Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand



Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 416
Source: Personal Copy
Rating 5/5



In Unearthly (Book 1) readers are introduced to Clara, an angel. She’s told that she has a purpose that she must fulfill. Her family uproots from sunny California to snowy Wyoming. She doesn’t know the consequences if she fails, or much of anything about herself. She waits for flashes to appear, and tries to decipher what her flashes mean. Her mother keeps her out of the loop, and she struggles to find answers. Clara doesn’t know why her mother is so reluctant to answer her questions. When it came time to fulfill her purpose she was not prepared, and now her life seems even more confusing. Clara has learned that sometimes there is a grey area; often things are not just black or white. Hallowed picks up shortly after Unearthly ends, and Clara must live with the repercussions of what happened. She’s still dating Tucker, and friends with Christian. It’s tortuous not knowing, not having answers and just waiting. When she starts having flashes of a funeral, Clara is on alert. Frustrated and confused Clara just wants answers.

Clara is facing college decisions and teenage situations, at the same time she is facing an unknown. When she is able to reveal whose funeral she will be attending, she is further thrown for a loop. Her life is not stable in the least, and she must deal with it day by day. Clare really has trouble facing her future, but she is not as alone in this novel. When she moved from California, she had to start over. At this point she’s formed relationships and a support system. Her brother is also trying to deal, and lashing out. Her mother has kept mum about their background, but Clara and her brother are about to be given some answers. Answers they would never have guessed.

Hallowed was amazing! I wasn’t sure what to expect because I really enjoyed Unearthly, and wasn’t sure how the series would develop. Hallowed fills in some holes, and gives more details about Clara’s background. Cynthia Hand really begins to set the scene, and let these characters evolve. It should come with a warning; this is not a light, humorous read. It’s rather depressing, but incredibly well written and you won’t want to put the book down. I’m not sure how I feel about another love triangle, but I like the way the storyline seems to be progressing. It makes sense in my mind. I really liked that these characters felt like teenagers, often times I feel that characters are wiser than their years and it throws me off a little. Cynthia Hand’s writing is spot-on, unpredictable, emotional, and a perfect blend of romance, family tension, and life choices. If you haven’t started this series yet, you should!

11 comments:

  1. I am so glad to see you liked both books in this series. I still have to read Unearthly, I have it I just have not got to it yet. I have to get to it fast now. Thanks for the great review.

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  2. OK, now I am really excited to read this book. I really liked the first one and I am glad to hear that this one is good as well. Thanks for the review!

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  3. YAY JENNIFER! So glad you loved this one too:) I agree, this is definitely not a light and fluffy read, but it was so so good. I was glad we got some answers to the questions raised in the first book, it's always hard when we just questions piled on top of questions with not an answer in sight. Beautiful review!

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  4. It sounds like the series is getting better as it goes along.

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  5. I really should start this serie! It's a good sign when you can't put the book down :)

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  6. Oh my gosh, YAY!! You don't know how happy it makes me every time I see a positive review for Hallowed! <3 Everything about this book was amazing, and you described it so perfectly: It's definitely not a light read, but it's emotional and somewhat depressing and the perfect set-up for the last installment!

    Awesome review, Mrs. Q! You just reminded me how excited I am for book 3! ;)

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  7. I'm pretty sure I have the first of this series on my Nook. I've heard great things about both books and this review confirms that. I'll have to read the first one soon so I can get into this world. It's good to know the author captured the essence of teenagers. I agree, sometimes these kids are just too wise for their years.

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  8. I have heard that this second book is a little better than the first which is intriguing to me, because usually that doesn't happen. I bet this would be a series that I could appreciate, and knowing that things continue to progress in pleasing ways makes me even more excited! Thanks for the thoughtful analysis!

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  9. I really enjoyed Unearthly, and I heard that Clara's mom is a little more forthcoming with information in Hallowed so I need to get my hands on a copy - I want answers!

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  10. Gahhhh I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!!!!!!! Awesome review, you really did the book justice :)

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