Mr. Izzo crafted a magnificent story with The Hallow. It was a real page turner that left me wanting to keep reading when I really should be sleeping, going to work, or coming in from my smoke breaks at work. If it weren't for a couple of issues, I wouldn't have had any problem giving this book the five star review that the story deserves.
However, as I said, there are a couple of issues. The biggest of which is the lack of editing. I myself am horrorible with grammer and it's rare that I catch mistakes in the books I read and more often than not I will leave 5 star reviews because of the story when other readers have knocked the stars down due to poor editing. This case is different, Mr. Izzo really should have spent more time making slow reads through the manuscript because I was even catching a lot of errors and as I said before, that doesn't happen often. If I'm catching a lot of errors, I can only imagine what someone who is good at editing will see.
My other issue with this book was how it kept jumping from past to present tense. I feel as if Mr. Izzo was trying to be artsy with that style of writing and fell flat on his face. Instead of enhancing the story, all it managed to do was annoy me. I feel The Hallow would have been much better off had Mr. Isso stuck with writing in the past tense instead of bouncing back and forth.
Overall though, if you can handle poor editing that is, I would suggest buying and reading this book. Despite the problems I had with it, The Hallow is a very good story, one I really did have a hard time putting down. I enjoyed this work enough that I will be suggesting it to various reading groups I belong to on Facebook.
Just a little author to author advice for Mr. Izzo. As I said, I'm a very poor editor myself. I write a story, read it over at least three times, usually more like 5 or six times, and when I have it edited to the best of my ability, then I send it off to my personal editor who sends it back to me with a ton of corrections to make that I missed. I make them and then send it off to my publisher, who inturn sends it to his editor. This process has worked well for me, out of the five works I currently have available for purchase, not once has the editing of my work cost me stars. I would stongly encourage you to find a quality personal editor and have him/her go over your work before publishing it in the future. You are an amazing talent and I hated to give The Hallow 3 stars, but that's all I could give it.