Book Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Title – Author: Hallowed – Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Series/Standalone: Series – Unearthly #2
Format – Source: Hardcover – Borrowed

In the aftermath of the fire of Clara’s vision, Clara discovers that her purpose isn’t as straightforward as she first thought. The fire was just the beginning, and it’s obvious that she has a larger role to play. Part of the role is inexplicably tied up with Christian, the boy she can’t help but have complicated feelings for. Clara has to confront her destiny, even if it means putting her relationship with Tucker at risk. A new vision reveals a terrible future: Clara is going to lose someone she loves soon.

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In my review of UnearthlyI asked for more and Cynthia Hand really delivered with Hallowed. The world of angels is expanded, and a secret about Clara’s family is revealed. I saw it coming (this is definitely another case of the super-special-snowflake heroine), but it was still a satisfying reveal. More angel lore comes to light, and like Angela, I can’t help but get excited about each new thing we learn about the angels and Black Wings.

What I loved most about Hallowed was Clara’s mother. In a lot of YA books, the parents are either absent or just kind of background authority figures. Clara’s mother is a fully developed character. Like Clara, we discover that her mother has an entire history and lifetime of mistakes and sacrifices and secrets. We learn just how complicated this family’s lives are.

Clara’s journey is this book is, in many ways, harder than what she was dealing with in the first book. The identity of who she’s going to lose is revealed pretty early, so the story in this book is really about Clara’s acceptance and her struggle to let go.

The love triangle continues, and boy, does it get complicated. Clara and Christian have an undeniable connection. Team Christian FTW!

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Hallowed was an emotional follow-up to Unearthly, and I can’t wait to see how this trilogy concludes.

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7 – really good but missing a little something – George Weasley



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