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Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerabilityWillow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind....

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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Gilt Hollow Reviews

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2018-09-17 04:58

    I enjoyed this book and I had a crush on Ashton! I couldn't help myself =)Ashton was sent to jail for a few years for a murder he DIDN'T commit. His best friend Willow had been sending him letters that he never returned so she tried to forget him. Then one day Ashton is back in his hometown and everyone is not happy. Willow is a nervous wreck until later on in the book they find out her letters were kept from Ash. Ash wants to find out who really killed his friend all of those years ago and Willow decides to help him. I had my eye on a couple of people being the culprits but there was a little twist so there's more than meets the eye. But, Ash and Willow aren't safe. The killer is sending them messages and trying to kill a few people. Either way I really enjoyed this book and I loved Ash and Willow. I loved Willow's best friend Lisa too! This was a good little young adult mystery and like I said before I have a crush on Ash. lol * I received a gift, print copy of this book through the booklookbloggers program.*MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  • Andie
    2018-10-12 23:01

    I'm just going to admit, I initially wasn't sure I was going to like this book. I had tried readingDoon,co-written by Langdon, and wasn't a fan myself. But after readingGilt Hollow,I just feel silly for ever having any of those doubts. This is a YA mystery/thriller with an engaging storyline that plays on some darker elements set against an eerie backdrop. As a fan of darker novels, I ate this one up crazy fast! After spending the last four years in juvenile detention, Ashton is released and returns to his hometown of Gilt Hollow - where his supposed crime had taken place. He's out to find who really committed said crime and seek revenge against those who wrongfully accused him. Willow is Ashton's life long friend and maybe the only person alive who never believed he was guilty of the crimes he was accused of. Ashton and Willow rekindle their friendship and work together to learn the truth. But what happens when they start sniffing around the wrong places, the wrong people? As they grow closer to solving the mystery - the dangers increase. I loved both Ashton and Willow as narrators. Each of their voices added something unique to the story and their chemistry was off the charts! For years Willow was snubbed by the entirety of her town for defending who they believed to be a murderer. But she never wavered in her belief of his innocence and I have mad respect for this girl on that account alone. Ashton is a perfect concoction for me and I couldn't help but fall in love with him. Dark and broody, little bit of bad boy, fierce protectiveness, and a bit of sweetness thrown in just to trip you up. The mystery aspect kept me guessing for awhile but I did still figure it out fairly early on. This absolutely didnottake away from the enjoyment of the book. Overall, I thoughtGilt Hollowwas a very entertaining read and quite frankly deserves more attention than it's received so far. I believe this book will appeal to a lot of young readers who enjoy a good mystery with a side of romance.*Huge thanks to the author for sending me a copy to review!*

  • Cameron Chaney
    2018-09-25 04:51

    The new young-adult novel Gilt Hollow is a bit of a departure from what Lorie Langdon usually writes. I enjoyed the Doon series that she co-wrote with Carey Corp, as it was a light, fun fantasy series. But as a fan of darker stories, I gotta say... I'm digging Lorie's step into the mystery genre. What she offers here is an engaging story that is as equal parts cozy as it is thrilling.The story follows two characters: Ashton and Willow. It starts off with Ashton being released from juvie. He was wrongly convicted of murdering his best friend when he was 14 years old, though he's the only one in the system who believes he is not guilty. But, due to outstanding behavior, he is released with high supervision. He decides to use this second chance at a life to go back to Gilt Hollow, his home town, and clear his name... and also seek revenge on those who robbed so many years from his life.The other character is Ashton's childhood best friend, Willow. After she stood up for Ashton, most people in Gilt Hollow shunned her. Now she's trying to make a new life for herself with her brother and mom, who just became the caretaker of Ashton's estate. Little does Willow know that Ashton is coming back to town, but he isn't the same person he was years ago. As they try to rekindle their friendship, the real killer is taking strides to make sure Ashton gets locked up again, this time for good, even if it means killing again.My thoughts:The writing: Lorie Langdon's writing flows nicely and makes for a fast read. While the story has a darker feel than her previous work, there's still that welcoming coziness that Lorie always provides. It makes for a comfortable stay in Gilt Hollow.Characters: A lot of female protagonists in YA lately have come across as whinny or too dramatic, but that is not the case here. Willow is a normal teenage girl who, under the circumstances with Ashton and her father passing away, has been forced to grow up fairly quickly. She's mature but not so much that she's unbelievable as a teenager. Also, she is strong-willed, but not insensitive. She has vulnerabilities that set her back, but she is determined to not linger on them and instead strive ahead. For instance, she has terrible panic attacks, but instead of letting them pull her under, she fights through them and moves on.Ashton was a good character too. I was worried he'd come across as too brooding, but while he has anger issues, he's just a normal guy who has had it very rough. What's great to see is the amount of growth he goes through by he end of the book.The setting: This was my favorite part of Gilt Hollow. The town is just so dang charming and cozy. The fact that it takes place in the autumn season just makes it even better. I loved the descriptions of the town and the colorful leaves and the fall time treats... not to mention the epic Halloween party that ends the novel on a climatic and spooky note. It reminded me very much of a slasher film or one of the Point Horror novels I would have read in the 90s. So much fun.One other thing I liked was Lorie's description of Willow's panic attacks. As someone who has been there before, it felt very real and I was able to connect with Willow on that. In the end, this was a very entertaining thriller and I highly recommend pre-ordering it before it is released. It will be a good choice for any chilly Fall day.NOTE: I also have a video review of this book so if you prefer that to written reviews, click here.

