by Cynthia Hand
Book II in Unearthly series
Genre: YA paranormal (angels)
publication: January 17th 2012 by HarperCollins
copy received from publisher
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synopsis from goodreads
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
Oh my… Oh My!!! I read Unearthly early last year and… I loved it. I do love angel stories so this was a must read for me. Then, when it was time to read the sequel Unearthly I was a little scared since often sequels do not live up to it’s previous hype! But, I was wrong! So wrong….
Getting back to meet Cara, Tucker, Christian and the others.
Although it is often hard to get back into a story specially after nearly a year in between. But, Cynthia Hand made it so easy to reconnect with the cast. I instantly felt for Cara including everything she has to face. And who couldn’t love Tucker, Cara’s oh so sweet boyfriend and then there is Christian. Christian was rather dull for me in Unearthly, but in Hallowed he definitely gets more “screen time” including a much better developed character. Indeed, all characters developed matured and new levels of their characters was introduced to us in Hallowed.
Twist Turns and Never Ever Boring!
What I found most exiting about Hallowed was the storyline and the direction the plot moved. There are new characters introduced which were incredible and added perfectly to the already wonderful cast. There is so much happening in Hallowed that you barely have time to catch a breath. Also there are so many surprises coming up that I didn’t foresee and I was happily stunned with these new turns. All in all the plot was a true page turner, once I started reading there was no way for me to put it down, I needed to know more!
Heartbreak, Tears and Emotions
Those who know me also know that I’m a sucker for strong emotions in a story. I love to cry, yes I guess I’m masochistic that way – but when an author manages to make you cry she definitely did something right. In Hallowed were tons of emotions, good ones and bad ones. Heartbreak and Joy – although more heartbreak I admit. Cara has to face a lot in Hallowed and it’s admirable that she doesn’t break, she really developed in Hallowed and showed a lot of strength. Then there is the Love Triangle between Angel Christian and Farmerboy Tucker and Cara who has to choose and decided between fate, hope and true love. I admit, I love both boys a lot. While Tucker was the boy I gave my heart to in Unearthly, Christian now easily caught up. Christian is the most surprising character in Hallowed and I loved him so much! (I even tempt to switch teams my friends…)
A phenomenal and emotional sequel to Unearthly that not wonderful catches up where it left us in Unearthly but also delivers a plot with lot’s of twist, turns and new directions. Cara is a wonderful strong heroine who at the same time is so
vulnerable it breaks your heart. Hallowed will make you cry, but it will be worth it…
Random Notes and Addition Info: There is a giveaway running right now where you can win a copy of Hallowed! Please follow the link to enter! And if you are new to this series, then you should consider picking up the first book Unearthly which is right now available for $0.99 at amazon!!! This is a deal you shouldn’t pass on, click on the image on the right to get to amazon. And, Hallowed is on Blog Tour right now and just yesterday I found a guest post from Cynthia Hand where she talks about her dream cast at Daisy Chain Book Reviews.
Oh and Happy Book birthday to Hallowed because it just comes out Today!!! Woot!