Monday, March 11, 2013

Unearthly Book Review

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)
Unearthly (Unearthly #1)
By Cynthia Hand
Published January 4th, 2011 by Harper Teen
435 pages

4 stars - Great Read!

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 was another quite interesting read and I found that I actually enjoyed it. I know that this seems like just another book about angels and whatnot adding to all the other books about angels out there, well it is. But it's also different than the few angel books that I have read.

First of all Clara is actually part of a family of angels, aside from her dad, who are put on the earth for a purpose. Like she actually has a purpose or goal that she needs to accomplish but most of the time they aren't easy to figure out. Clara's purpose has her and her family moving to a new town where she will find the boy from her dreams and quite possibly save him. It's a good thing that Clara has a mother who knows a lot and is able to help but sometimes it seems like Clara's mother knows a little more than she's letting on. So as long as Clara keeps focused and makes sure everything goes right with her purpose everything should go right. There's just one problem, there is a distraction and his name is Tucker. Now Clara has to make choices that she hasn't had to make before, ones that could be life threatening to not just her but everyone around her. She just has to decide if she wants to follow the rules or her heart.

Unearthly was an interesting story about angels because it was different. First of all Clara isn't a full angel but I'll let you figure out why on your own. Then not all the characters are what they seem and I found that I was able to get surprised along the way which is a plus for me. I'm still not even sure if I know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. The characters were great and I found myself really liking Tucker, haha. Clara was a good main character and I didn't mind seeing things from her point of view. And of course she had some pretty touch decisions to make. But aside from all that the book was pretty good for another angel story and a first book in the series. I waiting to get the second one so I can find out what happens. So yes I would recommend this and no I don't have too much to say without revealing any spoilers. But you can try this out on your own and see for yourself. :)


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