The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

You guys. I had DOUBTS about The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle. Amish people and vampires? *snort* Sounds like a half-baked plot for a cheesy porno. But…I wasn’t even that far into the story before hopping onto gchat to talk to April (who was also reading it). We were both like “Whoa! This doesn’t suck after all!” I know that sounds like faint praise, but it isn’t. Because guys? This book was good.

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

So, when The Hallowed Ones begins, we meet Katie. She is looking forward to her upcoming Rumspringa, a chance to experience  the “English” life before deciding whether or not to commit to being Amish and marrying childhood pal Elijah. Before this has a chance to occur, some pretty bad stuff goes down in the real world. It doesn’t take long to also make a huge impact on Katie’s Amish community. When she disobeys her Elders to do what she thinks is right by saving an outsider? Hello hot mess. (And hello eventual sexytimes.)

Katie is such an awesome character, I could fangirl about her all day. Instead of the Amish thing being thrown into the novel just to give her something to rebel against, or as a tool to allow her to come off as brainwashed, it just gave her something to question as she tries to decide who she really wants to be. She wants to be respectful of the beliefs she was raised to honor, but she also has a personal code of honor she can’t quite make herself turn against.

If you’re worried about the book pushing religious propaganda or being too preachy – don’t be. There is no “CONVERT THEE TO AMISH, OR PERISH IN A HOLY FIRE!” talk. There is spiritual reflection and details about the Amish life – but it all fits in nicely with the story, and it never becomes too much. Pinkie swear.

As for the vampires? Whoa mama, y’all. Laura Bickle ain’t messin’ around. We are talking pee-your-pants-in-fear-straight-up-Stephen-King-style vampires. No sparkling or sexaholic prototypes need apply. So, if you’re hesitating to pick up The Hallowed Ones because you are sick and tired of the regular vampire novel? Don’t be.

Basically, The Hallowed Ones impressed the hell out of me (ha, pun intended). Flawlessly weaving Amish culture and the horror of old-school vampire lore together, Laura Bickle has written a book I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

To Sum It Up:

  • If you’re worried that the whole Amish + vampires premise sounds too hokey, don’t be! It is very well crafted, and you will be impressed.
  • The characterization is also a home run. Katie is such a fantastic MC!
  • This book has vampires that are actually frightening. Imagine that, y’all. Just in time for Halloween.

Check out The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle on Goodreads / Amazon

Other Reviews:
Stitch Read Cook
Now is Gone
Realm of Fiction

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  • Megan @ Book Brats September 19, 2012, 5:43 pm

    You know, all of a sudden today I cannot stop hearing about how AWESOME this book is. I’ve added it to my “must acquire” list because of all these great reviews. Thanks for posting this!

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  • Amber Stults September 19, 2012, 6:16 pm

    I didn’t realize she had another book released. I’ve enjoyed her other series.
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  • Julie@my5monkeys September 19, 2012, 6:28 pm

    I have been wonderful things about this book lately 🙂 adding this book to the ever growing reading pile.
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  • Lauren @ Love is not a triangle September 19, 2012, 7:23 pm

    WOW! I think I need to reconsider this one. I’m not into Amish books so I wrote this off, but you make it sound FANTASTIC! I especially like hearing that the MC KatieIs it part of a trilogy?
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    • Allison (AllureofBooks) September 19, 2012, 7:26 pm

      There is definitely room for a sequel, but I’m not sure if she plans to continue….

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  • Charlie September 20, 2012, 6:31 am

    I’d have doubts too, Amish and vampires, doesn’t sound too hopeful, though I suppose there are possibilities given the closed nature of the Amish community. The way you describe it being included is good, she just happens to be Amish. Awesome that the vampires aren’t the sparkly Meyer ones!
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  • makeshift bookmark September 20, 2012, 6:36 am

    Amish peeps & vamps? I WOULD NEVER EVER PICK THIS UP NORMALLY. But you, madam, have me intrigued. YAY FOR EVENTUAL SEXYTIMES!
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  • Jessica@a GREAT read September 20, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Wow! Nice review!! Remembered hearing about this one earlier this year and yeah I had some hesitating doubts too! Guess I might have to get to this one eventually!

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  • Allison September 21, 2012, 10:08 am

    I really want to read this one. I don’t know what it is but I am really intrigued by the whole premise of it. In fact, I more or less told April to give me her copy when she was done reading it. I can’t wait! 🙂

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  • Heidi September 22, 2012, 6:04 pm

    Ah!! You and April have me SO excited for this book. I know exactly what you mean. I had this on my radar as a ‘well, this sounds interesting, but it’s probably a trainwreck’ kind of book. I was so surprised/excited to hear it was so good! I do love when books are able to talk about religions/cultures without being preachy–it’s such a fine line and hard to do. Can’t wait!
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