Book review: HALLOWED by Cynthia Hand

Author: Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly
No. of pages: 403 pages

Book blurb: 
For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her 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.

    “Our purpose on this earth is not one single event, an accomplishment we can check off a list. There is no test. No passing or failing. There's only us, each moment shaping who we are, into what we will become.”

I'd consider this book as one of my top favorites. I LOVE it. I just do, no more explanations. The quote stated above is one of my favorite lines. It's not really a made-up quote for the sake of a book, rather, it's true. I strongly believe we all have our own purposes here on Earth, like Clara and the other angel-bloods. The only difference is that we don't have wings to summon whenever we need them and the glory to fight back evil.

In this book, Clara dealt with almost all the people around her, including her family. She was challenged and tested throughout the story, between love and her purpose, and on her relationship with her mom and brother. The pacing of the story is not slow, and not fast. It's just right. This is filled with friendship, love, mystery and secrets, which sums up why this is such a wonderful book to read.
    “I sneaked out to his house a couple times in the middle of the night to watch over him while he slept, just in case, I don't know, his comic book collection decided to spontaneously combust. This was dumb and admittedly creepy in an Edward Cullen kind of way” -Clara
I'm still team Tucker by the way. Christian is a sweet, kind guy but Tucker is just irresistible. I just can't help falling in love with every moment he had with Clara, even if Christian somehow made me blush. but Hallowed is not just about love and friendship; it's also about family and the most striking of all, loss. This made me cry until the end and I can't wait for the next installment: Boundless.

My Rating:

 “I’ve learned that a storm isn’t always just bad weather, and a fire can be the start of something. I’ve found out that there are a lot more shades of gray in this world than I ever knew about. I’ve learned that sometimes, when you´re afraid but you keep on moving forward, that’s the biggest kind of courage there is. And finally, I’ve learned that life isn’t really about failure and success. It’s about being present, in the moment when big things happen, when everything changes, including myself.”



  1. I really liked this one, too. Cynthia Hand has such an immersive way of writing. I haven't read too many great angel books, but this one really does deliver. Great review!

    -Kelly @ PaperFantasies


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