Release Date: January 4, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: NetGalley
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 it 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?
I’m going to be honest with from the very beginning, I do not like angel books. I just don’t! Some people don’t read/like fairy books, its the same thing with me except with angels. So, needless to say, I was hesitant to read Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, but I was hearing good things from other people so I gave it a shot. It only took me a few pages to fall madly in love with Unearthly!
Clara is an angel-blood and all angel-blood’s are born with a Purpose that they must fulfill. When Clara starts having visions of her Purpose her mom moves her whole family to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where it is supposed to take place. Now Clara is faced with not only her Angelic Purpose but being the new girl.
Everything comes together to make Unearthly a fantastic, five star book. Everything! Clara was a great protagonist. She was level headed, smart and interesting. Her family dynamic was something that you don’t see a lot in YA especially in fantasy YA, a very involved family. Clara’s mother and brother are angel-blood’s too so they are fairly close. That’s something that we don’t see enough of in YA!
Now on to the topic I want to talk more about….Tucker. *sigh* Prepare to add a new boy to your ‘Fictional Boys I Love’ list, because Tucker is going to steal your heart away. Anytime he was in a scene I found myself grinning with swoony love. So, read this book for Tucker if nothing else. There is the inkling of a triangle, but all I have to say to that is, Christian who?
Cynthia Hand has definitely created a new breed of angels and I don’t think you will be disappointed with them. I can’t wait to explore their powers further. I urge you to read Unearthly! Everything about it is amazing, the characters, the setting, the love interests, the entire premise! Read it!