Unearthly & Hallowed
By Cynthia Hand
I have this problem with books — I read them way too quickly. I downloaded Unearthly, originally because my book is about angels and demons and I was curious to see what other YA lit was out there about the topic. I stayed up for five hours and read the entire thing. And while I said to myself, self, you want to begin a book blog, you should probably review this. The other side of me say, screw you, I want to read the sequel. So I downloaded Hallowed…and read that cover to cover in another four hours. Needless to say, I didn’t get
much any sleep that night.
The one thing that struck me immediately with these books is that the main character, Clara, acts like a teenager, which I don’t read happening that often. She legitimately sounded like a teenage girl. It was something that helped build the character because she didn’t suddenly get all eager to train and do her angel duties. Instead she was more concerned about prom and her dates than learning how to fly.
I really couldn’t find much fault in either book. I love the plot. Like LOVE the plot. I love the LOVE in it…because it’s different than the other love stories you find in books. And because I have to get it out somewhere, spoilers if you continue:
I love Tucker. I LOVE HIM. He’s still number three behind Jem and Four (Wait, you don’t keep a list of fictional crushes? Hmm…), but his heart is so in it. And yet I love Christian too — because it’s not your normal love triangle, and he loves her for a completely different reason and in a completely different way. I did figure out her brother set the fire pretty early on, and that her mother was the one whose funeral she saw.
Let me tell you the waterworks during those chapters.
Losing my mother is my ULTIMATE NUMBER ONE FEAR. All in caps. It’s what my nightmares are made of. After finishing the book I wanted to run and hug my mom, but unfortunately, she lives 3,000 miles away, so I called her instead “Just to say hi.”
I really loved the end of Hallowed, giving the character (and the reader) a bit of closure. I’m all for cliffhangers, but when there’s such a dramatic and important death, it leaves readers depressed if there isn’t just a little bit more at the end.