Hallowed (Unearthly Series #2)

Hallowed (Unearthly Series #2)

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061996184
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Series: Unearthly Series , #2
Pages: 403
Sales rank: 603,389
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.34(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the Unearthly trilogy, The Afterlife of Holly Chase, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, and My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows). She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with her husband, who loves typewriters as much as she does, two cats, two kids, one crazy dog, and a mountain of books. Visit her online at www.cynthiahandbooks.com.

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

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Hallowed (Unearthly Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 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!
bhwrn1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review to come when I get to Florida!I really liked this book. I liked it better than the first one. I really like that Hand did not feel the need to explain every detail from the first book to bring people up to speed if they hadn't read it. I hate having to reread stuff that I already know.I have to say, loved the introduction of the new characters. I was not surprised by a few (had that figured out in the first book). Made it a much more interesting read.I was surprised to find that her father was an angel.I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I am really liking the angel thing. These are the first books I have read with angels!I give it a 3.5-4/5.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an absolute stunner of a book; it is beautifully written and absolutely engaging. Very hard to put down and lots of surprising revelations that made this book even better than the first one (and I absolutely loved the first boo).Clara and her family moved to Colorado so she could fulfill her angelic purpose. Well at the end of Unearthly she made a different choice, the choice to not fulfill her purpose. That decision will have repercussions that even Clara could never had expected. Clara is trying to get on with life and enjoy time with her boyfriend Tucker. That's when the dreams start; Clara is having dreams that someone very close to her will die, she thinks it might be Tucker. Clara's worry over Tucker puts strain on their relationship and she finds herself spending more and more time with Christian, another Quatarius angel whose fate seems tied closely to Clara's.When you look at the synopsis this sounds like just another paranormal YA book. The difference is this is a really, really well written YA book with a lot of heart, and a lot of humor. The writing is beautiful. Clara is funny at points and absolutely honest. I love the relationship she has with her mom and what a loving family they are.Clara makes a wonderful heroine, the mistakes she makes are in an effort to do the right thing. She is constantly torn between following her heart and following her destiny. She also has to go through some truly heartbreaking stuff in this book. Seriously you will laugh out loud and then be in tears by the end of the book.If you were a Tucker fan in the last book, sorry to say you might be changing sides. Christian plays a huge role in this book; his respect, understanding and constant support of Clara make him a wonderful character and I was really rooting for him by the end of the story.The book is mostly drama, not a ton of action, but there is some action and mystery as Clara struggles to solve the mystery of the Black Wings and uncover the history of her mother. The plot takes some amazing twists at the end and there are some revelations that are truly jaw-dropping. There is a lot in this story I would never have been able to predict, it was all very well done.Overall this book is even better than the first one. Clara is such a likable character that she is easy to get attached to; she is forced to dealing with some heartbreaking stuff. Christian really comes into his own in this book; he is so supportive and understanding of Clara. Some truly surprising plot twists occur that really upped the ante. Highly recommended to fans of YA paranormal books; this series is so well written that it is really one of the better YA series out there.
VirginiaGill on LibraryThing 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!
lilcrickit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hallowed was a good read, I was sad throughout it because I knew someone close to Clara was going to die and when it came to that part of the story my heart broke just a tad. I love the two male love interests as they both offer Clara different things, but who is the right one for her. Well, Christian only because he is like her and will live longer than Tucker. Okay, there is more to it than that but she can really be her Angel self without worrying about the glory making Tucker sick or worship her. However, her heart belongs to Tucker, and I wonder how that is going to play out in the end. I think Tucker is a great character though, all of the characters are well developed and easy to identify with. The story flowed well and the reader gets a better understanding of who Clara is and where she comes from. Hallowed is full of surprises, and can't wait to read more of this series. This is truly a story of loss, self-discovery, family and love.