  • Kyla Harris
    2018-09-19 23:19

    Plot - 16/20 Characters - 18/20 Creativity - 16/20Writing - 17/20 Pace - 9/10Ending - 6/1082/100 = B+3.5/5 starsI was so suprised with Gilt Hollow! I loved it! My two favorite things from this book's were the charaters as well as the pacing. I loved Wil & Ash's complicated relationship. So. Cute. The pacing was amazing! I got into the story almost immediately! Each time I would pick up the book again I had no problems what so ever to get back into the world of Glit Hollow. Because of this I'd definatly recommend it. Gilt Hollow is honestly not getting enough attention that it deserves.One thing that I was disappointed with was the ending! I felt that it wrapped up way to quickly and there wasn't much of a things becoming resolved. I wanted to read more about what happened to Willow and Ashton's family. The towns reaction. There should have been SO much more guilt then what we were told about.Thanks goes out to the author for sending me a beautiful copy of this book! I loved reading it!

  • Carey Corp
    2018-09-27 03:10

    Full disclosure: I read all of Lorie's work before it goes to print and am a huge fan of her talent. Her first YA suspense novel gripped me from page one. I loved the romantic tension between Willow and Ashton. Hopefully we'll get another story from Gilt Hollow soon.

  • Sarah Amelia
    2018-10-17 04:09

    Got an ARC of this beauty as well! Read about 40 pages and adored them! One of the many books that I picked up recently and loved! SO good! Lorie Langdon is one of my favorite authors and I've loved every book by her that I have read. It was spooky and impossible to put down.

  • Bekah (WillBakeforBooks)
    2018-10-16 00:15

    To say I’m a fan of Lorie Langdon’s work is an understatement. Ever since reading the enthralling Doon series, I have kept up with all the latest news. When I heard that she was soon to be releasing a new YA mystery novel, I literally screamed. When I saw the gorgeous cover, again I shouted in excitement. When I met Lorie Langdon at BookCon and completely by surprise received an ARC copy of Gilt Hollow, you can bet I totally squealed my head off like a crazy person. So it shouldn’t surprise you at all that I bulldozed my way through this book as though my life depended on it and yes – I loved it!For four years, Willow Lamott has done her best to fade into the background in order to shield herself from the daily reproof she faces in the small town of Gilt Hollow. Ever since that fateful day when Willow’s best friend Ashton Keller was convicted of killing one of his buddies, she never stopped sticking up for him or believing in his innocence. But after never hearing back after writing to him in juvie, Willow feels completely alone…until the day Ashton saunters his way back into town. Ashton is determined to get his revenge at whoever let him take the fall that day. What he doesn’t expect is for Willow to sneak her way back into his hardened heart. Together they work to clear his name, but the closer they get to the truth the more things start to get messy. Can Willow really trust Ash, the boy who holds her heart but shows glimpses of an unmistakable rage? And did Ashton make a mistake in coming to Gilt Hollow, when everyone he holds dear are threatened by his presence?Enticing, romantic, and deliciously eerie–Gilt Hollow is one of those fast-paced novels that will keep you up all hours into the night! I was totally engrossed in Willow and Ashton’s world. The eclectic, somewhat creepy town of Gilt Hollow made the perfect backdrop in this thrilling tale. Filled with all those wonderful hold-your-breath suspenseful moments, I was questioning each of the characters at every turn. It felt like a “whodunit” which was awesome since I love me a good ol’ mystery. And trust me, there were plenty of those “OMG” moments to keep you guessing!Though reserved, Willow’s fierce loyalty and consequent bravery made her one heck of a heroine. And don’t get me started on the alluring Ashton Keller! A sigh-worthy love interest, his protective nature and hero-like qualities in spite of the bad boy facade made me #TeamKeller all the way. I fangirled my way through each and every scene with him – just ask my little sister and she’ll tell you! In fact, as soon as I was done reading this fabulous book, I urged her to read it knowing she’d love it too. She read it in one day and adored it as much as I did! I think she gets her speed-reading skills from me. *wink*A perfect read for a rainy day and a cozy sweater, Lorie Langdon has gone above and beyond with her latest title. Gilt Hollow kept me guessing, had some seriously swoon-worthy characters, and captivated until the very last page. Highly recommended!

