The Holler (The Tribe #2) by Harper L Jameson – 4 stars
For those who don’t know me, PNR isn’t my typical genre, so this wasn’t my favorite. These are my opinions. Please know that if you do enjoy PNR, you will likely love these books. While I’m not the biggest fan of the genre, I still thoroughly enjoyed the first two books of this series!
We finally get to enter the magical world of the Holler again! I have to say, I loved the first book of Wes and Annie’s story. So when this book came out, I had to dig in and learn about Sig, one of the son’s of Wes and Annie.
The first part of this book felt a bit slow. There was a lot of information trying to fill the reader in as to what was going on and how the characters were feeling about what led them up to this point. On occasion, I was confused between the two brothers, Matchetehew and Misignwa. So for the first few chapters where I met all the characters, I was a little lost, but again, only with the brothers. Tank and Jessica were much easier to follow and connect to right away.
The second half of the book is where it really picks up. The rush to save other lives. And their own. It really had me laughing when Tank gave up on the Indian’s names and started calling them Tonto and Bob! Characters who don’t see eye to eye need to learn to accept differences and come together. Lies are unfolded to reveal the hidden truth. The truth that can save them all. The pattern slowly falls into place, but there may not be time before the demon consumes the power to destroy them all.
For me, once Jess and Sig (Misignwa) had a chance to be alone, it moved quickly. They were suddenly in love. Granted this is a book about magic and being pulled through the connection of those talents. So if you’re not into the seemingly “insta-love,” you may not like that. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the characters.
*I would recommend reading the first book before this one.
In a forgotten part of the Appalachians, the town of McAllen is rife with the traces of departed native tribes and crumbling ghost towns, a remote corner of Ohio that has long been a place where superstition and secrets hide in the forests surrounding the mountains.
Sheriff Jessica Attwood was born there, and if she isn’t careful, she’ll die there. McAllen has a morgue full of bodies, a file of missing persons dating back to the Civil War and the sheriff has no idea what is happening in her town. Her questions only multiply when her investigation leads her to the half-breed mountain man, Sig, and her little world is thrown into a chaos that only calms when she’s in his arms.
Sig has stayed out of it. Haunted by his own demons, his job is to protect the people that call this place home, enduring the scorn of a population almost completely unaffected by the outside world. The problem of McAllen’s residents aren’t his concern..until they come into his holler. His duty brings him face to face with the local sheriff, a woman he’s watched from the shadows for years, drawn in a way he can’t explain.
Jessica’s investigation pulls her deeper into the holler, to a world of lost magic and small town legends.. legends that tell of a spirit roaming the woods, and a battle between good and evil that has raged for more than two centuries. As her fascination with Sig grows, something is calling her into the forest, into Sig’s arms and putting her on the front lines.
Wild animal, crazed woodsman.. Jessica’s guesses about the killer’s identity are as thick as the trees, but, as the line between worlds starts to blur, the superstitious townsfolk voice another theory. There’s something stalking the holler.
And it wants Jessica.