Monday, April 2, 2012

Review - Hallowed (Unearthly, Book 2) by Cynthia Hand (5/5 stars)

Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Size: 416 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: January 17, 2012
ISBN: 978-0061996184
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Unearthly series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 5/5 stars

This was an absolute stunner of a book; it is beautifully written and absolutely engaging. Very hard to put down and lots of surprising revelations that made this book even better than the first one (and I absolutely loved the first boo).

Clara and her family moved to Colorado so she could fulfill her angelic purpose. Well at the end of Unearthly she made a different choice, the choice to not fulfill her purpose. That decision will have repercussions that even Clara could never had expected. Clara is trying to get on with life and enjoy time with her boyfriend Tucker. That's when the dreams start; Clara is having dreams that someone very close to her will die, she thinks it might be Tucker. Clara's worry over Tucker puts strain on their relationship and she finds herself spending more and more time with Christian, another Quatarius angel whose fate seems tied closely to Clara's.

When you look at the synopsis this sounds like just another paranormal YA book. The difference is this is a really, really well written YA book with a lot of heart, and a lot of humor. The writing is beautiful. Clara is funny at points and absolutely honest. I love the relationship she has with her mom and what a loving family they are.

Clara makes a wonderful heroine, the mistakes she makes are in an effort to do the right thing. She is constantly torn between following her heart and following her destiny. She also has to go through some truly heartbreaking stuff in this book. Seriously you will laugh out loud and then be in tears by the end of the book.

If you were a Tucker fan in the last book, sorry to say you might be changing sides. Christian plays a huge role in this book; his respect, understanding and constant support of Clara make him a wonderful character and I was really rooting for him by the end of the story.

The book is mostly drama, not a ton of action, but there is some action and mystery as Clara struggles to solve the mystery of the Black Wings and uncover the history of her mother. The plot takes some amazing twists at the end and there are some revelations that are truly jaw-dropping. There is a lot in this story I would never have been able to predict, it was all very well done.

Overall this book is even better than the first one. Clara is such a likable character that she is easy to get attached to; she is forced to dealing with some heartbreaking stuff. Christian really comes into his own in this book; he is so supportive and understanding of Clara. Some truly surprising plot twists occur that really upped the ante. Highly recommended to fans of YA paranormal books; this series is so well written that it is really one of the better YA series out there.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- Horror and Urban Fantasy Challenge
- 150+ Books Reading Challenge

1 comment:

  1. I have been debating about reading this one, since I did not completely love the first book. However, your review is making me rethink it, especially since you say that this is better than the first one. :)