MaryinHB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTSLOVED IT*** spoilers if you haven't read Unearthly ***Clara is still conflicted about her decision to save Tucker and let Christian fend for himself during the fire. She questions her purpose and what exactly she should have done. Patience, my dear reader, it all will be revealed and then you will be stuck wanting to know the answer to even more questions! ARGHHH! I loved Unearthly so much and the way the words just flowed together and this installment matches that one in tempo nicely. So after finishing this one, I now have even more questions and even more about what will come in the next book.Clara still thinks Tucker is the perfect guy for her and in a lot of ways he really is. He gets her off beat sense of humor filled with sarcastic comments. He respects her and wants to see her fulfill her purpose even if that means she will never be the perfect girl for him. He is just an all around good guy, especially for a teenager and especially for a guy. I have to give giant kudos to the author for making him three dimensional and well rounded as well as believable. The incredible part about this story is that I have even developed feelings for Christian, that way-too-perfect person that has some secrets of his own. Oh what a tangled web of a triangle romance that has now been woven between Christian, Clara and Tucker! My other fav character of Angie plays a wonderful supporting role in making Clara think about what is going on with her life and that the fact her mother keeps silent about just exactly what her purpose is makes it more interesting. I would adore a spin off of Angela or even more of her in the next book. Jeffrey and Wendy are pretty much a walk on in this one and I kind of miss them. I don't understand how such a typical teenage triangle could make me enjoy a story line like this since it is a real staple of young adult fiction these days, but the way Hand puts the words together make me want to read about how Clara brushes her teeth and even mundane things become truly heartfelt and interesting. I am seriously too old to be swept away by a romance like this, but the whole thing is just a really wonderful read.
Tatiana_G on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3.5 starsIt's a relief to know I won't regret all the hyping of Unearthly I've done over the last year. Even though I liked Hallowed less than its predecessor, the series is still going strong the way I see it.Whatever was praiseworthy in the 1st book remains so in the 2nd - the teen romances are still healthy (I won't even bash the inevitable love triangle - it is written well enough; it is not perfect, but not unbearably annoying either), the heroines are strong and the heroes are kind and respectful, the angel lore, while more Hell- and Heaven-heavy this time, still doesn't cross the line into preaching. There is also an added bonus of a meditation on free will vs. destiny which I find quite interesting, especially within a genre as soulmate-ridden as PNR.But there are things that didn't fully work for me.Hallowed is a sad, sad book. In addition to Clara's anxiety over her failure to fulfill her purpose at the end of Unearthly, she starts having more visions, this time predicting the death of someone close to her. Plus, the new, strange connection with Christian muddles things with Tucker. Complications are all around Clara.If Unearthly was a sweet PNR, its sequel is about death and grief. The glumness and occasional drudgery of it was pretty intense for me. Some lightness in the beginning would have made for a better reading experience, building up to a more emotional impact in the end and a bigger climax, which, frankly, was virtually non-existent in Hallowed.I am concerned about the concept of purpose as well. Will it all come together eventually? The way Clara's purpose appears to come back and back again, I am afraid the series has an option of becoming a never-ending stream of books, all focusing on a purpose which so far looks exclusively romance-related (just today I read on the author's website that there might be more than 3 books in, what I originally thought, was a trilogy). That would be boring to me.I will still be reading the 3rd book when it comes out in 2013. Fingers crossed, the series does not get prolonged beyond 3 books and the last one packs some interesting surprises and revelations while untangling the plot that at this point looks a tad convoluted.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Can you say amazing? Cause that is what this book is!! I knew from the very start of this book that there was going to be so much heart wrenching action that I was actually nervous while reading this. What I like most about this book is the way Ms. Hand utterly and beautifully connected this book to the first. I LOVE it when an author can bring to light with great "aweness" of what is really going on with the story. I adore that Ms. Hand created such a drama filled plot line that I never even sought to look the way Ms. Hand did. So many things made sense that I was like," Ms. Hand you are a genius."There are a few new elements that made me want to cry. Okay, correction, Ms. Hand, you made me cry. I cried beautiful tears of a love that is lost. Try as I might to hold the tears in, it only made my throat hurt more. Definitely this author created such a wonderful story that I could only take so much in a time. At one point, I had to book the down just to catch my breath and breathe. If you haven't figured it out by now that this book is only made of pure awesomeness please go and do yourself a favor and pick up this book! As soon as you start it, you will not regret it. Your heart will long for a reading journey and this my friend is the journey you are looking for. Beautifully handcrafted and delectably told, Hallowed is the best book I've read this year!
