By Cynthia Hand
Series: Book 2 in Unearthly trilogy
My Rating: 4 Stars
Hallowed is the second book in Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly trilogy. I have to admit, this book tore me apart. I cried and cried while reading this book, so be sure to keep the kleenex near by. In this second installment, Clara is back and her purpose is still pretty unclear. She’s not sure if she failed at her purpose or if she just changed her purpose when she saved Tucker from the fire that surely would have killed him. But as always, not everything is as it seems, so when Clara starts having new visions, she must once again face her never ending battle between being the dutiful angel blood or following her heart. One thing is for certain, life isn’t getting less complicated for Clara, it’s getting more complicated and it’s going to keep being this way. Clara must find a way to get through life’s challenges but she’s not sure how she’s going to do this. Her feelings for Tucker continue to complicate her life as her feelings for Christian and the obligations she feels toward him and her fellow angel bloods continue to be revealed. It’s unclear whether Tucker can have a place in her life or if she needs to be with the other angel bloods and he needs to be with other humans. And what about these new visions, it’s clear she’s going to lose someone close to her but she isn’t sure who. Clara begins to question whether she’s being punished for failing at her purpose the first time around. Is this what happens when you chose love over duty?
This continues to be a great series. I could see myself reading this series again. The great thing about this second book is that Hand delves into Christian’s character so much more and he becomes a completely likable character, whereas in the first book you could kind of live without him being in Clara’s life. I never felt like he deserved her but now, I’m not so sure. Both Christian and Tucker are great characters. They both bring out something different in Clara, and they are there for her when she needs them, only in different ways.
As I said before, this book was an emotional roller coaster for me. While the first book dealt with duty, love, destiny and freewill, this book deals with loss and overcoming anger in the face of such loss. And finding compassion and understanding despite your personal feelings toward those who may have wronged you. They are important lessons in life especially when you recognize that your time with those you love is limited and you never know when you will have to tell them goodbye. These are lessons that Clara, Tucker, Christian and Jeffrey must face in Hallowed.
Hallowed is another great read for YA readers and adults who love the YA genre. Now go grab those tissues and settle in with this book. It’s going to take you for a ride.