Title: Hallowed
Author: Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: January 17, 2012
Pages: 403

From the 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.

Christina and Celeste were lucky enough to have our friend Gabby do the review with us!

Let’s start with the trailer…

Our review:
Initial thoughts:
Celeste: I was so excited to read this! I had put it on hold at the library so long ago but the queue was so long. I loved Unearthly and was more than ready to jump back into this world of angels who all have a purpose. As much as I love the story I couldn’t wait for the romance…..

Christina: I was extremely apprehensive. Extremely. I had read several reviews from people that had gotten ARCs, & most seemed somewhat disappointed in the direction the book had taken in regards to the love triangle aspect. That seriously got my knees knocking because I have made no effort to deny my absolute love for Tucker in the first book. Then, there was the part in the blurb mentioning someone whom Clara was close to was going to die. I was already emotional before I even started this book seeing as I was fond of all the characters.

Also, let the record show that my portion of this review will be made up mostly of squeaks and flails. This novel had my emotions all over the place. I’m sorry in advance.

Gabby:  I was literally counting down the days for the release of Hallowed. I fell in love with Unearthly instantly. Cynthia Hand took me to an epic world of angels who have purpose among Earth. This book was definitely an emotional roller coaster but I was glad for the ride.

Going into the story, were you a Tucker or Christian fan?
Celeste: Christian! Tucker seems nice but a doofus. I didn’t dislike him, I just felt zero chemistry with him. I was ready for Clara to give Tucker the boot and start heating things up with the smexy and swoonworthy Christian Prescott.

Christina: *gives Celeste the death glare* Oh no you did not just call him a doofus. I was/am/will always be a proud Team Tucker member. You hear me, Celeste? Always. I mean, Christian’s physical description would definitely make me take notice, but I love a guy that can make me laugh and Tucker Avery has that in spades. Plus, I think he is just as smexy and swoonworthy in his hunky cowboy way. Anyways, Christian was all caught up in what’s her face in the first book. I want someone that wants me back. (“Me” meaning I think I am actually Clara in my head.)

Gabby: *also giving Celeste the death glare* Tucker! He stole my heart with his charm and sense of humor in the FIRST book. Tucker saved Clara many times when Christian didn’t in Unearthly. Christian does have the description that would make any woman swoon but Tucker has this special quality that makes him equally swoon worthy too.

Celeste:  Well, I don’t think Tucker was unattractive. He was described as extremely hot, but he was just….sooooo nice. I can see why you liked him, but I didn’t have any chemistry with him (because of course, as the reader I have chemistry with the characters lol). Christian had the bad boy thing going on. And as you now know, there’s a reason he was aloof!

OK, how do you picture your man of Hallowed?

Christina & Gabby’s Tucker Avery:

Hello there, Mr. Yummy. I’d roll around in the hay with him, just sayin’.

Celeste’s Christian Prescott:

come to mama

How the story took off
Celeste: Slow. It moved at a snails pace. I wanted a little more action and more clues as to what was going on. I had just anticipated so much after I was done with Unearthly, and I just wasn’t feeling Clara’s relationship with Tucker *ducks*.

Christina: This is where we’ll disagree again. There’s something about Cynthia Hand’s writing that pulls me in immediately. I loved the beginning because it picked up right where Unearthly left off. I was able to get all cuddly and cozy in the the giddy, butterfly-inducing cute love that is Clara and Tucker’s relationship. In my opinion, I thought the pace was slow-building, yet perfect.

Gabby: I jumped right into it. Cynthia Hand took me right where I left off in the first book. It was slow at first, but for good reason. It gave me time to settle into what was to come of the next part of the story. I was really nervous going into this book because the book teasers told us Clara was going to lose someone she loved. I was grateful Ms. Hand was careful on how she went about it.

Secondary characters?
Celeste: I liked so many of them! Jeffrey definitely has a story to tell. And while we got some answers towards the end, I have a feeling there is a lot we don’t know. I also like Clara’s angel-blood friend, Angela, she has a lot of substance to her. I loved the description of her jealousy that Clara felt at one point, which made her seem very real to me. Wendy is more fluffy but still nice to have around.

Christina: Jeffrey! I love me some Jeffrey, even if he is super angsty. Then there’s the whole mess with the secret bomb he dropped that left my jaw unhinged. It made his moodiness all the more acceptable. I’ve also heard that he becomes a major player in Boundless (Unearthly #3), so I can’t wait to see what more he could possibly have in store for us.