mimi-vee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
MY MIND IS BLOWN. Even though Unearthly was one of the best angel books I've ever read, I never expected Hallowed to top that... but it DID, and it only took gallons of tears, several goofy grins, and a consistently aching chest for me to figure that out!I don't think I know a single person who won't cry at least once while reading this book! Hallowed is one huge emotional roller coaster with Clara finding out that someone close to her is going to die. It was beautiful and heartbreaking in the most realistic way, and I'm both in awe and heartbroken with how Cynthia Hand handled everything.I love Clara! Not only is she one of the most emotionally strong characters I've ever read about, but she's also so realistically flawed and easy to understand. The whole cast in this book was perfectly crafted, because not once did I think anyone was too perfect and that's exactly the way I like it.And as for the romance... I don't even want to call this a love triangle. It's too honestly beautiful to be that! ¿ Not many books that can make me switch teams (especially when I loved someone like Tucker first!), but Hallowed managed to do that without making either boy a jerk. Cynthia Hand knows how to write a book that makes you want to tear your heart out and read it over again at the same time.Beautiful, heartbreaking, and about a gazillion other positive & melancholic adjectives, Hallowed is a MUST-read for anyone who read Unearthly, just like this series is a must-read for anyone who likes to read in general! The wait for book 3 feels eons away! BUY or BORROW?: Buy buy buy buy buy buy buy this book! Despite having an ARC, I already pre-ordered a finished copy because I loved it that much! :)
skaohee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Unearthly, Clara Gardner found out about her purpose, moved to a new town, and then tried her best to complete her purpose. In Hallowed, it's the after-effects of the first book and how Clara's purpose has perhaps been altered by the choices she made.I loved this book. Clara reminds me so much of myself and when I found myself literally screaming (yes, actually YELLING) at my Kindlebecause I was so angry (as well as crying so hard my eyes got all puffy), I knew that these characters were 100% real and very dear to me. Do I agree with everything that Clara did? UM, NO. But that aside, the message that Cynthia Hand gets across in this book is universal to every single human, angel, whatever, etc in the universe: "What is my purpose in life? What am I suppose to do? Does one single action determine if I'm good or evil? Why am I here!" These are things that everyone asks themselves.You guys, this book has it all: beautiful writing, wonderful characters, and the perfect boy (yes, singular) - Team Tucker!
Candacemom2two on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first bit of the book felt a bit slow and I found myself wishing the story would take off already. And then it did and I did not put the book down after that! There were plenty of twists and turns and while a few things were easy enough to see coming because of hints most of the things totally surprised me! Part of that may have been because it's been a year since I read the first one though...I mostly really like Clara. She occasionally does things that annoy me but I can see her starting to mature and grow as a character. I think that this book was just the beginning of some realizations for her and in the next one she'll grow even more. Christian really grew on me in this book. I don't think I really loved him after Unearthly, but I'm starting to love him. I really don't want to get into too much about him or Tucker though because I don't want to spoil anything for you guys! I really really love this series and I highly recommend it if you haven't already picked it up. I cruised through this book like it was nothing and am dying for #3! There's a mystery left in this one and I can't wait to solve it!
