Hallowed (Unearthly Series #2)

Hallowed (Unearthly Series #2)

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by Cynthia Hand

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Melissa Marr
Enchanting and exciting, romantic and believable-I wasn’t able to tear myself away!
VOYA - Deborah L. Dubois
Clara loves Tucker, she really does. So why is she having these feelings for Christian? Angel-blood Clara is conflicted about her feelings for both boys and about her purpose. When the fire of her visions came, she made a choice that went against her purpose and now she does not know what she can do to make it right. To make it worse, her mother refuses to explain things to her. Through contact with other angels at the Congregation, Clara learns more about angels and her own special abilities. Then, Clara has another vision—someone she loves will die within a few months. How can she prevent the death when she does not know who is going to die or how? Clara tries to have a normal teenager's life while grappling with feelings and situations beyond her control. An evil angel, known as a Black Wing, is after her, and she fears for her life and the lives of those she loves. The characters in this first-person narrative are strong, with powerful emotions that are adeptly portrayed. Clara, Tucker, and Christian are realistic teens who grow in strength and maturity as they struggle with incredibly difficult situations. The depth of even minor characters enhances the story. Themes of destiny and free will are explored, giving the reader much to think about. Hand has crafted a captivating paranormal romance that will have readers eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Reviewer: Deborah L. Dubois
Kirkus Reviews
Readers who enjoyed the steadfast characters, plotting and romance of Unearthly (2010) can expect more of the same in this equally satisfying sequel. Picking up after the fire in which she rescued rodeo star Tucker, discovered that Christian (the boy from her dreams) is an angel like her and failed to fully realize her "purpose" as an angel, Clara Gardner faces her senior year with a new set of problems. She's started having a different set of dreams, which reveal that someone close to her is about to die. As she tries to piece together clues and a new purpose from the dreams, she must also be on constant watch for the evil fallen angel (known as a Black Wing) Samjeeza. Although it's clear which direction Clara's increasingly petulant younger brother, Jeffrey, is heading, occasional literary and pop references ("First rule of Angel Club, you do not talk about Angel Club") keep the first-person narration snappy. As in the first novel, unexpected twists lead to surprising revelations (this time helping Clara learn more about the lives of angels and her own special angel qualities), and the incessant conflict between destiny and free will drives Clara's actions—and heart. While it's readers' fate to wait for a third book in the series, they'll do so willingly to discover the answers to lingering secrets. (Paranormal romance. 13-17)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Unearthly Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.34(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Melissa Marr
Enchanting and exciting, romantic and believable-I wasn’t able to tear myself away!

Meet the Author

Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly trilogy. A native of southeastern Idaho, she has graduate degrees in creative writing from Boise State University and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. For the past seven years she has taught writing at Pepperdine University in Southern California. She and her family have recently moved back to Idaho, where they are enjoying the fresh air.

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Hallowed (Unearthly Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 163 reviews.
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
Hallowed is a splendid continuation of the Unearthly series. Clara and her family continue on this magical and powerful journey that still leaves the future unclear. Overall Hallowed is an emotionally charged book that will wrap up loose end from Clara's failed purpose, and open the door to what the future holds for this young girl. Tucker and Christian will continue to be a huge obstacle in this second book. As the relationship between Clara and Tucker grows; Clara finds herself facing the most difficult decision yet. Meanawhile, Christian has been a distraction in the background, but this book steps up his character. Christian is faced with the decision to allow life to pass him by, or reach out and hang on to what fate destined as his. The emotional rollercoaster that entails is eventful and intense to say the least. Although, with a divided fan base of Team Christian's or Team Tucker's mixed emotions will result from this drastic conclusion. This series is rated 8-10 grade, and I concur that this is would be a wonderful read for the younger paranormal lovers; it is clean, innocent, and addictive. With that said I must also point out that I am not of the younger generations, and this is one of my favorite series, so it is one that all ages can love. This is a BookWhisperer Recommendation!!!!!
