Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: Unearthly

Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen
Page Number: 435
Series: Unearthly Series - Book 1

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?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.



So, you may be thinking "Oh, no. Not another angel book!" Let me just clarify that this is not just another angel book. For one thing, the plot is amazing. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, Cynthia Hand threw some twist into the story that kept me guessing. And not only was Hand's writing gripping and suspensful, but it was very vivid. I swear I could see and feel everything happening in Clara's unusual life.

Clara is a 16-year-old angel blood, which means she's part angel. Specifically, she's a quarter angel. She was also an amazing protagonist. She was very likeable, smart, strong, and also relateable. She takes her purpose very seriously... until Tucker shows up.

The relationship between Clara and Tucker was one of my favorite things. There was no instant love connection. In a very realistic fashion, we actually get to experience the two of them falling in love. Best part? Clara wasn't dependent on Tucker. She had her own strength and didn't immediately decide she would die without him. Tucker was a really nice character. *underexaggeration* He was very sweet and always there when Clara needed him. He's also funny, and charming, and *swoon*.

Christian, for me, wasn't really a likeable character. He seemed very cocky and rude. *bleh* I did, however, like Clara's mother. Especially the part where she existed. Oh, wait the was the whole story. That's right, no disappearing parents in this story.

The only problem with this book: it ended too soon. I want more! Next year will not be here fast enough! I can't wait to learn more about Clara's purpose, her relationship with Tucker (and Christian), and the wonderful world Cynthia Hand created. It's official, I'm hooked!


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