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Hallowed - Cynthia Hand Hallowed by Cynthia Hand is the much anticipated sequel to Unearthly, a tale about angels, half-angels, quarter-angels and, well, you get the idea.

Unearthly introduces Clara, Jeffrey (her brother), and their mom, who all move to Jackson, Wyoming so that Clara can fulfill her "purpose," or her reason for existing. Things become confusing when her purpose doesn't really pan out. The guy she thought she had to rescue from a forest fire is a part-angel himself and didn't need rescuing. She rescued her boyfriend, Tucker, instead.

In Hallowed, things become clearer. Clara discovers her mother's purpose, and she learns that she herself might have another purpose. Secrets are revealed, and while there are celestial happenings going on, there are also mundane human happenings like picking a college and graduating from high school.

As in the first book, Clara is torn between Tucker, a really nice, down-to-earth (pun intended), kind of guy and Christian, another part-angel teen whom she feels really close to.

It's easy in YA fiction to make one of the potential love interests a bad guy, but Hand doesn't take the easy way out. Readers will feel conflicted -- both guys are really nice and really caring, and they both care about Clara.

It's also really nice that the situation isn't minimized, and it's handled very sensitively. There are several unexpected twists and some really sad scenes.

Read the whole review: http://www.examiner.com/young-adult-fiction-in-chicago/hallowed-by-cynthia-hand-review