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
Awesome Weekend Read. Loved it from beginning to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a truly amazing book. If there was any book that I could make into a movie so I could watch it everyday, it would be this one. Hallowed was not like your typical boring, not so interesting sequel. If anything, it was better than the first. Clara Gardner is an angel-blood. An angel-blood with secrets to keep and secrets to share. But most importantly, secrets to unfold. Her mother has been keeping secrets from her. But she is not the only one. These dyays, it feels like everybody she knows is keeping something from her. Even her brother. And do not think Samyeeza has disappeared from Clara's life. There is a lot more to him then meets the eye. This book really tied up many ends, but also left me hanging and wanting to know more. Angela keeps discovering things and keeps sharing. This book brought information from diverse, but real sources and fit it all together. Tucker. Oh Tucker. You cannot but feel bad for him. He is head over heals for Clara, but still can never fully understand her life. And now Christian. He is so beautiful in his own ways. He is kind and true to himself. He gives himself less credit than he deserves. And he loves Clara. But Clara is with Tucker and Tucker is jealous of Christian because Christian loves Clara and Clara is confused. This book is extremely gripping and I could not put it down for a second. This book had everything a story needs and more. It was quality work. It had romance (a love-triangle that kept me intrigued), action, emotion, mystery and something I cannot describe with one word. It was something to do with feeling everything the book wanted you to feel: joy, sadness, pity, fear, laughter. And it does not end at that. This book was fantastic. Nothing is like it. Purely original. Purely amazing. I cannot wait for the third book to come out! Read this book. It is definetly worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant about this book at first but once I got into it I couldn't stop. I had about 200 pages left when I went to bed and finished Unearthly at 2:00AM
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
It's hard to express and put into words how I feel after reading this book. With Unearthly being an intriguing and captivating start to this series, Hallowed has definitely kicked it up a notch and taken me along on an emotional journey I won't soon forget. That's not always the case when you have such an amazing start to a series like that. Sometimes when you start off that high you can't help but worry that the only place left to go next is down. Well, I hope you're not afraid of heights... You know how it is in most "love triangle" types of series, how there always seems to be a real cut and dry for everyone. It's either Team BookBoyA or Team BookBoyB and you can usually find some really good solid arguments and evidence to back you up against the opposing guy. I can't do that with Christian and Tucker. They are both agonizingly good guys. I can't say a single negative thing about either of them they are book boyfriend perfection. Both! I mean for once I can actually understand what it's like for someone like Clara to be so torn about her feelings. I get it. I'm not screaming at the book trying to tell her what I think she should do. Or throwing my hands in the air and scoffing in disgust if something even the slightest bit romantic should happen with the guy who's team I'm not backing. Because by the end of the book, our minds are in sync. We both know who she needs to choose. You can't help but love the characters in this book. All of them, even the new ones. Even through all the twists and turns that this book brings. As you learn more about everyone and secrets are revealed. Things get darker for some and others surprise you. There's still a love there for them. I probably went through about half a box of tissues with this book. I'm so not joking. I was a total wreck. I love these types of book so much though. I love being so involved and swept away by a story that it can evoke that kind of emotion from me whether it be joy and excitement or even sadness and heartache. These are the kinds of stories that I can read again and again, and I can guarantee you that it will produce the same results from me each time. Hallowed has erased any doubt that these last two books in the series won't be able to hold up to Unearthly. It has me excited to crack open Boundless and see where Cynthia Hand leads me on this journey's end. I'll be sad to see it go, but happier than I was before it began.
CaptivatedRding More than 1 year ago
I'm glad I chose this book for my first audiobook because if it had been something boring, I may have tuned out a bit. But, as it stands, that was not the case with Hallowed. From the very beginning I was enraptured with the story. Clara was a bit different in Hallowed than she was in Unearthly. I see a lot more growth in her in this book, especially at the end. Clara goes through SO much in this story and I felt horrible for her. But, there were some redeeming moments, as well. Those made me feel like the was a light at the end of, poor, Clara's maudlin tunnel. One of the other differences in Hallowed was that there was a lot less Tucker and a lot more Christian. And, while, being--initially--Team Tucker, this bothered me a bit, by the end I felt the "Team" lines blurring. And, sadly, it wasn't really Tucker's fault. We just get to know Christian a little bit better. And, honestly, I love that Ms. Hand did this. I feel like with most love-triangles that both pursuers don't get their fair-share of time. It's usually pretty much stacked in one's favor from the beginning. But, because of all this, I now find myself extrememly anxious for the next book in this series. In fact, I may go crazy waiting.
