Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Book Review: Hallowed (Unearthly #2)

Release Date: January 17, 2012
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 403 pages

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.


Protagonist: One of the first things I noticed about Clara at the beginning of this installment is that she's the same person that we left in the previous installment. Her character development that she went through had stuck and she didn't revert to early-mid Unearthly Clara, which is something that a lot of second/middle books suffer. We also see a bit of change in her in this installment as well, mainly her begrudging acceptance of her purpose and that while she may ultimately change some of what is to come, there are things that are unavoidable and that she cannot stop everything.

Romance: This love triangle still amazes me. It's something unlike everything I've seen before, where it's really hard to know who Clara will choose, because all those signs that point to who she will choose either aren't there or are pointing to both boys. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in both Tucker and Christian during this book, though one guy I did give a bit of slack due to him being very romantic with his possibly territorial and stubborn behavior. The other one still continues to annoy me and while he isn't Aspen from The Selection level annoyance it's pretty substantial that I have decided to not root for his team.

World-Building: I have to say there was quite a bit of world-building and at times a brief overload of info dump. That being said since this is the second book a lot of world building is expected so I wasn't turned off by the excess of info. In this book we learn a lot more about angel-bloods, some things that ring in tragedy and others that lead greater self discovery for our characters. Many questions from the previous book get answered, though not all. We also learn more about Clara's mother and who she was prior to settling down and having children. We finally learn her purpose and what she went through to keep her children safe.

Predictability: Once again Ms. Cynthia Hand doesn't hold back on the twists which range from, "Woah, I didn't see that coming," to, "Didn't see it coming, and it was kind of cheesy," to, "I saw it coming from near the beginning of the last book." While the majority is unforeseeable  the shock factors of this book are actually pretty predictable or in one case I only "predicted" something because I was joking how cheesy it would be. The overall predictability is still great though and this was definitely a book that kept me on my toes.

Ending: This book ended different than I thought it would. There was no real cliffhanger, but more of a plateaued ending that I would have expected from the first installment. It didn't leave me craving the next installment or anxious to continue the series, it just sort of, ended. While there were a lot of questions left unanswered, the book ends at a very serene moment when those unanswered questions aren't so important and instead focuses on the now and what Clara needed in that moment.


This series still deserves a medal or award for one of the most original plots, or at least handling of a plot I've ever seen. It was a fun ride watching the story unfold especially when the book became very self aware and Clara would remark about how she seems to be stuck in some kind of YA love triangle. It's an amazing series so far and I would recommend it to any YA lover.

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1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed it. Interested to see what you think of the last one. I think I liked this one better than the first, but honestly I can't remember!