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Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

January 5th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Downloaded from NetGalley

Publication date: January 17, 2012

Publisher: HarperTeen

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from 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.

I have stated before that while I have loved the covers of most of the angel based YA books that came out in 2011 I wasn’t blown away by any of the ones I read.  I enjoyed Unearthly but it did not top my reading list so while I wanted to read Hallowed I wasn’t jumping out of my seat to get to it.  But OMG, I stayed up late last night to finish it despite knowing I had to wake up early to start cooking for our New Year’s Eve family lunch because I was so hooked!  Hallowed was amazing and had me laughing, crying and cursing that I couldn’t read book 3 right away.

I loved Tucker in Unearthly and was so glad that he apparently was winning out over the hottie angel Christian.  In this book new revelations are brought to light that cause an upheaval in Clara’s relationships with Tucker, Christian, her mother and her brother.  Some of the developments were a little cliche but I loved that Cynthia Hand poked some fun at herself by having Clara actually bemoaning how cliched some parts of her life have become.  I still love Tucker but now am growing a bit fonder of Christian.  Normally I feel like I can call which guy the main character is going to end up with but I honestly don’t know for this series.  Clara seems to love Tucker so much but also seems destined to end up with Christian.    Hand definitely keeps her readers guessing where this relationship will end.  There were also a few other surprises I didn’t see coming that always brings a refreshing feeling when reading.

My main reason for not rating this a solid 5 out of 5 was that I did miss seeing more of Jeffrey (besides him being constantly sullen and a jerk), Wendy and even Angela, who while she appears quite often her only purpose seems to be dropping bombshell news on Clara.  Still this was an amazing follow up to Unearthly and could we please, pretty please get book 3 any sooner? :)

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. Priscilla TheGreat

    Thanks for the great review. It sounds like an awesome book. I have lots of room in my to be read pile.

  2. Kailana

    I am glad this is so good! I haven’t read Unearthly yet, but I do own it…

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    I agree. Things always seem to sound like a better idea until you are caught in the middle of them.

  4. blodeuedd

    Sounds like a good one, then again i have only heard good things. I really should take a closer look at that first book

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