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Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Published by Egmont
Series: Unearthly #1
Challenge: DAC
Source: review copy

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.

I'd been looking forward to getting my hands on this book ever since I saw the US cover despite it being angel themed (a genre I don't always get on it). I am pleased to say that I thought it was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I am looking forward to book 2.

Clara is part angel and she is still learning what that means. She has been having visions to do with what her mother says is her purpose and her family have moved half way across the country in a bid to find out more about what her purpose might be. The thing I loved about Clara is that despite all her supernatural abilities underneath it all she was a typical teenager getting to grips with everything. Yes is is bright which means in school but she struggles with her angel side and is constantly frustrated at what doesn't come easy for her, like flying.

Unearthly is a bit of a love triangle with a twist. Clara moves across the country to be closer to the mysterious gorgeous boy she is "destined" to save but in the meantime she meets someone else who she very quickly (in a way only teenagers do) falls hopelessly in love with him which refocuses her attention somewhat. I enjoyed seeing how Clara struggled with her emotions and the need to balance what she ought to be doing with what she wanted to do.

What this book also did well was its characterisation. I loved meeting loads of the secondary characters as they were well written and enjoyed seeing how they interacted with Clara.

The only bit of this book that I wasn't as keen on was the ending because while it does tie some things up it also throws open a whole host of other things which I found extremely frustrating. Book 2 better give me some answers or I will be cross!


Bailey said…
I really enjoyed the story, too! Great review!! =)
Unknown said…
I so want to read this book. I feel I will have to treat myself. I'm waiting until half term and then I am going to treat myself. I really hope it's out by then. Not sure on the release date. Great review.
All I can say is thank goodness it is a trilogy :D
I'm really looking forward to reading this book. It sounds so awesome! Great review!
KelliumSims said…
Great review :)

I almost bought this book today but I put it back down on my way to the till.
serendipity_viv said…
I can't wait for the next book in this series. I really enjoyed this one.
Madigan Mirza said…
I really enjoyed this book.
Is this the UK cover? I like it even better than the cover on my book -- kind of a shimmery purple, with silver foil font, and a girl standing around in a prom dress. This girl looks even more angelic.
I'm not so sure that I connect very well with angel books either, which is a shame as this book has the most amazing covers. So, so pretty.