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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hallowed (Unearthly 2) by Cynthia Hand: Book Review

Title: Hallowed
Author: Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly #2
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (January 17, 2012)
Buy the Book: Amazon
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.

If you haven't read Unearthly, make sure you go check out my review here.

At a glance:

It feels like I've been waiting for Hallowed forever, and I was not disappointed.  It's so easy to get lost in these stories.  They are just so engrossing!  Though the tone in this one is more melancholy, the romance and storyline are still fantastic, even if there is a love triangle!  I didn't love it as much as Unearthly, but it has still earned a permanent spot on my bookshelves (a difficult feat).


Cynthia Hand's writing style flows so well, and is just so easy to read and engaging.  I find myself flying through these books without even realizing it.  Hallowed has a completely different feel to it than Unearthly did, or at least I thought so.  Where Unearthly was about discovering who Clara was, and developing this completely endearing romance between Clara and Tucker, Hallowed was more about questioning things, and loss, and sadness.

In Unearthly, Clara fails to fulfill her purpose, leaving her to question what she is supposed to do now.  Does her purpose change?  Is she condemned?  When her visions continue to lead her to Christian, she has to make a decision.  Will she follow what she believes to be her new purpose, or will she fight it and live how she wants?  Then there's all the other issues that Clara is faced with in this book.  An ominous dream, her brother's mysterious behavior, her somewhat strained relationship with her mother, the growing tension between her and Tucker, and the growing feelings she has for Christian.

Let me just tell you, that in Unearthly I was all about Tucker.  I completely fell for him, in no small way. So, I dreaded this book, because.....well.....we all know what's coming.  LOVE TRIANGLE!  And although I have to say that Clara's denial kind of bugged me, (I mean, you can't just keep hanging out with a guy you have feelings for when you're with another guy, and pretend that that's ok), I still have to admit.....Christian stole a piece of my heart as well.  In fact, if the wind blew the right way, I might just switch camps.  Not that I think Clara should....haha.

I did have some issues with the book.  The tone was a little too sad for my liking.  I understand the reasons, but it just kind of took over the storyline.  There wasn't as much action.  There were great opportunities for it, but really nothing much happened along those lines.  Also, and this was just a disappointment for me, I loved that Unearthly didn't have the sexual content so many other paras have, but that *almost changed in this one :(  It was one that I had recommended for all ages, and now I would have to change my mind on that.

Overall, though, this continues to be one of the best paranormal romances I've read.  I love the writing style, the romance, the mother-daughter relationship, the mystery and the lore.  Cynthia Hand definitely knows how to tell a story, and I can't wait for the next one!

Book Doppelgangers:  

Fallen by Lauren Kate, Firelight by Sophie Jordan, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young


  • Profanity:  Mild
  • Sexual Content:  Moderate*
  • Violence:  Mild
  • Other Notables:  Angels,  Fallen Angels

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  1. I have been really looking forward to this book since I finished Unearthly. Great review.

    1. Thanks! This was one of my most anticipated books of the year!

  2. yep. I need to get these on my TBR list!!! Beautiful cover, too. Love it. Thanks for the review!

  3. I won Unearthly last year at Reading Clean Spotlight and loved it! So I'm really excited to read Hallowed! Love you, Tucker! =)

    1. That's awesome! I'm so glad you loved it! I wish I had a copy of Hallowed to give away too, wouldn't exactly be Reading Clean Spotlight. :(

  4. I totally agree! I fell in love with Tucker in Unearthly but I'm now Team Christian in Hallowed...I absolutely fell in love with how sweet he was!

    Great review!

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    1. I know!!! Christian was just SO YES in this book!! :D

  5. Great review! I agree, I loved Tucker in Unearthly and totally LOVED Christian in Hallowed. I wonder which one I'll love the most in book #3

  6. I really liked Unearthly. I'm halfway through Hallowed and I'm not liking it nearly as much as I liked the first one. But, I'm going to finish it anyway.

    1. Yep, that's how I felt. So sad. I hope the next one is more like the first!

  7. Really? A L.T.? Why can't the main character just love one guy? Sure, I'm being a hypocrite since I also like L.T.'s, but still, sometimes they can ruin the book. :D Thanks for the review!

    1. I know, but if there was ever a decently done love triangle, I think this one is pretty good. At least I'm having a hard time deciding who I'm rooting for! :P

  8. I am the opposite . I like Hallowed more than I liked Unearthly and even though Hallowed had the whole dying and death theme I thought Cynthia Hand did a great job in making an otherwise sad occasion into a happy one . Death didn't seem so bad in this book . How about Clara's Dad ! isn't he great? I had more respect for Clara's mother after explaining everything about them on her dying bed and I loved Clara's new revelation about her being a uber angel : a Triplare.

    1. She did do a really good job with the emotions and making us feel the loss! I still wish Clara's mom would have been more honest with her up front, but I guess if that happened, we wouldn't have anything to find out as readers! :D

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