Expected publication: January 17th 2012
By HarperCollins Publishers
ARC Received By: Netgalley
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.
Described by Richelle Mead as “utterly captivating,” Unearthly received outstanding reviews, garnered accolades from New York Times bestselling authors, and was named an Indie Next Pick. In this heart-wrenching sequel, Cynthia Hand expertly captures the all-consuming joy of first love—and the agony of loss. This beautifully woven tale will appeal to fans of Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Aprilynne Pike.
I have to say, that this book did not impress me as much as the first one. I had a really hard time getting into it. Unearthly was great from beginning to end. But with Hallowed it took me at sixty percent on the kindle version for it to get somewhere and intrigue me. Though, in this book you find out a bit more about Clara's mom's past, even some of her brother's and she learns about someone she's always questioned about as well. If I were to say who it is, then I'll be giving away a big spoiler.
However, I'm the kind of girl that need action from the beginning and then maybe it can slow down during the rest of the book. So Hallowed kind of disappointed me because there was entirely too much talking at the beginning and not a whole lot of explaining either, if you ask me. In fact, it left me with questions. And the whole "Love Triangle" thing that was happening in the last book intensified more in this one. Now I'm all for it, but this one wasn't to my liking. This book completely killed my "Love Triangle" buzz. However, regardless of how much I wasn't into this "Love Triangle", I was still rooting for one over the other.
I really loved Unearthly, but Hallowed did not bring it like I thought it would. I'm sad to say that I give this book only three stars and that's only because of the action that happened after sixty percent into it and the fact that you learn more about Clara's family background. And although this book brought to light a lot about Clara's family history, it lacked the Tucker I remember reading in Unearthly. I love that Tucker. This book just fell completely short from the first one.