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Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
5 Stars: Incredible
Series: Unearthly #2
Hardback: 403 Pages
Publication: January 17, 2012 by Harper Teen

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her 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.

Cynthia Hand has written a wonderful followup to Unearthly. As I had hoped, Hallowed has quite a bit more action than Unearthly, though not as much as action lovers would hope (the plot's still unfurling!). While Clara is still trying to figure out her purpose, we learn more about angels and Black Wings. We learn a more about Clara's family, and we learn why Jeffrey was so sad when he comes home the day of the fires.

Clara is on edge for the most part. Knowing that someone close to her will die, struggling through long days to protect those she love, and having to deal with loss and with the burden of who she is, Hallowed hasn't been an easy time for her. She's sensing Black Wings here and there, her mom still keeps secrets from her, and her brother has been acting up. Even Tucker can't comfort her because there are some things that Clara just can't tell him, or she'll jeopardize him more than she already has.

I fell more in love with Tucker along with Clara. He is such a kind and caring person. With Clara getting deeper into the whole angel-blood mess and going away for college, I don't know how their relationship will progress from here on out. After finding out her heritage, Clara cannot ignore the danger that she's in, and it looks as though she will be depending on Christian more and more. Yes, he's a wonderful guy, and he keeps her grounded a lot of the time. Romantically, Clara is determined to fight to keep her relationship with Tucker, and I hope that she won't find herself in a position where she will have to choose between the two of them again!

Hallowed is a poignant, bittersweet read. Clara has learned much about herself and the angel-bloods, and she has lost so much more. The world around her is constantly changing. Clara herself is changing, and she is in for a long, hard journey. I am eagerly anticipating the third novel and have high expectations for it!

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6 comments on "Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand"
  1. Awesome! I really enjoyed this one as well and starting to wonder if it was just me all my GR friends seemed to not like it as much. I can't wait to see where the relationship goes from here too. I'm definitely still team Tucker but I'm not convinced she'll be with him. Especially knowing how Cynthia hand isin't afraid to be daring! She totally would have made Bella choose Jacob! ;)

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  2. Yay! Glad to hear that you enjoyed HALLOWED too, Giselle! Go team Tucker!! :)

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  3. It's great that we get more info about the mythology of the Black Wings.

    And how awful to know someone she loves will die!

    This is one of the best love triangles:)

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  4. Oh No! Who is going to Die? What is with the black wings and why the heck have I not read these books??????? Great review, thinking I need to rush out and get started on these

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  5. This book made me SOOO mad! My review of it is just a big rant! Clara was so confident in her choice of Tucker in the first book. She truly loved him, but then in this one she's always lying and hiding the truth from him. Agh, it drove me crazy!

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  6. I can't wait to read it!!! It's definitely number one on my list of books to read!!!!

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