Kr15tina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I LovedCouldn't Put It DownJust like Unearthly I had to finish Hallowed the day I started reading. Unlike Unearthly I didn't need to stay up till 3:30am to finish the book, I got Hallowed finished by 11:30pm. I got completely sucked into this world of angels, drama and choosing between two boys. When you are reading this series just forget about sleep, food and water and just finish the damn good book.Team Boy: Tucker vs ChristianI have loved Tucker since he first started to show his good boy side to Clara in Unearthly, but I have always believed that Clara and Christian are suppose to be together. By the end of this book I have finally decided which side I will choose. Team Christian, I still adore Tucker and I hope he finds happiness just not with Clara.CharactersChristian: Wow, does he sure shine in this book. We get to learn so many things about him and who he is as a person. I love his quiet support and waiting on the eaves till Clara is ready. Lies, Lies and More LiesFrom Unearthly there are so many lies or untold truths as they might put it. In Hallowed we get to learn a lot of secrets, it kinda reminds me of those Russian Nesting Dolls. Clara keeps on pulling out different truths from everyone and some of those truths are very WOW.Not My FavoriteClara: At first she did get on my nerves a little bit, especially when she found out who in her life is going to die. I don't know how I would handle that sort of news, but I hope I would not be as selfish about it as she was behaving.Recommendation If you haven't read this series yet you really really need to. If you have read the series I recommend that you pre-order the book so you can have it the day it is released.
thenightbookmobile on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There will be spoilers for the first book in the series: Unearthly.I'm going to be very vague in my review because I don't want to spoil anyone. If I were to write what I really wanted to about this book it would probably look something like this:#$(#($(LIKE(#$(@#)@WHAT@(#(STOP IT CHRISTIAN@#(@TUCKERRRRRRR@((@#$(#NOOO JEFFREYYYYY@#*!*! and end with me riding off into the sunset with Tucker on the back of Midas in a blaze of Glory....thankfully for you, I'm going to write something else and try to make it somewhat composed.Hallowed is Cynthia Hand's middle child and I liked it even more than her first. Sure, it's got classic middle child syndrome. It doesn't really further the plot along (though there are several new developments) and it ends as a very clear set up for the next book. The story still isn't the most original or groundbreaking thing in the world. There's still a love triangle with a heroine at the middle who is just special and shiny enough to make two men fall desperately in love with her. Yet, I loved this book. I laughed. I cried. I got angry. I worried. I stayed up all night with these characters. What kind of book deserves five stars if one that can make me do all of those things does not? I'm not here to be a professional judge of literary merit. Even so, it's like Cynthia Hand said to other authors "Look, you want to include the cliche high-school experience in your story and have a heroine who is being forced to choose between an attractive supernatural being and the boy next door? You can write that story but THIS is how you do it."As stated in my review of Unearthly I was a little fearful of where book two was going to go. At the start of the book (and random moments throughout) I was worried that the story was going to be taken somewhere very cliche with the love triangle and fall in on itself. It's like I was standing at the edge of a cliff with Cynthia Hand behind me just begging me to trust her and I was saying "But Cynthia, those rocks down there look awfully sharp and I think I see Christian down there trying to give himself Edward Cullen hair..." and she was like "Shut up. I've got this all under control. And you've got to admit his wings are pretty." and guess what? Cynthia Hand never pushed me off that cliff. Although I'm pretty sure I saw her nudge Tucker a few times.I don't like love triangles. There's usually a very clear winner and the girl ends up with the slightly abusive bad boy, while both boys stand around salivating over her like she's prime rib, and it's sickening. That is not so here. Well, for the most part. Cynthia Hand develops her characters so well that even if you came away from the first book solidly on the Team Tucker side (not that I would, um, ever, ya know, be on a team or anything... cough) that you will likely come to empathize with Clara and the reasons she is drawn to Christian as well. The thing is, Clara never casts Tucker aside. She doesn't look at Christian and say "Oh, but I cannot fight his charms! Look at his dark and smoky features!" and turn into