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Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

January 13th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Picked up at NCIBA

Publication date: January 4, 2011

Publisher: HarperTeen

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description 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 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?

Angel books seem to be on the rise and this book definitely shows promise fora wonderful series.  This angel book is slightly different from what you would expect in that Clara knows she is an angel and the revelation is not the focus of the story.  Instead the main story line follows her as she must try and fulfill her angelic “purpose”of saving Christian from a fire.  In order to do so Clara and her family pull up roots from Mountain View, California (and I was so excited to see that she was living in city just 20 minutes away from me!) and moves to Wyoming because that is where Clara and her mother finally figure out Christian lives.

As expected Christian is the hottest and nicest guy in school but inconveniently is dating a popular, mean girl who has it in for Clara.  Can I just stop and say I’m getting a little tired of these nice guys always dating the bitchy girl.  I know some authors do this so the reader doesn’t blame him for dumping his current girlfriend to fall in love with the new girl but come on!  If you are so nice I’m sure there are other nice girls the guy could be dating and somehow work out a nice way of them splitting up.  But back to the story, there is also the handsome guy, Tucker, who also falls for Clara and Clara has to figure out who to choose.  Honestly, I did not feel all that much for Christian but I loved Tucker!   The romantic tension was thick and you could feel the chemistry zinging between Clara and Tucker.

This book leaves you with a lot of questions but definitely shows promise to be an awesome series.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

6 Responses

  1. Pam

    I LOVED this book.

  2. Michelle

    I’ve almost got my review for this one finished too! I really enjoyed this one. Far more than I was expecting too honestly. It’s definitely one of the best angel books I’ve read thus far.

  3. melissa @ 1lbr

    I loved Tucker! The romance with him and Clara was just perfect. I’m with you on Christian, though. Kind of blah for me.

  4. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Oh what a pretty cover! Haven’t read this, yet, but it looks lovely.

  5. kay @ Infiniteshelf

    Great review, and you convince me to give this one a try.
    Two things I really like about your review : first, the book does not focus on the revelation, as it is too often the case in YA novels these days. Nice change! Also, what you mentioned on nice guys always being with mean girls; I don’t buy it either, but it won’t stop me from enjoying a book.

  6. dsuzuki

    Kay-yeah, it irks me that the good guy always starts off with the horrible girl but it wouldn’t stop me from reading either :)

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