Hallowed: An Unearthly Novel by Cynthia HandHallowed: An Unearthly Novel by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed: An Unearthly Novel

byCynthia Hand

Paperback | December 26, 2012

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For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves 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.

Cynthia Hand is theNew York Timesbestselling author of the Unearthly trilogy. A native of southeastern Idaho, she has graduate degrees in creative writing from Boise State University and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. For the past seven years she has taught writing at Pepperdine University in Southern California. She and her famil...
Title:Hallowed: An Unearthly NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:December 26, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006199619X

ISBN - 13:9780061996191


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Not a bad but. It was somewhat predictable but well written.
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I read the first book, Unearthly, about six years a go and thought it was okay. I recently read some of Cynthia Hand's other books and thought, "Why not finish her first series since you're reading all of her books anyway?" This book had a lot going against it: it's a story I vaguely remember and it's a middle book in a trilogy, which aren't usually good. But I had so much fun reading Hallowed. I picked up the book with the intention of only reading a few chapters to see if I remembered anything and then I reached 100 pages. I thought I was done for the night but I just kept on going. Cynthia Hand does a pretty good job reminding the audience what happened in the previous book without spoon feeding you the details. The writing was easy to follow yet intriguing so you wanted to continue with the story (which I obviously did). On a technical level, the book did have its faults. This is an "older" YA fantasy series about angels so there are cliches galore. The love triangle was frustrating. There were moments where I wanted Clara to focus on other things besides kissing Tucker yet longing for Christian. I am totally on Team Tucker btw and will be annoyed if Clara chooses Christian. Jameeza, the villain, was also pretty weak. I don't remember much about him in the first book but I'm pretty sure he was more threatening than he was here. He kinda just shows up every once in a while to remind the characters and the audience that there's something else going on besides the romantic turmoil of a 17 year old girl. The most development Jameeza had was learning how to use a cellphone. And, no, I am NOT joking. I also thought it was really weird that Clara got all of the attention. Jeffrey was going through some serious issues of his own yet their mom, Billy, and even their dad shrug him off to support Clara. That's a little neglectful, isn't it? Like the last chapter was a really beautiful moment between Clara and their dad, when he reveals that their mom is at peace, and all I could think of was, "Where the hell is Jeffrey? Shouldn't he be there to witness this too?" But the most obvious moment was when there was a standoff between Jameeza and their dad and the dad says, "Leave the child alone." Jameeza actually has to remind him that Jeffrey exists and the dad responds back, "Yes, leave the children alone or else you'll have to deal with me." Like wow. Your threat kinda loses validity when the villain has to remind you that there's more than one person you have to protect, buddy. And then there were all of the really schmaltzy moments in the book, like Clara and Jeffrey's dad going to a car dealership and buying Clara a truck simply because he wanted to. (This also supports my why-doesn't-Jeffrey-get-similiar-treatment-and-care argument.) Or the fact that there's a secret space out in the mountains where all of the angel-bloods congregate and go camping. There are ANGELS CAMPING. It's just so weird. Despite all of this, Hallowed was loads of fun. The characters had some witty conversations that made me smile and laugh out loud several times. There were pretty good pop culture references, like the movie Alien and Fight Club, where the references won't become dated over time. Not the way that most pop culture references do where you realize how much time had passed since the book's publication. There were even really heartfelt moments too. Their mom's death and the build up leading to it added a real sense of loss and sorrow that I was not expecting. And Angela's graduation speech about our purposes in life and the decisions we make not defining us was actually very touching. This book was a breeze to get through and I can't believe that I waited this long to continue the series. Will definitely be reading the final instalment.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional rollercoaster This book made me feel all the emotions and it was a fun sequel to read!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay better than the first, but just okay. kind of sad.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good in-between It's a good in-between book leading up to the final installment.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok book Nothing exciting really happens in this book. It is kind of a bridge book that is building up what will happen next. Do not like the love triangle at all. Why do I feel like she is not going to end up with the guy that I prefer? :( However, there are quite a few surprises in this book. The secrets her mom is keeping from her finally all came out at the end of the book. So you do get to learn more about Clara.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angel Romance Hallowed is a refreshing take on an angel romance novel. Finally a good angel book unlike the others released recently. Book boyfriend would definely be Christian on the second installment.
