Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed

Unearthly book 2

A review by Elizabeth Manthos

three and a half stars three and a half out of five stars

Elizabeth reviewed Unearthly (book one) previously. Hallowed is book two of this trilogy.

After the bush fire that ravaged the mountainside in Jackson Hole, Clara is forced to face the repercussions of her choices, finally discovering that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Torn between her love for Tucker Avery and her complicated feelings she has for Christian and their supposed destiny, Hallowed is filled with, tension, emotion and a shocking revelation. Someone Clara loves will die in a matter of months.

There is one thing Clara knows for certain: ever since the fire, nothing is ever as it seems and the fire was just the beginning.

Hallowed was your genuine ‘middle book’ of a series, getting the reader reacquainted with Clara, Tucker and Christian. Hallowed then focused on the reader getting to know other characters in the series, namely, Clara’s brother Jeffrey and Clara’s mother Maggie. The character development of Jeffrey and Maggie is phenomenal with twists no one would see coming.

Written at a slower pace that the first novel, the reader is allowed to absorb things and is kept enthralled even with the lack of plot development. Although the story doesn’t move along as much, our many questions are answered, especially the ones Clara has about her purpose and why her mother is so elusive about everything.

Cynthia Hand has written close to the perfect love triangle in this novel and it isn’t at all cliché or overdone. In Hallowed, her character development and secret reveals are paramount, easily keeping the reader hooked throughout the novel.

I honestly thought the series would deteriorate from the epic first novel but this novel was an interesting bridge between the first and third novel. We’re able to see what Clara has missed out on as she finally learns more about being an angel and her purpose.

I recommend the Unearthly trilogy to anyone who is willing to give an angel YA series a chance, I thoroughly enjoyed it.