Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand [Review]

Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly #2
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: January 17, 2012
Hardcover: 403 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
Hallowed is a great sequel to Unearthly.  In fact, I think I liked it even more.  It kind of ups the ante and I loved it.  Clara didn't fulfill her purpose to save Christian and now she is unsure where she stands now.  On top of that, some major revelations are dropped on her lap and she is about to lose someone she loves.  I had some suspicions about these reveals, but I still managed to be surprised.

First, let's talk two things that normally make me cringe: angels and love triangles.  But hat's off to Hand for creating a very compelling world inhabited by angels, half-angels and quarter-angels.  I find angel books to be cheesy and overwrought sometimes, but Hand does a great job of being self-aware.  She takes a lot of the over-the-top aspects out of the story.  Instead she keeps the story quiet and fairly introspective.

Normally, I'm not super interested in love triangles.  But this felt realistic. (Or as realistic as relationships involving Angels can be).  Both Christian and Tucker are great guys, but for different reasons.  They also aren't perfect and I liked that too.  Normally I side with one guy over the other, but Hand makes both guys sympathetic.  I honestly would be happy with Clara being with either one.

I was pretty excited about the direction Hand took the story and I am really excited to see how it all goes together in the final book, Boundless.
Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Unearthly
2. Hallowed
3. Boundless

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