Hallowed

Book: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Book Info: Published by HarperTeen; 248 pages; read on my Nook

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Hallowed is the sequel to Unearthly, and I thought it was a really good sequel.  It’s so compelling, and it was hard to put down.  It broke my heart, and made me want to squee while jumping up and down.

The Tucker-Clara-Christian love triangle is certainly interesting, and it is surprisingly not boring.  I love Tucker and Clara, but Christian and Clara also make a lot of sense.  It didn’t annoy me, and it’s not perfect by any means.  But again, it didn’t annoy me, so I can’t really complain too much about it.

Clara’s mom was really irritating, with not wanting to tell Clara anything unless she had to.  Jeffrey was also irritating, and I couldn’t help but wonder what he was up to.  It turns out he set one of the fires, because it was his purpose.  And in the end, he disappears without a trace.  While most of the plot points were resolved, there are a few things that are left untied.

As much as I loved the book (and series), I wonder what Clara’s purpose really is, and if it will ever be resolved.  I can see the series going on for a really long time if Clara keeps resisting her purpose, but hopefully the next book will have a lot more clues.

I give it a 5 out of 5.  Hand clearly put some thought into the series, and the imagery is beautiful.

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