The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow

When Ichabod Crane arrives in the spooky little village of Sleepy Hollow as the new schoolmaster, Katrina Van Tassel is instantly drawn to him. Through their shared love of books and music, they form a friendship that quickly develops into romance. Ichabod knows that as an itinerant schoolteacher of little social standing, he has nothing to offer the wealthy Katrina – unli...

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Title:The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow
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The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow Reviews

  • Jennie Damron

    OMG!! This book is amazing and has everything I love in a book. Mystery, romance, death, witchery, and spooky atmosphere. The writing was impeccable and I wish I could live in this world that the author created. Katrina is an amazing well thought out character. By the end of the book she felt like a dear friend. If you come across this book, grab it, read it, and enjoy. My favorite read this year so far.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    I have never read THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving. I have seen Tim Burton's movie Sleepy Hollow and parts of the TV series Sleepy Hollow. So, my knowledge of the story of Sleepy Hollow is based on that. Which made this story feel pretty different and slightly less paranormal from what I expected. Not that the story lacks a supernatural angle, for which I'm grateful since I love some magic in a story.

  • Susan Kennedy

    Well Done. I thought this was a well written twist to a classic story. I thoroughly enjoyed that it came from the mouth of Katrina Van Tassel. It was an great retelling from the main female character. I thought the love story was beautiful and tore at your heart. The characters were well focused on and I definitely felt a connection with each of them. Katrina was a beautiful person even though she was selfish at times. Charlotte was a beautiful old soul with a good heart even though she had been

    Well Done. I thought this was a well written twist to a classic story. I thoroughly enjoyed that it came from the mouth of Katrina Van Tassel. It was an great retelling from the main female character. I thought the love story was beautiful and tore at your heart. The characters were well focused on and I definitely felt a connection with each of them. Katrina was a beautiful person even though she was selfish at times. Charlotte was a beautiful old soul with a good heart even though she had been wronged early in her life. She was an amazing friend to Katrina. Ichabod was a gentle and lovable man that I only wanted good for even though I knew his fate. Brom Bones was despicable and I didn't like him from the start.

    Since this is a retelling, I knew what would happen for the most part. With that said, the changes that the author made to the story I quite enjoyed. The writing was beautifully done and easily read. The story kept me enthralled and I wanted to know more of the characters as I read. I thought this was a fantastic book and I would recommend.

  • Carrie

    The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo is of course a retelling of Sleepy Hollow told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane’s love, Katrina Van Tassel. With the fantasy of the headless horseman, the romance of Ichabod and Katrina all wrapped in the historic setting this one was a must read and couldn’t come at a better time of year leading into fall and the Halloween season.

    The story begins as Ichabod Crane comes to the small town of Sleepy Hollow to be

    The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo is of course a retelling of Sleepy Hollow told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane’s love, Katrina Van Tassel. With the fantasy of the headless horseman, the romance of Ichabod and Katrina all wrapped in the historic setting this one was a must read and couldn’t come at a better time of year leading into fall and the Halloween season.

    The story begins as Ichabod Crane comes to the small town of Sleepy Hollow to become their new school teacher. Katrina’s parents own the largest farm in the town and hr parents often play host to newcomers or those passing through the town so Ichabod comes to their home to stay until suitable arrangements can be made for his lodging.

    Katrina and Ichabod find that they have a lot in common with their love of reading and music and before they know it they are falling in love. However, with Ichabod only being a schoolteacher the pair fear Katrina’s father may not approve of their marriage as he’s had his eye on the son of another wealthy farm owner at Katrina’s dismay.

    I absolutely enjoyed reading this retelling from Katrina’s point of view and immediately became totally engaged in the era and their romance. I would warn readers that this one is a bit heavy on the historical romance and lighter on the fantasy but being someone that enjoys a bit of everything I didn’t mind at all to wait for the witchcraft and more spookier happenings of the book. Definitely great read this time of year and would recommend checking this one out.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Selena

    I received a free copy of The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo from Goodreads for my honest review.

    First I must say I have always loved the story of Sleepy Hollow. I watched the TV series as well and loved it. So when I won a copy of this book I was absolutely thrilled.

    This is a wonderfully twisted read. I loved this feminist version of the story of Sleepy Hollow told from the viewpoint of Katrina Van Tassel. This is a story of love, suspense, mystery

    I received a free copy of The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo from Goodreads for my honest review.

    First I must say I have always loved the story of Sleepy Hollow. I watched the TV series as well and loved it. So when I won a copy of this book I was absolutely thrilled.

    This is a wonderfully twisted read. I loved this feminist version of the story of Sleepy Hollow told from the viewpoint of Katrina Van Tassel. This is a story of love, suspense, mystery and jealousy.

  • megs_bookrack

    is best summed up as a retelling of Washington Irving's,

    from Katrina Van Tassel's perspective. This may seem obvious to many by the title but for those less familiar with Irving's original story, Katrina Van Tassel, is pretty much the only female 'real' character we have in that story. In that tale she is sort of the beautiful, sweet, yet most likely brainless, love interest of Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones.

    As soon as I discovered

    is best summed up as a retelling of Washington Irving's,

    from Katrina Van Tassel's perspective. This may seem obvious to many by the title but for those less familiar with Irving's original story, Katrina Van Tassel, is pretty much the only female 'real' character we have in that story. In that tale she is sort of the beautiful, sweet, yet most likely brainless, love interest of Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones.