  • Erin
    2018-10-07 02:00

    Was Ashton the villain everyone believed him to be or the boy she'd fallen in love with?I must confess that I was completely drawn to this book based on the haunting atmosphere of the front cover. Especially the figure shrouded in darkness in the background. Who was he? What was the significance of placing the female character in the foreground? This is a mystery/thriller set in the contemporary period in a small town called Gilt Hollow. Like many American small towns, there is a history, echoed in the architecture, the statues in the park, and the citizens that gloss the pages of this story. At the center of the plot is recently released juvenile delinquent, Ashton Keller and his best friend, Willow Lamott. Ashton returns to clear his name, but the townspeople who has already served as judge and jury feel that all the young man really is- is T-R-O-U-B-L-E.Willow, who feels rejected from her friend's long silence, is not sure how she stands on Ashton's return. Does he hate her? Why can't he see that she was the only one that believed in him when the whole town had turned against him? Most importantly, why would he return to Gilt Hollow? Will he ever forgive her? Can Willow ever forgive herself?Inevitably, Willow and Ashton do find themselves drawn to one another and sparks do fly. But when Willow begins to receive threatening messages from an anonymous source, will she and Ashton be able to clear his name or will someone silence them forever? Personally, I did feel that the plot was intriguing and I really felt empathy towards Ashton, who had been abandoned by everyone, including his own parents. I also felt a connection to Willow, a young woman who is trying to make her own voice heard, despite the danger that involvement with Ashton might bring. Both characters are upstanding, moral characters , and illustrate why we should never turn our backs on our friends.There is plenty of teenage angst and what I like to call "Nicholas Spark" like romance between Willow and Ashton. Did it keep me engaged? Admittedly, my mind did wander here and there when the two characters were declaring their love for one another. After all, I was more focused on the mystery aspect of the story. Let's face it, I am not the main audience that this book was written for. So, as a teacher, I must ask " Would my 13-16 year olds want to read this book? Of course, they would! Knowing them as I do, they would finish the story in a night, come back to school and tell me " Oh Miss, it was such a beautiful love story!"Overall, it was an enjoyable rainy Sunday afternoon treat! Look for it in late September! I would like to thank NetGalley and Zonderkidz-Books for a free digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    2018-09-21 06:13

    GILT HOLLOW is a story about friendship and redemption for a teen wrongly accused of murder. Readers can expect to enjoy the small-town setting, suspenseful feel, great dialogue, and some serious chemistry. A great read for those who enjoy mystery, suspense with some sweet moments and romance mixed in! I loved these characters! Willow and Ashton both have had to deal with the situation in different, but no less traumatizing, ways. I liked that everything wasn't easy for them because it came across as authentic, especially in the beginning when they're unsure of where they stand with each other. Their personalities are so opposite, but yet they compliment each other so well. I especially loved their banter! It was so fun!! Then there was also the sizzling chemistry. I also really liked all the side characters, particularly Willow's friend Lisa and Willow's mom.I appreciated how well the story was balanced. It doesn't feel overly heavy even though you can feel a constant undercurrent of danger. There was humor, friendship, family, great dialogue, and romance, balanced with information about the murder, trying to figure out who was the villain, and then the constant danger Wil and Ash are in.I would have liked to have had a little more development in some areas. I also found that a few things didn't quite work for me, but they were minimal.In the end, was it what I wished for? I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but it ended up being a very engrossing read. I'm looking forward to seeing what the author will be releasing next!Content: Some innuendo and violence.Source: Received a complimentary ARC from the publisher through the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.

