Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

5 November, 2011 Reviews 0 comments

Review: Hallowed by Cynthia HandHallowed by Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly #2
Published by HarperTeen on January 17th 2012
Pages: 403
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: NetGalley
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three-half-stars

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.

Hallowed is a difficult book to rate because it’s not going to appeal to everyone.  If you’re the kind of person who needs fast paced adventure then you’re better off picking up something else.  Hallowed is very much focused on relationships, self-growth and destiny.

It continues its themes with purpose, faith and trust – these themes are extended here and well constructed.

Clara is awaiting the return of the Black Wing and dealing with her newfound relationship with Tucker whilst Christian is in the background being all sexy and mysterious.

Struggling with how her purpose ended up last book, she is losing faith in herself and distrusting her family.

I felt like the strong characters and great writing by Hand really carried this novel because otherwise it might struggle very strongly from middle book syndrome.  The plot is not progressed a whole deal but there are a number of big revelations.

But what Hand does bring to it is a great amount of Self-awareness and just enough awkward reality and relationships to pull it through.  I liked this book better than the first one and I felt like the writing was just a little tighter and stronger in this one.

Over all, a good, solid second installment from Hand and I look forward to the next.

*This galley was provided to me by the publishers via netgalley.

Kat Kennedy

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