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5.0 out of 5 stars Much 'deeper' than Unearthly
Hallowed is a much better book than Unearthly, in my opinion. It has a lot to say about love and loss, and it does it in a profound way. I found myself quite close to tears on many occasions, as Clara struggled to come to terms with the knock on effects of her choices at the end of Unearthly.
In Unearthly, Clara fell in love with Tucker, despite the attentions...
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3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as i hoped
It starts picking up pace halfway through. I found the descriptions better in the first book. It's taking me a long time to read it because it's not drawing me in.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much 'deeper' than Unearthly,
This review is from: Hallowed: An Unearthly Novel (Paperback)Hallowed is a much better book than Unearthly, in my opinion. It has a lot to say about love and loss, and it does it in a profound way. I found myself quite close to tears on many occasions, as Clara struggled to come to terms with the knock on effects of her choices at the end of Unearthly.
In Unearthly, Clara fell in love with Tucker, despite the attentions of Christian, and she chose Tucker over Christian. This time she is with Tucker, and he has to deal with the realities of loving an angel-blood like Clara. In addition there is Christian, who understands so much of what Clara is going through and knows how to be there for her almost innately; he really melted my heart this time. I didn't much like Christian at the end of Unearthly, but he really 'manned up' this time and won me over with his strong, silent type ways. (And cute attempts to cheer Clara up with snow-ball throwing and insane skiing!)
There was a lot to like about Hallowed. The scenes between characters felt really real, the emotions involved were strong and not at all 'cheesy', and the way that Clara coped with the approaching loss of a loved one was admirable and understandable. I really believe that the author shared some quite raw experiences with us, and I was surprised by the depth of this YA fiction book. It certainly has some lessons in how to cope with grief within, and I think it will resonate with the readers on a different, deeper, level than Unearthly.
In this book we also get to find out more about angel-bloods and Clara finally gets some proper answers to those questions she has been asking her mother for what seems like ages! Jeffrey's character also sees some significant developments, although for much of the book his activities are secretive and generate suspicion.
I think that the plot is fairly straightforward really, but it was wonderfully executed. There could have been more happening but actually, I didn't feel like the book lacked for pace. For me, it became a page turner because of the writing rather than a high-adrenaline story rampaging through the pages. There were still bits that made me laugh, notably the slight dig at a watching someone sleep being a bit stalkerish... as a Twilight fan, I chose to take that as a fond nudge rather than a true criticism.
I'll be waiting eagerly for the third installment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and highly addictive,
This review is from: Hallowed: An Unearthly Novel (Paperback)One of the best books I have read this year. It had me laughing, smiling and crying. A brilliant sequel that you should not miss.
Synopsis: 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.
I found this book extremely addictive and couldn't put it down for more that 5 minutes before giving into temptation. The plot was well thought through and carefully planned. I enjoy Cynthia's writing style, very dramatic.
New characters are introduced. Old enemies are back.
This book has left me breathless and desperate for more. There's so many ways this story can go and I'm sure that it will be unexpected and just as exciting as this one has been!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unearthly book 2,
This review is from: Hallowed: An Unearthly Novel (Paperback)I really loved Unearthly when I read it last year so I couldn't wait to get my hands on Hallowed and I think I actually enjoyed the sequel even more! Clara's whole family are having to deal with the fallout from events at the end of the first book. Having chosen Tucker over Christian Clara is waiting to find out what will happen now that she has failed her purpose. Will she be given a second chance or will she be punished for failing? She is also facing the horrific fact that someone she loves is going to die and there is nothing that she can do to save them so her emotions are all over the place.
Hallowed takes you on a real emotional roller coaster and at times was a gut wrenching read - I have to admit to shedding more than a few tears when I was reading it which just goes to show how completely Cynthia Hand had sucked me into her story. I enjoyed learning more about the angel-bloods and there were a few fab twists thrown in that I would never have spotted coming. The story is more character driven than action packed but that didn't stop it from being an addictive read that I didn't want to put down for a minute. I've come to care so much for these characters and feel invested in their lives.
I'm not usually a big fan of love triangles and in the first book I didn't like Christian at all so was a firm member of Team Tucker. I'll confess that Christian really grew on me in this book though, as a fellow angel-blood he understands Clara in a way that Tucker will never be able to and I really liked the way he was constantly there for her throughout this book. She really needed his support and I was pleased he was there to give it to her. However, I'm still the biggest Tucker fan - I love the fact that he is so normal and come on girls don't we all love a swoon worthy cowboy? It isn't easy for him to cope with Clara's angel-blood status and the fact that will have a big impact on both their lives. In a way it would probably be easier for Clara and Christian to be together but I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that Tucker wins the girl at the end of the series. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens in the next instalment to know for sure.
