Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Genre: Paranormal YA
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Source: Received an e-ARC from NetGalley
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.
I really enjoyed Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, so I was excited when I found out that Hallowed, the second book in the trilogy, was available on NetGalley. This book was really good! I have to admit though, it did start off slow in the beginning, and I wondered if it would have “second book syndrome”– when the second book in the trilogy serves as a filler book between the first and final book. However, lots of people gave it great reviews, so I kept reading in the hopes that it would get better.
AND IT DID!! By the time I hit the middle of the book, I had to keep reading to know what happened next. Lots of important information was revealed about Clara’s past, and it totally caught me by surprise! Then of course there’s the love triangle with Tucker and Christian. I am 100% TEAM CHRISTIAN and have been since book one. Tucker is a great guy and all, but Christian understands Clara on a level Tucker isn’t able to. They’re meant for each other, and I think it really shows in Hallowed that they would be a great couple if Clara let herself be with Christian. I’m hoping at the end of the third book in the trilogy, Clara and Christian will end up together.
Hallowed also deals with death, which makes it depressing at points. Okay, a lot of the book is depressing. But Clara grows a lot as a character as the book progressed, and I think it was a great second book in the trilogy. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!