Friday, February 24, 2012

REVIEW: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

by Cynthia Hand

Pub: Jan 4th 2011 by HarperTeen

Review copy: e-book (personal Kobo Vox)

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 one of those wonderful finds where you have no idea the treat you are in for. I bought the e book for 99c and had no idea how lucky I was to have found such a gem of a book.
The story is beautiful and haunting and everything you are looking for in a paranormal and a YA romance.
Clara is part angel. The difference is, in Unearthly Clara know it. When she begins having visions of a boy and a forest fire, she understands what is happening to her.
Part-angels are born with a purpose. Every one of them has a task they must complete. It's the rule and what has to happen. Clara and her family know this, all of them (her, her mother and brother) so when Clara's visions appear to be taking place in Colorado, they pack up and move. Because nothing else is as important as Clara's purpose. 
When Clara sees Christian, the boy from her visions, things become more complicated. Clara is drawn to Christian. He's the boy she's meant to save and in her visions her feelings towards him are complex and intense. 
Here things start to go wrong for Clara. Christian doesn't seem to feel the same way about Clara as he should, according to her visions. Nothing seems to be happening the way Clara had expected it too.
Then, when Christian goes away for the summer, Clara falls in love with classmate and her friend's brother, Tucker.
Everyone close to Clara starts to worry for her as things appear to be spiraling out of control and making Clara's vision harder and harder to achieve.

I really loved this book. The story was so unique and intense. I had no idea what was going to happen. There was no way to predict the end of this book. 
Unearthly left me feeling a little shocked at the end. I couldn't stop thinking about the characters and the story. It was moving and interesting and balanced answering questions with leaving some mysteries yet to be solved.

Happy Reading!

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