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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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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, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, and My Lady Jane (with Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows). Before turning to writing for young adults, Cynthia studied literary fiction, and earned both an MFA and a PhD in fiction writing. She currently resides in Idaho, where she teaches creative writing at Boise State University. Visit her online at www.cynthiahandbooks.com.

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Hallowed (Unearthly Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 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!!!!!
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.
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!
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, "everything is better now" 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!
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.
Bookworm1858 More than 1 year ago
Source: Bought (an autographed copy from a signing at a B&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 "glad" 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’s life again. Team Christian or Team Tucker? That’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’t disappoint. From page one moving and so sad. I didn’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’t free from worldly and human concerns.
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Fantasybkgirl More than 1 year ago
I LOVED Unearthly. So when Hallowed came out I was really looking forward to reading it. I mean I loved Tucker and Clara's relationship. But then I started reading and was somewhat disappointed with the story. Don't get me wrong there were parts I loved but for the most part it was just ok for me. The second book in a series is usually one that drives me crazy. This one did that. I mean why do authors always mess with a good relationship? In Hallowed Clara has to face a lot of challenges. She finds things out about her family that I was even shocked to discover. She thinks that there is more to her purpose and then there is Samjeeza. I have mixed feeling about him. We meet a lot of new characters and learn more about some of the characters from Unearthly. I felt the struggles between how Clara felt about Tucker and doing what she feels is right. Then there is Christian, who I wasn't sure about in the last one. I mean I liked him but I was all Team Tucker. But this time around I really started to like him and am starting to think that maybe he is the better choice for Clara. I can over look some of the stupid selfish things that he does in this one. The way he is there for Clara at her most vulnerable times just melts my heart. There is suspense, action, heartbreak and a love triangle is forming. The ending is kinda crazy, I was like WHAT when we learn what Jeffery did. Yeah there are things I liked and things I didn't in this story. Overall I give it 3 stars. I will being reading Boundless because I have to know what happens.
TiareSho More than 1 year ago
 Its been a long time since I read a book in a day. But here I am, writing a review for a book I started this morning. I didn't remember liking Unearthly this much, but after finishing this book, the more I think about it, the more I remember how good the first book in the series was. Its the kind of good that you don't really notice while you're reading it, but then you put it down and it hits you, at least, that's the way it was for me. I was too distracted by the story to be thinking about how good it was, I was just lost in the pages, and only when I came up for air did I really understand how enjoyable the read was. Normally I would give a list of pros and cons, but right now I'm at a loss for any major cons for this book. Obviously it wasn't perfect, nothing ever is, but I can't think of anything that bothered me enough to really have a problem with it. I will say specifically what I liked, though:- Clara. She is what I would probably label a 'strong heroin'. No, she wasn't perfect. She did show emotion, she cried sometimes, she let love cloud her mind, and she acted like a teenage girl. But that's okay; she's allowed to be a teenage girl. But, despite all of that, she made her own decisions. She didn't let her boyfriend own her. She didn't just sit back and accept what was handed to her. She fought for what she wanted. And that made her strong (and a strong character) Even though she was a little stubborn, which is a little annoying, it would be hypocritical for me to criticize her for that.  - The love triangle. It wasn't the usual, obnoxious, omg-drama kind of love triangle. She was insistent that she wanted to be with Tucker, and though Christian was there, being an angle on the love triangle, he wasn't annoying or rude about his presence. He was just there; bring friendly. - The variety in the writing. She was able to be funny sometimes, but also serious other times. I like it when an author can write about a variety of situations, and they can all blend together in a story, and sound natural. Also, the way she wrote everything just flowed. It was like the story was pulling me through it, instead of my having to push and shove my way through every word.
