Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

(Unearthly #2)
by Cynthia Hand
Publication Date: January 17th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780061996184

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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. (Goodreads)
I read Unearthly just a few weeks ago, and really enjoyed it. I was so glad to be able to read Hallowed while Unearthly was still fresh in my mind. This series is great, I love Mrs. Hand’s writing, it’s amazing and touching, and it will draw you in and keep you wanting more and more.

Most of the same characters from Unearthly are back in Hallowed. (We do get to meet some new characters, who turn out to be pretty awesome.) I found the main character, Clara, to still be pretty likeable. Although she does have issues this time around, and she’s very undecided about what she wants, which is totally understandable. I have to say I love Clara’s mom, and I love their relationship with each other. They definitely made the book even more special for me.

In Unearthly, I was definitely team Tucker, but I was curious about Christian as well. I wanted to know more about him. I’m delighted to say that we do get to learn more about him in Hallowed, and now I’m kind of on the fence on which I prefer. I really love both guys, but for totally different reasons. But Christian’s character definitely grew on me throughout the book.

The book is very well paced, and I really enjoyed the plot. There are some parts in the book that definitely had me in tears. It was definitely an emotional read for me. (I will not spoil it for you, but once you read it, you will totally know what I am talking about.) There are also quite a few surprises thrown in that really threw me for a loop.

Overall, this series is so great. It’s definitely one of my favorite angel series so far. I have really enjoyed reading both books, and now I’m anxious for the next book to be released!


  1. Finally the good reviews for Hallowed are appearing. Before today I have only read mixed reviews, saying that they didn't like it as much as Unearthly, but your review is the second today which makes me look forward to Hallowed again. I'm really happy you enjoyed this and I can't wait to read my eGalley now. :)


  2. I loved Unearthly, and I can't wait to read this one. Great review!

  3. Oh noes... some parts had you in tears? *bites nals in nervousness* And ahhhh! You're on the fence? Noooo, Christian, don't be awesome! Please don't convert me, I want to be Team Tucker forever and ever <3

    I am crazy jealous that you've read this already, but so glad you loved it. Cannot wait to read this!!

  4. Team Tucker! :) It's a VERY emotional book! :( It is my favorite angel series :) Great review!

  5. I skimmed your review because I'm starting this one today and I cannot wait! I was solidly team Tucker in book one and it will take a fairly Herculean effort on Christian's part to win me over to his side, but I'm really looking forward to learning more about him in Hallowed:)

  6. I've been reading some mixed reviews on this one so I'm glad to see you enjoyed it. I really loved Unearthly and I can't wait to read Hallowed. Great review!

  7. I am so excited to read this!! I LOVED Unearthly

  8. I'm not a fan of angel books but I love this series. I really enjoyed Unearthly (Team Tucker) and I am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the great review, Christy!
    Truly Bookish

  9. Awesome review I also really enjoyed this one. And a definite team Tucker here! :D

    Xpresso Reads

  10. Oh my! I want this book so bad. I'm so glad you liked it Christy! I think I need my Tucker fix! Thanks for the review!

  11. Hearing great things from this sequel - so yay! I'm definitely all the way forever and ever Team Tucker so I'm looking forward to seeing more of him in this book. Great review.

  12. I am so looking forward to starting Unearthly now. It sounds like a fantastic series!

    Hmm...I was told that I would swoon over Tucker. Now this Christian guy is winning you over. Super intrigued to find out about these characters.

    Great review Christy

  13. An emotional read? Ooh, good! I love when you get so caught up in a book that you cry with/for the characters. I really liked Unearthly and need to read this one.

  14. Kind of skimmed through your review but I'm glad you didn't reveal too much. I loved UNEARTHLY glad to hear HALLOWED is good and emotional. UNEARTHLY tugged at my heartstrings several times. Great review!


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