Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly (Unearthly #1)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Pages: 435
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: January 4, 2011

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 the first book in the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand. I don't usually read angel stories but one of my good friends recommended this series to me, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm really happy that I read it. It was surprisingly good.

Clara is an angel, 1/4 to be exact. As an angel, you are given a purpose in life. The book starts off with Clara leaving her hometown and moving into Wyoming where her purpose has to be fulfilled. She goes into a new  high school, searching for the boy she has to saved. Eventually, she meets and later realizes that he isn't what he seems to be.

Clara was an overall good character. She didn't have any traits that annoyed me, though I sort of cringed when she went stalking Christian. When they first introduced Christian, I really thought he was going to be Clara's love interest. I really thought I had this book thought out, like I knew what was going to happen. But, I guessed wrong. And I really liked that.

Tucker was definitely a great character. He was funny, witty and insanely swoon-worthy. Usually, farm boys aren't  my cup of tea. But Tucker was an exception. He's definitely the other half of Clara. I can't even  imagine someone else being with Clara either than Tucker.

I loved Clara's mom. She was present throughout the whole book. She was basically the rock that Clara leaned on. She was very mysterious. You find yourself asking "what's her story?" or "what is she hiding?"

The ending was mind-blowing. Literally. After you finish reading it, you would instantly think "what just happened?" You get thrown so much surprises in the end. By the time you finish the last page, you'll be yearning for the second book.

Unearthly was captivating and probably one of the best angel books I've ever read. You definitely need to read this!


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