Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

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.

This is the second book in the Unearthly series. My review of Unearthly is here. There will be spoilers for Unearthly in this review.

I read this book as part of a Read-Along that I co-hosted with Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian. If you haven’t already done so, you can read my discussion posts for the Radical Read-along here, here, here, here, and here. Be careful if you haven’t read Hallowed. Those posts are full of spoilers!

Hallowed starts immediately after the events of Unearthly. Clara and Christian have failed to fulfill their purposes, Tucker is safe, and Clara has started having more visions. She learns that this is because some purposes don’t involve a single event, like the fire, but span a period of years. Clara may have another chance.

Jeffrey and Samjeeza (the Black Wing) are in this book more than they were in Unearthly, which I like. Samjeeza makes a good villain — I even felt sorry for him a couple of times — and Jeffrey was one of my favorites in Unearthly even though we didn’t get to learn much about him. In Hallowed, though, we even learn his purpose.

Before I moved here, I never got the whole love-triangle thing. You know, in movies or romance novels or whatnot, where there’s one chick that all the guys are drooling over, even though you can’t see anything particularly special about her. But oh, no, they both must have her.

And she’s like, oh dear, however will I choose? William is so sensitive, he understands me, he swept me off my feet, oh misery, blubber, blubber, but how can I go on living without Rafe and his devil-may-care ways and his dark and only-a-little-abusive love? Upchuck. So unrealistic, I always thought.

Joke’s on me, I guess.

That’s one of my favorite quotes from the book. Yes, the love triangle continues. I knew it couldn’t be over ever after Tucker and Clara got together in Unearthly. Christian has a big part in this book, and he’s able to be there for Clara when Tucker can’t. I’m still mostly Team Tucker, but I can definitely understand why Clara might be torn. Christian understands more of what’s going through than Tucker does. Tucker just can’t ever know what it’s like to be an angel-blood. Plus, he has his stupid boy moments in Hallowed, mostly out of jealousy over Clara’s closeness with Christian, but still…

There are several surprises in this book, just like in Unearthly, and they are both good and bad. Let’s just say there are a lot more angel-bloods coming into Clara’s life than I ever could have guessed. Clara learns, from her mom and from the others, a lot about being an angel-blood. She also learns a lot more about her mom’s past, something I had been dying to learn about since the beginning of Unearthly. I’m glad it was all (or is there more?) revealed here instead of having to wait for the end of the series.

It’s pretty close, but I think I liked Unearthly slightly more than Hallowed. I can’t wait until I have time to start Boundless!


  1. I read Unearthly and liked it but not enough to continue the series. The covers are really lovely though, aren’t they. I almost want to buy them just to pretty my shelves! Great review. It sounds like the relationships are fascinatingly complicated which could be interesting to read.
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  2. Loved this one! I haven’t read too many books about angels, so this was one of the first! I already purchased the rest of the books, and I can’t wait to read them!

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