Book Two of the Unearthly series, Hallowed, deals with the fall out of what happened when Clara didn’t fulfill her purpose. She is puzzled over what she saw in her vision and how Christian is supposed to play a role in her life. She is not sorry she saved Tucker, but she is so confused about what to do next. Her love for Tucker deepens so she pushes away her thoughts of the inevitable. At the same time her brother, Jeffrey is acting strange and her mother is weakening. This book takes us deeper into the world of angel bloods. We find out why Clara is stronger than she first thought when we meet her father. This book is about sacrifice. Clara must make painful decisions in this book. Does she follow her purpose or her heart. She has free will which is a dangerous thing for an angel with a purpose designed by God. Cynthia Hand creates characters that are complicated and beautiful. My favorite part of the angel gathering in the mountains. The imagery is so beautiful. I also love the way Hand describes Michael, Clara’s father. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment which is expected to be published in 2013.
Some ideas for discussing with teens:
What would your heaven look like?
Talk about purpose in life. What does that mean to you?
Why do you think there are so many angel bloods in Clara’s town?
Discuss this passage on page 98. “Fighting my purpose. Which means I’m going against my design. The sorrow is mine.”
Talk about the sacrifice she made to let go of Tucker to embrace her destiny with Christian. What would you have done?
Talk about Angela’s reaction to Clara’s true angel powers. Have you ever felt jealous like that?
Talk about the loss of Clara’s mother. Have you experienced anything like that?
What would you do if you had wings? Where would you fly?
Hidden is the final book in the Sophie Jordan’s Firelight trilogy. The action begins right away. Jacinda is placing herself as bait inside the frightening ENKROS stronghold. She allowed herself to be captured to rescue Miram. In this book we get an idea who these people are. They are cruel scientists who cut up the Draki, not realizing they are part human. The Draki stay in their dragon form while in captivity, not willing to give away their greatest secret. There Jacinda has to hold on until Will and Cassian can rescue her. There is also the mystery of what happened to her father. She hopes her captivity may give her some answers. This book is full of action from start to finish. When they escape from the ENKROS stronghold they are being tracked and have to use all of their powerful skills to evade and fight back against hunters. Jacinda is dealing with deep emotions. She still loves Will but has stronger feelings for Cassian now that they are bonded. She feels everything he feels. They discover the ENKROS have a prisoner who is the last of his pride, a terrifying Draki that could be just as dangerous for them as the ENKROS. I flew through this book. The action made this such a quick and satisfying read. The idea of the human/dragon hybrid characters is fascinating. I love the moments when they manifest and take flight with their strong leathery wings. Jordan does a great job developing characters that I cared about. Hidden will be available in September.
Some ideas for discussing with teens:
What would you do with Jacinda’s fire power or Tamra’s shading power.
If you were Miram, would you understand why Jacinda choose Will over Cassian?
Discuss how Jacinda can still have feelings for Cassian when she loves Will.
Who would you choose, Will or Cassian?
Discuss the gray dragon and what happened when he finally was able to de-manifest.
What do you think ultimately happened to Jacinda’s father?
Why do you think Jable killed Miram?
Talk about how the Pride might be different with a council leader instead of a single leader.
Why do you think the Pride ultimately accepted Will?
Talk about how Will is not entirely human and what that could mean for his future.
What do you think the Draki look like? Could you draw one?