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Sunday, January 15, 2012

[Review] Unearthly (Unearthly, #1) by Cynthia Hand

Title: Unearthly
Series: Unearthly, #1
Author: Cynthia Hand
Pages: 435 (Hardcover)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: January 4, 2011

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?

Finally an angel book that I really really enjoyed! It wasn't cheesy, and the religious aspect wasn't overdone, in fact it was barely mentioned, like angels are just another supernatural entity. Clara, our main character, is a quarter angel and she's just received her purpose...kind of. She gets visions of who she's suppose to be protecting, but no other details. Of course her purpose involves a beyond gorgeous teenage boy, but too bad he and Clara are in two completely different social circles. I actually really liked that despite being an angel, Clara isn't completely irresistible to humans. She has to struggle for his attention just like any other girl, except maybe his bitchy girlfriend.

Another thing I really liked about Unearthly is that Clara's mom is actually involved. There's no "wait, and where are the parents?" moments during this book. Clara's mom is present and involved with Clara's life and is trying to help her as much as possible in her own secretive way. They have a great relationship and are completely hilarious together in the beginning. Especially when they're trying to come up with worse names the mean kids can call her other than "Bozo." Their relationship isn't all sunshine and rainbows though; they have their fights, but Clara's mom is always there. I am very curious about what she's hiding though.

Now, back to the beyond gorgeous teenage boy. He's suppose to be all business for Clara, but of course she tries to mix in a little bit of pleasure. Is that such a good idea? I didn't think so, especially when there's a perfectly nice boy who's obviously genuinely interested in her. And she's obviously genuinely interested in him. Gotta love love triangles! Although we don't get to see much of her relationship developing with Christian (beyond gorgeous teenage boy), but it is there. We do get a whole lot of Clara and Tucker though. I loved how they did normal things, and just hung out, no pressure. It felt like they had a real connection, rather than the one with Christian, which is something else entirely.

I love Clara's friends! This doesn't seem to happen to often for me. I always tend to find at least one friend utterly irritating or flat, but not here. Wendy is a sweetheart and befriends Clara right away. Clara might not be able to be 100% honest with her, but I think they have a solid friendship. Plus she's party responsible for pushing Clara and Tucker together, so yay Wendy! Then there's Angela, whom I adore. She's quirky and smart, and a little mysterious. I definitely need to learn more about her! Clara has a brother who I felt was just kind of...there, until about 3/4 through the book when I went "huh, I wonder what's up with that?" Looking forward to finding out the answer to that, too.

The last 40ish pages, wow. Intense. I have no clue where this story is going, but I need to find out ASAP!


  1. YAY soooooooo glad to hear you enjoyed Unearthly!!! I agree with you 100%! The characeters, angel aspects, and writing are just fantabulous! Great review :) Now hurry up and read Hallowed!!!

    1. I want to read "Hallowed" right now!!! But of course there's already waitlist for it. :P

  2. I was highly anticipating the release of Hallowed. I was counting down the days until I could dive back into Clara's head and have some of my questions answered. I completely devoured this book. It was hard to put down and had me strung out on emotions. I was instantly taken back into the story, and was eager to keep going and learn more.


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