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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed was one of those highly anticipated books for me. I stayed up til midnight so I could download it on my Nook as soon as it was available. When I read the first book of the series, Unearthly, I really enjoyed it and couldn't wait to get my hands on Hallowed. Here is my review of Unearthly. Anyway, the wait is over, and I have once again been able to join Clara, Christian and Tucker in this world of angel-bloods and humans!
Here is the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) The Angel Club. I thought adding this aspect to the story was interesting, because it brought the Angel-bloods together to talk and learn about their lives being Angel-bloods. I thought that it was really illuminating. 2) Christian. We got to know Christian a lot better in Hallowed. He was much more a central character in this book, even more so than Tucker. I liked getting to know him a little better, but Tucker will always be my favorite of the boys! 3) Angela. I wasn't a fan of Angela at all in Unearthly. She became more...human (ironically) in this book. I think it's because I started to understand her a little more. Growing up as she did without any guidance in the things that were going on, and suddenly she has a community of people who can help her out...I understand a little more why she's as...intense as she is. 4) The appearance of Clara's Dad. Whoa...did not see that one coming! Just when I think I've got everything figured out, Miz Hand hit me with this big surprise! If you didn't think Clara's life could get any more confusing, think again. 5) Adult Angel-bloods. In the first book, we have Clara and her brother who are the angel-bloods, and of course their mom, who is the only adult angel-blood in their life who can offer guidance and experience. But we are introduced to another community in Hallowed, a group of adult angel-bloods who can offer comfort and guidance to the teens who are struggling with their purposes as angels.

What I Didn't Like: 1) The big finish. Okay. I was saddened by the fact that this had to happen. I'm not saying that it shouldn't have been written this way, because it absolutely made the story what it was, but all the same. Be prepared to have some heartfelt tears for Clara and her family.

Overall Thoughts: Miz Hand is an excellent writer, that much was made clear when I read Unearthly. But her writing improved from Unearthly to Hallowed, and I was so happy to see it. She took her characters deeper, and the plotline became a more intricate web of events that keep the reader engaged from the first word. If you haven't started this series yet, I don't know what you're waiting for!

My rating: 5 shots

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