I also really enjoyed getting to know Wilma “Billy” Fairweather, Maggie’s best friend. Towards the end, I thought she helped relieve a lot of the emotional tension and became the support that Clara and Jeffrey needed to cope.

Then there’s the super secret person that pops in the picture, and I think you’ll be just as delighted to meet him as I was.

Gabby: Angela is the one I’d like to know more about, and the one we have to look out for too. She may be Clara’s friend but her jealousy surfaced. You know what they say,”Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.” I absolutely LOVED the super secret person who pops up in this story. This person took me by surprise and I wanted to personally hug Ms. Hand for introducing that person the way she did.

Love interest by the end
Celeste: It’s going to be epic!!!! Finally. That is all.

Christina: Oh goodness, Tucker, don’t hate me! I’m a fictional-boy-lovin’ hussy. *hangs head in shame* The author pulled a quick one on me in Hallowed and managed to do the unimaginable. I… *leans in close and whispers* I ended up falling for Christian. But, I’m adamant about the fact that this is not my fault. I couldn’t help but to be swayed by his charm, and it’s certainly not my fault that Ms. Hand made him way too appealing. That meadow scene– HO.LY. SIZZLE!

So now, I’m just a big ball of conflicting emotions and love, and 100% of me doesn’t know what to do with any of it. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

Gabby: Ok…This is where I am torn. LITERALLY! *pointing to Cynthia Hand* WHY!?! I’m not ready to chose who.. I just can’t! So please don’t ask me too. The meadow scene is forever in my memory.

♥  Kleenex factor:
Celeste: 5 kleenexes!! oh man!! It’s hard to write something emotional and Ms. Hand does that and then some. Definitely had tears flowing. I knew what was coming so it wasn’t a surprise, but it was still heart wrenching.

Christina: Bring on ALL the tissues! I think I cried like a baby the last quarter of the book. The majority of the plot is snowballing towards this huge, heart-shredding moment, and even though you know it’s coming and that it has to happen, the kick in the gut is no less painful. My heart literally ached and I’m lucky that my Nook has a wipeable screen.

Gabby: I went through a lot of kleenexes because of this book. I have to give Ms. Hand credit when it is due. The way she handled the events that came and followed broke my heart in a million pieces but at the same time it was done perfectly.

Celeste: Ok, now we’re getting somewhere. The whole story was a little slow for me, but I suppose the scene had to be set. It ended in a very good place with no major cliffhangers, but I absolutely need to know what happens with Clara and Christian, and I need to more about Samjeeza, and Jeffrey too!!!

Christina: I feel like we made a ton of headway as far as the general plot of the series and character development are concerned . In my opinion, a majority of the characters grew up and we were (FINALLY!) given more insight into the world of angels, where pieces of the puzzle shifted and finally fell into place. However, new people were introduced, others disappeared, secrets were divulged, and we are still left with so many questions that have me anxious for the next book. Things I’m looking forward to in the next installment include learning more about Samjeeza, Jeffrey, and Angela’s purpose in particular.

Gabby: The ending of Hallowed was good. The groundwork is set for the next installment of the series. I hope to learn more about Samjeeza, Jeffrey, and Angela. Oh…and for the love of angels, I hope that super secret person who pops up sticks around. I can’t wait to see what happens between Clara, Christian, and Tucker.

Thoughts on the Title:
Celeste: It was absolutely perfect. Love that!
The title fits perfectly with the story. I was eager to find out how it was going to tie into the story and I have to admit I love it!
Christina: I agree, I though it suited the story perfectly. Now I’m curious to how the title of book #3, Boundless, will tie into it.

Thoughts on the Cover
Celeste: Beautiful. Not sure how it really tied in, but very pretty.
I am a sucker for beautiful book covers! I think both Unearthly and Hallowed are amazing but I have to admit I don’t think they fit Clara. I picture Clara in jeans, converse, and a white t-shirt.
Christina: I’m a book cover lover, and this one is definitely easy on the eyes, but I’m also unsure of how it ties in to the story. The shade of blue does sort of fit the melancholy mood, though.
Rec it?
Celeste, Christina & Gabby: YES!

Many thanks again to Gabby for stopping by, this was so much fun!


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