Friday, December 9, 2011

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly (Unearthly #1)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
First in the Unearthly trilogy
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.

Despite the fact that she’s a quarter angel she has a fairly normal life but when she starts getting visions of her angel 'purpose' she, her mom and her brother move from California to Wyoming When she gets there she meets Christian and immediately knows that it’s the boy from a her visions the one she is supposed to save from a forest fire but after that things don’t really go according to plan. Christian has a girlfriend and when Clara starts to fall for him he goes to New York for the summer and so does Clara’s two best friends Wendy and Angela. Knowing Clara is basically alone for the summer and her birthday Wendy decides to give Clara her brother for a present. Insert Tucker Avery :) Tucker and Clara’s relationship doesn’t start out the way you would expect. He’s Clara’s best friends brother and he’s constantly teasing her and she teases him right back. Classic boy tugging on girls pony tail situation and I thought that was adorable. So when he shows up on her doorstep on her birthday with a pair of hiking boots and a note from Wendy she’s kind of apprehensive but she gives it a try. They spend the summer hiking and swimming and fishing and they fall in love and they are so freaking cute. But even thought she might want to she can’t ignore her purpose and when that time comes along she has to make a huge choice.

I’ve read a lot of angel books. Even though there all different sometimes the guy is the angel or the girl is or their fallen or not. But this one reminded me why I’ve read so many of them. I love this genre. Even if you’re like me and kind of getting tired of angels I would highly recommend Unearthly. I loved it. It took me a while to get into it (maybe beacause I started it right before Clockwork Prince came out not the best idea) but then I picked it up and I was at maybe page 200 and I finished it that night and it's over 400 pages guys. I mean come on a cowboy named Tucker who smells like Oreo’s? You know you want too.

5/5 stars.

-Marissa <3

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