Friday, January 4, 2013

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: January 2, 2012
Source: Epic Reads (as part of the "The End is Here" promo)
Others in the Series: Unearthly and Boundless
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.
The second book in the Unearthly trilogy pulls readers back in to the mystical yet recognizable world of angels living amongst humans, quickly satisfying their desire for more of this wonderful land. After falling in love with the way Cynthia Hand infuses paranormal into our society, I could not wait to reenter the lives of her characters. However, I soon discovered that in this installment, nothing is quite the same.

Suddenly, everything has changed for Clara. She is no longer the girl she was in the first, the new to town, new to her purpose junior on the brink of falling madly in love; she is now a year older and a bit wiser, on the cusp of graduating high school with hair that has returned to its stunning natural color.

Which is good, because the stakes are about to be raised.

This book delivers a bit more action and many more shocking revelations than its predecessor, testing and challenging Clara more than ever before. Shocking discoveries about her past and the nature of angels, as well as what they mean for her future, are both explored, creating more opportunities for breathless, stunning moments and life-threatening danger. And, although Clara is much less ignorant by this point, there is still plenty she does not know, so watching her uncover these bits of information is fascinating.

Hallowed is not just a book about finding your way as an angel, though; it is also about growing up and discovering yourself as a person, which makes it unexpectedly emotional. Although it is not marketed as such, spliced between conflict with the black wings are scenes that will force criers to soil a tissue or two. Aside from the romantic turmoil that keeps the love triangle intriguing, family plays a larger part in this novel, taking on different themes-such as deep sorrow, bittersweet hopefulness, upsetting disappointment, and simple happiness-beautifully complimenting the supernatural side of the story.

Clara's growth as a character, the intense action, and how they effect each other all make this book shine even brighter than the previous one. Those who like their protagonists inquisitive and blossoming and who want plotlines and emotions that are equally strong should not pass up this wonderful edition to a captivating trilogy.

5 comments:

  1. I love this review and this book. With the next one coming out so soon I'm pretty excited to see what happens. I'm surprised you didn't mention the love aspect of the book. I mean it's a pretty big part of the story but I could see why you didn't want to mention it. You might give something away and Clara is the main character not her love life. I'm so excited to see what happens with her love life though. How that all works out. I don;t think it's just settled yet. Also, her brother! She seriously needs to pay closer attention to him. It's going to be amazing.

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  2. I really need to read this series! After your review, you make me want to read it even more :) The main character sounds great!

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  3. I was so surprised when I shed some tears in this one- I never expected it, especially because when I read it, I hadn't read many reviews of it. But you're totally right, even though it's not marketed as an emotional book, it really is. I loved Clara's character growth as well, that was so fantastic to watch.

    Fantastic review! I can't wait to read the third book. <3

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  4. Man, I definitely need to read this series! I have had the first one for sooo long!

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  5. Unearthly series is one of those books series that I just could not stop thinking aboutI read the first two books last year, and I have recenly read the last book. I absolutely love this series. I felt joy and despair. I smiled, and I cried. Thank you Cythia Hand for adding another world into mine. For making my imagination bigger, for letting me look at life from Clara's perspective. You will not regret reading these books.
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