Hallowed by Cynthia Hand Book Review

Torn between two guys, a mother who keeps secrets, and her struggles to be a teenager Clara’s life is not easy…

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Cynthia Hand

Publication Date:
January 17, 2012

Harpercollins Canada

Format: Paperback, 320 pages

Price: CND $19.99

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Clara Gardner knew that as a part angel she would one day have to fulfill her purpose, rescuing Christian from a forest fire…what she never considered was what might happen if she were to fail. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend Tucker, Clara must deal with the repercussions of what happened the day of the fire as the two boys vie for her heart. And, as she is drawn further into the world of angels and 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 after a shocking revelation, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning…

About the Author

Cynthia Hand is a native of southeastern Idaho and currently lives with her husband and two children in Southern California, where she teaches writing at Pepperdine University. She has graduate degrees in creative writing from Boise State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Instead of a muse, Cynthia has a guardian angel named Buster. He wears a Stetson in place of a halo, prefers a beat-up pickup truck to flying, and loves to correct Cynthia’s grammar.


Clara’s back in the second novel as confused as ever about her mission. Still reeling about her Black Wing encounter she feels thatcher mom is keeping a big secret from her. Her visions get stronger and her ability to draw glory is harder to master. With help from Angela and Christian, they find out the truth about their history of being Angel Bloods.

I thought this book was very slow. A lot of backstory was introduced which is good but the way it was done, it took soo long that I almost fell asleep. Not to say this novel didn’t have its high points. That Christian is relentless and Tucker is the prefect boyfriend. Who does Clara choose? I do enjoy love triangles and this one was definitely dramatic.

Make sure to also check out Unearthly #1 because that’s the first one in the series.



Beauitful and simple, Clara looks as ethereal as any angel. I do like how it’s one color and not a full on photo. It makes it a little bit different than most covers.


“What Black Wings feel is much, much more intense,” age continues. “They have chosen to separate themselves from God, and that causes then an almost unbearable pain.”—Clara’s mom (page 68)

“Don’t give up your life for a guy,” she says then firmly. “Not even a great guy. Not even Tucker.”—Wendy (page 134)

“He never wanted to let me go. He wanted to fight for me. Every part of him was telling him to fight, but he didn’t know how. He thought maybe the purest form of love us letting me go.”-Clara (page 239)