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Saturday, February 11, 2012

[Review] Hallowed (Unearthly, #2) by Cynthia Hand

Title: Hallowed
Series: Unearthly, #2
Author: Cynthia Hand
Pages: 403 (Hardcover)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: January 17, 2012

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.


Unearthly left me wanting more, and only a few chapters into Hallowed I got more than I was expecting! Clara is worrying about what it means for her to have failed her purpose, and she's plagued by a new vision. Is it a new purpose? Or is it just a peek into events to come? Either way it's going to be heartbreaking! When the time came, I had such a hard time holding back tears, but I had to since I was sitting in the middle of a student lounge. It was just so sad, even though we're told exactly what's coming. Poor Clara has a lot to deal with in this book.

Aside from the tragic event mentioned above, she also has normal teen problems to deal, which I liked reading about in addition to her angelic issues. She's struggling making a decision about her future, mainly what college to attend in the fall. Thankfully, she has her best friend, Angela, to help with that. She also has to deal with the aftermath of getting caught in her boyfriend's bed at 6:30 in the morning! And prom, and homework, and dealing with a moody younger sibling. Typical teen stuff.

Her angel problems are no picnic either, but we get to learn a ton of new information about them. Clara's mom is finally breaking the silence regarding her secrets, and some of them are pretty major! Clara's whole sense of identity is being reconstructed on top of everything else she's being faced with.

This sequel does not disappoint in any way. We get answers to many of the pressing questions left over from Unearthly, plus we're bombarded with so much new information that bring up their own questions. There's also plenty of scenes with Tucker and Christian, and now I'm torn about who I think Clara should be with! Hallowed reveals new sides to both of them, and it truly made the love triangle that much more intense. We also get more of Jeffrey and now his moodiness makes so much more sense. I really do not want to wait for the next book!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds so good! I really need to start this series after having heard such fantastic reviews about it - unfortunately I haven't had much time lately. It was really interesting to see what you thought of it!

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