Adam Mason Mason từ Pašina Voda, Montenegro
HALLOWED is one of those VERY RARE perfectly written 2nd books in a series! I loved, loved, loved it! With middle books, I sometimes feel like all I am reading is filler to build up to the ending. This is just fine in some cases, but I am often left feeling like I could've skipped that middle course and gone straight to the final dessert. With HALLOWED, however, it was like eating a delicious appetizer, incredible main dish, and then getting a FREE dessert! It was THAT good! Cynthia Hand takes everything fabulous about UNEARTHLY and expands it perfectly. The characters are even richer and more dynamic. There is humor and heart and brilliantly written conflict. The plot is unique to itself while still building on book one. Any new world-building elements were implemented subtly and believably, instead of coming out of nowhere like some stories. I LOVED that we get to see more of the secondary characters and a few new faces, too. It is just really, really good! Cynthia Hand is one of the sharpest writers I've ever read. There are often parts of books that I find myself skimming, or at least parts where I feel like reading every single word is not necessary. I am an impatient reader and will read a lot faster in those parts. But with Cynthia's writing, especially in HALLOWED, I am sucked into reading every word. I don't even want to skim! I don't know what you can call this in literary terms, so I'll just call it smart. She expounds when she needs to and summarizes when she doesn't, all the while weaving this incredible story and making you fall in love with the players in it. Look at me sounding all technical! It's time to get FANGIRLY!! TUCKER! TUCKER! TUCKER! TUCKER!!!! SQUEEEEE!!! *drool* *pant* *faint* *swoon* *sigh* I fell in LOVE with Tucker in UNEARTHLY, and I love him even more in HALLOWED. While I have heard many early readers of HALLOWED have switched teams and fall for Christian, I am telling you right now that is it 100% possible to read HALLOWED and still LOVE TUCKER. Consider it a test. Only those worthy of the rodeo-riding, oreo-scented, gentlemanly cowboy will be left standing on the Team Tucker side of the fence. Sure, I liked Christian more this time around, and I don't know who the better man for Clara is. But I do know that if Tucker came to life, I would jump right into Midas' saddle, and Tucker and I would ride that horse off into the sunset. I'd even be okay listening to country music. And that is saying something. HALLOWED will be released on Tuesday, January 17th!! So giddyup on over to your indie bookseller, or Amazon, to preorder it NOW.