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Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Title: Hallowed
Author: Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly, #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen (Imprint of HarperCollins)
Date Published: January 17th, 2012
Edition: Hardcover

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.

My Review:

After finishing Unearthly I was pretty excited to read the next book in the series. I really loved that book. But one of my big loves for the book was Tucker. So I was also really hesitant going into Hallowed because I had heard people say it will turn your feelings around to rooting for Christian more, and I didn’t want that!

As far as the love triangle goes, I’m really torn. I feel like Tucker’s character was changed and purposefully pushed into the background in this book in an effort to draw us to team Christian. But I’m just not feeling the chemistry between him and Clara that I was feeling between her and Tucker. They’re friends, I can see that. But more? I’m not buying it. It feels like they want to be together because they’re supposed to, and that just isn’t enough for me. I can see why they would be good together, but sometimes love isn’t rational or logical. The heart wants what it wants. So it doesn’t seem like Clara is really following her heart, but instead going with what she feels is easy or meant to be.

Aside from the love triangle, a lot happened and at the same time a lot didn’t happen in this book. When I think back on the bigger picture, it seems like Clara didn’t really move forward any as far as her purpose goes. But at the same time, a lot of personal issues (inside and outside the romance) make up the story. This of course is important for Clara’s character to grow and move forward, but I’m hoping sort of a bigger theme will form in the next book. I don’t know if this is supposed to be a trilogy or just ongoing? Either way, it just needs a little something aside from Clara growing into who she is.

But this was a good book. Like with Unearthly I had trouble putting it down. I love the touches of sarcastic humor thrown in and, despite my uneasiness with the love triangle for this one, I do love all the characters individually. Like I said above, I just hope the next book(s) form a larger theme, possibly working off of what Clara’s purpose is, and I’m excited to learn more about that.

4 Hearts
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10 Responses to Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

  1. Liyana says:

    Great review! It felt like Clara gave up on her purpose (and Tucker) somewhat, so I'll be glad to see that addressed in book 3.
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  2. I loved this one so so so much! Even more than the first. There were some happenings that made me cry and so very sad. Also, I really enjoyed the twists, turns and new developments!

    It's interesting what you say about Christian, I totally fell in love with him in this book and even switched Teams. Tucker is awesome but it feels like she belongs to Christian…
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    • I donno. They have a lot in common and such. But half the time they're together they hardly talk! lol Maybe it's just me though. Perhaps that'll change in the next book too. They just seemed so awkward around each other all the time.

  3. Giselle says:

    Great review Sarah! You,re right plot-wise nothing much happened. This was more finding out her past and what's going to be coming up for her I guess. I really liked it and I'm not sure which team I'm on anyways! SO TORN!! haha.
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    • It speaks to her writing skills though that these books keep me hooked even without much of a plot! lol But it was good for Clara to grow a little more personally as far as her family and the whole loooove story goes. :)

  4. Isalys says:

    I completely agree with everything you said! It's pretty much spot on with how I felt.

    I am totally Team Tucker and although I like Christian, I just don't feel that he's the right guy for her. I feel like they're trying to force something that really isn't there.

    I guess I'm okay with the non-progress made with the plot because she had plenty to deal w/ on a personal level. Her mom's ambiguity annoyed me in the first half of the book, but she made up for it with the second half. The one would really got under my skin was her brother…I really wanted to jump INTO the book, grab him by the collar and yell, "GET OVER YOUR SHIT ALREADY!" Ugh *facepalm* lol

    I do like this series so I'll continue it but I hope that the next book is more plot driven.

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    • I'm glad to hear someone agrees with me on the Christian thing! lol I was beginning to feel like I'm the only one who isn't really feeling them as a couple.

      But yes, I definitely agree with her brother. He is just a loose cannon. I have a bad feeling something is going to go down with him because he's just so emotional.

  5. A. Knight says:

    Who's been saying you will root for Christian more? BAH. You should've seen my review – at the bottom I did a little stick figure comic strip expressing my displeasure at having less Awesome Tuckerness in this one. I pray Hand won't break my heart and shove Clara in the wrong direction. And I'm glad you were so engrossed in it!

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  6. Jill says:

    Loved this book but I also felt that she picked Christian because it is "easier." I remember somewhere reading a quote that said "Too often we pick easier love of the truer one" or something along those lines. My heart broke for Tucker. I don't think the author will disappoint us in number 3. I feel something is up with her brother too. Maybe he is being influenced by darkness somehow. Really enjoyed meeting her dad in this one. Basically, a very well-done, attention-holding series. I am a school librarian and these go out a lot. However, it is mainly girls who read them.

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