Friday, November 4, 2011

Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)
Good Reads Summary

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.

Described by Richelle Mead as “utterly captivating,” Unearthly received outstanding reviews, garnered accolades from New York Times bestselling authors, and was named an Indie Next Pick. In this heart-wrenching sequel, Cynthia Hand expertly captures the all-consuming joy of first love—and the agony of loss. This beautifully woven tale will appeal to fans of Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Aprilynne Pike.

My Thoughts

There’s hope for YA PNR yet. Not only does Hand acknowledge the over used devices of triangles and unhealthy obsessions, but she works around the same and comes up with three well-rounded, mature thinking young adults who each could be sweet and fun all the same. The dreaded triangle; I’d fretted at how things would go, yet not only did she get me to see what each had to offer, she also managed to amplify my feelings for all of them. I still love Tucker but Christian is not bad at all. A triangle there was, but the same was not clumsily handled. Acknowledge, was it? Poke fun at, more likely! And I enjoyed Hallowed just a little more because of the same.  

These things aside, this second story had me swooning and crying a little for them. It was Clara and Tucker then Clara and Christian that had me swooning. But it was Clara, her mother and Jeffrey that had me crying.  

As to the first, I love that not one of them was “bad.” Instead each one had something to offer, each one was good in his way. I love that she was not driven to one or the other because of some reason, rather decides what’s to be done. There’s a logic to what took place, yet the same was just a little crushing because while things made sense, seemed the best route: one, some or all of them was hurt somehow. She handled things but didn’t set aside feelings. And boy, were there feelings! She had them showing their sides then had me sympathize with the choices made. So, in the end clearly there was a choice made instead of an end that’s foisted on them. This choosing showed a maturity and a kind of clear headed thinking for the better of the other and of all concerned. Like I said, each of them was thinking, mature, but never dry of emotion.

Relationships outside the romantic,  an “it’s complicated” seems to be called for because it’s not the triangle that had my heart clutching, it was her relationship with her mother that did (as well as her mother’s relationship with Jeffrey.) What happened to them, the distancing , the anger, the sweetness the outcome… was REAL and as said had me bawling especially, her descriptions of the after …

Boy, can she write.  *Happy*


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