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eternalised More than 1 year ago
Hallowed is a tough book to review, because it deals with a lot of difficult topics. It’s certainly a lot more emotional than its prequel, Unearthly, which is great, but also places the characters in difficult situations they may or may not be able to handle. Clara is a part-angel, and that gives her visions of a purpose she must fulfill in life. She’s already fulfilled hers, or at least one of them, but she keeps having recurring dreams that place her at the cemetery, grieving. When it becomes apparent the vision is telling the future, Clara has to find out what’s about to happen and who’s going to die so she can stop it. While it takes a while for Clara to find out what’s going on, I knew almost immediately. It was very obvious. I didn’t know if this was on purpose or not, but it slightly annoyed me; I wanted to be kept in the dark, just like Clara was. The conflict, of which we’ve seen the roots in Unearthly, now expands rapidly and quickly takes over the entire plot. Black Wings arrive at Clara’s school and watch her every move. With a war slowly growing all around them, Clara and her friends decide it’s time to learn themselves a few new skills. But in the midst of dealing with it all, Clara must also find a way to keep her growing feelings for Christian in check, considering she’s still Tucker’s girlfriend, and she still loves him. But like all things in Clara’s life, love isn’t easy. It’s complicated, mysterious and more than she could ever hope for. Hallowed starts out strongly, falls a little flat in the middle, and ends strongly again. I had trouble with how some of the characters behaved. Half of the time I felt like slapping Clara around the head, but then I felt sorry for her and grew to like her somewhat again. This constant like-dislike relationship I had with the main character kept me annoyed for a large part of the book. Also, in Unearthly, I was a big fan of Tucker, but I found myself not liking him all that much in this sequel. In fact, my feelings slowly changed to liking Christian instead. There were definitely some scenes here that gave him major bonus points. I was also disappointed by how Tucker, the brief times he actually makes an appearance, is portrayed in this book. It’s like he made an one-eighty after Unearthly, turning into a completely different person. He’s childish, immature and shallow at times. Huge dissapointment there. Plot-wise, this book was all right. I wasn’t blown away, nor was I bored. I enjoyed the plot, but it didn’t strike me as particularly original or intriguing. The side characters were well-developed, but same old, same old. I wanted a bit more originality, a bit more character depth, and a bit more conflict to keep myself intrigued. Hallowed is a decent sequel to Unearthly. It starts where Unearthly left off, and follows the lives of Clara and her family and friends. If you like YA paranormal romance, feel free to give the Unearthly series a try. The lore behind the Angels is intriguing, at times even refreshing, and the book is well worth reading.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
In the second installment of the Unearthly Trilogy (after Unearthly), teenaged Clara Gardner is learning more about her abilities and obligations as an angelblood, a human who is part angel by birth. She and her mother and brother, all angelbloods, had moved to Wyoming because of the fiery visions Clara was having and the wildfire had, indeed, occurred. In a departure from what she believed she was destined to do, Clara had rescued a fellow student, Tucker, rather than Christian, another angelblood. Now, Clara is confused, being unsure of what her true purpose might be and torn between destiny and free will. She’s becoming very sure of one thing, though—there is going to be a death and someone she loves will not be at the graveside service. Adding to Clara’s fear is the unwanted attention of a fallen angel, known as a Black Wing, a being who has tried to kill her and her mother and who creates an aura of overwhelming sorrow whenever he’s near. Unable to tell Tucker everything because of the danger full knowledge would bring, Clara’s main source of comfort is all the other angelbloods in her community and there are quite a few. Maggie, Clara’s mom, has her own secrets and begins to divulge them to Clara and her brother, Jeffrey, culminating in two major revelations. Angels are the theme of more and more dark fantasy or paranormal books these days, especially in the young adult arena, but Hand brings a fresh perspective to the angelbloods of her trilogy. The religious aspect is handled lightly but with enough depth to convey understanding and the expected rollercoaster of feelings of those just learning what they are—confusion, anger, fear, joy, guilt, shock, sadness, peace—are shown to the reader as though there really is not much difference between angelblood and human teenagers when it comes to emotions. That in itself is unusual and very welcome in this subgenre. The author also gives Maggie a complexity that is often ignored in young adult novels and it’s refreshing to have a parent play such a central role. The trouble with a really good book is having to wait so long for the next in the trilogy or series. The third Unearthly novel cannot come too soon and Hallowed is the first book I’ll be putting on my list of favorites in 2012.
Renegade_Princess17 More than 1 year ago
Great read. I feel sorry for clara because she has to make a little of hard decisions. I want to know what's up with jeffery though.
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