Friday, 16 December 2011

Hallowed - Cynthia Hand

Hallowed (Unearthly #2) - Cynthia Hand
Grade: YA
Rating: 5/5 stars

Clara Gardner knew that as a part angel she would one day have to fulfill her purpose, rescuing Christian from a forest fire...what she never considered was what might happen if she were to fail.

Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend Tucker, Clara must deal with the repercussions of what happened the day of the fire as the two boys vie for her heart. And, as she is drawn further into the world of angels and 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 after a shocking revelation, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning... (Description from Goodreads)

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You will need tissues close by whilst reading this book!

I'm not sure what I was expecting to happen but Hallowed was completely different to Unearthly – still brilliant but different.

In Unearthly we discover this new breed of angels (angel-blood as they call them). They have a purpose in life that comes to them in visions and they must try to figure them out. There were a lot of new discoveries, romance, action and mysteries. We see Clara struggle with her decision to follow her heart instead of her destiny and the ramifications of that decision. I must say this is the only series where I don't mind who Clara chooses, as I like both guys (ok, fine – I might be slightly more on Christian's side; but only slightly because Tucker is a sweet heart).

Hallowed, instead, was full of emotional turmoil. I cannot tell you how many times I had to stop reading to wipe my tears. I was an emotional wreck by the end. There aren't any action scenes but by the end it leaves a lot of loose ends that you get a feeling you know what will happen in the next book. In saying that though, I'm sure Ms Hand will surprise me once again.

I loved Hallowed and can't wait to get my hands on the next one.

(Originally posted on Goodreads)


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