sleepy Hollow, wh Horror is my favourite genre of all and Stephen King my favourite author but I've not read too much of it recently. The book has its roots in the lore of Sleepy Hollow, which I'm sure most horror fans are well aware of but then introduces an entirely new story and adds it to the mix. I felt this was a page turner literally as I couldn't put it down and finished it in two solid days.
It was my book of choice of three I have on the go and it just got better and better. I will definitely be continuing with this series and I'm sure it won't disappoint! Jun 17, Jayne dArcy rated it it was amazing. I am giving all 3 books by Richard Gleaves a 5-star rating but not because I entirely enjoyed the series.
I did read those, though, and I do understand their part in the books. My personal feeling at the time was to concentrate on Jason, Kate, Zef and Joey. The other thing that I really objected to was the piling on of gross tragedy after gross tragedy; there was too much.
Still and all, this was a well written series. T I am giving all 3 books by Richard Gleaves a 5-star rating but not because I entirely enjoyed the series. The characters are all painted well from the evil Horseman to the hero of the books, Jason Crane. I "know" how all of them look and I wish I could draw and show them to everyone. I strongly believe that there are readers who will find these books more entertaining than I did and it is for them I give the 5-stars.
If you enjoy the Washington Irving story you will enjoy this. However I feel the author forced subjects such as homosexuality, just so he could say he had it in his book. There was really no point to it. I have the next 3 books in the series and I am looking forward to what Richard has in store f If you enjoy the Washington Irving story you will enjoy this. I have the next 3 books in the series and I am looking forward to what Richard has in store for Jason. Jun 29, Brandon Troxell rated it it was amazing.
I read this novel, thinking of my visit to Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, and how much I miss the place! Gleaves does an amazing job transporting you to the Hollow, and gives you such an extreme hate for the villain of this tale. View all 3 comments. I think if I saw my child browsing this one in the Sleepy Hollow gift shop I would spy an opportunity.
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At last, no more supernatural mumbo-jumbo. Okay, there are certainly ghosts and gore and tarot cards, but that is not what the spirit of the book is a about. It is about the kind of values you want your son to be raised with. Jason Crane is a sensible rational boy, well raised to appreciate the people in his life and is eager to live it well. He knows he must one day face life alone. He approach I think if I saw my child browsing this one in the Sleepy Hollow gift shop I would spy an opportunity.
He approaches the supernatural as a scientific mystery and does not believe it until his visions are tested against the specific and verifiable, though artistic licence allows some supernatural things to be "real". It goes on. The villain is lazy and entitled, the heroes hardworking and independent with a proper respect for money. All things that a traditional conservative father could respect. The homosexual crush between secondary characters is completely okay by the hero who becomes immediate best friends with openly gay Joey and who seems destined for a difficult reconciliation with troubled Zef, the villain's son.
Life in the closet for Zef is a minor theme that can be enjoyed with sympathy by straight readers as part of the build-up to the main events. Meanwhile the complex love triangle between Jason, Zef and Kate provides an opportunity for the author to portray a likable independent female, aware of her beauty and the trouble it causes but neither hostile nor available. You can let your daughter read this too, if she dares. The author is obviously opinionated, in his own way, but the subtle way he incorporates his values into the text is technically impressive and respectful to any reader who just wants to pick up and read a great ghost thriller.
And this is a great ghost thriller. The pace is enticing and the reader is drawn in. The horror is horrific, the gore is gory, the violence is violent yet not gratuitous, and the emotion is raw and convincing - I was moved by Jason's recollection of loss. You will certainly get what you paid for. If this is not made into a five part blockbusting Hollywood franchise then there is something wrong with the world.
Finally, a Headless Horseman with a sense of pace With everyone from Disney to Fox TV doing their versions of Sleepy Hollow, it's a pleasure to find a writer who keeps his own head on his shoulders yes, I said it and gives us a slower tale. Rise Headless and Ride gives us teenage Jason Crane and his globetrotting grandmother, the descendants of Brom Bones poking around family tombs and secrets, and a tourist-chasing Sleepy Hollow that's hostile enough to misfit boys even without a mysterious ki Finally, a Headless Horseman with a sense of pace With everyone from Disney to Fox TV doing their versions of Sleepy Hollow, it's a pleasure to find a writer who keeps his own head on his shoulders yes, I said it and gives us a slower tale.
