“Yesterday is yesterday. Today is a new day.”
Sequels are usually what makes or breaks a series and Hallow is an amazing sequel following up Heavenward. It isn’t just a ‘Heavenward: part 2’, it is it’s own book with its own strengths and highlights. While Heavenward was more a book telling us what was happening around and to the protagonist, Hallow shows us what is going on inside Ariel’s head and her mentally dealing with everything. It is a whole contrast, but something that did Ariel as a character very good.
Telling about strengths in the plot would just spoil the book for you, but saying this just shows that the plot as a whole is one of the things that make this book strong. But you have to trust me if I say it is really beautiful. At page 25, I was already wiping away tears from my cheeks.
Hallow‘s plot is very different to the plot of Heavenward, but that is nothing but logical considering what has happened at the end of book one.
I really enjoyed how this book took place on Earth and showed us the struggles and perks of being an angel on Earth. I also loved to see how Ariel was still acclimating to being an angel and how some of her human habits are different than before. Silly laughs about silly things throughout a serious plot can keep a book airy and enjoyable.
Something that really popped out for me is how Olga Gibb’s writing improved so much. It was amazing in Heavenward, it completely hooked me to the story, but the writing in Hallow just shows that Olga has become more comfortable in her own writing. A truly amazing change.
I really recommend this series as it so different from your average YA fantasy. Characters have more depth and are realisticly portrayed for their age, both things I really value in any book really. The Celestial Creatures series is definitely one that belongs on any YA or fantasy fan’s TBR without doubt.
Being one of the most formidable archangels with the power to end the world doesn’t serve you well if you don’t know how to use it.
Thrown into a battle of courts and factions, tangled in a web of intrigues and palatial games, naïve Ariel is surrounded by powerful angels, chasing their own agendas.
There’s no one she can trust. Everyone stands to gain something from her death.
To avoid the bloody battle that Baza brought to her door at Uras, Ariel retreats back to Apkallu (Earth) to find her sister, but the Heavenly battles and intrigues she flees follow her, as Baza’s immense hold on Apkallu forces Ariel and Rafe to make uncomfortable choices.
Ariel’s fight for survival is far from over and it looks like it’s going to be a deadly one.
About the author:
Olga Gibbs lives in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England. She was writing from the age of fifteen, mainly short stories and novellas and was a guest columnist for a local newspaper. When she is not dreaming up new adventures for her imaginary friends, she does outreach work with teenagers.
Olga is currently writing a stand-alone psychological crime thriller book.
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