Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Book:  Hallowed
Author:  Cynthia Hand
Publisher:  Harper Collins
Date:  January 17, 2012
Source: netgalley
My grade:  A+

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.

Described by Richelle Mead as “utterly captivating,” Unearthly received outstanding reviews, garnered accolades from New York Times bestselling authors, and was named an Indie Next Pick. In this heart-wrenching sequel, Cynthia Hand expertly captures the all-consuming joy of first love—and the agony of loss. This beautifully woven tale will appeal to fans of Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Aprilynne Pike.

My Review

Oh my goodness!  This book was just as amazing as the first book!  And I have no idea how I am going to review it without including a whole lot of spoilers, so this review may feel a little disjointed.

First, I have to hand it to Cynthia Hand.  Does that woman ever know how to keep throwing in surprises that make perfect sense but you never saw them coming!  It was incredible.  Every time I thought I had something figured out, she would totally shock me with what the reality was!

The plot and the action were just as good as the first book.  There were new characters and old characters seen in a new light.  The story just keeps pulling together in such a way that I can only imagine what the ending will be like.  It’s going to be a thrill ride for sure.

I really can’t say a lot about the plot because there is no way to go into all the details that I loved and hated because it would spoil the story for you and there is no way that I want to spoil it.  I want my readers to experience all those shocking moments first hand! : )

Let me just finish up by saying that if you liked the first book, Unearthly, you are going to like this one as well.  The only thing that could have made this book better would have been more Tucker.  But I can never get enough Tucker!

My grade for this book is A+.  This is one of the best books I’ve read all year!

Huge thanks to Harper Collins and Netgalley for allowing me to read and rev

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