Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Release Date: January 4, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal
The Story: (from HarperTeen) 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?
My Review: Clara is a very likable character and possibly one of my favorite female voices I've read in a long time. She's just recently learned what her purpose is and that purpose uproots her whole family. Because nothing can get in the way of completing her purpose. After all, her purpose is her whole reason for existing.
Unfortunately for Clara, she doesn't have all of the answers right away and has to find things out on her own. Her mother is keeping secrets from her and though she suspects it's for noble reasons, it's still a little frustrating. There is also some mystery as to why Clara's father left. There isn't a lot of elaboration on this in the book but I can't help but to wonder if more information will come out about this in book two.
The author does a beautiful job of describing the life and landscape in Wyoming. I could close my eyes and visualize everything she wrote. It's simply stunning. And then, there are of course the boys. Or the boy until Clara opens her eyes and realizes there is a second boy worth giving her attention to. Christian is handsome and mysterious and well, so many other things I can't tell you without spoiling the plot. He's quite yummy. But let's not forget about Tucker, her best friend's twin. Tucker is rugged and sexy and just ..... sigh. I love Tucker.
I loved that none of the relationships in Unearthly were rushed or forced. Things developed at a natural pace over time and felt very natural to me. I honestly can't say a bad thing about this book. It was interesting and enjoyable from cover to cover. There are plenty of unanswered questions for book two and I'm excited to see where the author takes us. The down side is the long wait we'll have now for Hallowed. I'm going to be very impatient for this one!
Unearthly is romantic, riveting and lovely throughout. I loved it!
Buy Unearthly at Amazon: Unearthly (Unearthly - Trilogy)