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Monday, January 2, 2012
"Hallowed" by Cynthia Hand
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
Oh my!! SO many things! Unearthly was one of the books I was most excited to read in 2011 and quickly became one of my favorites. I was desperate to read Hallowed and was overjoyed when I finally got the chance. This book did so many things to my poor emotions. First off, it was absolutely fabulous. I might even venture to say it was better than the first...
Everyone is back for book two, which makes me so happy, because all of the characters are great. There is so much going on in this book and we learn so much more about Clara, her family and angel-bloods. Clara is having visions again, and this time they are of her attending a funeral. She deduces that someone she loves is going to die, but she isn't sure who it is. Angela has decided to form an Angel Club, because she wants them all working together to figure out as much about angel-bloods as they can. These parts were especially fun to read, because you get Angela, Christian, Jeffrey and Clara together all at the same time. Angela, who is always entertaining, has become even more diligent in her quest for information. Christian isn't as forthcoming about what he knows, but goes along with it all anyway. Jeffrey is extremely brooding and angry most of the time these days. These Angel Club meetings do help them to learn some new things, but everything doesn't always end up being good news.
I'm not shy about declaring my love for Tucker Avery. I love the way he is with Clara and just the way he is in general. Of course, Tucker now knows what Clara is, it would have been really hard to hide after the events of the first book. He's surprisingly okay with it and still treats Clara, mostly, the same. He's not so keen on the amount of time she is spending with Christian, though. Since they are friends and both angel-bloods, he "gets" it, but he's not a stupid guy and he can sense that there is something more underneath. Christian won me over in this one. That's not to say I am abandoning my love for Tucker, but Christian really proved to be a wonderful guy in this one. He understands Clara in a way that most other people can't and because of this he is able to be there for her in ways other people wouldn't know to be. I respected that he didn't really try to cross any lines with Clara, it was pretty obvious he just wanted to be whatever she would let him.
Clara's mom has always been pretty tight lipped about her history and what she knows about angel-bloods and black wings, but we actually end up learning a lot from her by the end of the book. We also get to meet Clara's dad and learn some crazy things about her family history. I honestly couldn't have guessed the twist involving their family, I'm pretty sure my chin was resting on the floor. It's good and opens up some really cool possibilities for book three.
Overall this book was everything I could have hoped for, even if it twisted and bent my emotions over and over. I'm trying my best to keep my cheesy grin and the giggles from permeating my review and making it nonsense. Please go and pre-order this book, then read it as soon as you can! You won't be sorry :0)