13 July, 2012

Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Series: Unearthly Series, Book #2
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Format: Paperback
Published January 2, 2012 by Egmont Books
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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.
Hallowed is a beautifully powerful sequel to Unearthly. Clara has troubled herself over the events of the last book concerning her angelic purpose. It didn't go to plan, but now there's an even more troubling vision clouding Clara's mind lately. A funeral, only months away, tells Clara that someone she loves dearly will leave this life forever. She will have to face some secrets about the angelic world she lives in and face emotional distress no one her age should have to face.

This book was a very emotional and revealing follow up to Unearthly and I enjoyed Clara immensely. While she's a worry-wart for pretty much the entire book, it's not without reason and I think it shows maturity, the thing Clara gains most of all in this book. The supporting characters become much more complicated and interesting than in the first book. I find myself intrigued by Jeffrey's angst and happy that Clara and Christian get to spend more time together (even if Clara doesn't want to). I couldn't get enough of the love triangle. It's so much more fabulous than the first book. Some more fabulous things include the addition of new mentor-type characters for Clara that come with some really interesting backgrounds. 

In addition to the characters, the plot was just fantastic. After mind-blowing revelations, romantic tension, and a prom scene that actually didn't make me want to throw up, I am seriously craving the third book! If you love love triangles, angel mythology, and serious secret reveals, then you will love this series. I hope to see more clashes between the good and bad angels in the third instalment! 

Rating: 5/5 Stars


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