Hallowed by Cynthia Hand is the sequel to her debut novel Unearthly, and it’s awesome.
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 LOVED Unearthly. It was a pleasant surprise I randomly picked up at the library last summer and I was super excited to read the sequel Hallowed. Hand really brought this series to the next level with this one. Her concept of being an angel-blood and finding your purpose is on par with teens today, paranormal and uplifting! We can all relate to figuring out what our purpose in life is even if we don’t have wings.
The thing I love most is her main character, Clara. She’s a real girl with real emotions and internal conflict but she isn’t annoying and whiny. What a refreshing protaganist for Young Adult literature!
I was shocked at the turn this novel took. For most authors it would be dangerous to go into such dark, tragic territory but I loved it! She pulled it off beautifully. There were tons of twists, and man, I didn’t know she’d go full out love triangle! Pick a team ladies, Tucker or Christian? Clara seemed so resolved in her decision to be with Tucker and throughout the book, she has legimate reasons for her change of heart. I love when stories make sense, they are so much more enjoyable. For a story that’s about Angels, Hand really puts a contemporary, down-to-earth spin on it. I feel so comfortable reading her writing like its effortless.
Do not let the mainstream cover fool you, this novel is a unique gem among a rock pile. There is so much depth to the characters and their emotions are breathtakingly real. The next book, Boundless, comes out January 2013. I cannot wait to see what Clara’s future holds and who she ultimately picks.