Sunday, June 17, 2012

Book Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Title: Hallowed
Author: Cynthia Hand
# Of Pages: 416
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Hearts



For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves 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.

In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

My Verdict

It’s almost 2 AM as I write this review. I am so worked up about this book. I thought it would be best to wait and write my review at a later date, but after lying awake for almost half an hour thinking of nothing but the book, I had to get up and write it now.

I guess I spoke too soon when I said this book would not disappoint, because it does, big time. Is it still worth four hearts you ask? Yes. Did I still like the overall plot? Yes. Were there times when I just wanted to scream from the anger and frustration of it all?  HECK YES!

The author pretty much took everything that I liked about the first book and threw it down the toilet. I loved Clara in the first book, I agreed with every decision she made and thought she was an amazing main character. This time I hated her. Don’t even get me started on Christian, who I also liked in book one, and downright despised this time around! It’s like reliving the whole Bella, Jacob, and Edward thing all over again. It’s mentally exhausting!


On that note I must also say that I think it’s a pretty amazing thing when an author can make us get so caught up in their story, and care about their characters so much that it feels like we’re getting betrayed along with them when something bad happens.

I’m sorry, I know this review is little more than an emotional rant, but it was a rant I had to make!


  1. Your post left me chuckling. The book sounds interesting, but I'm not sure I'd be inclined to read it. Great that you voiced your real thoughts about the book. Love your passion. I have been really disappointed in sequels, so I know how you feel.

    1. Glad my review made you chuckle =) This book left me bursting with so many different emotions and I'm glad that came across in the review!

  2. I can completely get behind your rant! Sometimes books leave you with high emotions and it's hard to get your exact words straight. I'm glad you enjoyed Hallowed! The Unearthly series is one of my new favorites series. I read the first two books a couple months back - falling completely in love.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! =) The series is definitely one of my favorite series of the year, I read Unearthly back in January and can't believe I took so long to read the next one! I'm still super excited for Boundless, I just hope the author fixes some of the things she ruined in this one!

  3. GAAAH Bella, Jacob and Edward must be the most annoyed thing ever!!! I just bought Unearthly and I'm very eager to read it, though Hallowed sound like a huge controversy! xD Just imagine a book making you lie awake for half an hour at 2AM in the morning, WOW.

    I'm now a proud new follower of your blog, do drop by mine @ too!


    1. Oh, I hope you enjoy Unearthly! I thought it was amazing! While this one did upset me quite a bit It was still very good and I can't wait for the next one! I think it's an amazing accomplishment for an author when they make us care so deeply for their book that it CAN keep us awake at night!

      Thanks for following! I'm a proud new follower of your blog as well =)


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