"For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.
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.
In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are."
Author: Cynthia Hand
Year of Release: 2012
Sequel(s): Boundless & a novella called Radiant
Book Version: Hardback
Where did you get the book?: Library
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Warning: There are major spoilers in this review
While reading this book, I felt many different emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, and confusion. During one part, I'm bursting with joy and the next thing I know, I am on the verge of tears. In other words, this book made me feel all the feels. That is definitely one thing that makes a great novel.
People say that girls shouldn't rely on guys in order to be happy, and I agree, it should be that way in real life. The same should be said when it comes to fictional characters as well. But my love of Tucker controlled my emotions throughout this novel. I couldn't help it and it started to bother me. I felt like a girl with a huge crush on someone and whenever Tucker wasn't in a scene, I felt like I was just reading through it to get to a part with him in it. However, there were many parts of it that didn't have him in it that I did enjoy.
I thought the romance in Unearthly was better done or maybe I am just biased when I say that because I like Tucker so much. But still, I sometimes find myself enjoying "the buildup" to a relationship better than the relationship itself. By "buildup", I mean "the buildup" to the start of a relationship. Clara had a huge crush on Christian for the first two-thirds of Unearthly and was completely blinded by the fact that Tucker liked her. Tucker started out being a jerk, but only because he liked her. I liked the slow and realistic way in which their relationship blossomed in Unearthly. It happened when she was least expecting it, just as falling in love happens in real life. The fact that she ended up with Tucker when you think she'll end up with Christian was a bit of a surprise, and I liked that a lot. However, Hallowed didn't have that "buildup" because they were already together. Other than a few other scenes, I didn't enjoy reading about their relationship as I thought I would, mainly because it seemed as though Clara didn't love him anymore. She claimed that she loved him and that she chose him over Christian, but the way she described things made it seem as though she didn't. It even felt as though her relationship with Tucker was awkward while her friendship with Christian was more comfortable and at ease.
I even started freaking out because: a) first I thought Tucker would die (and feeling guilty because I wanted it to be her mom who dies and not Tucker, and then feeling even more guilty when it really does turn out to be Clara's mother who is going to die), and b) thinking that he and Clara won't end up together because of her purpose. I seriously am not used to not getting my way when it comes to love triangles, and I was becoming very, very upset. I was annoyed that I let the romance aspect of this book control how I overall felt about everything that was going on.
With all of this said though, I do like how Clara has not let any single boy control her happiness and that she doesn't think that her life has ended knowing that she and Tucker can't be together. It breaks my heart, but I'm glad that Clara has come to terms with it even though, like I said, it felt as though Clara didn't even love him as much in the first place.
Even though I am absolutely in love with Tucker, I can't say that I don't like Christian, not at all. I love how even though he feels as though he and Clara are meant to be together, he still respects Clara's decision to be with Tucker. He seems like a great guy and if Tucker weren't in the picture, I'd totally be in love with him. However Christian was a hypocrite because he said that he wasn't the type of guy to hit on another guy's girlfriend and then a few chapters later, he's kissing Clara when she's still with Tucker. That made me want to slap both him and Clara.
The story itself was quite good and was very well written and plotted out. It was very addicting and was hard to put down. There were a few things that I guessed accurately, but there were several parts that I never would have been able to predict and I loved that. I always enjoy reading books with unexpected twists and turns. It makes me love them so much more. There were also two scenes in this book that I just loved. The first was the scene at the beginning of the book with Tucker and Clara when she went over to his house and she ended up falling asleep in his bed with him. The next morning, Tucker's dad caught them together. It was so awkward and so hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing. The other part was when Tucker and Christian started physically fighting over Clara. It really is a girl's dream to have two attractive and nice guys fighting over her. Clara had even mentioned that she didn't like being in a love triangle and she never found them realistic (I completely agree), but man, oh man, I just loved that scene.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and thought it was a good sequel, but I did not like it as much as Unearthly. However, I would not classify it as a bad sequel at all.