Monday, May 21, 2012

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Hardcover, 403 pages
Published January 17, 2012
by HarperTeen
Unearthly #2
Source: Borrowed from Library
For fans of: Paranormal Romance, Angels, Hot Guys, Tear Jerkers

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her 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.

     First off, I want to say thank you Ms. Hand for the mini refresher at the beginning because I was a little worried about how far ago I had read Unearthly and if I would be lost reading this. But she put a couple of events in there and I was able to move on easily and memories of what happened came flooding back. 
     On to the story. This book is FULL of emotion. I went from happy, sad, frustrated, to surprised, to devestated. To make the feelings I had even more promenient, the fact that she could read feelings made them stand out even more. And the way she handled all those emotions she felt and all the decisions she made, made it clear that Clara had grown quite a bit since the last book. 
     I will say that some things were definitively predictable, but not wholly if that makes sense. Like there were some things I could pick out, but only one small detail would be different from what I thought. Even still, it makes for a really great story. 
     I also liked the addition of the new characters and the new powers that the other angels had. It was nice to see that as angels there are some with "higher powers" (pun intended lol). I also enjoyed the fact that Clara finds out more and more about herself. It was a bit of a coming of age for her where she realized that her mother hid things, but for good reason. She and us, the readers, learned more about her, her abilities, and her heritage as the story went on, and it was a very emotional ride. I admit, I found myself crying towards the end. If you read it, you know why. I was also crying at the last two pages. So very, very sad.
     Last but not least, if you are a Tucker fan (like myself) be forewarned.... This book is very Chrisitan oriented. I mean I like Christian and all, but who would take him over a hick with a country accent, startling blue eyes, muscles for days from hauling hay, and a cowboy hat? *SWOON* Well Clara, if you don't want him, I DO! lol 

P.S. This cover is to DIE for!!!!! I absolutely LOVE the color! 
Overall, I give this 

1 comment:

  1. LOL I love Tucker too! I have to admit that I do like Christian as well, but I want Clara to end up with Tucker still. I loved this one and can't wait to see how the series ends! :)