Book Reviews

Review: HALLOWED by Cynthia Hand

HallowedTitle: Hallowed
Author: Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly, #2
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal – Angels
Publication Information: HarperTeen, 2012
Rating: 5 Stars
Recommended For: People who want the epic nature of a good versus evil fight with the introspection and family dynamics of a contemporary novel; people who don’t mind feeling sorry for the bad guy.

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.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Hallowed was EVEN BETTER than Unearthly. Part of it was because we got more insight into the whole good versus evil battle hinted at in the first book, and part of it was because this book really brought the feels.

SOMEONE Clara loves is going to die, and this fact – and eventually the knowledge of who this person is – hangs over Clara the whole book. One thing Hand does really well is bringing Clara’s emotions out in a realistic way, so that Clara is easy to relate to despite the whole being part-angel thing.

We also get to learn more about the Dark Wings in Hallowed. The antagonist in this book was developed really well, to the point where I actually felt bad for him by the end. I have a soft spot for well-developed antagonists, so this was my favorite aspect of this book.

And then there’s Jeffrey. Poor Jeffrey. The kid seriously angsts in this book, and I have some real concerns about the choices he’s going to make in the last book – which will only add to the conflict, so even if it hits me in the feels, I’ll embrace it if it happens.

This is definitely a series I’m glad I took a chance on. I’m looking forward to – and also dreading, let’s be real – the last book.

TL;DR: Well-developed characters and lots of feels made me love Hallowed even more than Unearthly.

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