Book Review | Hallowed
Title: Hallowed: An Unearthly Novel
Author: Cynthia Hand
In Hallowed, YA author Cynthia Hand continues her paranormal romance series that revolves around teenage angel-blood Clara Gardner, who recently fulfilled her purpose. All angel-bloods have a reason for being on this Earth, and Clara believed her purpose was to save Tucker from a fire that she kept seeing in her visions. But after her mother reveals something new about purposes, Clara realizes that the events that happened during the fire might only be the beginning of her ongoing purpose.
Now confronting new visions, Clara interprets them to mean that she is about to lose someone she loves. Because Tucker isn’t in her visions, she believes his life is in danger. As more time passes, Clara realizes she misread her vision: it isn’t Tucker who will die, but someone else to whom Clara is very close.
I have been intrigued with the idea of angels breeding with humans ever since reading a certain Bible verse from Genesis. Out of all of the books that feature Nephilim or half-angels, Cynthia Hand’s series, which began with Unearthly, is one of my favorites. Hand writes such raw honesty into Clara; her readers can really relate to Clara, who is struggling between complicated feelings between Tucker, who is mortal, and Christian, an angel-blood who is linked strongly to Clara’s future. Clara also has a really human side to her, especially when it comes to confronting mortality.
In Hallowed, we get to know Clara’s mother quite a bit more through glimpses into her past. Her mother has a history with Samjeeza, the Black Wing who stalked Clara in Unearthly. Hallowed hints that Samjeeza will play an important role in the next book. It was also a really fun surprise to be introduced to Clara’s father, Michael. When he walks back into his children’s lives, Clara learns something about herself that was rather unexpected. I have some theories on Clara’s father, and cannot wait to read the next book to see if I’m right.
Hallowed is a satisfying, bittersweet read. I have to admit that there were a few passages that caused me to choke and tear up. I think once you read this book, you’ll know exactly what I mean when you get there. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves paranormal or supernatural stories.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*