Rise Headless and Ride gives us teenage Jason Crane and his globetrotting grandmother, the descendants of Brom Bones poking around family tombs and secrets, and a tourist-chasing Sleepy Hollow that's hostile enough to misfit boys even without a mysterious killing or two. Picture a budding Anne Rice hijacking Scooby-Doo, digging through the YA pangs of football rallies and colorful locals and then edging on to a boy starting to see the shadows slowly rising Characters are solid, with Jason untested but appealing and others different mixes of good intentions and darker secrets.
And now and then Richard Gleaves gives us lines like "the wind found a dancing-partner," so whenever the story goes to high gear it's the well-earned immersion a true spook-fan can love. It doesn't hurt that it also includes the original Washington Irving story, plus Tarrytown maps to show how historically accurate the settings are.
If you want this to be more than a book, it's that too. One regret: I would have liked the story to cover its complete adventure in one grand package, but as the copy tells us, it's only the first half. And yes, there are other literary revisitations in the wings for Jason Crane after this. Well, the story never denied pushing its share of commercial buttons. It's just the least hollow Sleepy Hollow since the legend began. Dec 11, J. This is the first book in a series, and although I am not very fond of series, I will delightedly submit to this one!
Richard Gleaves has created a terrific character and his name is Jason Crane. Since that day, his grandmother has rai This is the first book in a series, and although I am not very fond of series, I will delightedly submit to this one! These two characters are so well written that we easily become invested in them and their story.
The most intriguing aspect of what Gleaves has done is the fact that he has taken pages from a beloved literary work The Legend of Sleepy Hollow , and wrapped it into a fascinating story that all ages will love. How enticing is that!? Jeanne E. Rogers, Author The Sword of Demelza, a middle grade fantasy where endangered animals roam the pages. But every now and then, a book comes along and I am able to read with little trouble. More as lore.
And definitely as manipulation of the mind…. I think it started as the Callahan. Katrina, Abrham, Ichabod, and the headless hessian cavalryman I believe someone found actually military reports of a skirmish outside or not far from tarrytown that his head was carried off by cannonfire. Now as for the rest of the events, I have no idea but if that much of a story were true. I mean come on people, could have happened. This is such good information, thanks for posting it. Anybody else? I went to NY about 40 years ago for some work related things.
Took the wife and traveled on two weekends. I swear we went to Sleepy Hollow and the name was on the established at sign. I remember because it said something. Good Luck Kalin! Washington Irving is a tough act to follow, but give it a try.
Who knows, you may come up with a great horror story of your own…. Freddie K.!! Sleepy Hollow was a class trip anelementary school will never forget the experience I would love to return back. Great story. On a historic walking tour in the town of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, the tour guide mentioned the the story of the headless horseman originated there. Will be back in touch when I complete my research. No doubt about it. This name was given by the good housewives of the adjacent country from the inveterate propensity of their husbands to linger about the village tavern on market days.
Not far from this village, perhaps about two miles, there is a little valley among high hills which is one of the quietest places in the whole world. A small brook murmurs through it and, with the occasional whistle of a quail or tapping of a woodpecker, is almost the only sound that ever breaks the uniform tranquillity. From the listless repose of the place, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of Sleepy Hollow.
The show is very intriguing and I only wish the lieutenant was never removed it seems less authenticated without her. I went to Ichabod Crane Elementary. Washington Irving wrote the story set in Kinderhook. I have always been inthussed by the myths of Sleepy Hollow and wonder if any could actually be true.
Gregory, Did you also know that Dracula was real And so is his castle Love to do research on stuff. I lived in Germany as a child in the early 80s. We traveled all over Europe and visited many castles. An interesting fact, the Cinderella castle at Disney world is modeled after a castle in Germany called nueswanstein not sure of the spelling. I remember being little and hearing that! Thank you bringing that memory back for me. Your email address will not be published. Lending services provided by Quicken Loans Inc.
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I have always been fascinated with this story as well. Grew up in sleepy hollow.