    As soon as I discovered that this book was happening, I knew I needed to get my hands on it as soon as I could. Growing up in New England, I can attest to the fact that there is literally no better place to be that New England in Autumn. That is my honest opinion. It's just magical and crisp and awesome and just a slight bit ominous and creepy. Combine this with the fact that

    is one of my favorite stories and this sounded like the perfect book for me to get my hands on this Fall.

    While this book did start out slow for me, hence the 4-star rating rather than 5, I was completely enamored with Palombo's ability to create the feel of time and the place of Sleepy Hollow. I felt the atmosphere was richly developed and I had no trouble picturing it all in my mind, from the Van Tassel farm, to the little town, to the woods surrounding the Hudson River, everything was as it should be. I loved the development of Katrina's character and the strong friendship that was displayed between her and her best friend, Charlotte. I always enjoy a book with strong female friendships and this one was particularly beautiful for anyone else who may enjoy that sort of thing.

    The secret courtship between Katrina & Ichabod was definitely a slow burn but once lit...it was on fire. Be prepared for sexy times - I was a little surprised by the sexy times - so, if you aren't into that, beware, it's here. If you love that stuff, this is the book for you.

    As this love was developing, the first half of the book, I was really getting anxious for my spooky stuff.

    I wondered on more than one occasion. Then it happens, one night, All Hallows Eve, of course, that will change Katrina's life forever. Her world is shattered and through the help of her BFF, Charlotte, and her long-time friend/domestic help, Nancy, she does her best to rebuild herself and to find out what happened that night after her parent's Halloween party.

    I cannot say too much more about the plot without giving things away. I understand this is a story many of us know but I think being told from a different perspective, the author was able to bring a lot of new life and details into this well loved tale. I was impressed with this, the second half of the book really kept me engaged and I loved the way it wrapped up.

    Thank you so much to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity and am excited to see what other readers think of this one. Great job with release date as well - October is the

    month to read this book!

    Original: Y'all know I love a retelling and a retelling of such a classic piece of gothic literature is a must for me! Very happy to be starting this one and to get Katrina's POV. My #1 hope = good atmosphere. I am all about that in my Fall reads.

  • Juli

    I have a weakness for re-tellings. This one had me completely sucked into the story from the first line:

    Washington Irving got it wrong.

    Katrina Van Tassel tells her story. All the characters are there.....Ichabod Crane, Brom Van Brunt, the Headless Horseman. Only the tale doesn't unfold as Washington Irving told it. Katrina meets Ichabod, immediately forming a friendship with the new schoolmaster, which soon turns to romance. They begin sneaking off into the woods to meet. But the schoolmaster r

    I have a weakness for re-tellings. This one had me completely sucked into the story from the first line:

    Washington Irving got it wrong.

    Katrina Van Tassel tells her story. All the characters are there.....Ichabod Crane, Brom Van Brunt, the Headless Horseman. Only the tale doesn't unfold as Washington Irving told it. Katrina meets Ichabod, immediately forming a friendship with the new schoolmaster, which soon turns to romance. They begin sneaking off into the woods to meet. But the schoolmaster really has nothing to offer....he's poor and has no social standing. Katrina's father prefers his daughter choose Brom Van Brunt. But, Katrina wants nothing to do with him. Then Icabod disappears. With the help of her friend Charlotte, Katrina searches to find out what happened to Icabod....all the while worrying that the ghostly headless horseman might not be just a legend.

    I loved getting the story from Katrina's point of view. She enjoys Icabod's company because they have similar interests, but she is afraid she will be forced into a marriage with Brom because of money. In a time where women were controlled by their families, Katrina wants a life with someone she can love. When Icabod disappears, she is determined to find out what happened to him, even if she has to call on the witchy talents of her best friend to accomplish it.

    The Legend of Spooky Hollow is one of my favorite spooky reads for fall. This story puts a brand new spin on a favorite classic tale! I loved it! I feel the author stayed true to the feel of the classic, while giving it a completely new direction. Definitely a great book to read in October!

    **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from St Martin's Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  • Erin

    It might be only September, but with an expected publication for October 2018, you're definitely going to want to hear Katrina Van Tassel's point of view on the superstitions of Sleepy Hollow, a young schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane, and one Headless Horseman. Alyssa Palombo is vastly becoming one of my favorite authors as she is gifted in providing her readers with rich historical content about a young American nation while also making me swoon over Ichabod. If I had one little critique, it t

    It might be only September, but with an expected publication for October 2018, you're definitely going to want to hear Katrina Van Tassel's point of view on the superstitions of Sleepy Hollow, a young schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane, and one Headless Horseman. Alyssa Palombo is vastly becoming one of my favorite authors as she is gifted in providing her readers with rich historical content about a young American nation while also making me swoon over Ichabod. If I had one little critique, it took me until chapter 11 to really get interested in the plot and adjust my reading stance to the dialogue. But once Katrina and her friend Charlotte start talking I was interested really fast.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I'm really disappointed that I couldn't push through this one, but I think my expectations just weren't in the right place. I kept waiting for the story to begin, but at 40% in to a book being portrayed as a sleepy hollow retelling and continuation, there's just been lots of sex. *shrugs*

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