Date published: 2013-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent I have had this book sitting on my shelf since it came out and I am finally getting the chance to read it. I found this cover beautiful and I like the little design with a feather at the beginning of each chapter. This book was alright, but it kind of made me feel like the author was writing just to please the audience. There was no "it" factor for me. It was just an easy, no- Brainer read. Don't get me wrong, it did have emotional parts, I just felt like they didn't go as far as they should have, like the author was holding back. I do like how it isn't your typical angel read. Also I am a fan of the love triangle because both of the guys are great, but at the same time Clare just needs to pick one and be done with it. Clare is a strong character, she had to face a lot of thought stuff. I just want her to realize that she can't outrun destiny forever, so why drag Tucker along. I also wish she would pay more attention to Jeremy. If he turns into a black wing because of her selfishness then I will not be impressed. Christian is such an awesome guy. He is so patient with Clare. I think he would wait for her forever if he had to. I believe that he really cares for her. Tucker is also a good guy but he can't really compete with Clare's "soulmate". Obviously I will continue the series because I need to know what happens to the love triangle and if Jeremy goes to the dark side. I would recommend this book to angel lovers.
Date published: 2013-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cant Wait Just saying, i can't wait for the next book in this series! I loved the two books so much! AMAZING! (the recommended titles are 1: the same series, 2: also about angels and same with 3)
Date published: 2012-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected Turn of Events! Ever since I finished reading Unearthly, there were so many questions I was wondering and majority of them were answered in Hallowed. Along with the things I was wondering, many new secrets were revealed that may just leave you hearthrbroken. Considering that all the new secrets either wanted to make you cry of cheer for joy. I know I was. The second novel follows a couple months after the first book and the pace goes by quickly again, like the previous novel. But you don't notice the change in time because you'll be caught up in what's happening in the story. Clara is left unsatisfied knowing that something went wrong with her purpose, and Christian feels the same way as their purposes are somehow interconnected. Clara tries to figure out what her purpose really is, and with the new dreams she's having, it makes figuring out her purpose a whole lot harder. I loved how the author continues on with the purpose of angels. She didn't kill off the idea because it's a good one and one that I thoroughly enjoy because it's the reason for all these strange visions that the angel-bloods have. A recent vision Clara has had is that someone very dear to her will end up dying in the spring. I had my suspicions of who might be dying, but it turns out I was dead wrong in the end. Although, it is a very tearful death but I realized it was needed as more information about angel-bloods is introduced. Clara also learns more about her heritage which is very interesting, and I enjoyed how the author brought in the new information. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story, and I love how Cynthia managed to keep reader's on their toes by making the story so invigorating. The story itself was amazing and the relationships in the novel are phenomenal. Every single character is put to the test as there are many betrayals in the story that you would not expect. Some people actually cracked in the story and many turths are revealed. I can't wait for the next book because the ending is a cliff hanger even though it doesn't feel like one!
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Lovely Continuation to the Series! When it comes to angel books, I'm always more on the nervous side to read them because it's too often that they've left me disappointed in some way. But last year, when I first read Unearthly, my hope was once again restored in the genre and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. And oh my! Cynthia Hand's Hallowed was most certainly well worth the wait! Hallowed was everything and more I had hoped it would be! The aspects that frustrated me in the first book disappeared in this one, and I was so happy to learn more answers to the questions raised surrounding the angel mythology Cynthia Hand has created and the part Clara has to play in fulfilling her purpose. And after the surprising revelation at the end of Unearthly concerning Christian, I loved seeing him take on a greater role in this novel and seeing how Clara's previous actions the day of the fire had altered their futures. He's more than just a boy in Clara's visions who she thought she had to protect before. I felt rather sympathetic towards Tucker this time around. He's still the incredibly sweet boy that we all grew fond of in Unearthly, but there are things about Clara's angel heritage which he'll just never be able to understand or relate with that Christian can on the other hand. But once again, I must give full credit to Cynthia Hand for not over-playing the love triangle between Clara, Tucker and Christian. Clara might have chosen Tucker by the time Unearthly finished, but that never stopped Christian from being a supportive friend. He knows not to over-step his boundaries when it wouldn't be right. And Clara had so much more on her shoulders than just boy problems, so I'm glad she had her priorities straight when she had difficult decisions to make. I absolutely loved Cynthia Hand's Hallowed! As Clara continues to discover what destiny has in store for her, she faces emotional moments which will tear at your heart. It's not very often that I find paranormal novels as beautifully written as both Unearthly and Hallowed, but Cynthia Hand makes it all look so easy. I cannot wait to see how the trilogy will end! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2012/02/hallowed-by-cynthia-hand.html
Date published: 2012-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A worthy follow-up in a great series! You can view all my reviews at http://www.alluringreads.blogspot.com Wow! This was a perfect followup to the amazing debut in the series. Cynthia Hand maintains her great pace and gives the characters even more depth in this second book. Once again I'm torn in this well written love triangle because I love both Tucker and Christian! Both of our leading men are explored much more deeply and we see new sides to both of them that makes me love them even more. Cynthia paints such a stunning picture in your mind with her writing, the scenery, the glory, the hair, it's all ridiculously well written. The emotions conveyed in this book are heavy! I felt like I was on a roller coaster and by the end of the book I felt like I needed to take a nap. It definitely ended up going in a direction I was not fully prepared for and I found myself needed a box of tissues at my side for the last 1/4 of it. Our girl Clara has really grown up in this book and is prepared to face all the trials and tribulations that come along with being and angel-blood. In the first book where we had a young girl finding out about who she really is and not knowing how to deal, we now have a woman who is dealing with her situation head on. I love it! A strong minded, smart protagonist!!