There seem to be a lot of YA angel books around at the moment but this series is up there with the best of them. Cynthia Hand has a beautiful and captivating writing style and I can't recommend both Unearthly and Hallowed highly enough. I'll be the first in the queue when the next book comes out and can't wait to spend more time with Clara and her family. If you're a fan of Unearthly then you'll love Hallowed even more and if you haven't started this series yet what are you waiting for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful,
This review is from: Hallowed: An Unearthly Novel (Paperback)The only word that comes to mind when I think of this book and this series, is "beautiful".
The writing is beautiful; written in first person, present tense. The prose is lyrical, sometimes poetic. The dialogue is sweet, endearing and often highly amusing. I've never really had any great love for present tense narrative before now. It's so rare, I've only actually come across it once before. With that series, it drove me completely nuts. With this, I barely gave it a second thought because it just flows from Hand in such an effortless way, that it's clear to me why she chose it. Because it fits her style, and it really makes the writing stand out to me, but in a good way this time. It helps you to feel everything Clara feels right there in real time; every decision that's made you can understand her reasons for- even if you don't necessarily like the decision- because you've just watch her struggle to make it. This means you can really empathise with her.
The characters are also beautiful. And I don't just mean outer appearance, although they are that too, but that's almost irrelevant in this series. It is a very character driven piece. I'm actually surprised how much I like it as, action wise, it is on the gentle side and I am a card-toting action lover. But I'm just so darn in love with these amazing characters, these incredible young people, and the confusing, heartbreaking journey they are on. They are each at a pivotal time in their lives; at an age where life-changing decisions are often made, but for these guys, those decisions are so much bigger. The conflict Clara is going through is so fascinating, and other parts of it were simply gut-wrenching. I admit to crying like a baby for a large portion of this novel
I haven't mentioned much in terms of plot but I'm sure other reviewers will fill you in on that score. But I will say there were a number of shocks, surprises and big reveals in this book. There were also some big changes- those darn decisions I mentioned earlier- which I'm not sure I'm totally on board with yet, but I will definitely be waiting with breathless anticipation for the next book to see where that leads us to.
I would recommend this series to all. Young, old, YA lover or not, because it is simply...wait for it...beautiful :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful & Captivating Sequel,
This review is from: Hallowed: An Unearthly Novel (Paperback)I was truly captivated by Unearthly and was on a countdown from the minute I finished reading it for the next installment. Believe me the wait was worth it, I may even goes as far as to say that this book was even better than the first.
The story picks up shortly after the mountain fire and the revelations that brought forth. Clara's first person narrative and inner monologues provided light, refreshing entertainment among the main parts of the plot. The way in which the story unfolded was quite simply a compelling page turner. As a reader you just can't help but become personally invested in the outcome. Each character has their own unique draw, there are no clearly defined sides even with the forces of good and evil, I felt as if there must be reasons behind all of the actions. This is one story where snippets of the history of the characters are woven into the main plot adding depth to the story. While not everything is revealed in one hit, the snippets are are divulged enhance and progress the plot.
I am not a great fan of love triangles but this one just worked. I found myself unable to choose this time between Tucker and Christian. Christian's character development during this book was outstanding. I could feel the attraction to both of them. My sympathies were with Clara at having to make such tough decisions.
The mystery surrounding the angels 'purpose' slowly and tantalizingly began to be revealed. There are some surprising twists and turns that were totally unexpected taking the plot to another dimension. The themes of death and bereavement alongside the afterlife were beautifully dealt with no matter what your belief system. The ideal that love survives death although sad brings it's own kind of peace. The philosophy of being able to live without regret added to the dynamics of the story on multi-levels. Ingenious use of the Old Testament re-enforce these themes without being what I would classify as 'religious' . The imagery was stunning and very easy to picture within the imagination.
I have to tell you that I spent most of the latter half of this book with tears silently rolling down my cheeks. Such powerful and captivating writing to provoke such emotion. On a personal note the way in which death was portrayed was easy to relate to and took me back to when my mother passed away. If you have personally witnessed someone die then you can understand the imagery of the body being an empty shell or simply a vessel for your soul/life essence what ever you want to call it.
A surprising side effect of this book was that at the end of it I felt emotionally wrung out. Such a beautiful book in so many unexpected ways. Cynthia Hand is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I, for one, am eagerly anticipating the next book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it xxx,
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing,
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic,
4.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel in a wonderfully original series.,
This review is from: Hallowed: An Unearthly Novel (Unearthly Trilogy (Quality)) (Paperback)WOAH. While I definitely liked Unearthly, with the amount of gushing I heard about this series, I was still a bit underwhelmed. While Unearthly presented us with a beautiful angel concept, irresistable romance, and interesting plot, Hallowed does it SO MUCH BETTER. It's actually happening... I'm liking a sequel, not to mention a MIDDLE BOOK, better than the original. (It's not that this hasn't happened before, but still.)
