Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

genre: young adult fantasy

First thing?  Go read the first book, Unearthly.  You won't regret it.   Then you can go read this one.

Hallowed starts just about where Unearthly left off.  Clara is head-over-heels in love with Tucker and ready for her senior year.  Except, Christian is still there, too.  And Clara has been having a reoccurring dream that she knows means something - but the dream doesn't make clear, at all, what she's supposed to do about it.  All she REALLY knows is that there is a dark angel out there that is really ticked off at her and that no matter what she does, she is disappointing someone.

This was stellar.  Maybe my expectations were super low, since the second book in a series is not typically anything to get thrilled about, but I really liked this one.  I had tears - TWICE - in an urban fantasy book!  It's emotional and painful and we get all kinds of new information about Clara and her family, as well as the angel lore that was set up so well in the previous book.  Not just that, but the well-written and thoughtful romantic storyline really kept the pages turning for me.  I like that so much of this book is about choices - and about how as hard as we try to make the right choices for ourselves and the people we love, that we STILL don't get to choose what the consequences are.  I cannot wait to find out how this series finishes up.  I'm a total fan.

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