  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    2018-09-19 00:11

    AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKSI received a review copy from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. When I sit down to write an unfavourable review, I remember what this author once said:“It’s not like an author wakes up on day and sits down to write a bad book…”And I get that – I do. Nobody wants to write a bad book EVER, but if you read as much as a lot of hard-core bookdragons, there will be a LOT of books that you find bad anyway.Unfortunately, Gilt Hollow was one of those books for me. Marketed out as a “Romantic Thriller,” I probably should have realized that this meant 99.999% attempted romance and angst and pining and 0.001% actual thriller. Filled with tropes that are SO UNREALISTIC they make me cringe and a romance I barely felt, I believe that Langdon could have done a GREAT job with this, and yet didn’t.Some tropes I rolled my eyes at:1. The CONVENIENT Mother: HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT THERE IS ANOTHER SOUL LIVING IN YOUR HOUSE? LIKE WHAT EVEN. Also, which mother willingly throws a prom after party for her daughter’s ENTIRE high school? I swear, she was such a terrible ‘mother figure’ it was almost a little sad. The only scene she really showed up for was when she finds out Ashton was staying at home, throws him out and then after a convienent almost death, welcomes him home. SIGH.2. The Figurehead Best Friend: Ditto like the mother. THERE WAS NO POINT TO HAVING HER IN THE STORY, except for when our great protagonist needed someone to sit in the lunch room.ALSO, THIS “THRILLER” went for OVER 60% OF THE BOOK WITHOUT MENTIONING THE MURDER, OR THE BOY WHO WAS MURDERED OR ANY ONE ELSE’S MOTIVES TO POSSIBLE KILL HIM.LIKE WHAT. How are you trying to prove yourself innocent/ get revenge (NONE OF THIS HAPPENED EITHER) if NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT THE MURDER, Just #AllTheANGST.Seriously. The reason for the murder (whoever committed it) was mentioned in ONE LINE in the end, and nothing more.It just didn’t feel like a thriller, and the romance was too forced as well.All in all, not a book I would recommend. 2 stars.

  • Hannahlovesbooks
    2018-09-19 03:16

    Gilt hollow is a mystery novel that has romance in it. That is my favorite type of novel to read. The beginning of this book was extremely frustrating. So much so I had to keep putting the book down. I hate when both of the characters are misinformed and they both get mad at each other and don't just talk it out. That was the first small part of this novel, which left me feeling irritated. And I kept wanting to skim read, but I know this is a mystery and that would be a bad idea. And I have also made it my mission to stop skim reading once and for all! But I gotta tell you, this was hard. However once I got past that, it was good. Ashton is great, I couldn't help but like him! Willow, I liked her, but she seemed like a generic protagonist. Honestly the thing that kept me turning the pages wasn't the mystery, but the romance. The mystery wasn't that interesting to me, sadly. Again this isn't the best mystery book I have ever read, but it was entertaining. The romance did get really cheesy though. It had so many clichés (Janitor closet kissing, boy rescues girl etc.) I laughed and cringed so many times. It was more cheesy than romantic at times. And honestly by the end I was a bit bored of it. And there were some things that happened in the book that I didn't agree with. But it was a quick read. Grade scale: C +Overall 3/5Romance 3/5Sleeplessness 4.5/5

  • Kylie
    2018-09-22 23:14

    *4.25* I really did adore this book, but it's just in that awkward in between zone where I have no actual clue how to rate it.

