Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly by Cynthia HandUnearthly (Unearthly, #1) by Cynthia Hand
Published by HarperTeen on January 4th 2011
Pages: 435

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.

Unearthly piqued my interest a few months back when it’s gorgeous cover graced my Amazon homepage. However, I didn’t actually get around to purchasing it until Epic Reads offered it as a Epic Deal a couple weeks ago. When I first began Unearthly it was roughly 11 at night. I had planned on reading for about a hour and then heading to bed. I was seriously mistaken. I was barely 2 chapters in when I became instantly hooked. It has all the good characteristics I look for in books, it had nice pacing, well-developed characters, great dialogue, and of course, an interesting plot.

I give high praise to Cynthia Hand for creating and displaying Unearthly’s character with such vivid detail. All of the characters have a way of leaping off the page and enticing me to read on. For instance, Clara, our main character and heroine is extremely likable. She’s very sassy and fun. I just love reading the interaction that takes place between her and her mother. I became so captivated with this book to the point in which at certain times I was almost jealous of the great relationship they have. Although there are plenty of secrets Clara’s mom has yet to divulge, you can tell that they are extremely close, regardless. Also, the conversations between mother and daughter are a joy to read. They range from completely serious to giggly-fun.

Now you can’t have a story about a teen girl trying to fulfill her destiny without some romantics mucking things up. Luckily for Clara, she’s got two cuties to crush on. There’s Christian the gorgeous and slightly mysterious guy, and Tucker the small-town and complete swoon-worthy boy. (Note: I’m a complete Tucker fan girl.) Towards the end of chapter 14 Tucker is talking about a lemon meringue pie, and that’s when I realized that the whole time I had been reading Unearthly my mind was reading Tucker’s lines with a southern-drawl. That realization was hilarious, and what I mean about great characters. When you can get such a clear picture of them in your mind you know you’re reading something special.

All in all I am eagerly awaiting the sequel, Hallowed because I must find out what happens next with all my favorites characters. Like a good author, Cynthia Hand has left us with a cruel cliffhanger, however I won’t have to wait too long because Hallowed has actually just been released. You can expect my review on book two sometime next week!


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