July 26, 2012

Review of Unearthly by Cynthia Hand


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?

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

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Publish Date: January 4, 2011

Publisher: HarperTeen

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I’ve been literally dying from excitement to read Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. From the first moment I laid eyes on the cover, I knew that I wanted to read the novel and that Unearthly and I would become the best of friends. Was I right? Of course I was right. I’m right even when I’m wrong! From the moment I read the prologue I was absolutely hooked and was dying to get thrown head first into the story. Unearthly focuses on the main character Clara’s purpose as a part angel, which leads her to a new town far from her native California. She has a new school and finds out that her purpose is to protect the most handsome and popular guy in school from a wildfire.

I’ve never been the new kid, and it was nice to see the way that the main character narrated the novel in a more realistic way (or what I assume is a realistic way). There was no immediate bullying or getting food thrown at her and stuff (‘cause I’ve read that in some books and it only happens to the new kid). Though, because of Clara’s need to get near the hottest thing to walk the earth/most popular guy in school—Christian she ends up coming off as a total stalker.

Which I found kinda awesome-sauce because in most novels where the main character tries to get so close to their crush that they end up being a stalker, all of the stalked persons friends don’t even bring it up when they’ve noticed. In those novels it’s no big deal, just a guy being stalked and followed. Whatever. Not the case in Unearthly. Eventually Christian’s friends begin to notice and bring it up with Christian, initiating the both sad and funny scene where Clara learns that her new nickname at school is Bozo (like the clown character).

I’ve read quite a few angel genre novels and suspected this novel to be kinda like all the others. Main character acts like a guardian angel, falls in love with the boy and they live happily ever after. Again, not the case in Unearthly. Not only does the main character not know much about her abilities as an angel, but she doesn`t even really know much about the world of the part-angels. However, there is a wide range of characters and while Clara does work to end up in a relationship with Christian– another character (who I personally liked from the start) just might work his way into Clara’s heart.

I would recommend this novel to fans of Hush, Hush, angel lore and YA romance. Beware the Black Wings.

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  1. kimbacaffeinate

    I love this series …so excited that you did too! I love Hands writing style. Great review!

  2. Renae @ Respiring Thoughts

    What a great review! I’m not a huge fan of angel books, but I picked this one up anyway (and in spite of my better judgment) and boy am I glad I did! Clara’s character is so realistic and likable, and I loved the stalking bit as well.

    Oh, and p.s. Hallowed is just as good, if not better, than Unearthly!

  3. Chapter by Chapter

    I heard Hallowed was even better! Can’t wait to make some time and read it!

  4. Kelsey

    Loved this book! I was expecting it to be different but it was so much better, the second one was awesome too!

  5. Chapter by Chapter

    Can’t wait to read the second one!

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