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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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."-GoodReads.

Hardcover, 435 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by HarperTeen
Source: NetGalley

So I would like to start off with saying, thank you Cynthia Hand for having Clara already know she is part angel. It was really nice and refreshing not having her go through the same song and dance of all the drama that comes with having to find out and then dealing with it.

I will admit, when I got up to this book on my list I almost didn't want to read it. I came close to skipping ahead and coming back to it later. Paranormal wasn't exactly what I was in the mood for, but I kept seeing so many positive reviews and tweets for it that I decided just to jump in. And I am happy to say this book is great.
You know those books that you read that you think the descriptions are way over the top, or there's too many? Or there's too much character and not enough plot? Unearthly is the perfect fix for that.
The descriptions are beautiful, the character development is wonderful, and the plot is great.
And the love triangle! Oh my word....I thought I was sick of them. But this one....whoa. It was intense. And perfect. Poor Clara is stuck trying to figure out just what the purpose of her vision is and is being torn between these two amazing guys.

This is not a stand alone book. I don't know how many there is going to be, but I know there is going to be a second. But, once you read it you won't want it to end. I kept wanting the end to come faster so I could find out what happened. Once it ended though I was sad. I cannot wait for the next one.
5/5 for Unearthly!


  1. Sounds great! I'm intrigued about what you had to say about the love triangle because I admit, I'm a bit sick of them myself.

  2. I agree! This book was a perfect balance of everything. Clara was such a great character! The ending was a major cliffhanger though! I need the next book!

  3. Aylee-That's one reason I almost skipped it, the love triangle. I read the synopsis for it and actually groaned. But it turned out working great for the book.

    Casey-Oh my gosh! The ending killed me. I don't know how I am going to wait a year!


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