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW. This book was awesome! I loved the new plot and the character's new ways! I really love the way she told the story step by step. I didn't feel that the ending was the best way to sort of end the book but that's just my oppinoin. It was really good and I would totally recomend the first book: Unearthly. Great Book series! C:
Date published: 2012-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful addition! Review first posted at http://unautrehistoire.blogspot.com/ For those of you who have read Unearthly you know that there is a a huge revelation in it and that it ends with a bit of a cliff hanger (like most books do). So you can imagine that I was pretty eager for the sequel-Hallowed. I enjoyed Hallowed just as much as I enjoyed Unearthly, however, I experienced a lot more sorrow and bouts of tears in this novel than I did it's predecessor, which would explain why Hand initially titled the novel Sorrowful. But don't let the prospect of sadness keep you from reading this book. When I first began reading Hallowed I quickly went to that place of readers delight (as corny as that sounds). I started reading and I remembered how much I love Hand's writing and her skill in weaving a story that is a joy to read. What I really appreciated about Hallowed was even through the sad parts (which were plenty), I never once rolled my eyes. I never once thought "well that was pointless." Which is a huge feat for me, as I often think that about the parts that make me feel like crying. But that never happened. I suppose I should talk about the story a little-which is hard seeing as Hallowed is a sequel and I don't want to give anything away. Hallowed begins essentially where Unearthly leaves off. Clara is still trying to determine exactly what her purpose was, and she now is plagued by nightmares of a place and the sorrow of the black wing that tried to kill her and her mother. Clara is also confused about the growing friendship she has with Christian. I have read here and there, that Hallowed had caused some people to switch from Team Tucker to Team Christian. Myself I think they are crazy! How on earth can you switch sides, when Tucker is simply amazing. I would find myself grinning at the Tucker/Clara moments. I got all giddy when Clara would be awed by how much she loved Tucker. I got all warm and gushy inside. Which I think is testimony to how great a writer Hand it. I enjoyed reading about how Christian and Clara's relationship shifts however, and I liked how Hallowed was able to delve deeper into how their fates were intertwined, but I will always and forever be a Team Tucker. If you liked Unearthly, I can guarantee you will like Hallowed. It has everything that Unearthly had and more: Character development, world building, romance. What more is there to ask for? It was a fantastic read and once again I am eager for the next installment.
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing & Heartbreaking! MY MIND IS BLOWN. Even though Unearthly was one of the best angel books I've ever read, I never expected Hallowed to top that... but it DID, and it only took gallons of tears, several goofy grins, and a consistently aching chest for me to figure that out! I don't think I know a single person who won't cry at least once while reading this book! Hallowed is one huge emotional roller coaster with Clara finding out that someone close to her is going to die. It was beautiful and heartbreaking in the most realistic way, and I'm both in awe and heartbroken with how Cynthia Hand handled everything. I love Clara! Not only is she one of the most emotionally strong characters I've ever read about, but she's also so realistically flawed and easy to understand. The whole cast in this book was perfectly crafted, because not once did I think anyone was too perfect and that's exactly the way I like it. And as for the romance... I don't even want to call this a love triangle. It's too honestly beautiful to be that! ♥ Not many books that can make me switch teams (especially when I loved someone like Tucker first!), but Hallowed managed to do that without making either boy a jerk. Cynthia Hand knows how to write a book that makes you want to tear your heart out and read it over again at the same time. Beautiful, heartbreaking, and about a gazillion other positive & melancholic adjectives, Hallowed is a MUST-read for anyone who read Unearthly, just like this series is a must-read for anyone who likes to read in general! The wait for book 3 feels eons away! BUY or BORROW?: Buy buy buy buy buy buy buy this book! Despite having an Advance Reading Copy, I already pre-ordered a finished copy because I loved it that much! :)