  • Haley S
    2018-09-20 22:04

    I can't believe I enjoyed this book. To be honest, I only requested to review this book because I liked Lorie Langdon's work in the series Doon. I seriously enjoyed this book.I can't say that I wasn't freaked out at times, but it was good! Okay, so the only time I was really freaked out was during the clown scene. I do not like clowns so that part was a little scary. Actually, this is how I came to not like clowns. A little while ago, my three sisters and I were telling ghost stories. I was so scared when one of them told a story about a clown in a basement. It just so happened that my bedroom is in the downstairs or basement of the house. I finally went to bed, but when I got up in the morning my brother and sister haunted me with clowns. The computer's back screen was a creepy clown. The marker board on the bedroom's door was a clown. From then on, I did not like clowns!Anyway, enough about clowns. More about this book.So, as you read in the beginning of this review, I was expecting not to like this book. I did! The characters, the setting, the plot, and everything else was so intriguing! I didn't really like the cover. It made it seem like the book was going to be some zombie/half dead/something of the sort plot. 2 stars to you.As for the book itself, I am definitely going to give it 4 stars! Title: Gilt Hollow Author: Lorie LangdonAuthor's Website: received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook review bloggers program.This review is written in my own opinions and words.

  • KittyKat
    2018-09-29 03:56

    *This book was provided to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*I loved this book so much!!!!! From the beginning to the end I was held captive by the magic of this book. I not only loved the main characters Willow and Ashton, as well as their names, but their voices also seemed authentic and real. I loved the opening and how the story unfolded and, like a good mystery book, it kept me guessing until the end about who'd done it (murdered Daniel). Ashton was my favourite character as he was so captivating (although Willow was a close second. She just didn't have the brooding bad boy turn sensitive sweetie thing going on and her character didn't seem to be as well developed as Ashton's). He had many complex emotions that I felt were explored well within the book and the pacing was good. As well as all this the romance was also good although it wasn't an integral part of the book it was still present. I also liked the fact that Willow had complete faith in Ashton and that they were old friends meaning their romance wasn't insta love. Overall this was an amazing book that I thoroughly enjoyed, so much so I may have stayed up to the wee hours of the morning reading and ditched homework for it.

  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    2018-09-25 03:55

    Gilt Hollow was a refreshing and redeeming title for YA Mystery. With solid storytelling, and refreshingly realistic characters, the pages turned themselves. Full review here.

  • Nina Rossing
    2018-10-03 02:54

    This mystery/romance has all the ingredients to hook a teen reader: solid friendships, cute and stubborn girl, handsome and troubled and reliable boy, a wrong that must be righted...I could see this story working quite well as a movie.

  • viktoria
    2018-09-29 03:21

    This might have been good if it weren't 85 percent "Damn, my best friend grew up hot" and 5 percent whining.

  • Marguerite
    2018-10-06 03:56

    4 Stars.Gilt Hollow was a really fun, quick mystery read that was character driven and at the centre, a wonderful tale of forgiveness and acceptance. I won't deny that I absolutely adore the Doon series, also by Lorie Langdon (and Carey Corp) and I have to say that I now have another favourite couple - Willow and Ash!!! Willow was a wonderful MC and I really loved reading her thoughts. She was intelligent, thoughtful, hard-working, loyal and her forgiveness towards Ash was really beautiful to read. Ash was another fantastic character and balances Willow really well - Willow is very thoughtful and careful and Ash is all action, action, action and just reacting. Ash's development from seeking revenge and his deep anger at being wronged felt real, and then when he gets closer to Willow again... wow. The development between those two was beautiful and wonderful and just... yeah, an adorable romance. As these two were childhood friends, I felt that the faster development suited the characters, and especially as they had to overcome all of the lies, mystery and strange stuff going down that it worked really well. Then, the 'I-love-you' scene (with Ash as the Man in Black) was the cutest!!!! The mystery and revenge plot was great! I enjoyed reading how everything unravelled and the back and forth of who had done it. In particular, I loved how Willow was engaged with the mystery and searching for the truth, rather than just Ash doing it all himself. That they tackled it together really made glad!! All in all, I can't recommend Gilt Hollow enough as a great read (and I want to plug the Doon series as well) especially if you enjoy intriguing mystery tales, cute romance and a fun setting, then pick this book up!!

