Warning: Contains Spoilers For Unearthly. Enter at your own peril aka don’t be stupid.
I’m not sure why I get nervous before reading a Cynthia Hand book. I was stupidly apprehensive about committing to Hallowed because it’s 400 pages, even though I was out of my mind excited. Y’all need to put me in a dunce cap for not reading Hallowed as soon as it entered my mailbox.
First, I should stop reading angel books that aren’t by Cynthia Hand because they kind of blow in comparison. Hand basically proved to me that Unearthly wasn’t a fluke and she is truly talented in her sequel Hallowed. Seriously Hallowed is worthy. There are also no holds barred in this book.
The plot! Ah! Ah! Ah! Yeah, bro, that’s my outdoor voice reaction to the plot. FIRST, Hallowed picks up where Unearthly left off. For me to properly review, I’m putting Unearthly spoilers out there. So, Clara bombed her purpose by choosing to save Tucker instead of Christian who is actually also an angel, I know WHAT?! But she hasn’t been punished by God or anything. SO we open Hallowed with Clara being mopey about not finishing her purpose and Christian trying to get up on her EVEN THOUGH she is with Tucker. What a douche. Anyways, Clara gets a new vision where someone she loves dies. Holy balls Hallowed is SOOO sad!! Like buckets of sorrow sad! And yes, the person dying is basically the backbone of the plot.
I liked that Hallowed by Cynthia Hand is chock full of cool new reveals. And there are new characters! And yes, the sads of course. I mean not only does a character die, but there turns out to be some trouble in paradise. Yet, throughout it all Cynthia Hand remains consistent in her writing and characterization. I never said to myself, yeah this shiz is weak. Because it wasn’t at all. Holla! Although, I’m going to channel my inner Regina George and say ‘stop trying to make Christian and Clara happen! It isn’t going to happen!’ much like fetch. ALSO there is potential foreshadowing, at least I hope, because she daydreams this bit about her and Tucker and a horse and ahhh. It’s very very brief and very minor, but I hope it’s foreshadowing.
I was immensely satisfied with Hallowed by Cynthia Hand. She does emotional tugging very well. And let me tell you, my spirits were LOW during parts of Hallowed. Yet, Hand also continues the magic, so to speak, and keeps my faith (lol) in her angel books. I’m now CLAMORING for my next fix of Clara and Tucker and the others– when is book 3 out again? Y’all seriously need to preorder Hallowed by Cynthia Hand if you loved Unearthly because it truly is JUST as good.
Disclosure: Received for review.