Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
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.
HALLOWED is a fast-paced and well thought out follow up to Hand’s first novel in the series, UNEARTHLY. All of our favorite characters are back, including the dashing cowboy Tucker and enigmatic Christian who has some unfinished business with Clara. Danger lurks in every corner of the novel, ready to jump out and surprise you! And yes, there is even a heart-breaking death that changes everything for Clara. You are sure in for a great time with HALLOWED, but be sure to have tissues at hand.
Clara has her hands full in HALLOWED, and I am so glad that I am not in her shoes, even though it would be cool to have a little angel in me. Her family life is unstable at best right now, and the whole Christian thing makes things so much more complicated for her and Tucker. I really felt for everything that Clara has to go through and I am hoping for more happy things in the next book in the series.
The boys are just at scrumptious as ever! I adore Tucker and love how he makes Clara feel. Clara needs a little bit of normalcy in her life. But then there is Christian, who I started to fall for in this one. There are so many things that link him and Clara together that can’t be ignored and make for a shaky romantic life for Clara.
There isn’t as much action in HALLOWED as there was in UNEARTHLY, but that is understandable considering the circumstances Clary is dealt with. What the novel lacks in action is made up for with the secrets that are revealed to Clary. It was so nice to finally have some loose ends tied up, even if they lead to more unanswered questions.
I am saddened yet at the same time happy by what occurred in HALLOWED. Clara’s story is only just beginning and I am excited to see what is in store for her in her future.