Friday, May 20, 2011

Review: Unearthly

Title: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Published: January 4, 2011 by HarperTeen
Source: Library

 In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Uhm...Where do I start with this one?  Ok, let me start by saying that I love books about angels.  I found some aspects of the story refreshing, for example, Clara knows exactly what she is and that there is a higher purpose to her life (no pressure.)  I also liked that the love triangle doesn't last that long (although I'm sure it will come into play in the rest of the series) and that Clara is a strong lead character.  There is also a certain air of mystery and secrecy that surrounds Clara's family and the angel-bloods in general that I liked.
I have to warn you that this series is highly addictive, I just wished that the ending wasn't such a cliffhanger (don't you think?)  Apparently there is a lot involved in being an angel-blood.
*Sigh* Ah, Tucker.  Since it's all the rage to choose sides in books now I confess myself to be in 'Team Tuck'.  He is not only handsome, but understanding, loving, considerate, etc. (I can keep going on and on...)  Christian is not a bad character, but he is absent for a big chunk of the story and I didn't identify with him as much.
The next installment of the series is called Hallowed and I'm not sure when it will be published, but I can assure you that I will read it!
About the cover: When I saw the book in the store I thought is was beautiful, BUT after reading the book I don't think it represents the story at all.  There are two other covers (UK/Paperback)  in Ms. Hand's blog that I liked a lot more that this one. 

1 comment:

  1. Hallowed book two in the Unearthly trilogy, took me on an emotional ride and left me wanting more. This novel picks up a few months after Unearthly ends. Hand’s writing style is unique and her character driven series is well on its way to becoming one of my favorites.


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