Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed was written by Cynthia Hand. It is the second novel in the Unearthly trilogy.

Clara Gardner is a Quartarius, who now lives in Jack Hole, Wyoming. It starts out during the first day of school, her senior year. She keeps beating herself up about what happened on the day of the fire, and her brother is no help in consoling her. Angela forms the Angel Club with Clara, Jeffrey, and Christian are automatic members.

We have another love triangle between Clara, Tucker, and Christian. She loves Tucker, her current boyfriend. She has complicated feelings for Christian, who only makes it worse since their purposes are intertwined. She must also deal with the realization that someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With an uncertain future ahead of her, she only knows that the fire started all of it.

I grew tired of the awkward love triangle. I also don’t like how flat of a character Jeffrey is, because throughout more than half of the book he is just an angry boy. Christian is almost to nice for his own good. I don’t want to spoil this, because the identity of her father is very important. It’s the key to why she (and her brother) is so important to the Black Wings. Also, his identity is hard to wrap my head around, mostly because it doesn’t sound possible.

There were parts that were just predictable. One such part includes who is going to die (figured out one chapter ahead). It’s so typical that she is even more special. This has become too common among protagonists. Also, when is Samjeeza going to get a life? He becomes such a stalker!

Feel free to read it. It is a good idea to read Unearthlybefore reading this. It’s just not one of those books that can stand alone, even though it’s in a series. If you liked Unearthly, you will probably like Hallowed. It’s addicting. You will also get through it fairly quickly.

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Stars (out of 5): ****

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