Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: January 2012
Pages: 416
Source: Review copy from publisher
For: Review
Series: Unearthly Series, Book 2

*Spoilers for Unearthly are inevitable*
After failing at her purpose, Clara is unsure what to do with her life. Her whole life seemed to lead up to that event, but now she's left without any, well, purpose. Her boyfriend, Tucker, is confused as ever and her mom is just as enigmatic about what she should do now. But when Clara starts seeing another vision, she is about to discover just what is most important in life.

Things I Liked:
I enjoyed the emphasis this book placed on Clara's relationship with her family - her mom and her brother especially.  It was nice to see the focus where it should be during difficult times.  Clara's conflict between the two guys vying for her was pretty well portrayed - it was hard for her and she didn't want to make any quick and thoughtless decisions or be cruel to them (though, whether she succeeded in that is another story).  I was impressed with how Hand ended the book, doing what I thought was pretty gutsy, though it wasn't exactly what I wanted for Clara.

Things I Didn't Like:
Honestly, I got bored with the book.  Nothing much seems to happen, though there are some interesting twists that surprised me near the end.  Most of the book goes on and on about Clara struggling with feelings and Clara wanting to do things, but not doing them.  It was just so slow moving.  And it never really picked up momentum, despite having some surprises and a little action.  I was also disappointed in the direction the love triangle went, mostly because she ends up with the boy I like least, so it might be a personal preference.  Basically, I think this book just disappointed me, because I wanted so much more from it.  I guess I'll be interested in reading the next book, but not anxiously awaiting it.

Start with Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Forbidden by Syrie James and Ryan James
Halflings by Heather Burch

s-factor: ! 
maybe one or two

mrg-factor: X 
a bit of heavy kissing

v-factor: none

Overall rating: ***

When you're disappointed by a sequel, do you still tend to read the next book anyway?

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  1. I haven't even read the first book yet. I have to laugh at the things you didn't like.

    "Clara wanting to do things, but not doing them."

    LOL! That sounds like my boring life and NO ONE want's to read about that, believe me!

    1. Ha! Sounds like my life too. And could I be any more vague? "Wanting to do things?"

  2. No, I wouldn't read the sequel, but then again I wouldnt have finished that one. I'm too old to finish boring books :)!

    Oh, and I hate characters who want to do stuff, and then never do it. So frustrating to read.

    1. And see, I'm still interested to see if it just suffered from middle book syndrome. The first one really surprsied me with how much I enjoyed it.

  3. I still have to read the first one in this series, it is sad though when book two can't live up to what went on in the first novel. I normally continue on anyway because book two always seems a bit of a filler book.

    Thanks for the great review

    1. Definitely I think a lot of 2nd books are filler and the 3rd will improve. I hope so in this case.


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