  • MHC
    2018-10-04 22:08

    Man, I was so ready to like this one. But alas, my recent streak of unfinished books seems on the rise. All I wanted was an intense mystery, maybe a good romance as a subplot and perhaps some good old plot twists along the way.What do I get? A sappy-ass romance (I'm talking cringe worthy dialogue here), an ending you could see coming from a mile off (I didnt finish the book but I bet I have the ending pegged, not that I care either way) and riddled with events that seemed forced with the soul purpose of cleanly wrapping up issues that came along the way. Case in point, when Ash, Willow and Willows mum are discussing Ash's living arrangements, Willows little brother Rainn just HAPPENS to do find himself hanging of the roof in a life-or-death situation, and Ash HAPPENS to adeptly scale the walls and get to him and they both HAPPEN to fall but not get seriously injured and Willows mum HAPPENS to take this moment to tell Ash, why yes you can live with us now, even though not a page before she was adamant he was a total psychopath. Umm....ok?Please God just give me a good book next

  • Sharon
    2018-10-17 02:04

    3.5 stars! YA romantic suspense that kept me guessing until the last few chapters. This is also a murder mystery with teenagers as the possible suspects, gulp.I thought the pacing was good and there’s a lot of build up of each character for a clear picture of good and bad. But what kept me me turning the pages was the budding love story between Willow and Ashton that was somehow sweet and untainted. She makes him want to be a better person and he helps her to be more carefree. But someone doesn’t want them to be have a HEA, and finding out the true killer could cost them their lives. Dun dun dun!

  • Jessica
    2018-10-04 04:53

    I absolutely love Lorie Langdon as both a person and an author. I've had the pleasure of meeting her four times because she's an Ohio author and attends all of the Ohio author events. Each time it's so nice talking to her about her books and I definitely couldn't wait for the chance to read her newest release!Ever since Willow's best friend was sent to jail for murdering one of their classmates, no one has let Willow forget. Willow has tried to continue on with her life, but when Ashton shows back up in Gilt Hollow determined to find out who really committed the murder he was found guilty for, Willow finds herself drawn back into her best friend's world. Ashton will do anything to show Willow he's the good guy he was before he went away. The closer they get to uncovering the truth about the murder four years ago, though, the more danger seems to follow them around every corner…For the start of fall, this book was the perfect book to pick up. Talk about creepy! Ever since Ashton came back into town, Willow has been seeing some spooky things and receiving some spooky messages. I was definitely intrigued by the whole mystery behind who really committed the murder and who was trying to sabotage Ashton and get him sent back to jail. There were a lot of eery moments where you didn't know who was going to pop up around the corner or if the characters were going to make it out alive. Of course, me being me, I was in this one for the romance and I really adored Ashton and Willow's relationship. Willow wrote to Ashton while he was in jail and it was so cute watching them get to know each other now that they were older and more mature. And how yummy Ashton had gotten since he was in jail? Yeah, no wonder Willow started to feel butterflies whenever he was around! I loved how they teamed up to solve the mysteries plaguing Gilt Hollow and how determined Willow was to help him, no matter how dangerous things became. Overall, I really enjoyed Lorie Langdon's newest novel. While I felt like the big reveal could have been more *wow* at the end, I still really enjoyed the mystery, the suspense, and the adorable romance. If you're looking for a spooky read this fall and really love that good romance in your stories, you have to check out Gilt Hollow!

  • Emily
    2018-10-04 00:20

    Four years ago, Willow’s best friend, Ashton, was sent to Juvenile Detention for manslaughter. She hasn’t heard anything from him in all that time, though she sent him dozens of letters and defended his innocence to anyone who would listen. Now, though, Ashton has been released from prison and is coming back to their town Gilt Hollow for revenge against those who falsely accused him. What does that mean for Willow, who Ashton believes deserted him?Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon was an interesting book. It is a YA romance and mystery, the characters seniors in high school and the story revolving around the mystery of who is really the murderer. The murder mystery part of the plot was very intriguing. Someone was framing Ashton for the weird things that were happening in the town and high school—a shredded football uniform, a robbery, and more. The characters eventually started working together to discover who was framing him, and their discoveries kept me in suspense throughout. The setting was wonderfully described and used to the story’s advantage, as were the events and quirks in the town. I wasn’t always sure what to make of the romance though. We have this young man bent on revenge and this sweet girl trying to survive high school, and it was cute how everything turned out. But there were times when I wondered, with the knowledge that Willow had at the time, whether she should want a relationship with Ashton at all. He seemed creepy and cruel at times, though some of that was just her perception of him without all the facts, and made me wonder about the healthiness of their relationship. Everything turned out all right at the end, though. The characters were perfect for each other.I enjoyed this novel and recommend it to those who enjoy YA contemporary novels. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • bjneary
    2018-10-15 00:09

