I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Also by this author: The Last Time We Say Goodbye
Series: Unearthly #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2011-04-19
Genres: Adolescence, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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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.
Usually when I think of angels, I think of shoddy writing, the Jesus emails my grandma sends me, and that ‘closer than my peeps you are to meeeee’ song. So, in all, a wide range of things. Also, dumb ass names like Patch.
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand is hands down (har-har) the BEST angel book I have ever read. So, okay, that may not be a huge compliment because the angel books I’ve read were disappointing. BUT, well, it is a compliment, and I genuinely loved Unearthly. I was impressed by a lot of things, the names, the parental involvement, the disproving of my paranormal theory (about how the relationships are so unrealistic), and the writing and the characterization.
Okay, so, in Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly world, Clara is an angel. She glows like Mr. Burns in that episode of the Simpsons where they think he’s an alien when she is happy. Anyways, Clara keeps having these visions which are part of her PURPOSE. Also, she’s not one of those lame ass angels who doesn’t do anything but whine about cute boys. No dude, she has a DUTY, and she is actually pretty committed to that duty. Anyways, she has this vision, so her whole family packs up and moves to Wyoming, which apparently has rich people? (I know right, I thought rich people only lived in New York, California, and Florida, not these states with nothing in them). So, she’s the new girl in school, she makes friends, her classes are awesome. She actually spends time doing work for school.
OKAY and there is a relationship AND LOVE and it is normal. I am serious. NORMAL. Like, not insta-love. Instead Clara and boy character whom she loves who I won’t name because I don’t want to spoil it, get to know each other. They become friends first. Then they develop into a relationship and it is awesome.
And Clara does not ditch her friends for said relationship.
Also, okay, I was nervous about starting Unearthly, because it’s long. I know, what a stupid fear. The pages pretty much flew by! I was so immersed in Clara’s story. And I had to know if she was going to get sexytimes, if she would fulfill her purpose, and how would her Queen Elizabeth project turn out (History nerd in da house!!).
Really guys, I am super psyched for Hallowed the sequel to Unearthly.
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