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. To me it was better than book one. This book was much more heartbreaking and serious. You may even switch teams if you had picked one of the guys from Unearthly. It will be a long wait for book 3! Recommend these to everyone!
AlaskaGin More than 1 year ago
Very thought provoking book focused on the ways our choices impact not only ourselves but all those around us. Awesome for a discussion starter with your teens. The characters in this trilogy grip you quickly and tend to stay on your mind long after you close the book. I can't wait for book three!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
captivating couldn't put it down, cant wait to read the #3
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bounds in. <p> [ Y'know this is hallow not hollow...... hallow is like Halloween... ]
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book4children More than 1 year ago
I love this series. While I felt like this particular book didn't accomplish a whole ton plot-wise, I really enjoyed reading it. I grew to like all the characters a little more and became more invested in what happened to them. I even loved Samjeeza. What a fantastic bad guy! He was so creepy. I will definitely be reading the final book in the series.
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KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
If it's possible, I loved Hallowed even more than Unearthly!  Like the first, this one is a beautiful story, very tender and sweet at times.  But there is also a somewhat darker feel to it as Clara struggles with the choices she has made and still has to make, and the consequences of those choices.  There are more twists and turns and a lot less predictability. The characters grew over the course of the last book and I felt like they were even more explored in this one.  We learn so much more about Clara's mom and she becomes a bit of a tragic figure.  In Unearthly, she often irritated me, keeping secrets that I thought she needed to share with Clara.  It was the same at the beginning of Hallowed, but with this book comes a great deal of understanding.  However, with the answers come more questions! The love triangle is still going strong and is just as engrossing.  I had fears that it, after having been drawn out through two books, would be tired and predictable, but it wasn't at all.  I still can't decide if I am Team Tucker or Team Christian yet, as I flip back and forth constantly!  I love that we get to know both of the guys as their own people, separate from Clara. But the best thing about this book?  Clara's story throughout the book and especially at the end.  Clara had a rough time throughout this book, one thing right after another.  There was no easy tying up of loose ends, &quot;everything is better now&quot; ending for her.  No one swooped in and solved her problems.  I liked that because it is real.  There was a lot of heart break in this installment, sadness that had me shedding ugly tears at times! The only thing I really didn't get was the appearance of Clara's dad.  He just reappeared in her life and there was no real conflict or angst about it.  I know they are angels, but it seemed a little out of touch to not have even a moment of anger or confusion or belligerence. Things to love about Hallowed...    --Clara's mom and dad.  Their story was sweet and romantic and more than a little tragic.    --Hand's writing.   The story is beautifully written, sweeping you along without weighing you down with lengthy descriptive sentences.      --Clara's friends.  I love Angela, the token emo girl, and Wendy, the bubbly other BFF.  They are great friends and interesting characters in their own rights. My recommendation:  Better than the first so READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful, heartwarming, sad and happy at the same time story. I can't wait to read the next book!
