My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read: May 6
The long path ahead of you is far from over. But you can can shape it and you can lead it.
All Ariel wants to do is find her sister, but when you have the essence of one of the most formidable archangels within you giving you the power to end the world and a host of deadly enemies on your tail, there may be nowhere safe for Ariel or her sister to run.
Punchy, emotional and intense.
It’s clear that Hallow is a transition book. It’s mostly about Ariel coming to terms with who/what she is and understanding what it is she has to do. One of the good things about the books in this series not being overly long (they’re a couple hundred pages each) is that there is no room for things to get tedious. If this book was a hundred or so pages longer it would have definitely been in danger of being spread too thin, but Olga Gibbs is very smart with her writing and knows when to quit and move on to the next – something other authors in the genre aren’t very good at.
Ariel goes through a very emotional change throughout the book and you’re constantly reminded of how flawed and troubled she is. One part of you wants to say, just get off your ass and stop feeling sorry for yourself and get it done. But, the other part of you knows that you’d likely have a very similar reaction in similar circumstances. It makes Ariel a very compelling and relate-able lead. She knows she’s under-qualified and not the best person for the job but she’s going to try and, unlike many YA heroins, she isn’t automatically good at everything the second she stars trying.
Gibbs has an incredible way with description and creating an atmosphere for every scene and tone. I did think we got slightly descriptive heavy in the first couple of chapters, but as things got moving everything evened out and we were good. I did have to reread a couple of action bits o fully understand what was happening, but that could just be my habit of reading so fast and missing bits. However, Gibbs is doing a phenomenal job at creating a truly immersive and fantastical world with some amazing characters.
I never truly realised how much I was beginning to care for the characters until we got towards the end, then it hit me like a bus. You start to love and care for these characters without realising it. The romance element from Heavenward was shelved for this book to fully focus on the development, both with characters and story, which I loved. I do feel like it will be coming back in the next one but I’m ready for it now. Just don’t go breaking my heart now.
In all, Hallow is a great second instalment. It does everything it needs to do and doesn’t linger. There is a huge progression for both characters and story and I can’t wait to see Ariel be a total badass.
I received a free digital copy but all thoughts and opinions are my own
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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.
She is currently writing a stand-alone psychological crime thriller book.