mush in his presence. Though the boys have their cave man moments, they come out of it and apologize and they treat Clara with respect. They treat her as a person who can make her own decisions and don't try to force her hand. As a result, you feel something for everyone involved in the situation. It doesn't feel like a plot device. The love triangle makes sense as part of Clara's story. Clara is a creature with a destiny but she is also a creature with free will and the love triangle was a great way to explore that and help Clara grow.It also isn't the focus of the whole book. I absolutely loved that Clara's relationship with her family is so developed. I like that the mother gets to have her own story. Too often in YA the adults aren't fleshed out at all and it's often a missed opportunity. Maggie is just as developed as Clara and I love Cynthia Hand for that. I would love to see Hand expand on Maggie's past even fu
Krista23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Man, I hate when a book makes me cry. I felt so bad while reading this book, it was just one thing after another being done to Clara. She is still having a hard time dealing with the fact she messed up her calling in Unearthly (book 1) then the black wing is still causing trouble, her brother is acting weird, Tucker and her are having issues and above it all her mother..(no spoilers please!)I was overwhelmed with emotions throughout this whole book. I was always a Tucker fan, and I learned to appreciate Christian more in this book, but really hated for the jealousy that arose in Tucker because of all the time Clara was spending with the Angel Club and Christian in particular.This whole story made my heart hurt and when it ended there was no cliffhanger, but still a lot of questions on what could possibly happen next.What I enjoyed was the writing, this story had me crying, it was so emotional that I was just not expecting. I loved being introduced to Clara's father. He seems really strong and confident. I also loved the introduction to Billy (not sure on that spelling) Billy is an awesome best friend to Clara's mother, very strong and reminded me a lot of who Clara's mother was in the first book. I hope that she is a prominent character in the next one as well.I am not usually one that praises books that remind me of soap operas. The drama and the angst in most books really put me over the edge as a reader, but I have no qualms at all about how this story was approached. Although it broke my heart several times and I even needed to reach for the tissues. I loved it
jacindahinten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hallowed was one of my most anticipated reads of 2012. Since Unearthly was one of my favorites of 2011, it would be obvious to assume I couldn¿t wait to read the sequel! Plus I¿m always weary starting a second book in a series.I was so flipping happy to be reading about Clara, Tucker, and the rest of the gang again! Hopefully you¿ve figured out I¿m Team Tucker by grouping a certain someone into ¿rest of the gang.¿(Christian who?) I remember writing in my review of Unearthly that I thought the little itty bitty love triangle wasn¿t going to go anywhere in the series. I knew it was kind of there, but I wasn¿t expecting it to be such a problem in the next book. I guess I¿m only calling it a problem because I¿m Team Tucker 4 Life! Honestly¿I slowly started liking Christian more and more in Hallowed. But I have to stay on Tucker¿s side¿he¿s a cowboy!Cynthia Hand bombards us with new information we¿ve been waiting for. I¿m not using bombard in a horrible way, it is great to finally learn more things about Clara in regards to many things were we clueless about in book one. With all of this new information, I felt Hallowed had one flaw¿action. I¿m trying to recall how much action Unearthly actually had and I¿m drawing a blank. While reading book two, I kept hoping for more physical conflict, crazy situations characters can get themselves into, and Clara being pushed to her limits both mentally and physically. I think Hallowed ended up being more of a mentally challenging book for Clara and the rest of the cast.I did enjoy Hallowed almost completely! By the end of the book, I didn¿t have that feeling you get when a book is just tons of awesome. But seriously, if you haven¿t read Unearthly, you need to be doing so NOW! It is my favorite angel young adult series out there! Even though it might seem like my review about is negative¿I still loved the book! I just was expecting a bit more from it so I think I come off a bit too critical.