December 7, 2011 Uncategorized 0


Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: January 4, 2011
Pages: 435
Series: Unearthly, book one
Source: E-galley requested via NetGalley 

About the Book: 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.

My Thoughts: I fail. I read this book some time ago and wrote up my review. My internet wasn’t working so I saved it in a text document and promptly forgot all about it. I guess since I remembered writing it I thought I posted it. Either way, I didn’t. Now that computer is dead, dead, dead and the review is long gone. None of this really matters except to say that I am sure the original review was witty and genius and way better than this one written months later without notes 😉

So, Unearthly. I loved it. I wasn’t so sure about it before reading. Another angel book? They are pretty hit or miss for me. This one was for sure a hit. I felt like the angel aspect was different from the ones I’ve read before. Clara’s mom is half angel and her dad human (making Clara one quarter angel.) She is not a fallen angel. She isn’t totally in the dark about being an angel, though she only recently learned of her angel status. Her mom is there to guide her and show her what it means to be part angel. They are not fallen angels and, for the most part, are fairly “normal” people. Well, aside from the flying and all that 😉 At her core Clara is a high school girl trying to make friends and figure out where she fits in her world. 

I also loved the idea that all angel borns have a purpose (not just a purpose, a purpose!) It brought up the whole destiny/fate versus free will/choices issue. That is something I am always interested in reading about. As if high school isn’t confusing enough Clara has to figure out how the things she wants (which may or may not be in opposition to her purpose) fit with what she was put on earth to do. Talk about pressure!

I cannot end this review without talking about the characters. I so enjoyed them…. even the ones I didn’t really care for! Hand has written authentic teens. They talk like teens. They deal with real issues. They make mistakes. It’s glorious! Also, Tucker. I love him. He is the boy teenaged me would have secretly crushed on but never actually talked to. 

The characters, the setting, the execution of the story… they all work together to create a beautiful and addicting read! I cannot wait to dive in to Hallowed

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