Disquietus More than 1 year ago
I was a little nervous going into this book after how much I loved Unearthly, mostly because the middle books of trilogies tend to be disappointing, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised by how good this book was, despite the fact that it was also utterly heartbreaking. The heart of this book was the development of the world of the angel-bloods, as well as some serious character and relationship development. A lot of information is thrown at the reader, including some pretty interesting and intriguing surprises about Clara's own family. The writing remained strong, and you can definitely tell that Hand has a well thought out plan for this world and these characters, even though you're still not quite sure what it is and whether it will be good or bad. Clara and Tucker continued to cause me a lot of feelings, both swoony and heartbreaking. These poor kids definitely do not have it easy, but who said love is easy right? The only parts of the book that I didn't enjoy was the development of the Christian/Clara ~soulmate story line. My indifference to Christian turned into outright hatred in this book, because he is just a pushy self-righteous little brat who can't take a hint. I get where he's coming from. I do. I understand that he's in love with Clara, and thinks they are ~meant to be. But I don't think that justifies him having zero respect for her feelings and her relationship with Tucker. Can you tell that I have a lot of opinions about this? Overall, while I enjoyed this book, well except for that one Christian related moment that caused me to throw my Nook across the room in a rage, it didn't stand out for me. There was plenty of great plot/character/relationship development, but there wasn't as much action as I would have liked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gosh. That was dissapointing. I mean the moms ghost? Hmm. I would have ended it differently, but the book was good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing.it is a romance mixed with a fantasy.u must read this book it is so good that i hate readin and now im reading like crazy
Bookworm1858 More than 1 year ago
Source: Bought (an autographed copy from a signing at a B&amp;N store) SPOILERS for first book Unearthly as well as Hallowed OK-it took me way too long to pick up this delightful sequel! I think part of that was my general indifference to angel stories though I've seen this ranked as one of the best, I'll still take contemporary over paranormal any day. The other part would be a lack of infatuation with Tucker. It seems like almost everyone else in the blogosphere swooned for the guy but I didn't get it. I did like Christian though. I'm glad I already wasn't a fan of Tucker because his behavior in this book is not great. He's increasingly out of the picture, rather personality-less, and very jealous. As he should be because Christian and Clara are able to draw closer based on their shared angel heritage. But, I'm totally biases as an admitted member of Team Christian. Still I didn't like how Clara shunted Tucker to the side for his own protection. I hate when male paranormals do that to their human girlfriends and I hated it here too even though I don't like Tucker. Yeah, I have complicated feelings about the romantic relationships. Did I mention there were spoilers? Because more are to come, starting now... So Clara's dad is an angel? This makes sense. I actually knew that because I read some reviews with spoilers beforehand. I didn't predict that (as I mentioned in my Unearthly review, I bought that he was in New York doing whatever) but it didn't surprise me. Clara just seemed to powerful to have so little angelbood. I'm also &quot;glad&quot; that Clara's mom died. Not because I like reading about moms dying (way too common in books, TV, and movies) but because I wondered about her weakness in the first book and it was explained here. I'm still wondering about Jeffrey-since we only get Clara's point of view, he does not come off well and I found myself very pissed off at him and his behavior. I'm also wondering about the overall battle between the angels and the Black Wings. I don't feel like all that much happened in this book even though I'm sure it is all pushing toward a grand finale in the third book. I'm especially curious to find out more about Clara's purpose (and how Christian ties into it). It is probably too much to hope that they'll procreate and bring more angel babies into the world but I can dream. Overall: A really fun sequel although maybe a bit on the long side when considering what happens and what the audience learns. Excited for Boundless Cover: I liked the purple on Unearthly more but it's good. They look nice on the shelf together.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
In UNEARTHLY Clara found out about her heritage as an angel, how to use her newfound powers and the influence being an angel on her family and personal life.Where UNEARTHLY was delightfully funny, this second book in the series begins with a pensive and depressing undertone right from the start. Only a few pages into the story and tears started escaping my eyes. Clara kept having visions about a funeral with one significant character missing among the attendants. She desperately tries to find out whose death she's indirectly foreseeing and these uneasy feelings are easly spreading to the reader. Problems start piling up and misery and trouble are bound to occur. There is also a black wing - the name doesn't suggest anything positive, does it? - waiting for Clara and her family. Clara has to figure out her destiny, while not imperiling her loved ones. In this part of the story we and Clara learn more about the nature of angels, prophecies and customs which make up an interesting and informative part of the novel. Be prepared for a lot of heavenly power! We follow Clara's family and friends, but are also introduced to old friends and important persons of the past who come back to be a part of the Gardener family&rsquo;s life again. Team Christian or Team Tucker? That&rsquo;s the essential romantic debate in HALLOWED. Although Clara loves Tucker, her connection to Christian is as strong as never before. I cheered for Tucker all the time and he fought for Clara, but there is only so much he can take. I looove Tucker! He is no angel, but no less heavenly! THE VERDICT HALLOWED- The heavely torn sequel to UNEARTHLY, with a major romantic choice and a great loss that has to be endured! HALLOWED is a sequel that doesn&rsquo;t disappoint. From page one moving and so sad. I didn&rsquo;t want it to end, even though I knew what was coming and inevitable. This series is one of my favourite angel book series. The overall writing is casual and filled with all kinds of natural emotions that show even angels aren&rsquo;t free from worldly and human concerns.
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