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  • Intense sequel!5

    Kim If it's possible, I loved Hallowed even more than Unearthly! Like the first, this one is a beautiful story, very tender and sweet at times. But there is also a somewhat darker feel to it as Clara struggles with the choices she has made and still has to make, and the consequences of those choices. There are more twists and turns and a lot less predictability.
    The characters grew over the course of the last book and I felt like they were even more explored in this one. We learn so much more about Clara's mom and she becomes a bit of a tragic figure. In Unearthly, she often irritated me, keeping secrets that I thought she needed to share with Clara. It was the same at the beginning of Hallowed, but with this book comes a great deal of understanding. However, with the answers come more questions!

    The love triangle is still going strong and is just as engrossing. I had fears that it, after having been drawn out through two books, would be tired and predictable, but it wasn't at all. I still can't decide if I am Team Tucker or Team Christian yet, as I flip back and forth constantly! I love that we get to know both of the guys as their own people, separate from Clara.

    But the best thing about this book? Clara's story throughout the book and especially at the end. Clara had a rough time throughout this book, one thing right after another. There was no easy tying up of loose ends, "everything is better now" ending for her. No one swooped in and solved her problems. I liked that because it is real. There was a lot of heart break in this installment, sadness that had me shedding ugly tears at times!

    The only thing I really didn't get was the appearance of Clara's dad. He just reappeared in her life and there was no real conflict or angst about it. I know they are angels, but it seemed a little out of touch to not have even a moment of anger or confusion or belligerence.

    Things to love about Hallowed...

    --Clara's mom and dad. Their story was sweet and romantic and more than a little tragic.
    --Hand's writing. The story is beautifully written, sweeping you along without weighing you down with lengthy descriptive sentences.
    --Clara's friends. I love Angela, the token emo girl, and Wendy, the bubbly other BFF. They are great friends and interesting characters in their own rights.

    My recommendation: Better than the first so READ! by Kim

  • A review from Bookworm1858 (Spoilers)4

    Stephanie Fleischer Source: Bought (an autographed copy!)

    SPOILERS for first book Unearthly as well as Hallowed

    OK-it took me way too long to pick up this delightful sequel! I think part of that was my general indifference to angel stories though I've seen this ranked as one of the best, I'll still take contemporary over paranormal any day. The other part would be a lack of infatuation with Tucker. It seems like almost everyone else in the blogosphere swooned for the guy but I didn't get it. I did like Christian though.

    I'm glad I already wasn't a fan of Tucker because his behavior in this book is not great. He's increasingly out of the picture, rather personality-less, and very jealous. As he should be because Christian and Clara are able to draw closer based on their shared angel heritage. But, I'm totally biases as an admitted member of Team Christian. Still I didn't like how Clara shunted Tucker to the side for his own protection. I hate when male paranormals do that to their human girlfriends and I hated it here too even though I don't like Tucker. Yeah, I have complicated feelings about the romantic relationships.

    Did I mention there were spoilers? Because more are to come, starting now...

    So Clara's dad is an angel? This makes sense. I actually knew that because I read some reviews with spoilers beforehand. I didn't predict that (as I mentioned in my Unearthly review, I bought that he was in New York doing whatever) but it didn't surprise me. Clara just seemed to powerful to have so little angelbood. I'm also "glad" that Clara's mom died. Not because I like reading about moms dying (way too common in books, TV, and movies) but because I wondered about her weakness in the first book and it was explained here.

    I'm still wondering about Jeffrey-since we only get Clara's point of view, he does not come off well and I found myself very pissed off at him and his behavior. I'm also wondering about the overall battle between the angels and the Black Wings. I don't feel like all that much happened in this book even though I'm sure it is all pushing toward a grand finale in the third book. I'm especially curious to find out more about Clara's purpose (and how Christian ties into it). It is probably too much to hope that they'll procreate and bring more angel babies into the world but I can dream.

    Overall: A really fun sequel although maybe a bit on the long side when considering what happens and what the audience learns. Excited for Boundless

    Cover: I liked the purple on Unearthly more but it's good. They look nice on the shelf together. by Stephanie Fleischer

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