Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Review: Sequel to Unearthly

Hallowed (Unearthly #2)

Author: Cynthia Hand

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 403

Date of Release: January 17, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Rating: 9.5/10

SummaryFor 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.

Oooo... I've been waiting for month to read the sequel to, Unearthly! There was so much left unresolved in the first book, like the love triangle between Tucker and Christian and what was going to happen to Clara's purpose. Once I got my hands on this book, I breathed it in... literally.

In the beginning, Clara is left confused on what her purpose is. Her mom says that a purpose can take a long time to finish, but now she is left with the aftermath of the fire and the choices she made that day. Meanwhile, things between Tucker are going great, but it doesn't help when Christian starts coming back to Clara. Clara knows that she loves Tucker, but she can't deny that she feels a pull towards Christian too. Is it because he is an Angel too? Or could it be something else. Every time, Clara is with Christian, she feels happier and stronger, but she doesn't know if she loves him. Putting all that drama aside, Clara has a new vision. A vision that states that a loved one will die within a few months. Clara is thinking Tucker is the one in the vision, since he doesn't appear in the vision... at all. What is Clara going to do now? What sacrifices will come with this vision?

Here is a another love triangle, but it doesn't annoy me. Because it seems like Tucker is the One for Clara, but what about Christian? I admit I'm not the biggest fan if Christian's. He had all last year to make a move on Clara and now he is popping back into her life like he has every right too! That is so not right. But still, the way Christian could take some of Clara's grief left me wondering that something else is happening here. I was right. Christian and Clara are one of the rarest kind of angels... *spoiler* Triplare. A Triplare is 75% angel, so more angel than human. No wonder Clara has all that special feely powers. That is why I kind of enjoyed the love triangle in this book. Though, there is more to this book then boy love. And it might get you crying. Which happened to me.

At the end of the book, I was crying... full-on, with the snot and tears, etc. I never expected for that to happen. Well they hinted at it in the beginning, but it was still a shock that it happened. I hope this isn't the end of the series, because I want to know how Clara will fit into the world after her mom is gone. I mean, Clara is a Triplare and that should be a scary thing to live with. Especially since the Black Wings will be after her and trying to convert and all that. But I really want to know, is if Tucker and Clara will still be together, after she goes to University and he stays at home. Will that tear them apart? Another character that leaves questions behind is Jeffrey. The whole novel, he is being a grumpy ogre of a brother. In the middle of the book, I thought it was about his mom or the fact his dad shows up after a long time, but it was something so much bigger then that. When I read Jeffrey's side of the story, I could see his point. Clara has had everything revolving around her for a while, I think it's time that Clara started noticing her brother rather than herself. Anyways, I think Cynthia Hand put love, family and fear for the future in a great and compelling novel. I don't think I can find anything that confused me or left me with questions in this book - except the question,"Is there going to be a third book?!"

"So who's lucky number three?
No answer.
I turn around to look at him again.
He grins.
Now I get it, I tell him. You're stalking me."  

                    -Hallowed, pg. 391


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