Date published: 2012-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably Heart-Wrenching In Unearthly, it all started with a vision. He had his back towards her and he was standing in the trees. An uncontrollable fire surrounded them...and she called him by name.. That's when things really changed for Clara Gardner. I adore Cynthia Hand! I'm not sure I'll ever do this series, or Hallowed for that matter, any justice in my reviews. The series is beyond unique and exciting, and I can't stress enough how much everyone needs to read it! If my upcoming praises don't convince you, maybe the fact that it'll be turned into a CW show will? You heard me right! It'll be joining the likes of wonderful CW shows like Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, and many more! Now, moving onto my review.... The Drama Gets Intense! Readers were first introduced to Clara Gardner, an angel blood, in Unearthly. Being an angel blood comes with it's awesome quirks; strength, intelligence, and stealth. However, with it's positives also comes your purpose, the reason you were sent to earth and the mission you need to fulfill. After the dramatic turn of events in Unearthly, involving Clara's purpose, the mysterious hottie Christian Prescott, and the drop-dead gorgeous Tucker Avery, Clara and the gang are back in action in Hallowed. I cannot express enough how excited I was for Unearthly's highly anticipated sequel, Hallowed. It was all I thought about for several months. I kept wondering what would happen. Would Cynthia Hand tear our favorite characters apart? Would she ruthlessly kill someone off? The possibilities were endless! Fortunately, it was not disappointing, in fact I found myself loving Hallowed far more then I did it's predecessor. Unbelievably Heart-Wrenching Clara Gardner matured and grew significantly since the last time I'd read her. Instead of being re-introduced to the rather immature and ignorant girl that we'd become accustomed to in Unearthly, I was re-introduced to a girl with impeccable knowledge on what accomplishing her purpose meant. She was no longer weak, instead she held an incredibly admirable independence and strength that I couldn't help loving. Additionally, I was surprised to find myself learning quite a bit more about Christian and Tucker, things I hadn't really expected after the lack of it in Unearthly. Reading Hallowed, however, changed my previous notions on Christian. I wasn't his biggest fan during Unearthly, in fact, he came across as quite unappealing. However, the new side I saw of him in this installment had me growing to love him and find a new appreciation for him. Tucker, however, is still my #1 guy. Sorry, there just isn't anything that gorgeous cow boy could ever do to make me hate him. (He could steal all my cupcakes, I'd still love him!) Readers, what you can expect to find in Hallowed, Cynthia Hand's highly anticipated sequel to Unearthly, is unbelievable heart-wrenching emotion. I mean it, you'll want to cry! You'll hug your copy to your chest and sob. And when the sobbing's done...you'll want to scream out in anger and cross your fingers with hope. It'll awaken emotions you never thought would surface while reading a book, so be very prepared. If you haven't read Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, be sure to do so soon and before diving into Hallowed!
Date published: 2012-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it enough Clara's back in the second novel as confused as ever about her mission. Still reeling about her Black Wing encounter she feels thatcher mom is keeping a big secret from her. Her visions get stronger and her ability to draw glory is harder to master. With help from Angela and Christian, they find out the truth about their history of being Angel Bloods. I thought this book was very slow..a lot of backstory was introduced which is good but the way it was done, it took soo long that I almost fell asleep. Not to say this novel didn't have its high points. That Christian is relentless and Tucker is the prefect boyfriend. Who does Clara choose? I do enjoy love triangles and this one was definitely dramactic. Make sure to also check out Unearthly #1 because that's the first one in the series. COVER Beauitful and simple, Clara looks as ethereal as any angel. I do like how it's one color and not a full on photo. It makes it a little bit different than most covers. QUOTES “What Black Wings feel is much, much more intense,” age continues. “They have chosen to separate themselves from God, and that causes then an almost unbearable pain.”—Clara's mom (page 68) “Don't give up your life for a guy,” she says then firmly. “Not even a great guy. Not even Tucker.”—Wendy (page 134) “He never wanted to let me go. He wanted to fight for me. Every part of him was telling him to fight, but he didn't know how. He thought maybe the purest form of love us letting me go.”-Clara (page 239)
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing like Always *http://lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.com/2011/12/hallowed-unearthly-2-by-cynthia-hand.html * I absolutely loved this book I was like OMG when I got the email to be able to read Hallowed!! Both Unearthly and Hallowed blew my mind away, I devoured this book in 2 days!! Hallowed had action, romance and and soo much information that explains much more about Clara, her brother Jeffery and even more about her mother. In this brand new sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand delivers what her readers have been waiting for, and I was not disappointed. I loved it. Clara has really grown since the last novel. With best friend's Wendy & Angela,and of course Tucker and her other love interest Christian. Christian really grew on me in this book! Cynthia Hand made my emotions go all over the place, even more surprises are introduced as as was crying during some parts. Hallowed introduced more characters than in Unearthly through communities in the town. Christian really comes out in this novel, I was starting to like him in the first book, but he really will grow on you in Hallowed.Tucker still steals my heart away, but the storyline and love triangle