Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hallowed by: Cnythia Hand

Synopsis: 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. 

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Thoughts: My heart hurts... is my first reaction to finishing this book. Hallowed is an emotional book that is bittersweet until the very last sentence.

We start off with Clara, who is still confused by her purpose that day in the woods. But, she continues on with life, her family, school, and Tucker. When she starts getting new visions her world starts to tumble down. Jeffrey is angry all the time and acting out, her angel life is getting harder to handle, and someone close to her is going to die. As Clara struggles to figure out her vision everything around her starts to change. She's trying to put together her future without falling apart. She's trying to protect the people she loves from a black wing. She's trying to cope with a deadly secret. And, not everything can end happily.

This book is beautiful... in a heart-breaking, realistic way. This is not one of those books I classify as a "cute, quick, fun read!" because it's not. It's bittersweet and I felt a sadness tugging under every scene. But, of course with all the struggles and death and problems that Clara deals with in Hallowed... how could she not be completely stressed out? If I was in her situation I might considering throwing myself off a roof! ...oh wait, that wouldn't work for her... she can fly. :)

With the boys situation. I was completely Team Tucker in Unearthly, and after Hallowed I am still Team Tucker. My heart broke for this kid throughout this entire book. Even the happy times, I felt an aching for him. He deserves the best someone can give him, and I'm still rooting for a Clara and Tucker happy ending! But, that being said... yes, I did really enjoy Christian in this installment. You get to learn more about him, understand why he is the way he is, and even see a vulnerability.

If you enjoyed Unearthly, you'll definitely want to pick up Hallowed because it's a game changer in the series. The best way I could describe this book is, that it's a beautiful tragedy. Clara grows so much in this book. But, everything with her mother, Jeffrey, Tucker, Christian.... is just heart-breaking to a point. After reading the second half of the book I felt emotionally drained, but in a good way. That means I'm invested in the characters and the story enough to feel something. Cynthia did a beautiful job with Hallowed and I'm eagerly awaiting book3. ...Still Team Tucker!


- 4.5 out of 5, but I always round up :) -

4 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm still team Tucker too but I'm not convinced it's going to work out. I can't wait to see what happens in book 3! Eeeeek.

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  2. I feel the same way!! And ahh I can't wait either!

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  3. Oh maaaaaaaaaaan JENA! Don't do this to me *wants to run out and grab a copy right NOW* I actually heard it's in some Aussie bookstores early, so I will have to look when I go out. I am SO happy this is such an amazing sequel. I love that you describe it as a 'beautiful tragedy' - they're the best kind <3 I love those that drain you of all emotion.

    And WHEW. Team Tucker FTW!! :D Fab review!

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  4. This book was heart wrenching, beautiful, exciting, action packed and just downright AMAZING!! Cynthia Hand makes you feel as if you are Clara Gardener, when she is sad you are sad; when she is embarrassed you are embarrassed; and so on. There are not very many books I can say I've felt this way. I would recommend this series to all ages who like a good love story.

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