Title: Hallowed, Unearthly #2
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publication: January 1, 2012 by Harper Collins Australia
Format, pages: Paperback, 448
Source: From publisher
Finished on: February 18, 2012
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…
I enjoyed Unearthly immensely when I read it just as it came out at the beginning of last year. Hallowed was a fantastic sequel, although I found there were a few things which took away that five stars. The only worry I did have was that you find out who is dying before halfway through the book and although you are mislead for the first quarter or so, it still dragged on for the rest of the book. And because of this, there was really no big climax towards end of the book – and definitely did not end in a cliffhanger. However, I guess being anticlimactic does make this sequel one to stand out from the rest as it is not a filler but rather provides you with a lot more information about Samjeeza, Clara’s mother, her father, her purpose, and answers quite a lot of the unanswered questions and events from Unearthly.
What I did love the most about Hallowed however, was that it practically was all about family. Many novels disregard the family aspect of these teens’ lives but Cynthia Hand gave us a family to look to for support and guidance although they may be formed on the supernaturals. If I had a very close friend or relative pass away, then Hallowed would’ve impacted and toyed with my emotions a whole lot more. I did not though, so it did kind of be a bit of a hit-or-miss type of story which may-or-may-not resonate with the readers and their experiences.
Hallowed was a fantastic sequel and I’m looking forward to how Cynthia Hand concludes this trilogy. And the love triangle in here was one I can deal with anytime, anywhere, any day of the week.
Title: Bloodrose, Nightshade #3
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publication: January 3, 2012 by Philomel (Penguin)
Format, pages: Hardcover, 406
Finished on: February 14, 2012
Calla has always welcomed war.
But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.
I had a few qualms with Wolfsbane but I forget about them now because… BLOODROSE WAS FREAKING AMAZING!! I mean it – This. Book. Blew. Me. Away (It really did blow me… away. I can’t say it any better than how I just did hehe.) And I know from reading others’ reviews – such as those on amazon.co.uk – that they had qualms with this one instead. But how could they? Just because Bloodrose didn’t end in a happily ever after? Because someone that was a dominant figure throughout all three books, and who also had a following, got killed? Because it wasn’t raining chocolate and sprouting fairy floss for the entire length of the book? Because this story didn’t end the way they wished it did, the way they wanted it to? THESE WERE THE REASONS WHY I LOVED THIS BOOK – it is now my favourite of the trilogy. After Bloodrose, Andrea Cremer has now stamped herself in my “books-by-this-author-I-need-to-buy-always-and-always-and-immediately” book. She has cemented herself in YA – and on my shelves – as one of my favourites. And mostly because of how this trilogy ended to be honest.
Unsuspecting endings and unexpected events in books are what makes that said book one to remember. And Bloodrose stamped itself as one of them. I don’t want to give away anything as it is one you just need to read and experience to believe it. But be prepared to get emotional. Put tear-catchers beneath your eyes so none fall onto the pages of the book.
In Nightshade I was Team Shay. In Wolfsbane I hated Shay and became a Ren fan. But in Bloodrose, Ren still won my heart however Shay wasn’t hated at all. In fact, they both became equals throughout the book with no dislikes for either of them. It was great to not be swayed.
The disappointed fans can stay disappointed and frustrated for all I care. There’s no reason to begin disparaging this book if you didn’t enjoy it as much as you wanted to. Just don’t ruin it for those who have not yet read it and will possibly enjoy it way more than you.