Published by HarperTeen on January 17th 2012
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 both 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 is that the fire was just the beginning.
In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.
Hallowed is the second book in Cynthia Hand’s wonderful Unearthly series. Without a doubt these books have risen up in my own personal rank of all-time favorite book series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading book one, Unearthly and am confident in saying that book two has gone above and beyond my wildest expectations. I wasn’t necessarily worried that book two would be bad; I just didn’t think that I’d end up loving Hallowed as much, or even perhaps more than it’s predecessor.
Hallowed picks up exactly where Unearthly left off, with Clara’s dream (in the beginning of book one) coming true, at least for the most part. She now has to deal with the outcome and soon-to-be consequences of the decision she made at the end of Unearthly. Clara, being of angel-blood, has been forced to live a double-life for the past few years. By day she’s a normal teenage girl dealing with school, homework, and boys. However by night she’s a flying-practicing, gym-bag-weight-lifting, angel-blood who’s dedicating her time to an important mission that she barely understands.
In their teen years, angel-bloods, such as Clara, are given what’s called a “purpose”. Each AB’s (angel-blood) purpose is a personal mission sent from a higher place, that which is meant to be fulfilled during a AB’s time on earth. Depending on which direction they take, AB’s wings which start out pure white can become anywhere between speckled with grey to full-on black. Those who reject their purpose become what is known as black wings otherwise known as fallen angels.
I wont give too much away, but Clara’s purpose didn’t exactly happen the way it was meant to in the last book and now Clara and her family are paying the consequences. Clara’s mom, and brother both seemed to be hiding some very massive secrets in book one, and I’m glad to say that we finally figure out what’s going on in book two. One of the things I love about Hallowed so much, is the connections Ms. Hand has interwoven. Some key elements that occurred in book one help pull the story together in book two and left us satisfied with the answers to are most-burning questions.
Like with Unearthly, Hallowed begins with Clara dreaming/having a vision of a future event that will come to pass in one way or another. Once again it’s up to Clara to dissect her various dreams in order to prepare for what her future holds.
When I reviewed Unearthly I declared myself as a TEAM TUCKER fan girl. However, as the chapters progressed in Hallowed I found myself really warming up to Christian. We learn that Christian and Clara are incredibly similar in quite a few ways. Through rough and emotional patches (and there’s a lot) Christian really steps up. Christian’s presence fills Clara with a type of security that she desperately needs throughout the novel. There are also a couple testosterone-filled scenes between Christian and Tucker where I was rooting for Tucker to punch Christian’s lights out. Which is another reason why Hallowed was so good. I love being entirely submersed in books to the point in which I can experience a character’s emotions.
When it comes down to it – did I like Hallowed? Nope. I LOVED it! It was an emotional roller coaster. Sometimes I found myself laughing while other times I wanted to cry. Some of the burning questions I had were answered and like most good novels, a couple more were created. Needless to say I’ll be going through hellish-despair while enduring the wait for book three.