Review: HALLOWED by Cynthia Hand

HALLOWED by Cynthia Hand
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by HarperTeen
ISBN: 0061996181
Source: AUDIBLE
Rating: ♥♥♥

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.

My Thoughts:
  
UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand was one of my favorite reads for 2011, it had an original premise and was filled with a good dose of mystery, romance and action. So, it stands to reason that I was very excited to read it's sequel, HALLOWED. Yet, after reading it I was left me a bit unsettled.

Why?


This new story picks up shortly after UNEARTHLY ends, but from the first few chapters I could tell that something was different from it's predecessor. In HALLOWED we have the same place and characters, but now Clara has a new vision, one that confuses her then distresses her making her fight against her fate...yet again. Sound familiar? Yet, despite Clara's interpretation of her vision, nothing can prepare her for the truth.


While HALLOWED presented it's own different mysterious plot points and heart breaking issues, it lacked the faster pace that was a major driving point for me. I was well past the half way mark when it finally picked up it's pace and began to consume. Maybe it was the new dream sequence that Clara  kept going through, I am not sure but it just did not work for me. Then as the truth to her vision came to light I was bummed out, totally not expecting it and then could not get past certain aspects of how situations played out. Especially in regards to Clara and her romantic entanglements? Tucker or Christian? Really? Another aspect of it predecessor that I enjoyed that seemed to crumble away as now she seemed torn between her present and future. I was not left reading this novel with a warm fuzzy but with more of a weighted heart and am not sure how things are going to progress from here especially when a few issues seemed to dangle and I am hopeful that it will be resolved with it's next novel.

For fans of UNEARTHLY I am sure that the lure of reading it's sequel is strong, but am not sure if it is enough to keep you interested in reading what will happen next. I am still on the fence and only time will tell if I continue. 

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