was brilliant. Learning more about Clara's lineage and her mother's secrets was the main topic, but it was a good thing as we got to know more about Clara. I sometimes felt like crying during some of the scenes (tear). There are so many revelations in book that some things will shock you, but it does give you the sense that the next book will be great. The novel does pick up right where Unearthly left us, after the fire. It may have gone slowly, but it was so full of information that will be important in the next book. For all those people who love Tucker or Christian.... I had a tough choice of who I want her to be with. I will have to wait until upcoming novel to find out what will happen next. Clara and Christian have an undeniable connection that Tucker cannot break, and Clara is still in love with Tucker 3 but once you read this you will understand how I feel (always had a soft spot for Christian) What I liked most after reading Hallowed is that the romance was perfect and it always leaves me hanging. Hallowed is one of my favorite series, especially that I love the idea of Angels and Clara's dad which I loved really surprised me and her mother really is an important figure for Clara when she was growing up, but we do learn that half-Angel also do pass away; they also help God in their next life. Cynthia gives me a new perspective of what Clara does go through with her family and also her friends. Her brother Jeffery was shown a little more; is also shown that he is causing trouble with his mood swings, and in the end what he has done to represent his vision. Overall- ONE AWESOME BOOK. Read Unearthly and then Hallowed because this book is worth the read and wait. Can't wait until the next one:) BTW follow Cynthia Hand on Twitter because she is soo awesome:) Its one book you cant put down !! Be sure to pick this book up at the nearest bookstore on January 17!! Cover: I love the cover, HarperCollins does and AMAZING job!
Date published: 2011-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! If Unearthly was a book chock full of secrets and hidden agendas, its sequel Hallowed is the one where the lid of secrets is blown off with explosives. I'm definitely going to keep the specifics under wraps, but if you were a fan of book one you will be blown away by book two. (Also, I'm really trying for no spoilers here, but I'm assuming you've read the first book! ) At the end of Unearthly, Clara and us readers were met with a huge shocker, one that might have left you with your jaw on the floor and/or the book thrown against the wall. (I was the former-no book violence!) Hallowed picks up after the raging forest fire, after Clara had to confront her purpose and make a choice between Christian Prescott, the boy of her visions, her purpose, and Tucker, the down-to-earth, sweet, charming, funny, swoonworthy cowboy she loved *ahem*. Well we all know who she chose, and now Clara is left with the heartache she's starting to experience as a result of going against what she was meant to do. On top of that, she's starting to have visions of a graveyard, and realizes someone she loves is going to die. This. Book. This book! My goodness. I usually find that books two in a trilogy are more of a 'filler', moving things along while not really giving you too much. In a way Hallowed was like this; there wasn't a major Black Wing showdown which I was hoping for, but I definitely didn't mind because I got so much more from character and story growth. Like I mentioned, there are a lot of reveals in this sequel. Clara begins learning not only more about angels, but her mother and family's murky history, and also gets to meet some new angelic brethren (and some not so new!) I was thrilled with the arrival of someone very special in Clara's life, and their presence was like a huge ray of sunshine. The strange behaviour of Clara's brother Jeffrey is also brought into the light, and again, Hand delivers with the reveals! Now as much as I loved Hallowed, it also broke my heart. As in, I cried. Between Clara's cemetery visions, her incredibly sweet affections toward Tucker and the intensifying attention from Christian, Clara had to deal with some pretty heavy emotions. I never thought I'd say it (or even admit it!) but I found myself drifting between these two love interests, drawn to both but leaning towards one as his role became ever clearer. Truly a great love triangle! Add to the fact that Clara, and I, knew someone she loved was going to die set this dark cloud over the novel, and it packed an extra powerful punch to what I thought was an extremely courageous move from the author. She peeled back these characters and let all their fears and anger show through, which in turn revealed this bravery that I couldn't help but admire. Book three is going to be amazing. Bottom Line If you loved Unearthly I genuinely hope you'll love Hallowed too. It's considerably darker than its predecessor but you will be impressed by the influx of angelic history you'll learn and how much the characters have grow up in a short amount of time. Really, a beautiful book. Keep your heart and tissues close for this one 33 Review originally here: http://allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2011/12/review-hallowed-by-cynthia-hand.html
Date published: 2011-12-07

Editorial Reviews

Hand has crafted a captivating paranormal romance that will have readers eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.