Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Title: Hallowed
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: January, 2012
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Angels, Romance, Family-ties, Fallen, Destiny
Pages: 403
Plot: (From the Dust Jacket)

“For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day.  And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months.  With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure if that the fire was just the beginning.”

I felt in love with Unearthly when it was released last year, it was a straight through read for me as I couldn’t get enough.  So when Hallowed finally came out this year, I couldn’t wait.  All too excited and I flew through this book! 

You really couldn’t have come up with a better title for this novel; it will leave you truly Hallowed.  This story is overwhelmingly heartbreaking, intensely distressing, and yet still invitingly tender.  There is this warmth that shines through the despair that you can’t help but want to push on.  It doesn’t help that Cynthia Hand has a free flowing writing style that when read, it seems so easy and gushes out into a stunning tale.

Cynthia Hand has done it again!  She continued to build up this beautiful world, exposing so many dark secrets that details that magnify this captivating world to reveal that there is still so much goodness out there.  Of course danger lurks around every corner but when the right choices are made, however how difficult they maybe, you still can fulfill your purpose and discover something glorious.

Clara, Clara, Clara… She was so bold and fierce in the first novel.  This one she is more distraught, desperate, confused, saddened, and broken.  With everything that has been thrown on this angel-blood, I can’t say that I blame her.  She endures so much in this novel and discovers so many truths.  Stress definitely takes its toll on her.  Of course you still see Christian and Tucker in this story, the love triangle presses on!   This one will leave you torn, after the first book I was Team Tucker all the way.  But I wavered between them both throughout this compelling novel.

Hallowed earn itself an A+, as it broke my heart and strung out so many emotions that only a great novel can do.  If you were a fan of Unearthly than be prepared for Hallowed as it will pull on all your heart strings and you will be left in tears waiting for the next novel.

My Rating: 20/20
Originality: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 5

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