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyCynthia Hand¿s paranormal YA series stole my heart with UNEARTHLY, and with HALLOWED, it has now firmly cemented these books as my favorite angel series. Well conceived and always expanding angel mythology that doesn¿t ruffle any particular religious feathers, swoon-worthy romance with a love triangle that actually works, characters you care about, and best of all, unpredictability.The love story was my favorite part of UNEARTHLY, and it¿s just as captivating in HALLOWED. There are some achingly romantic lines in this book. Words that slip inside you and wrap around your heart to make it beat faster. I had expectations, and very firm desires for what I wanted to happen for Clara in regards to the previously introduced love triangle, and they didn¿t happen. Not one of them. Yet, somehow, the author so subtly altered my desires along with her characters, that I¿m not even disappointed (well, maybe a little, but I think things ended up just the way they needed to).I didn¿t have quite the same connection with Clara this time. She was understandably more introverted and somber in HALLOWED. She has to deal with a lot of changes, and some fairly devastating ones at that. While I understood the more melancholy and occasionally cross Clara in this book, I did miss the lighter, witty version from UNEARTHLY. Keeping with the the surprising directions with the romance, HALLOWED didn¿t skimp on the shocking plot developments. There were at least two jaw droppers that I was completely caught off guard by. Clara¿s next story will be a HUGE departure in just about every possible way. I¿m nervous about that, but based on how skillfully the author has handled the series so far, I¿m extremely eager to read more. The next book in the Unearthly series is still untitled and won¿t be published until 2013, but the series is being developed into a TV show for The CW network. Who else is excited about that?Sexual Content:Kissing. References to sex
AmberFIB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hallowed is an enchanting novel that grabs you from the first page of the prologue. The prologue is Clara's dream/vision, and in it she's in a cemetery burying someone, but who? As the novel unfolds, we find out who will die, and it will break your heart as much as it does Clara's. Hand does an excellent job of weaving reality with fantasy and heartbreak with hope. This novel will stay in your head long after you finish it.Clara, who is a stubborn brat in parts of the book, slowly learns that what's best for her isn't always what's best for everyone. She learns what the full impact is for not fulfilling her purpose, and she realizes that her actions affect others. By the end of the novel, she's a new character, and a better one. She grew up a ton in this book, and as she grows, her personality becomes more and more apparent and likable. By the end, Clara has become one of my favorite YA characters. Hand handles Clara's evolution from bratty teenager into adult very gracefully, and it happens at a believable pace. Christian really won me over in this book. I still love Tucker. He's a good guy, but Christian totally has my vote now. As I stated before, this is the first love triangle in which I actually liked both guys, but I do. Christian is in the lead now, but who's to say that won't change in the next book. In Hallowed, he's just perfect for Clara, and while Clara and Tucker are good together, Christian and Clara "belong together," to use Hand's own phrasing. It just seems obvious in this novel. I have no idea who Clara will end up choosing, though. Whoever Clara ends up with will be fantastic though because both guys are wonderful and truly care about her. Jeffery is a surprise in this book. I've decided that I really don't like him very much. He's just a jerk. He handles things like a petulant child, and I don't like it. I know guys supposedly mature at a different rate than girls, but unless angel-blood guys mature at the rate of a snail, he shouldn't be such a brat. Just a thought. Maybe I'm not supposed to like him though, or maybe it doesn't matter. I'm not sure about that yet. Angela also won me over in this novel. I no longer distrust her. I think she really wants what's best for Clara. Her purpose is becoming more and more clear, and it affects not only her but Clara as well. I've decided that Angela is a terrific edition to the story. Wendy is absent more in Hallowed than she was in Unearthly, and I'm starting to wonder if she's not just a filler character, a way for Clara to meet Tucker. I'm not sure. I guess I'll find out in the next book. We get to meet Clara's dad in this novel, and is he a surprise. I LOVE HIM! I hope he's in the next book as well. He's a great guy, and he's not half as jerky as Clara first thought. He really comes through for her when it matters, and he was a great addition to the story. Meeting him comes with many shocks, though. I did not see the surprise coming. I won't say what it is here because I don't want to spoil it for anyone. We also get to meet more of the angel-bloods in this book, and some of them are a surprise. It's