Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed
(Unearthly #2)
Cynthia Hand
Harper Collins
Publication date: 17th Jan 2012
My rating: 4 out of 5


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.

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Hallowed. I enjoyed the first instalment Unearthly but remember thinking it ended really abruptly and I was left wondering if I had missed the last chapter or something!

I actually ended up in two minds about Hallowed. At times I found Clara frustratingly annoying and the love triangle between Clara, Tucker and Christian kind of annoyed me too. I realise this is probably because I personally think Tucker is hotness personified so I'm a bit biased in his favour. I mean, he's a gorgeous uncomplicated, laid back cowboy so why is she dithering over Christian? It was almost as though her "angelness" (made up word alert) was making the decision for her.

However, and this is a big however, I literally bawled my eyes out over Clara and her mother. It really, really affected me. I don't want to spoil it so all I would say is make sure you have your hankies at the ready as you will need them. I also loved, loved, loved the introduction of Clara's dad it really was break your heart fantastic.

Hallowed is heartbreakingly sad but in a strange way that really made the story for me. I'm hoping the next instalment has more on Clara's brother and best friend and less on Christian!

Thanks to Harper Collins and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review Hallowed.

3 comments:

  1. so Clara's dad is here already. I'll probably pick this up just to meet the new character.

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  2. I loved that they introduced Clara's dad. :) Actually I didn't really mind the love triangle too much, but I'm still hoping that she'll end up with Tucker (she has to; he's perfect for her).

    Great review. I'm glad you liked it!
    Carina

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  3. Carina I'm on team Tucker too! He's perfect.

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