Jan 12, 2012

Review - Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand
January 17th, 2012 from HarperTeen

**Spoilers if you have not read Unearthly**
As far as Clara is concerned, she has failed her mission. Not just an ordinary mission, but her purpose in life. She did not follow through with the visions she has had more than a year and save Christian from the fire. Turns out Christian didn't need saving. Now, Clara is experiencing a different vision...a funeral scene. Who in her life will die and is it a result of her choosing to save her human boyfriend Tucker from the fire and not her heavenly match Christian?

Some of you may know that I am no fan of the angel books (I've been burned too many times), BUT this series is an exception. I was a huge fan of Unearthly (review here) and was chomping at the bit to read book two. Hallowed picks up just days after the fire scene where Clara fails her purpose and is dragged to Hell for a hot minute by a black wing. To be better prepared for the dark wings imminent return, the young angels form a club and try to find the answers that no one is willing to give. They find answers all right! I was surprised at how much information we learn. Turns out one angel is holding out and knows more than they are saying. Secrets....gotta love the tension!

Clara learns a great deal about her family and other angels. Things that change absolutely everything about who Clara thinks she is. Yes, she solves some daddy issues too. Oh, that brother of Clara's is up to something. Jeremy is on a roller coaster of emotions throughout the entire book and he is fixing to break. The two don't seem to lean on each other like they did in the past. I think Clara is starting to get the feeling that Jeremy is hiding something. Sweet Tucker is around and we get to know him better too. Poor guy tries his best to wrap his head around this whole angel thing and is understanding.

This book has a more mature feel to it. We really get to see the loving and selflessness Clara. She is consumed with fear over losing someone and when she learns the truth of her vision, she goes into caregiver mode. Clara is a terrific character with depth. It has been interesting to see her go from a scared and confused  girl to a more confidant young lady. It is also fun to watch her form a deeper friendship with Christian. He is closer to her than anyone else, and although she would like to deny this fact, their heavenly roots say otherwise.

Clara continues to be a strong and smart girl, and when the time comes to get down and dirty, she does. Luckily, she has a whole lot of angels to back her up. Oh, and one stinkin' cute cowboy! Get your tissues out, kids, you'll need them.

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20 comments:

  1. I love that you said "fixing to"! Such a Texan!

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  2. This review just makes me even more anxious about reading it.
    I loved Jeremy on Unearthly so I am rally on edge about how I am going to feel about him in this one, but It sounds like the wait was more than worth it for Hallowed.

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  3. I'm anticipating reading this book. It feels like it's been forever since Unearthly.
    I agree with you about angel books. A lot of them are BAD, but Unearthly is so great, and Clara and Tucker and such a good couple! :D

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  4. You're definitely right about the tissues! I bawled my eyes out when I read this book! It was a terrible situation within a beautiful book.

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    Rachelle

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  5. Glad to know that I'll need tissues! I always need to prepare myself more for these novels. I'm definitely eager to read it. I rather enjoyed Unearthly. Need more Tucker :D

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  6. YAY! Resolved issues! Don't you hated it when the main character's at odds with his/her parent(s). I don't like it. Maybe it's because I am with my mom. I like happy family relationships (though bad ones are fine too). :D
    Thanks for the review. Tucker!

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  7. I can't wait to read this book!!! I personally feel that her choice to rescue Tucker was a good idea.. I love him!! I can't wait to see what happens as a result of that...

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  8. I'm really excited about this follow-up! And I'm glad to hear there's a more mature feel. I like it when sequels really dig deeper into mature subjects/issues because it really shows the characters' growth. And I love Tucker, so I really, desperately need to know what happens there!

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  9. WOW!! I loved Unearthly and there were so many things that were left hanging - I don't think Clara failed. I think she followed her heart and saved the person she loved and then still made it back to Christian. Not that he needed saving. How could an angel let a mortal die in a fire just to save another angel? Even if she didn't know about Christian's true identity, how could God allow that just to prove Clara's dedication

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  10. Just stopped by to show some love.

    I couldn't actually read this wonderful review because I haven't read the first one but will come back and comment as soon as I do!

    Amy

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  11. I read Unearthly. Now I can't wait to read Hallowed great review. So excited.

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  12. ok i have to admit i didn't actually read the review because i don't want to know anything before reading the book :P but i'm sure it's a great review and i can't wait to finally read hallowed, after i finish rereading unearthly first :)

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  13. I haven't read Unearthly yet, but I want to really soon! I've heard so much about them and they seem so interesting :)

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  14. Awesome!XD I cant wait to read this! I remember reading Unearthly when it first came out and have been waiting for the next book ever since!

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  15. I really want to read both of these now. Thank you@!

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  16. Couldn't help it. Had to read about Hallowed. Now I really want to read Unearthly! Putting on my list as I type!!

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  17. This sounds like a great series! I'm going to have to go get Unearthly now!

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  18. ooohhh, i so cannot wait to read this book, great review. i need some more tucker, he's my fav. so excited to read this!

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  19. This is going to be so so so good! Love finding the next great read. Thanks for the post.

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  20. Hallowed is definitely a must read. I wish I had the insight to Cynthia Hand's mind I'm going to have a hard time waiting for the next book in the Unearthly series. The first book Unearthly was lots of fun and laughs, Hallowed is definitely for breaking your heart. I highly recommend Hallowed as a must,must read.

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