January 17th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
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.
Unearthly, book one in the series, took my breath away and finally I'm able to exhale because I've been waiting for Hallowed. Sometimes high anticipation equals high expectations and than the book has a lot to contend with. Well, that high marks is what I was hoping for and what I've received. I just love when everything evens out.
In book one, Clara has gotten through the ordeal that came along with her purpose or mission for Angel-bloods, however, her purpose is not over. What Clara sees as a failure to meet her purpose is also a moment in time that she will never regret. I admire her character for making a decision and not backing down. Strength is Clara and she only become stronger in Hallowed. Of course, having strength and courage does not leave her void of making mistakes and stumbling along the way. Those very stumbles and unforeseen obstacles seek to break Clara.
Fasten your seat belts because Hallowed is packed with twists and surprises. I read every page with rapt fascination. Emotions coursed through me and I found myself clutching my Kindle. Cynthia Hand has done a number on my nerves and for that I am grateful. What a read, what a read! The only small erk element is the self-fulfilling prophecy factor, however, it is almost impossible to have visions and not use them as a guide.
Overall, Wow. Characters are written to make an impact on our minds and hearts. Conflicts are written to liven the plot. The setting is perfectly placed for all the events that transpire. I am going to be holding my breath for a whole other year. What will now graduating have in store for the characters? I have no idea but I'm willing to bet that Cynthia will be surprising me in book three.
Review: Unearthly (Unearthly #1)
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