20 February 2011

Review of Unearthly

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
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Description: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?

Review: I would like to thank Net Galley for allowing me to review this book, and on my Kindle nonetheless. I really haven't read books with angels as their main theme.The only two I've read are Hush, Hush and Fallen, which I thought were pretty good. Hush, Hush and Fallen both had intense romantic aspects along with the supernatural, but I think Unearthly really focused more on the angel than romance. And that's why I'm here giving it a very A+ review. 

Unearthly tells the story of Clara Gardner, a girl who lives in a family of angels. However, she is not a full angel. Her mother is a half, and since Clara's father was a human, that makes Clara and her little brother, Jeffrey, Quartarius angels, or a quarter angel. She still gets the superhuman intelligence, ability to quickly learn languages, and the purpose. Every angel gets a purpose, one that they must travel however far away it is, and save whoever is in his/her purpose. It comes to them in visions that get stronger as the day arrives. Clara's vision takes her to Wyoming, where she has to save Christian from a blazing forest fire. 

When trying to fulfill her purpose, Clara falls head-over-heals with cowboy, Tucker Avery. At first, everybody, including myself, wanted Clara to be with Christian, but what happens at prom will definitely change your mind. Tucker is brother to one of Clara's new friends, Wendy, who sticks them together when she goes away for the summer. Tucker introduces her to new and exciting Wyoming activities, such as fishing and jumping from a ropes into the water, which I have always wanted to do so badly. 

There are many things I loved about the books, but I think my favorite was that Clara already knew she was an angel. There was no 3 chapters trying to convince herself that THIS ISN'T TRUE. I CAN'T BE AN ANGEL! No, she was already cool and collected with being an angel, and I thought that was unique. I also loved the characters. At the end of the book, with the amazing, omg, what-the-hell,she did whaa ending, I realized that I missed the characters. I missed Clara's sweet charm, Tucker's cowboy cuteness, Christian's idiocy, Jeffery's younger brother protectiveness, and her friends for just being there for her. I felt Clara's pain when she had to choose between the love of her life, and fulfilling her purpose. It was heartbreaking. 

Hand describes the setting of Wyoming beautifully. After reading, I thought it was the most beautiful, green luscious place in the world. The description of the house had such a lasting impression in my mind, that everytime an author secludes their character in a house in the woods, I'll think of Clara Garners house. It was really great, and I could see every single scene in my head.

Overall, Unearthly is about love, family, and following your heart. This is definitely an angel read you don't wanna miss :)

Now I didn't know what to think.
 Everything was falling into place.
 And out of place at the same time.
-pg 78, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand


  1. I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. Great review.

  2. Haha, yes! I was so happy we didn't have to wade through a bunch of chapters as the character comes to terms with the fact that she's an angel.

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