Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Release date: January 17, 2012
Summary: After the giant fire, Clara’s life returns to normal. She goes to school, spends time cuddling with her boyfriend Tucker, and continues to practice her angelic abilities. But Samjeeza is lurking at the edges of that normalcy: he’s back for revenge. Plus, Clara starts having visions again; this time of a place on a hill where she’s filled with overwhelming sadness—and Christian is the only one there to comfort her.
My thoughts: Unearthly was one of my favorite reads of 2011, so I was expecting big things from Hallowed. Unfortunately, it fell right into that rut that so many YA sequels do: the heroine gets a little more emo, the love interest gets a little less sexy, and the story gets a little less exciting. Clara spends the majority of the novel kind of bummed out, both because of the price she may have to pay for angering Samjeeza, but also because of her uncertainty in terms of love. I really wasn’t expecting Cynthia Hand to bring the love triangle back (considering it wasn’t much of one in Unearthly), but she does, and it’s frustrating. Tucker is such a sweet guy that you just can’t help feeling a little disappointed with Clara’s indecision.
Hallowed isn’t all disappointment, though: Clara’s humor is still there, and so is Cynthia Hand’s lovely writing. The story is slower and less action-packed than Unearthly, but it still keeps you turning pages with big reveals. Hallowed is full of surprises, especially in regards to angel mythology. Clara knew that her mother was keeping secrets from her, but it’s incredible how much Hallowed shows us she was hiding. Cynthia hand does a great job of building on the mythology she introduced in Unearthly, and its complexity is great.
If you loved Unearthly as much as I did, you’ll still enjoy Hallowed. It’s a little disappointing as a sequel, but it’s still worth the read, especially considering how much the overarching story progresses. I’m definitely eager for book three! Things can only get better from here.
At the moment I am thinking about what to read next, do you have any ideas, guys? If yes, let me know in the comments below where you’re welcome to leave your opinion as well. See you soon! Good luck!
If you will like this book, don’t forget to look my review of Hunger by Jackie Morse