Hallowed (Unearthly 2)

By Cynthia Hand
Published by Harper Collins
To be Published on January 2012
Source: NetGalley

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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. 

Depressing.  That is how I would categorize this book. Not bad, but depressing.  The entire premise of this book is that someone close to her is going to die in the spring.  Clara has a vision in late autumn that is at the funeral of someone she loves.  (And no I won't tell you who!) I would say probably 2/3 of this book, perhaps more, leads up to the time this person dies.  There isn't a great deal of action (one or two small skirmishes with Black Wings)- the death takes center stage in this book.

The writing was excellent, as expected.  The complexities of the characters are fantastic.  I really love the way Jeffery's character is developing.  Out of all the characters- I find him the most believable for a teenage boy and the most interesting.  I also really enjoyed meeting Clara and Jeffery's father.  He was the most interesting person in this book.  I really hope that we see much more of him in the third book.  He is a very large missing piece in this puzzle and I was very happy to be introduced to him.

The only negative about this book?  There was very little humor and action to offset the emotional drama.  Yes, the book was excellent in a horribly heart breaking way.  But the feeling of hopelessness was apparent throughout the book and there was little happiness to hold on to.  I can't honestly say this is a book I want to read over and over again- it was too depressing.

That being said, it WAS a good book and worth the read- just don't go into it expecting a lot of action and lovey dovey parts- they aren't there.

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