Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood ​- Borderlands Saga #1 |Book Review & Blog Tour​ + Giveaway (INTL)

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Synopsis provided by XpressoBookTours:

“I shouldn’t have to tell you this isn’t a fairy story…”
After her parents’ car crash ten years before, Amie Wentworth trusts books more than people. She may be a writer, but she believes in reality over fiction. She ignores the unexplained mysteries surrounding her, never mind the dreams of a past life, or the fact she can fry technology with a touch. Not even a timely invitation from her long-lost uncle in England gives Amie incentive for anything other than ire.
Until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a handsome stranger. Soon Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.
After crossing the Atlantic to her father’s homeland, she discovers a world beyond imagining. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane. Faced with an impossible choice, Amie is forced to confront a deadly family legacy while remembering a life she soon wishes to forget.
**Previously published in 2012. This NEW EDITION has been FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED. The original novel is now no longer available.**

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Author – Jennifer Silverwood

Title –Silver Hollow

Publisher – SilverWoodSketches

Publication date – May 31st, 2018

Pages – 436

Price – $4.53 (kindle)

Series – Borderlands Saga #1

Version – ebook*

Genre – Adult/Contemporary/Fairy Tales/Fantasy

Trigger Warning – Violence, murder, death

Language – English


# What I liked

I found it fascinating to read a mixture of the English language. You had the common English tongue that we use nowadays and the old one. I really liked these parts and I found myself emerged faster in the fantasy world of this book. You need to know that in the beginning it is set in a modern setting with a girl thinking she is a normal human being living a normal life. But soon she discovers that this isn’t true and she finds herself in a very strange world. Therefore I found it pretty fun to bump into the old words in “Silver Hollow“.

Since discovering the books about faes written by Maas or Black I found myself loving faerie books. So when I found out that faeries would play a part in “Silver Hollow” I just had to take part in the blog tour and honestly, this book didn’t disappoint me in that aspect. I liked every mystical creature in it.

Who doesn’t love fairy tales? Right, no one I hope? I loved fairy tales when I was a kid and I’m still a fan of them as an adult. The fact that you can hope and dream thanks to the fairy tales is something I absolutely love about them. You can be a child again and not think about your adult or even teenage problems if you’re a teen. In “Silver Hollow” Amie, our protagonist discovers that she is now in a world full of fairy tales characters. She is a writer and writes about these tales so she is completely baffled by the fact that there exists another world – the world she is writing about. And so is the reader. If you’ve read the synopsis you know exactly that this world exists but thanks to Silverwood you feel as confused as the main character when she makes her apparition in the fantasy world.
Another thing I really liked was the fact, that the book was very mysterious.

# What I disliked

Now lets move on to the things I didn’t like so much. Yep there are always things I didn’t like I know I can be annyoing some times!

First of all, I found that the romance was pretty obvious. During their first meeting, we already knew or had a feeling at least that something would happen between the two. And I didn’t find the romance cute but simply unnecessary. I would have seen Amie with somebody else. (Don’t forget that this is my personal opinion!)

Now something that’s more on the contradictory side of things. Remember when I mentioned above that I really liked the old English terms mixed with the new English terms? Yeah? Well, sometimes I found it really confusing and frustrating when I didn’t understand a word. Again that’s my personal opinion because I could have simply clicked on the word and my kindle would have given me the definition. But I guess I’m a lazy person and when I’m reading I don’t like to stop to do some research. And it is honestly something minor. So probably the next time it won’t confuse me that much.

I found Amie, the main character, to be annoying at some points in the book. She was so naive and trusted everyone. I’m not sure that I would have done the same thing when arriving into a whole new world that I thought wouldn’t even exist. But then again I’m not in that case and who knows how we would really react. Still, Amie got on my nerves a lot, especially in the last few chapters.

Another thing is that I found the book to be too long. I prefer fast-paced novels over slow-paced ones and for me “Silver Hollow” was definitely slow-paced.

# Favourite Character

Arthur, Freddie and the twins (unfortunately they didn’t get that much time in the book.)

Overall, I’d recommend the book to every fantasy lover who loves some well-known characters like Arthur & Merlin. (Because yes, they appear in “Silver Hollow“)

Where to buy


Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time, she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador, or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of three series–Heaven’s Edge, Wylder Tales and the Borderlands Saga–and the stand-alone titles Stay and She Walks in Moonlight. She released her first serialized Urban Fantasy, Angel Blue in August 2018.

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL) ends February 14th

  • A signed hardback copy of Silver Hollow + swag and a free coupon for Blackbriar Cove when it comes out
  • An ebook copy of any of Jennifer’s books of your choice + a $10 Amazon gift card 



And that’s everything for this review! How about you? Do you plan to read “Silver Hollow“? Or have you already read it and if so was it the 2018 or 2012 version? Please let me know in the comments below!

*A review copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher/author/XpressoBookTours in exchange for an honest review!

Thanks to XpressoBookTours for including me in this tour.

13 thoughts on “Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood ​- Borderlands Saga #1 |Book Review & Blog Tour​ + Giveaway (INTL)

  1. This sounds neat and I was looking at it when the blog tours came around, but your review has made me a bit more hesitant about it. I’m at that point where I want my romance to be queer if it’s obvious, haha.

    But great review! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. There’s definitely no queer romance in it (or at least I can’t remember a queer character in the book). However if you really want to give Silver Hollow a try maybe read an excerpt of the book and decide then if it could possibly be your thing? Because the book isn’t « bad ». In the end it was just not my thing! I have to add that her writing style was really great. I’m a bit sad that I didn’t enjoy it more 😅

      You’re welcome 😊 and thank you!


      1. I’ll definitely try that out! I loved the cover when I first saw it, but I’m still on the fence. I’m generally not a huge fan of Faerie stories, but if it has a unique take on them, it might tip the scales.

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  2. There are always things we like and dislike in books. You shouldn’t feel bad or annoying about that! Plus, hopefully its viewed as constructive or helpful for other or potential authors.Just sayin’. 😉 Anyway, fae isn’t typically my favorite PRN topic, but I do like when characters surprisingly find themselves in other times or in other worlds. This was a good review!

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    1. I know that I shouldn’t feel bad that I did like something less in a book but in the end I always feel bad when I have to point it out in the review 😅 Especially in the three star reviews because the book had potential and it was good but it just missed the « wow » factor or was just not my thing xD
      Thank you 🙂


  3. Hey Phannie, thank you so much for your thoughtful review and for sharing the Silver Hollow love! I have totally been in your shoes as a fellow book blogger when I was in that three-star feel. Some books resonate with us better than others, and I don’t mind at all 🙂 I really appreciate that you took the time to talk about what you liked and didn’t like. About the romance in the book, what’s funny is in the previous edition, Amie ended up falling for Freddie before the end. I changed a lot of things to streamline the story a bit, but your review had me wishing I’d left that aspect just for you and any other Freddie shippers. Thanks again for giving Silver Hollow a chance! Happy reading 🙂

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