The Haunted - Jessica Verday Actual rating: 2.5UGH UGH UGH I'M SO BEHIND ON REVIEWS IT'S DRIVING ME CRAZY.I know all my reviews have started this way lately, but ... it's true. And it may affect the quality of my reviews, because I'm kind of rushing through them. And a lot of these books I'm reviewing now are books I read like 3-4 months ago, so I'm forgetting a lot of details and it's just sad. I need to actually get to the point where I'm writing reviews right after I read the books because ... this is getting super aggravating.Okay, so ... I found this book to be just "meh." It wasn't too bad, but it wasn't great either. I felt pretty much the same way about the first book ([b:The Hollow|2998814|The Hollow (The Hollow, #1)|Jessica Verday||3029303]), but I decided to pick up the second one because several of my reviewer friends had said that the series gets way better. Well ... unfortunately, I didn't really feel that way. I would say I liked this one about as equally as I liked the first one––which was only a little bit to begin with so ... Oh well. In case you don't know, this book is about a girl named Abbey who lives in Sleepy Hollow (as in "The Legend of ..."). In the previous book, her best friend died a mysterious death, which she is still trying to piece together in the second book. She also started getting stalked by a creepy-but-sexy type of boy who ended up being a ghost. Ooooh. And then they had a kind of romantic thing, and yeah. Well ... in this one, she starts kinda dating this guy who used to be in love with her best friend. Awkward. His name is Ben. He's pretty cool. But of course, ghost-guy shows up again and is a jealous baby about the whole thing and Abbey is like, "Oh me oh my, how do I choose between the normal nice guy and the supernatural creepy sexy guy?" At least I found Ben (the nice normal guy) to be pretty cool. But Caspian (the ghost guy) continued to just ... annoy me. Is he as horrible as the love interests in some YA paranormal books? No, but he's just ... meh. He's not all that interesting, in my humble opinion. Plus, I find it a big turn-off that he calls Abbey "Astrid" instead of her real name ... Like, there's a difference between giving someone a cute nickname and refusing to call her by her real name, which just seems condescending. Is it just me?But yeah, of course Abbey likes Caspian because he's a sexy ghost so duh. Aaand then there were some like evil ghosts who seemed suspicious. And there was some ridiculous plot twist about how it turned out Abbey's friend Kristen kind of inadvertently caused the death of her own brother. Because like, one day he was supposed to be watching her when she was a baby, and then she fell off a table or something and he caught her. And then he set her down somewhere, but he tripped on a chair and fell out the window. And because of his injuries he became addicted to painkillers and eventually overdosed on them which is how he died. ... I just don't understand how you can trip on a chair and fall out the window. I don't think it's possible. But, you know, don't try it at home kids. Just in case.I apologize. This review is on drugs. I don't even know what I'm writing right now. I just want to get this done.So basically, I had higher expectations for this, but to me it's just another so-so paranormal romance series. I might read the third one, but ... probably not. Especially because by now, I've pretty much forgotten everything about this one. So, oh well.