Where to begin? In terms of world building (I suppose), the mythology becomes much richer in this installment. FINALLY some answers to those pressing questions about the angels and the Black Wings. While certainly not everything is now clear cut and resolved, I feel a much greater attachment to the story. Overall, this is the point at which I actually feel involved in this series. Took me a while, but trust me, I'm there all the way now.
Christian shows amazing character development. In Unearthly I just didn't really feel him. I felt like I was being told he was amazing and awesome and hot, but his actions just left him a bit of a bland, static character. Boy was I wrong. Hallowed pretty much had me drooling by the end of it. I get it. I get why people keep raving about this love triangle. I have the slightest urge to say that I've switched teams. *hides* I KNOW. I'm a horrible person. But I don't know. I'm pretty much on the fence right now, because Tucker is still really sweet, but just a bit absent. How dare you toy with my emotions like this, Cynthia? Cue the sobbing.
That being said, I feel like Clara also showed remarkable character growth in this novel. It's like I finally truly got to see her strength. I sort of agree with Jeffrey, that in the first novel she was way too focused on herself, and in this novel, with her empathy, she's much more observant of the characters around her. And that, ultimately, made her more likeable to me.
I can also note a marked improvement on the secondary characters. While I loved (and still love) Wendy and Angela, the arrival of characters like Michael (in particular, omg *squee*) and Billy made the story much richer and WHOLE to me. I also felt much closer to Clara's mother - most of the annoyances I had with her in the first book fading away.
And finally, the plot in this one was much improved. I felt like Unearthly maybe focused too much on the romance at certain points. Here, the plot centers on finding answers and a good deal of action. There are plenty of plot twists, some of them predictable, some of them totally out of the blue, which is of course a good thing. This book really kept me reading. The ending was full of twists, gut-wrenching emotions (yes I teared up, so what?), and revelations. But it's not enough. I just have to move on to the finale, Boundless, right away.
P.S. Nice jabs at Twilight. Bonus points.
Oh, everyone, please just give this series a try!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath-taking Sequel,
This review is from: Hallowed: An Unearthly Novel (Unearthly Trilogy (Quality)) (Paperback)A Spoiler Free Bit About the Book
After not fulfilling her purpose, Clara is on edge, waiting for the repercussions. But more concerning than waiting to see how it all turns out are the new visions Clara's been having. But her purpose was over, right? This could just be a dream. Something tells her it isn't.
Everything I loved about 'Unearthly' I loved about 'Hallowed', maybe even more so as I didn't have to get to know any places or characters as I was more than familiar with them to start with as I'd only just put 'Unearthly' down when I picked up 'Hallowed'.
I'm afraid I don't have much to say as this was such a breath-taking sequel. I hate that I can't fault it but I really can't. I just devoured it in a day. Yes, a day. Well, not twenty-four hours. It was more like ten, give or take. All four-hundred pages of it. I'm telling you, I hardly looked up. I couldn't, I didn't want to.
Clara as a protagonist, continued to please me. She didn't do the pathetic 'woe-is-me' thing that is far too common. She also made very good decisions, again, unlike many teenage fiction protagonists. She did what anyone would do.
I was so immersed in the story that not only did I feel exactly what Clara felt, but I felt it so strongly it could've been happening to me. I was tense and teary and jittery. I laughed and I cried. I'm deadly serious.
I was also happy with the difference between 'Hallowed' and 'Unearthly'. The plots were not too samey and we kept learning new things with Clara and meeting new characters.
Also, I had no idea where the plot was going to go at certain points. Unlike in 'Unearthly' where it was obvious that the climax was going to be the fire in Clara's visions. This really was a different story entirely.
Plot Idea - 7/10 - I thought new visions might be a bit of old news. (I was wrong, by the way).
Way Plot Was Pursued - 9/10 - I loved everything I loved before. I loved Clara's uncertainty.
Characters - 10/10 - he same amazing characters that I loved just as much in their development. The addition of new characters was just as satisfying.
Style - 9/10 - I was so into Hand's style during 'Hallowed'. Everything fit into her style, nothing jarred.
Pace - 9/10 - Even better without the need to reintroduce the old characters. I felt we were even more on the point during 'Hallowed'.
Would I recommend it? - Yes, oh yes. Loved 'Unearthly'? What other choice would you have but to read 'Hallowed'?
Would I look up the author? - Yes, most definitely. Can't wait for the third instalment.
'Hallowed' lived up to 'Unearthly' and maybe even did the impossible. I think I liked it more.
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Hallowed: An Unearthly Novel by Cynthia Hand (Paperback - 2 Jan 2012)
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