The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo
Published Oct. 2, 2018 – St. Martin’s Griffin
Book courtesy of the publisher
Description: 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 – unlike her childhood friend-turned-enemy, Brom Van Brunt, who is the suitor Katrina’s father favors.
But when romance gives way to passion, Ichabod and Katrina embark on a secret love affair, sneaking away into the woods after dark to be together – all while praying they do not catch sight of Sleepy Hollow’s legendary Headless Horseman. That is, until All Hallows’s Eve, when Ichabod suddenly disappears, leaving Katrina alone and in a perilous position.
Enlisting the help of her friend – and rumored witch – Charlotte Jansen, Katrina seeks the truth of Ichabod Crane’s disappearance, investigating the forest around Sleepy Hollow using unconventional – often magical – means. What they find forces Katrina to question everything she once knew, and to wonder if the Headless Horseman is perhaps more than just a story after all. In Alyssa Palombo’s The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel nothing is as it seems, and love is a thing even death won’t erase. (publisher)
My take: I put off reading The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel until October because I expected it to be a good one to read near Halloween. I liked it but didn’t find it at all spooky. Alyssa Palombo’s romantic tale involves forbidden love between two young people of different classes, the Sleepy Hollow legend, and a bit of imagined magic – all from Katrina’s point of view. I think that is what I enjoyed most about this retelling. She’s a young woman with admirable temperament, high intelligence, and a good heart. Her parents love their only child but they expect her to marry well. She’s an heiress so only suitors of means are welcome. Poor Ichabod Crane doesn’t stand a chance. They love each other and hope to change her father’s mind. If you’re familiar with the Legend of Sleepy Hollow you know where the story goes. I’d recommend this version to fans of romantic retellings of classic tales.
10 thoughts on “The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo”
I am curious about this one. Thanks for sharing.
It sounds like a good October read even though it wasn’t spooky.
Everybody knows about the original Sleepy Hollow tale and Ichabod Crane. So it seems a perfect choice for a retelling from a new point of view, which is a popular thing to do in books at the moment. I’m sort of a purist — usually stick to the originals.
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Well…I thought it would be scarier, too!
I would have wanted it to be scarier.
Magic is not one of my favoured genres but I do enjoy reviews of books I may not pick up. Thanks for this one.
Hmm I don’t know the classic tale and my first time coming across this version. Glad you enjoyed it and scary books are highly over rated!!
I was wondering about this one, but I think I’ll pass. I was hoping it would be a little spookier
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I love the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and have had this book on my radar. I was hoping for a bit of a spooky tale for the end of October, but a retelling of Sleepy Hollow sounds fun too! I enjoyed your review, thank you!
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