Hallowed written by Cynthia Hand
Publisher HarperAudio, HarperTeen
Publication Date: 2012-01-17
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Series: Unearthly #2
Narrated by Samantha Quan
Length: 10 hours 19 minutes
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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.
In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.
Hallowed, the second book in the Unearthly series picks up right after the first book, Unearthly end. I was really surprised (in a good way) that I really loved this book. Okay, so there IS a sort of love triangle BUT I love how Clara was NOT professing her View Spoiler »love for Christian when she finds out that Christian is an Angel-blood and that they are supposedly meant to be. « Hide Spoiler So yes, I really loved that Clara was acting like a normal teenager in a sense that she was rebelling her purpose.
In this book, we get to know the major characters more: Tucker, Wendy, Christian, Jeffrey and even Samjeeza. There are also secrets that are revealed (shocking ones but I shouldn’t have been shocked by it) and more of Clara’s purpose is revealed.
One of the things that I really like about this book is that we are being asked to question the evilness of the Black wing Samjeeza. Yes, he is evil but he also shows another side of him that I did not expect in this book. Another thing that I liked about it is that despite a few more biblical references, it is still not preachy. We are still being shown Clara’s indecisiveness and just her being a teenager.
However, despite really enjoying this book, I had a few questions/issues that I just could not get past. First: Jeffrey’s purpose. He is supposed to View Spoiler »start the forest fire and save Tucker. « Hide Spoiler But is that it? Is there no other purpose for him? I have already read the third book and this is one of my issues because this will not be answered in that book as well. Second: I feel like the purpose is centered on CLARA only. Like even Jeffrey’s purpose depends on Clara’s, more so Christian’s. I just can’t understand why they don’t have their own purpose that is unrelated to Clara’s.
I really gave this book 5 hearts because it was just so unexpected and because of Clara’s actions.
THOUGHTS ON THE AUDIO
Narrator: Samantha Quan
As I’ve mentioned in my previous review, Samantha Quan was superb in this reading. I was able to relate to the characters (especially Clara) more because of her voice. Her pacing was perfect and I didn’t have any problems following on with the story.
RE-READ AUDIOBOOK REVIEW
As with the first book Unearthly, this is the second time I listened to the audiobook just so I could write a review.
WHEN I FIRST READ
I read this in October last year right after I read and enjoyed Unearthly.
Original review above
WHAT I REMEMBER
I remember death and another side of a supposedly evil character.
WHY I WANTED TO RE-READ
Because I wanted to read the final book Boundless. I was already in the 5th chapter of Boundless when I decided to re-listen to the whole series again!
HOW I FELT AFTER RE-READING
I did not change the rating for the book. I gave it 5 hearts and I am still giving it 5 hearts.
WOULD I RE-READ THIS BOOK AGAIN
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