Publication Date: January 17, 2012Review: I. Loved. This. Book. I cried. I smiled. But basically, I loved this book.
Page Count: 248
Synopsis: For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought.
Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her 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.
I read Unearthly in the beginning of this year and really loved it. But I think I liked this book more. I'm convinced that Cynthia Hand can do no wrong. Except for maybe kill off Tucker Avery, but I'm praying that she will never do that.
Let's be honest here. I love this series just because I love Tucker Avery. I love him so much. I cannot imagine anyone picking Christian Prescott over him, because although Christian is a fabulous guy, he just can't compare to the perfect Tucker Avery. Now that that's out of the way, let's talk more about the book.
Clara is confused. She didn't complete her purpose, and she doesn't know what's going to happen next. But she keeps on dreaming this one dream, over and over again: She's at a funeral. Someone she loves is going to die. Added to that awful prediction, she also has to deal with two amazing boys fighting for her love, a rebellious and angry younger brother, and, you know, college applications. There's a lot on her plate. I like Clara a lot. I find her relatable and she never bugs me, which is pretty rare. I am easily annoyed by protagonists, but that's not the case with Clara. I find her voice enjoyable and I'm okay with all of her decisions.
There's a lot going on in this book. And I loved all of it. There's the bad guy who keeps on coming back. There's Clara's mother, who seems to be hoarding thousands of secrets. There's Tucker Avery, Clara's amazing boyfriend who can't know every single thing that's happening. There's Christian Prescott, who's closer to Clara than I'd like him to be. There's Jeffrey, who's just so angry all the time, I wanted to slap him. There's secrets, revelations, romance--and it all comes together to create a beautiful and amazing book.
The ending practically had me in pieces. I need Tucker to be a huge character in the next book, or I'm going to hurt someone, I swear. And even though I love Tucker so much, I can't blame Clara for any of her decisions, because she essentially thinks she's protecting everyone and doing what's best.
Hallowed is a fabulous and gorgeous sequel that had me smiling or in tears throughout the whole book--an instant addition to my "favorites" shelf. There were not enough pages and I am positively dying for the next book.