Title: Hallowed (Unearthly #2)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban-Fantasy
Rating: 5 / 5
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In the second book of the Unearthly series, Clara is left in a difficult place after saving Tucker and not fulfilling her purpose. Christian’s angel-blood status leaves her in confusion over what her purpose really was. Does she get a second chance? Is she meant to be with Christian? A new vision of Clara attending a funeral raises the question of who of her loved ones is going to die. Clara must work out who that person is before the upcoming spring, and deal with a loss that will touch her so deeply.
Hallowed was another great book in the Unearthly series that drew me in from beginning to end. The tone is very different to Unearthly, as it touches on darker themes such as death and grief, although it still focuses on the themes found in its predecessor, such as: love, family, identity, and purpose. Cynthia Hand does a beautiful job of portraying accurately the emotions involved with the loss of a loved one. The grief that Clara experiences is heartbreaking, and tears are likely to be fallen whilst reading this novel.
Once again, the author incorporates some really interesting mythology into the novel. She discusses the Nephilim in the Book of Enoch as well as Genesis. She also discusses Milton’s Paradise Lost in reference to the black wings. It was fascinating to hear the spin she puts on the history of Samjeeza and the Watchers, which gives Samjeeza a lot more depth, enabling one to sympathise with his circumstance. The concept of time in heaven and hell in the book was really intriguing too, as was the idea of them each layering the real world.
Clara is again always poking fun at herself. She makes Twilight-stalker references, when she becomes very Edward-like herself. She then talks about how lame love triangles are in books, whilst recognising that she is indeed in the middle of one.
“Before I moved here, I never got the whole love-triangle thing. You know, in movies or romance novels or whatnot, where there’s one chick that all the guys are drooling over, even though you can’t see anything particularly special about her. But oh, no, they both must have her. And she’s like, oh dear, however will I choose? William is so sensitive, he understands me, he swept me off my feet, oh misery, blubber, blubber, but how can I go on living without Rafe and his devil-may-care ways and his dark and only-a-little-abusive love? Upchuck. So unrealistic, I always thought.
Jokes on me, I guess.”
There’s this message to not give up your life for a boyfriend throughout, yet it could get infuriating at times how obsessive Clara gets over Tucker that she sometimes misses the obvious. But I suppose that is a somewhat normal symptom of adolescent first-love. Like the previous book, there were some absolutely adorable scenes between Clara and her mother. We also come to understand her family situation better, as well as get a lot of reveals, which then lead to even more questions.
This book presents Christian at his best, although Tucker was certainly a good part of it too. It was sweet to see Clara and Christian’s friendship grow as he stands by her with genuine care and concern in her darker times. Clara battles with her feelings over both of them as she questions whether she is bound by her destiny or by her choice. As I said in the previous book’s review, I think that this author has wrote the only love triangle that I have ever felt so genuinely conflicted over, more so in this second book where we get to know Christian a lot better.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Unearthly. It’s well-written, with a complex plot, and plenty of unexpected twists to keep you reading. Make sure you have some tissues nearby though.