Monday, September 16, 2013

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

By Cynthia Hand 
ISBN: 9780061996184
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Reviewed from: a borrowed copy from the library

Story Breakdown:

Hallowed takes us on the continual journey of Clara as she seeks her purpose as an angel-blood. Having fallen in love with Tucker, Clara and he spends their summer getting to know each and to continue to grow their relationship. Summer segues into the school year and we join Clara, Christian, Tucker and Jeffrey at the start of the school each trying to figure out the "next step". Now that Clara and Christian know they are both angel-bloods, they along with Angela and Jeffrey begin to meet as an Angel Club to keep learning things they need to know that the adults are not.

Clara continues to struggle with her purpose. Shortly after the fires, she begins to have recurring visions of a funeral. As she begins to unravel what these visions could mean, she is rocked to her core when the pieces begin to fall together. She must gather herself to deal with the adversity she is going to face, the appearance of her father and with that an ultimate secret that will shake her very foundation. It is time to either stand strong or be swallowed up by those seeking to harm her.

My Thoughts:

Propelled to continue reading after finishing Unearthly, I still had questions I wanted answered. I am so glad I did--this was my favorite of the series.

This is much more of an emotional read as Clara goes through hardship that cannot help but change her. Without giving away spoilers, there were passages that just had the tears rolling down my cheeks.

I love the characters in these books. Angela is still mysteriously but we do get to see a bit more from her in this novel. I love Clara and Tucker but I cannot help but feel bad for Christian. I am conflicted on whether Clara should be with Christian romantically but I love how supportive he is of Clara throughout the novel.

Reader's Advisory Notes:
  • Genre fans: young adult; fantasy; paranormal
  • Series fans: second book in the Unearthly series
  • Themes: death and dying; overcoming challenges; coming of age; first relationships; family
  • Content Concerns: some discussions of sexual relationships 

My Last Impression:

The beauty of this novel are the moments Ms. Hand compels you to feel and contemplate your own thoughts and feelings. To me, this is one of the hallmarks of a great book.

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1 comment:

  1. this is one of my favorite series. I am sure I will re-read and re-read. They are great. Wait til you get your hands on the last one. Its quite delicious too.


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