Wed, December 14, 2011

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand Review

Hallowed
By Cynthia Hand

January 17, 2012
HarperTeen, 320 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— Goodreads.com description

Unearthly was one of my favorite reads of 2010 – the romance was perfection, and I really admired how seamlessly Cynthia Hand fit paranormal elements into what otherwise came across as a beautiful contemporary novel.

So I was basically drooling over Hallowed — and, let’s be honest, the thought of more Tucker — since I got my greedy little paws on this book.

And, sweet lord, I don’t even know what to say. You guys. ARGH! It was so sooooo good but, damn, that was a lot of emotional turmoil.

I cried, a lot. At one point, I had to put the book on the other side of the room because I couldn’t look at it. I had to text Jen, who was reading it at the same time, to break it down.

As frustrating as it was, I’m sort of in awe. Cynthia Hand played me, yo! She took me on this extremely well-written emotional roller coaster ride, and I reacted just how she wanted me to react. That takes major skill!

And, with a third book on the way*, I feel we just have to go along for the ride … she’s clearly got a plan, and I’m dying to see where she’s taking us.

My recommendations? (1) Read this. (2) Prepare yourself for an emotional reaction. (3) Avoid spoilers at all costs. Surprise is a very important part of the reading experience, so behave yourselves!

Tucker 4-eva,

Anna Reads young adult book blog

*AND MAYBE A SHOW ON THE CW! I AM FREAKING OUT!

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: angels, cynthia hand, paranormal, romance
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  1. Angie @ Beneath the Jacket said:

    Great review! I started reading Unearthly tonight, but with reservations. Only because I feel like it's a series I should start when all the books are out. Your review of Hallowed kind of verifies that for me. Or at least I won't continue it right now. Anxiety is not my friend. 😉

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  2. Emily Ann Ward said:

    I cannot WAIT for this book. January has so many promising books!

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  3. April Books & Wine said:

    I agree, Tucker 4EVER!

    And yes omfg I was so frustrated by Hallowed, but in a good one.

    And okay, I really dislike all those Team Christian people who are all like 'there's no room for Tucker in book 3' as though Hand ended that love triangle. SHE DIDN'T! Gah. So totally NOT fetch.

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  4. Tara said:

    If the show actually happens I'm going to straight up freak out. TUCKERRRRRRR!!

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  5. Jen (Makeshift Bookmark) said:

    oh man OH MAN. i think our thumbs were a fire hazard while we read this one. so glad i could talk you down 😉

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  6. dandelionspring said:

    I cannot WAIT to read this. I loved Unearthly and I havent stopped thinking about good ole boy Tucker since I read it! Although I'm a little scared of the emotional turmoil. I just read Clockwork Prince and that threw me for a loop! Also, I have only commented on here once before but you and other blogs I follow inspired me to FINALLY start my own…first post was today so not much going on there yet but it's a work in progress!

    Here is the link if you are ever bored and want to check it out!
    http://adandelionspring.blogspot.com/

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  7. Jasmine Rose said:

    Yay Tucker! I seriously can't wait to get my hands on this book. Everyone's been saying such amazing things about it. Gah, this waiting this is hard!

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  8. Michelle said:

    Oh man, couldn't agree more! A total ride on the emotional roller coaster. I was pleasantly surprised at how the story played out and what the true focus was as opposed to where it could have gone given the end of the first book.

    Team Tucker!

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  9. nea barabea said:

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Awesome awesome awesome!! I ordered it NOW! I can't wait to read this book! 🙂

    This review is amazing Anna!

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  10. Blogger Reviews: UNEARTHLY | Blog | Epic Reads | Your World. Your Books. said:

    […] “Cynthia Hand played me, yo! She took me on this extremely well-written emotional roller coaster ride, and I reacted just how she wanted me to react. That takes major skill! And, with a third book on the way*, I feel we just have to go along for the ride … she’s clearly got a plan, and I’m dying to see where she’s taking us.” Read the full review […]

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