Monday, January 30, 2012

Review: Hallowed (Unearthly, #2) by Cynthia Hand

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:
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.
Review:

After devouring Unearthly, last year's prequel to Hallowed, I found a new series and author to follow, so when the chance came to read and review the sequel, I jumped at the chance. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next to Clara, Tucker, and Christian. Thankfully, Hallowed was even more amazing than the first book. It made me laugh. It made me cry. And best of all, it provided a well developed arc to the story. I couldn't have been any happier to tell the truth!

One of my absolute favorite parts of this book was the characters. I really liked all of them in the first book, but in this one, I just out right adored them. Every single one grew greatly as the book progressed, and I love the paths that they're on. Just like in the first book, Clara is my favorite. Her feelings presented in this one always seemed realistic given the situations, and best of all, she grew to be even more kick-a## in this one! Seriously, this is one girl you don't want to mess with! I also enjoyed seeing the return of Tucker as well as Christian. However, I have to admit: I'm officially on team Christian. There's just something so enchanting and swoon worthy about that boy!

The plot in this one was another high point. From the first page, the action began. There were even more twits and turns contained in this one than the last book. Some were surprising, shocking, and/or just plain out crazy, but they managed to really move this book at a fast and fun pace! I especially enjoyed the emotional turn this book took towards the end. I knew something bad was going to happen from the summary, but I couldn't have ever imagined just what would've occurred. It blew me away, and to be honest, I shed a couple of tears...okay maybe a more than just a couple. I also enjoyed the development in the angel plot as well as the romance one. The angel one provided to be even more fascinating, and the romance one was sweet and adorable, even though my favorite didn't really lead...

Lastly, Cynthia Hand's writing was great in this one! She really dug into the emotions and feelings of her characters in this one...seriously I loved just about every way she spun the book in this one! I can't wait to see what's up next.

Bittersweet as well as fast paced, Hallowed by Cynthia Hand manages to be a great addition to the Unearthly series!

Grade: A+

Hallowed (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads) is now out! 

Source: Publisher via Netgalley (Thanks HarperTeen!)

More about the book/author: website/blog/twitter/chapters 1 to 5 

3 comments:

  1. So glad to read such a glowing review for Hallowed. And I'm especially glad to hear that there are plenty of twists and turns...I'll have to snag a copy of this one soon! :)

    Fabulous review!

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  2. What a great review! It's nice to hear that you really enjoyed it(: I'm still not sure if I'll be continuing with this series, the first book didn't really do a lot for me lol

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  3. I was glad to see that Christian still seemed to get a chance in this book even though he wasn't her boyfriend. I don't know if there will be a third book. I feel like there wasn't much left open at the end. Sure there certainly could be another book but I don't feel like the end screams for it. I hope there will be one however I won't be disappointment if there isn't.

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