The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel

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 K...

Details The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel

TitleThe Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Retellings, Fiction, Romance

Reviews The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel

  • Carrie
    The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo is of course a retelling of Sleepy Hollow told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane’s love, Katrina Van Tassel. With the fantasy of the headless horseman, the romance of Ichabod and Katrina all wrapped in the historic setting this one was a must read and couldn’t come at a better time of year leading into fall and the Halloween season.The story begins as Ichabo...
  • Erin
    It might be only September, but with an expected publication for October 2018, you're definitely going to want to hear Katrina Van Tassel's point of view on the superstitions of Sleepy Hollow, a young schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane, and one Headless Horseman. Alyssa Palombo is vastly becoming one of my favorite authors as she is gifted in providing her readers with rich historical content about a young American nation while also making me swoo...
  • Selena
    I received a free copy of The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo from Goodreads for my honest review.First I must say I have always loved the story of Sleepy Hollow. I watched the TV series as well and loved it. So when I won a copy of this book I was absolutely thrilled. This is a wonderfully twisted read. I loved this feminist version of the story of Sleepy Hollow told from the viewpoint of Katrina Van T...
  • Susan Kennedy
    Well Done. I thought this was a well written twist to a classic story. I thoroughly enjoyed that it came from the mouth of Katrina Van Tassel. It was an great retelling from the main female character. I thought the love story was beautiful and tore at your heart. The characters were well focused on and I definitely felt a connection with each of them. Katrina was a beautiful person even though she was selfish at times. Charlotte was a beautiful o...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I have never read THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving. I have seen Tim Burton's movie Sleepy Hollow and parts of the TV series Sleepy Hollow. So, my knowledge of the story of Sleepy Hollow is based on that. Which made this story feel pretty different and slightly less paranormal from what I expected. Not that the story lacks a supernatural angle, for which I'm grateful since I love some magic in a story.READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OV...
  • Kevin. Mckernan
    I had read some other Sleepy Hollow books so I wanted to read this one. I really enjoyed it. A few twists and turns which were artfully accomplished by the writer Good read
  • Alyssa Palombo
    Don't tell the other books, but I think this one is my favorite :) I'm SO excited for this novel to be out in the world for you all to read!Check out my blog post where I talk about what you can expect in this retelling, and some of my inspiration for the novel:
  • Lucy Banks
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.An involved, lively retelling of a classic story.I do enjoy a good retelling -especially when it's done well. This book takes the classic story of Sleepy Hollow, but focuses in on one of its most regrettably two-dimensional characters; Katrina Van Tassel.In this book, she's no longer a mere trophy bride for Ichabod and Brom to war over, she's a feisty woman in her own ...
  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    I enjoyed this read based on the classic Legend of Sleepy Hollow which shamefully I haven't read but am familiar with. This book gives more depth to the character of Katrina Van Tassel, who is a beautiful, headstrong, smart young woman who has always been given the freedom to express herself so when she falls in love with the handsome new schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, she knows he is the man for her. Set along the Hudson River during the 1700's the...
  • Adrienne Carrick
    I received this book as an ARC - I only wish it was Halloween so I could have the perfect setting for reading it :) The story is a unique take on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but told completely from the perspective of Katrina Van Tassel. The story is equal parts history lesson, love story, and urban legend, with a little apothecary thrown in. I loved that the main character was a strong minded woman, who was an avid reader and well educated. The...
  • Wendi Lee
    I loved Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow when I was a teenager, and later visited the real town once, so I was excited to read this woman-centered retelling of Irving’s legend. Katrina Van Tassel has been traditionally portrayed as a vapid child, so it was nice to get the story from her point of view. I must warn you though, this is less a tale of the supernatural than it is a historical drama of love, jealousy, and heartbreak due to colloquial ide...
  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    I have mad love for historical retellings, and The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow has always been one of my favorite spooky Halloween time stories, so to say I was excited when I saw this book available for review on NetGalley would be an understatement.So did I enjoy it? Yes, quite a lot. Was it perfect? No, I think it was maybe a tad too long. My attention started to waver a bit around the 70% mark. That said, it was an exciting take on the legend. A ...
  • Lindsay
    I am so excited this book now has a release date, and I can't wait to read the finished product!
  • Calista Andrechek
    Thank you NetGalley, Alyssa Palombo and St. Martin’s Press for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review. Katerina Van Tassel lives in the small town of Sleepy Hollow with her well to do farmer father. One day Icabod Crane arrives in the spooky village to be the new schoolmaster and they are instantly drawn to one another. Icabod starts giving Katerina singing lessons and as they spend more time together, their romance turns into passion...
