Title: Hallowed (Unearthly #2)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Version Read: paperback (library)
Publication Date: January 1st 2012
Categories: angels, paranormal, romance, young adult
Summary (Goodreads): Clara Gardner knew that as a part angel she would one day have to fulfill her purpose, rescuing Christian from a forest fire…what she never considered was what might happen if she were to fail.
Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend Tucker, Clara must deal with the repercussions of what happened the day of the fire as the two boys vie for her heart. And, as she is drawn further into the world of angels and 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 after a shocking revelation, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning…
I really enjoyed Hallowed, the second book in Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly trilogy. Clara, Jeffery, Tucker, Christian and Angela are back and discover more things about angel-bloods, and the sacrifices that sometimes need to be made as you grow up.
Clara and Christian are both still dealing with the aftermath of not really following through on their purposes and just what the future holds in store for both of them. We also find out a few things about Jeffery, and finally meet their dad who has quite the surprise for his kids. Hand drops quite the bombshell on her characters, and isn’t afraid to do so without warning (to them or her readers).
Hallowed has some beautifully poignant moments in it, which I won’t spoil here, but let’s just say that if you cry easily, you’re going to need tissues with this book. According to an interview at Wendy Darling’s blog, these particular moments were just as difficult for the author to write. However, they are somewhat gently lead up to, rather than being thrown at the characters and at the readers to abruptly. Hand still manages to make there moment full of feeling and it doesn’t feel forced.
One of my favourite things about this series is that the situations that occur in them, are for the most part, situations that could happen to most people. Hallowed is no exception and some of the things that happen to Clara (and indeed to Jeffery at some points) could realistically happen to any teenager. Which I think is why this series is so popular – even without the angel stuff, many of the major incidents could still happen. Even the thing with Samjeeza, Maggie and Clara in Unearthly, if you take away the angel powers – that was an angry man who tried to kidnap an unsuspecting teenage girl.
Looking forward to the final book in this trilogy, Boundless, when I get to reading it, and I hope it lives up to my expectations from the first two.