Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be today’s tour stop for the blog tour of Hallow by Olga Gibbs, which was organized by Melanie @ Fraser’s Fun House. Be sure to check out the other amazing bloggers on this tour!
Author: Olga Gibbs
Publication Date: 01 May 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Raging Bear Publishing
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.
Before I start this review, if you have not read Heavenward, do not continue reading this review. I try my best to avoid spoilers, but as this is the second book in this series, there will inevitably be spoilers. Alright, you’ve been warned.
Hallow immediately picks up right where we left off from Heavenward. While I personally appreciate this because I literally finished Heavenward and started Hallow, this may pose a problem for those who read Heavenward a while ago and may not remember all of the inner workings of the plot. Nevertheless, I appreciated be thrown back into craziness of Ariel and Rafe fleeing Baza and the impending bloodbath on Uras.
Ariel (with Rafe in tow) heads back to Apkallu (Earth) in a desperate attempt to find her sister Jess. Once Ariel arrives to her childhood home, her neighbor informs her that her mother, abusive step-father, and sister quickly moved in the middle of the night to avoid child protective services. After Sam’s betrayal, Ariel thought she could at least trust Rafe to safeguard Jess. Now she knows that she can’t trust anyone and everyone has something to gain from her death.
Just when we thought that Ariel’s pain and suffering could be no more, she must endure even more trials and tribulations while also growing into this new power that she possesses. We see quite a bit of internal dialogue from Ariel as the story progresses, which I think allows the readers to really sympathize with her struggles. She never wanted any of this, and now she has to figure out how to deal with this impending fate.
Once again, Olga delivers a fast-paced page turner filled with descriptive battles, magic, and plot twists! I can’t wait to see how the world of Celestial Creatures continues.
Thank you to Olga Gibbs and Melanie Fraser for providing an eARC of Hallow. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
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 second book in the “Celestial creatures” series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller book
Available to buy from (multi link): https://books2read.com/u/m2vkw6