Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (3/5 stars)

Title: Hallowed (Unearthly #2)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: 17 January 2012
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Kindle: 416 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

"For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.
Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves 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."

How do you love someone simply because you were meant to be together? You know it's not real love because you know what true love feels and yet you feel connected with him. These questions are confusing Clara. Her purpose is Christian and the second book in the series focuses on her relationship with Christian in the aftermath of failing her first vision in the forest to save Tucker. Like in the Hex Hall series, in the Unearthly series, there's also one book to build a romance for each boy in the love triangle. When Tucker asked Clara in Unearthly, "What do you see in a guy like him?", my thought was, after reading Hallowed, I still don't see it. Christian was there whenever Clara's a mess, *spoiler* going through losing her mom, Maggie, but I would've thought more of him if he had tried to fight for his love for his girlfriend, instead of breaking up with her after he started seeing his vision and as for Tucker not being there, Clara partly is to blame for it. 

Hallowed broke my heart because I lost two of my favorite characters - Tucker and Jeremy, even if Jeremy's still part of the series, he's no longer the funny, mischievous, and pure of heart little brother I know from Unearthly, and Tucker! It's hard not to be upset when Clara chose Christian in the end! When Tucker told her that he has to stay in the farm to help his family, and Clara got in Stanford because of her family connections, I just thought, Tucker deserves a happy ending, and yet he lost to some over-privileged boy. And Clara. I loved Clara because she fought her destiny for her love. Maggie said that for as long as you are part human, you have free will, but how she tried to fight her purpose for a hundred years only to fulfill her purpose anyways, just shows the opposite. I would have thought that their purpose is not set in stone, that it's fluid, because of free will thrown in the mix, but from the direction the story is taking, it's like their purpose is something inevitable. One last thought, the Bible (Genesis) portrays the Nephilim as wicked, not as heroes as Angela confirmed in one of her conversations with Clara.

p.s. I miss Tucker, I hope he's not out of the series for good!
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  1. Hi Jenny!

    Thanks for liking my Divergent review and for following our blog. *New follower*

    I hope Tucker's not cut out of the series for good too... :)

    -Ela@ YA Anonymous