nice to meet more of them, though, and I love Billy, Clara's mom's best friend. She's a fantastic addition to the story. She has sass and spunk, and since someone dies, she really lightens the mood on more than one occasion. I look forward to getting to know her better. The pacing of the story is done very well, and the plot unfolds at a quick rate without skipping over any important details. I cried a lot in reading this book, but at the end, I was left with a feeling of hope. I really love the character Clara's grown into, and I really enjoy the new character additions. While we see Samjeeza again, there are no major fight scenes. The story doesn't need them. It's captivating enough to hold your interest without having action, and that's impressive. Hand did a fantastic job with Hallowed, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
renkellym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unearthly was one of my favorite reads of 2011, so I was expecting big things from Hallowed. Unfortunately, it fell right into that rut that so many YA sequels do: the heroine gets a little more emo, the love interest gets a little less sexy, and the story gets a little less exciting. Clara spends the majority of the novel kind of bummed out, both because of the price she may have to pay for angering Samjeeza, but also because of her uncertainty in terms of love. I really wasn¿t expecting Cynthia Hand to bring the love triangle back (considering it wasn¿t much of one in Unearthly), but she does, and it¿s frustrating. Tucker is such a sweet guy that you just can¿t help feeling a little disappointed with Clara¿s indecision.Hallowed isn¿t all disappointment, though: Clara¿s humor is still there, and so is Cynthia Hand¿s lovely writing. The story is slower and less action-packed than Unearthly, but it still keeps you turning pages with big reveals. Hallowed is full of surprises, especially in regards to angel mythology. Clara knew that her mother was keeping secrets from her, but it¿s incredible how much Hallowed shows us she was hiding. Cynthia hand does a great job of building on the mythology she introduced in Unearthly, and its complexity is great.If you loved Unearthly as much as I did, you¿ll still enjoy Hallowed. It¿s a little disappointing as a sequel, but it¿s still worth the read, especially considering how much the overarching story progresses. I¿m definitely eager for book three! Things can only get better from here.
allureofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿That¿s the hardest part,¿ he says. ¿The absence of certainty.¿Hallowed by Cynthia Hand can definitely be defined by an absence of certainty. The more Clara and her cohorts discover about angels, the more gaps they find in their knowledge. Of course, they know a lot more now than they did in the previous book, Unearthly (which I reviewed a few weeks ago). I¿m happy to say that this was a worthy addition to the trilogy! If you enjoyed the first book, I guarantee you¿ll love this one too!One thing: it certainly left me eager to read the next book. I want to be clear though¿there is no cliffhanger ending. However, you will be left unhappy, confused and dying for the next book anyway. Sneaky Cynthia Hand, very sneaky.As much as I loved the characters and the plot of Unearthly ¿ I have to say that I love Hallowed even more. I mean, seriously. There is a love triangle ¿ and not only am I not going to complain about it ¿ I¿m going to admit that I actually enjoy it! Definitely a rarity, normally I despise them. Also rare is that I have no idea who Clara will ultimately end up with. At the end of the first book, I was a Tucker fan all the way. I didn¿t like Christian that much, I actually thought he was shallow. Hallowed developed his character quite a bit though, and I pretty much did a 180. Now I like both guys and am dying to see how the final book will force Clara to choose.(Okay, maybe not a 180. I¿m definitely still a Tucker girl¿)The angel lore is also delved into a lot deeper this time around. We learn a lot - a lot ¿ more about how the purpose works, how many angels there really are in Clara¿s community, and about the bad guys. We also find out quite a bit about Clara¿s parents ¿ her mom and dad both. Her dad was basically a nonentity in Unearthly, but he is a definite presence in Hallowed. I love that. Clara having solid parentals is another tribute to how awesome this series is.But, like I already mentioned, the more they find out, the more questions they have. I, for one, can¿t wait to find out more of the answers.If you haven¿t picked this trilogy up ¿ you definitely need to! Like I mentioned in my review of Unearthly, I am no fan of most angel books. In fact, most of the ones I¿ve read are all on my list of the all time worst. This series is the exception, I promise. I was definitely impressed with Hallowed by Cynthia Hand.
