‘Hallowed’ review

Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release Date: 17th January 2012 – US or 2nd January 2012 – UK

Not as intense as the first, but still a great, entertaining and suspense filled read.

Hallowed takes place a few days/weeks after the fire of the end book. Clare is still with Tucker and crazy in love. She’s still struggling to get answers out of mother and still dealing with a moody brother. Except now, she’s dreaming about a graveyard and there’s two people missing from the crowd around her. Her mother and Tucker. Who’s funeral is it? And why is Christian the one holding her hand?

The biggest threat of this book was Samjeeza – the Dark Wing. At times he can be a bit ‘moustache-twirling’ evil in a way that isn’t quite realistic, but generally, he’s an okay character. There’s one scene that Clara and Samjeeza face off in and it’s suspenseful in a way where as a reader you’re on edge wondering how it’ll all go down.

This book was very emotional. There were a lot of times I was close to tears. I could feel Clara’s pain, and her confusion as she tried to work out which funeral she’d be attending in the Spring. Not to mention her conflicting feelings about Tucker, her boyfriend she keeps accidentally putting in danger, and Christian, the one she’s destined to be with and her only equal. I’m still firmly Team Christian by the way!

Tucker and Christian both develop in this book, but especially Christian. Clara also learns who she truly is and we are finally introduced to her father, who is a great addition and also not what I quite imagined! I do feel like the side characters took a back seat in this one. Clara barely had time for herself, let alone her friends. Wendy, especially, suffered. I felt her character was only written into a few scenes so it wouldn’t seem like Clara had forgotten about her, but in reality, she had. It’s understandable that Clara, with everything on her plate, would let her studies and friendships drop, but that should be explored instead of masked over.

All in all, a great book. Not quite as good as the first. But definitely a strong sequel and if there is a third, I hope it deals with her time in Stanford! 4.5 stars. Pre-order it on Amazon UK or Amazon US

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