    Thank you to NetGalley and Zonderkudz-Books and Blink for providing an advance copy of Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon. Mysteries are my favorite genre and teen mysteries like Gilt Hollow will be a favorite for YA readers. Lorie Langdon’s small town of Gilt Hollow seems to be a nice town for all who live there but we find out very quickly there are many lies, secrets, and threats that could shatter this small town along with Willow and those she loves. Willow Lamott grew up inseparable from Ashton Keller. Willow continued to stand up for Ashton when his friend dies at a favorite watering hole with Ashton taking the responsibility while his three friends blame him for pushing Danny off the cliff. It is after spending four hellish years in juvie that a changed Ashton returns to Gilt Hollow to find the real killer. I could not put down this suspenseful mystery with the town and high school hating Ashton, causing Willow to question her feelings for Ashton, all the while confiding to him about threatening texts and notes. I kept turning the pages as the clues seem to once again condemn Ashton with the police taking him in for questioning time and time again. Langdon did an awesome job of creating rules follower, A-type Willlow, and hero, Ashton, who can’t always harness his rage and digs deeper holes for himself. I loved following their drama, ached for the fear and frustration these teens worked through to try to follow clues and find answers to lies, mysteries, and murder. This is a riveting thriller and will keep YA mystery lovers turning the pages; highly recommended! #yearofya

  • Sarah
    2018-09-21 21:56

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Zonderkidz-Books and NetGalley.)“My intention was to uncover the truth and somehow clear my name. But someone’s been working overtime to send me back to jail.”This was a YA story about a boy who went to juvie for a murder he didn’t commit.I felt quite sorry for Ashton in this story, not only did he go to juvie for 4 years for killing someone who he didn’t kill, he also lost his family and friends as well, and had nowhere to go when he eventually got out.The storyline in this was about Ashton going back to Gilt Hollow after being released from juvie, and the threats and hate that he received from the town’s residents. We had Willow who was a little torn as to whether to stick by Ashton or not, and eventually we also got the storyline of Ashton and Willow trying to work out what really happened the night Daniel was killed, and who really pushed him. The storyline concerning who really killed Daniel was a long time coming though, and the pace in the book was really slow, which made it drag for me.The ending to this was okay, and we did get a happily ever after, the story was just a little slow for me though.6 out of 10

  • Lindsay
    2018-10-13 04:55

    When a friend recommended this to me, I thought it looked interesting, but didn’t have any real desire to read it RIGHT NOW. It was one of those….maybe someday things. But I picked it up on a whim, and there was no looking back. I loved Ashton and Willow. I loved their friendship. I loved how even though they were angry with each other, when they saw each other for the first time in years, they couldn’t stay away from each other. Their friendship was that strong. They still went out of their way to help and protect each other. While the romance wasn’t the main focus, I still loved it. I got to watch long time friends fall in love, and rediscover their feelings. And throughout the book, you also got some insight to them as kids and young teenagers, and what their feelings were like, as observed by others. It just made me love them even more. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the mystery (since it IS the main storyline)….it was a good one. A little predictable, especially since the suspect pool was a small one, but it was still good. I figured out early on which person did it, but it was a good story to get to the reveal and find out the why behind it. This is definitely a must read book!

  • Liv (Stories For Coffee)
    2018-09-30 00:15

    This was a pretty decent mystery book that hooked me from the start. Once I began reading it, I couldn't put it down like all addictive mystery books do. The eeriness of the entire book flowed through it well and kept me guessing to what was going to happen. It was a quick read that I'd definitely recommend for the Halloween season. The only things that were off for me was the pacing. I wish there weren't so many developmental filler scenes because the ending seemed to wrap up too nicely for me. I wish the mystery was deeper, in a way, and had me guessing who was the killer. The dialogue was a bit strained (some lines were cheesy and I wish authors would stop censoring curses for teens. Teens curse. a. lot) And I don't take it lightly when a PoC is called exotic *shrugs*. All in all, it was a quick mystery read that I enjoyed reading because I am a sucker for a good murder mystery who-done-it book.

  • Sami ♥'s Books
    2018-09-30 23:11

    A copy of this book was provided to me via Netgalley in exchange for mg honest opinion.Gilt Hollow is a fantastically written young adult suspense book. The author did a fantastic job setting the scene and making us doubt all the characters who could've played a part in committing the crime!This book was completely clean, and there were no sexual scenes that would make a parent uncomfortable with their teen reading. I will be buying a copy of this for my teen daughter to read!

