July 31, 2013

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Description: 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: I don't typically read a lot of books with angels as characters, but Unearthly was highly recommended by readers I trust, so I'm glad I finally gave it a shot during the Radical Read-along!

I really liked Clara. Even though she was an angel blood, she still acted like a normal teenager. She had a great sense of humor and still had her awkward moments even with all her amazing angel abilities. 

I'm not a huge fan of love triangles in books, and for a while I wasn't really favoring either Christian or Tucker. But later on in the book we got to know both characters much better and found out a secret one of them was hiding, and the love triangle became WAY more interesting. I'll be looking forward to seeing how everything goes romantically in the next book in the series. 

While the romance aspect was a big part of the book, it wasn't the entire focus of the story. It was interesting to watch Clara's relationship with her mom grow and change as she grew closer to discovering her purpose. (And can I just say that I loved that Clara was the hero of the story! Yay for strong female characters that don't need to be saved by a boy.) 

The main conflict was resolved, but there were still plenty of questions left unanswered at the end, so I'm looking forward to reading Hallowed. If you're hesitant about reading paranormal/angel stories, I urge you to give this one a try! It's a well written story with great characters, and it's a great start to a series. 


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