Friday, 5 July 2013

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

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Source: Purchased (Chapters)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover, 403 pages
Release Date: January 17, 2012

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.
I had been dying to read Hallowed ever since completing Unearthly back in 2011 and it didn't disappoint! While I can't say that I loved it to the degree that I did its predecessor, it was still a fantastic novel and I'm so glad that I finally made room for it in my reading queue.

Clara still gets all my love. She is just funny and real and I want her as my best friend ASAP. I thought there were really important developments made in her character and the relationships she had with other characters in this novel which was really great to see happening. Except for...

Tucker. Don't get me wrong, I still adore Tucker, but seeing him and Clara together just didn't give me the same unadulterated joy it did last time around. I thought the progression of their relationship was realistic given the circumstances but I won't lie and say it didn't make me kind of sad. I grew to like Christian more in this book and I'm glad for the focus on his character... but still. Clara + Tucker 5ever.

I'm both excited AND nervous to see what's going to happen next, because I feel like this book ends on such a crossroads, with big changes happening all around. I don't know, it felt like a pretty bold move for YA to me, but I'll have to reserve judgement until I can see what happens in Book 3! (Which luckily, I don't have to wait for, bonus!)

Overall, lots of fun to read with cool mythology and a brilliant protagonist. I wasn't completely won over like in the first book but I am still SO glad I read it.

4 Golden Crowns!

Cover Comments: I love the cover theme for this series. This is probably my least favourite of the 3 but I still really, really like it! 

5 comments:

  1. I love Tucker to bits and that's all I'm saying. Hehe. But great review! I'm glad you enjoyed this book and just you wait until you read the final book . . . there are a lot of interesting moments in that final installment. :D

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  2. Hallowed was a great book to this already fantastic series, so I'm glad that you enjoyed it Sonia. I can't wait to see what you think of Boundless, because that book totally messed me over! :( Great review! :)

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  3. I totally agree, this is the book that made me like Christian even more. I've had the last book for awhile but eep putting off reading it, ha. Glad you enjoyed!

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  4. I actually started to like Christian more in this book! So much so that I'm afraid to read Boundless because I know it won't be a Clara/Christian ending :P. Really glad you enjoyed this one and will be interested in seeing your thoughts on book three!

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  5. I still haven't read Hallowed, and I feel like it's been forever since I read Unearthly. I'm not sure how much I'll remember when I finally get to it, but I'm sure it'll slowly come back once I start.

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