Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Jun 21, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub. Date: January 4th 2011
ISBN: 0061996165
Pages: 435 pages
Source: Bought
From Goodreads.com
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.
When UNEARTHLY came out, and even before, everyone in the blogosphere knew about it. The reviews ended up being as wonderful as the cover and I was anxious to pick it up and see what everyone was raving about.

It seems that more and more books about angels are starting to come out. Cynthia Hand's view of angels was fresh and unique. I loved how she created this teenage girl who was part angel. It's great because most books have a teenage girl who falls in love with in angel.

The whole plot of UNEARTHLY was unique and kept me guessing at times. Sometimes though I found myself bored. I wish there had been more mystery or just more going on in in general.

As for Clara, she didn't really interest me, but she wasn't a bad protagonist either. The other characters were merely okay to me, and I didn't feel truly connected with any of them. I hope that in future books they grow as characters, and on me.

Overall this book was a great and fresh idea, but it fell a bit flat for me. This review isn't long because I honestly don't know what else to write about it: the plot idea was great, but the way it was played out wasn't that great. Cynthia Hand and this series have a lot of potential though, so I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.

Rating: 3.5 stars / 5 stars

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