  • Paige
    This retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the perfect book for anyone who loves spooky stories, Halloween, the supernatural, and history. This is exactly the type of story I want to curl up with during crisp fall weather, or when I am just dreaming about a historical New England autumn setting. This has the perfect level of eerie supernatural. Told through the perspective of Katrina Van Tassel, this becomes both relatable and reflects the ...
  • Donna
    "The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel" has taken a tale most are quite familiar with, turned it around a few times and, through a new point of view, gives us the story of Sleepy Hallow & the Headless Horseman through the eyes and heart of a woman. Ms. Palombo's re-telling of this classic story is more than just an updated version. For me, it's Katrina's heart that makes this story all the more relatable and easy to become completely immersed in th...
  • Milena
    The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel is a feminist retelling of the legend of Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. I was looking forward to reading it, because it's exactly the kind of story I enjoy. Spooky, paranormal, romantic stories with strong heroines are my jam. Unfortunately this book left me wanting more. It is slow-paced and I found the first part especially, excruciatingly boring. I am usually a fast reader but it took me awhile to finis...
  • Brigid Keely
    I received this book as a goodreads giveaway.I wanted to like this book, I really did. It's based on a great story, it's well researched, it bills itself as a "feminist retelling," it's well written, but it just didn't click with me.Part of the issue is Katrina Van Tassel is Not Like Other Girls. She has a grand total of one friend and doesn't think much of her female (or male) peers. She likes to read and swans about the forest with a copy of Ma...
  • Cheryl
    I LOVED this book! I had never heard of author Alyssa Palombo before seeing this book advertised on Goodreads, but after reading "The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel," I am hooked! This book was so good that I tried to read it slowly to make it last longer. The book retells Washington Irving's legend of the Headless Horseman from the perspective of Katrina Van Tassel, the female protagonist in the story. I loved the way the story made you feel li...
  • Sarah Shoo
    This book was not what I expected. I thought I was getting into a horror novel. Then I thought I was reading a somewhat more literary romance novel. Then I was reading a mystery. I was prepared to like it regardless of what it was until Chapter 59. I was nearly finished, but the book was soured for me. There’s this moralizing that if only the young woman had behaved with propriety and not slept with the young man, then none of the terrible thin...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:'It was in early summer of my eighteenth year that my destiny arrived, and despite my fancy for premonitions he took me quite by surprise.'This is the story of Katrina Van Tassel, who falls in love with the Sleepy Hollow’s new school master Ichabod Crane. Katrina is delighted when she learns of Mr. Crane’s love for music, and that her father has engaged his services of singing lessons, for her...
  • Mary Bronson
    Wow, this book was so good. I loved the characters and plot of the story. I love this retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I love how Katrina has her own voice and it is strong. I love her friend Charlotte, who helped her mother as a midwife and was a witch. I loved the romance between Ichabod. Once I got started it was hard to put down. When I was reading the book I felt like Brom was like Gatson from Beauty and the Beast. I could not stand...
  • Elaine
    Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle copy of The Spellbook of Katrina van Tassel. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this book, to anyone, not even my nemesis. ** Romance-y spoilers ahead ** First, The Spellbook of Katrina van Tassel suffers from the ever popular false advertising banner. Second, there is no spell book, exactly. No darkness, no drama, no witches boil boil toil and trouble, no supernatural elements, no MAGIC.The Disney version...
  • Stephanie Clarke
    Retelling of sleepy hollow with a strong smart woman lead. She has you loving as she loves and hoping as she hopes. Flows easily and holds your attention, I didn't want it to end but I had to know the ending. I will be looking for all Alyssa Palombo stories to devour.
  • Stacy
    I generally enjoy literary retellings; they're basically high-brow fan fiction, but I like to see how an author can take a beloved property and make it their own. My favorites of these tend to be the ones that expand on a minor character and tell the story from another viewpoint, preferably with generous embellishment, which is what Palombo has chosen to do here. In Irving's story, Katrina is little more than a fulcrum on which to balance the opp...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Ichabod Crane arrives in Sleepy Hollow after accepting an offer to become the new schoolmaster.  He is enamored with Katrina, the only daughter of his host, Master Van Tassel.A romance blooms and soon the pair are involved in an illicit affair that could ruin them if anyone were to find out.Ichabod knows he has little to offer the wealthy Katrina; he has no land or even a home, but the pair believe their love will gain the acceptance of Master V...
  • Maranda
    Palombo has used the novel by Washington Irving as a stencil to this tragic tale of Katrina Van Tassel. Young Ichabod Crane, a school teacher, arrives in Sleepy Hollow and is consumed by his love for Katrina. Karina's father holding a position of wealth has refused Ichabod's request to court her. Such starts the heart ache that continues throughout the book. Some visions and witchcraft give this tale an eerie flavor. The Headless Horseman does ri...