  • Samantha Yong
    2018-09-28 03:56

    A very interesting read. Kept me in wonderful suspense throughout!

  • Danielle Zimmerman
    2018-09-18 23:51

    I honestly don't remember the last time I binged a book like I did 'Gilt Hollow.' I was in love with the male character from the very first page and the female character soon after. This novel was exciting and mysterious in all the right ways and that slow burn damn near killed me. And is still killing me. I regret that I waited so long to read this (after having a copy in my possession for almost a year), but I'm so glad I finally got to it. And now I'm incredibly sad I'm done.

  • Nicole Hewitt
    2018-10-06 05:05

    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionGilt Hollow feels more like a YA romance with a bit of mystery thrown in than like a true mystery, which suited me just fine. (In fact, that’s the way I prefer my mysteries since the romance element typically holds my attention more than the actual mystery does.) I cared a lot more about Willow and Ashton’s personal journeys than I did about who specifically killed their friend. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely plenty of clues to the mystery woven into the story, but those weren’t the aspects of the book that kept me flipping the pages (and I did keep flipping the pages—I think I read the book in two sittings).What Fed My Addiction: Bad boy with a heart of gold. Ashton fits this trope perfectly. And, sure, it’s a trope, but it’s one that works for me when it’s done right. I felt like Langdon did it justice. In this case, we have Ashton, who’s been wrongly convicted of a crime and spent years in juvie because of it. Ashton is a truly good person, which is established right from the very start, but his time in juvie and his anger over what he’s been through has left him with some rough edges. Ashton isn’t the type of bad boy who’s just a plain jerk but the main character falls for him anyway because he’s swoony. Willow’s feelings for Ashton are complicated because she has history with him and has always stood behind him, but she does see an undercurrent of danger in him that makes her nervous and makes her doubt him a bit.Misunderstandings that actually make sense. This is another trope that can sometimes bug me a lot, but that Langdon managed to weave into the story in a way that made sense. We find out right from the very beginning that Willow and Ashton have some hostility between them based solely on a misunderstanding—Ashton is upset that Willow cut all ties with him and abandoned him when he was convicted, and Willow is upset that Ashton never responded to any of her letters. It’s obvious that something is amiss here: If Willow was writing him, why didn’t he get her letters? Now, it sometimes bugs me when a simple misunderstanding creates all the tension in a relationship, but in this case it sort of made sense. After all, both Willow and Ashton had years to stew on their side of the story and things between them were understandably awkward and somewhat hostile when Ashton returned—it made sense that they wouldn’t instantly confront each other in the midst of that awkwardness to talk about their feelings. And the mystery of what happened with the letters was just one more piece of the total mystery pie. (Yeah, that’s a weird metaphor, but I’m going with it.) Like I said, I was more invested in the relationships than the actual mystery, so mysteries surrounding their past were more interesting to me than those surrounding the crime.Teen angst that didn’t feel unwarranted. Sometimes I love a little bit of teen angst—those elevated emotions that made everything feel a little more desperate and painful. In this case, those emotions seemed completely valid and believable. After all, the stakes were really high—Ashton had gone to juvie for a crime he didn’t commit, and now was being threatened, along with Willow. No one is overreacting here because at least one person already died. It’s not so crazy to think that it could happen again. And it was completely understandable that Willow had both doubts and strong feelings about Ashton given their history. Her confusion is justified, and that made me sympathize with both her and Ashton all the more!What Left Me Hungry for More:The mystery. The first half of this book didn’t feel like much of a mystery at all. Sure there was some question as to who was trying to get Ashton to leave town and who was threatening Willow, but the book didn’t seem to focus on that as much as the relationships between the characters. And because of the circumstances when Daniel died, there’s really only a very short list of people who could have been involved. Because of that, when you find out what actually happened, it doesn’t feel particularly surprising—though there are some details that make it more interesting, for sure. I was perfectly satisfied with the mystery aspect of the book, but true sleuths might be disappointed with the lack of true twists.If you’re a fan of YA contemporary romance and enjoy a mystery twist to your stories, I’d definitely pick this book up. I got very attached to these characters early on and flew through the book. I give it 4/5 stars. ***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***