nocturnewytche on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ah, what a frusrating sequel!!! Despite this, it was still a good read! I admire how hard both Clara and author Cynthia Hand tried to avoid the 'love triangle' ya black pit of despair! I still found myself ready to pull my hair out over the Christian/Tucker back and forthness (GO Tucker, all the way!) but was glad it wasn't the main theme of the story. The main storyline is still intriguing and keeps prodiving new twists and turns that keep me wondering what's going to happen next. I did miss the use of secondary characters like Wendy and clearly there wasn't enough Tucker- especially toward the end even though there is purpose for this. I enjoyed the discoveries Clara made and I felt her pain and sorrow- however, I found it hard to keep connecting with her as the story unfolded. It was just a frustrating situation! All in all, a good sequel and I'll be aching for the next- although I'm worried about where the story is going! Still, one of my favorite angel ya books/series!
duchess_mommy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
***eARC obtained from NetGalley*** I'm in awe. There's so much praise to give this novel, I don't know where to start! It's difficult to find a series where the sequel is better than the first book, but author Cynthia Hand exceeded my expectations. No matter how much I adore them; 'Love-triangles' make it hard not to choose sides. (Team Tucker/Team Christian, anyone?) And in Unearthly the reader didn't get to know Christian Prescott too well. I'm glad he's brought more into the story now. I think the author wrote Clara's struggle between the two boys beautifully, noting the conflict between her heart, and what she believes is ultimately her fate. The most touching part of this story is the way the death of a supporting character is handled. I felt my heart breaking for Clara, and wiped away a tear or two. You can tell Hallowed was written thoughtfully and flows so seamlessly I finished the book within 48 hours, and that's only because it was during the week and I had to work. Now, a few days after the book's end, I'm still submerged in Clara's world thinking about the scenes the author so vividly described. Author Hand has grown so much as a writer from book one to book two in my opinion. Almost all the unanswered questions from Unearthly are answered, and we are given more insight on lesser known characters, like Jeffrey, Clara's brother, and Clara's Father. I definitely recommend this book, and if you have read Unearthly, you NEED to read this. You won't regret it!
pandaris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now this isn't guaranteed for every series I read, but a good deal of the time I like the second book even more than the first. Unfortunately, this was not the case. But don't get me wrong, I still loved this book, just slightly less than Unearthly. And the sole reason for that will be explained in a bit. First I want to talk about what I did like.First of all, WOW. I did not expect the story to take the turns it did. I still don't know how this will affect the story going into book three. Let me just say that unless your heart is made of ice, this book will make you cry. But before that it'll tease you with what it wants you to think before saying NOPE! This is what really happens. Ah well. Because of this event new characters were introduced, one of which I really enjoyed and think will be a good presence in Clara and Jeffrey's life. I was also pleased to learn the reason behind the way Jeffrey was acting in the end of Unearthly and most of Hallowed. I very much hope to see more of him and his part of the story.Now to the part I didn't like. Lack of Tucker! He snuck his way into my heart in Unearthly, but I felt as if he was just pushed aside in Hallowed. An after thought. I'll admit it was kind of nice seeing more of Christian and getting to know him better than we did in Unearthly, but I am firmly team Tucker. I hope this is rectified in the next book. I also liked that while Samjeeza made a return, there wasn't really a lot of action in the good guys vs villain department. Some possible build-up, but besides one incident that further pushes Tucker away, there wasn't anything like the big fire and fighting the bad guy. Just a lot of research, done mostly by Angela. All in all, it was almost right up there with Unearthly, nearly even. This series is definitely my favorite angel series out there, especially since it focuses mainly on the angels themselves, and not necessarily God and religion. I know that in reality you can't have one without the other, but this is fiction so anything goes!