Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kindle Edition453 pages
Published April 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 a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

My thoughts…  **Spoilers**

Unearthly has been on my TBR shelf since December 2013, what took me so long to read it?!  I absolutely loved it.

Unearthly tells the story of a 16-year-old girl, Clara, who is one fourth part angel-blood (her mother is half angle-blood and her father is human). The book opens with her discovering her purpose in life which all angel-bloods experience at some point.  Through visions, it appears that Clara is destined to save a young boy from a forest fire (Christian).  Together with her mother and brother, Jeffery, they pack up and move from California to Wyoming. Only it seems her purpose in regards to Christian is not quite clear and neither are her feelings towards him.

Clara is smart, sarcastic, and confident but she has a huge weight on her shoulders… she knew she was an angel blood, but didn't necessarily know how to fly.  We learn with Clara and share her frustrations as she tries to prepare herself for her purpose.

Unearthly contains a love triangle (sort of), which I usually avoid, here the love triangle is barely present. Clara isn’t playing games and there isn't any cheating going on, not even in Clara's heart.  I can understand her almost sudden attraction to Christian, all the females at school think of him as a god. I also understand that Christian is to be saved by Clara to fulfill her purpose, I didn't understand why, for a time, she thinks she is destined to be with him.  Christian was not an interesting character compared to Tucker.  Maybe in the second book, his character will get a chance to grow.

Over the summer, Clara gets a chance to see Tucker for who he really is, sweet, caring and respectful. The scenes between Clara and Tucker were beautiful, it wasn’t love at first sight.  I liked the pacing of the romance, it was real and healthy, they got to know each other before falling in love, or even liking each other for that matter.

Cynthia Hand created an amazing world within this book. The plot was excellent and kept me interested right till the very end.  There were also plot twists (the Black Wings), which made the book that more interesting.  I truly enjoyed this and I will read the sequel, Hallowed, soon.

Happy Reading ~ Jovi


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