Thursday, December 22, 2011

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Pages: 435
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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.

My review
This book had been on my TBR list for quite a while, and I am not really sure why I never go to it. Now I am wondering why I waited so long. Actually the answer to that question is simple. There are so many books about fallen angels, and I was worried it would be the same as so many of the other ones I have read. Well, I tell you, this book was wonderful. It is not the same as every other story about fallen angles. Cynthia Hand has done a wonderful job in making this book stand out. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, and see how they change and develop through the story. I felt like I personally knew them, not like I was reading about some random people. I loved how the story progressed at a good steady pace for the most part. At times I felt it was a little slow, but nothing too bad that really bothered me.

I really liked Clara. I really felt connected to her, and what she was feeling. She really is a pretty tough girl. She goes through a lot emotionally in this book. She is stuck in a love triangle that I will honestly say is not bad as far as love triangles go. It seems like most every YA book has them, and they get a bit annoying after a while. I didn't feel that way with this one. I really do love both boys. They are both so great in their own ways, and both totally swoon worthy. I see Tucker as the hot cowboy who I would be drooling over, and Christian as the popular pretty boy at school, but you know there's lots of those. I adore the interactions between Tucker and Clara through out the book too. I loved the growth that her character has. She has definitely changed by the end of the book.

I have to say that as much as I did love this book, the ending wasn't quite a shock to me. Some aspects were pretty predictable. There is a lot that we are left wondering about too, so I think it's a great set up for the next book. I am really hoping we get to learn more about Clara's mother. She is still a mystery to me. Also I think there is much more to Angela that can be discovered too. I think there is way more to her than meets the eye. This book is beautifully written, and it has the perfect amount of romance and a little bit of heartbreak. I will be eagerly waiting for the next int he series, Hallowed, which comes out 1/17/12. I give it 4 out of 5 stars


  1. Yay I really liked this one too and although I had only read 1 previous angel book (which ended up as a DNF) I was afraid it was overhyped. I'm glad t loves up to it though. Great review Amy!

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  2. Thanks Giselle! I am not usually that into angel books, but this one was great.

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I love this series. This is one angel series I would sit and read over & over again. I can't wait for you to read Hallowed.

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am really looking forward to Hallowed, especially after your wonderful review.

  5. YAY sooo glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I am highly anticipating the sequel! I admit it was kind of predictable but I still enjoyed it. Great review!!!!!

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and and a Happy New Year <3

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