Release Date: January 17, 2012
Age Group: Young Adulr
Series: Unearthly #2
Received From: Publisher
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.
Described by Richelle Mead as “utterly captivating,” Unearthly received outstanding reviews, garnered accolades from New York Times bestselling authors, and was named an Indie Next Pick. In this heart-wrenching sequel, Cynthia Hand expertly captures the all-consuming joy of first love—and the agony of loss. This beautifully woven tale will appeal to fans of Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Aprilynne Pike.
I really, really adored Unearthly and that came as quite a shock to me because I usually do not like angel books. But Unearthly was different. It kind of stole my heart and it even ended up being mentioned on my favorite books of 2010 list. So needless to say Hallowed was a very anticipated book for me and rest assured that I loved it.
I’m going to say it right now, I have no idea how I’m going to review this book. None. I have so many feelings, but it’s going to be so hard to share them without giving anything away. I will say that this book is completely captivating. I had the most horrible time putting it down. Everything was ignored until I finished this book. Cynthia Hand is very talented at hooking her readers and not letting them go until the very last word.
Hallowed made me feel very different than Unearthly. The first book made me feel all warm and fuzzy. It made me fall hopelessly in love with Tucker Avery. This one has a more serious spin. It’s very emotional. That’s really all I can say without spoiling some things for you.
Some of the mysteries in the first book are revealed. Some new ones are put into play. I was the tiniest, most miniscule amount disappointed with one aspect of the book. (Vague much? But when you read it I bet you will understand what I’m talking about.) It was not enough to bring the rest of the book down and I have a feeling that book 3 will more than make up for it.
Overall this is a fantastic follow-up. Unearthly was not just a one shot deal. This is proving to be a really extraordinary series. I apologize for my vague review, but I really don’t want to give anything away. You will just have to read it and find out for yourself. Trust me, you do not want to miss it.