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Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Monday, March 14, 2011
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: January 4, 2011
Hardcover: 435 pages
Series: Unearthly #1
Rating: 4/5

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 Review:

I've been hearing a lot of great things from Unearthly and decided to check it out. I'm so glad I did! I love angel stories and I really enjoyed this one since it isn't about a fallen angel, it's about an angel with a purpose. Clara has just found out that she's an angel and she wants to do it right, but she's not given much help. She tries hard to blend into her new school but unsuccessfully does so since she ends up sporting carrot orange hair from a hair dye gone wrong. I've read a lot of fallen angel books with kind of a unrealistic take on schools but I really enjoyed how Cynthia Hand played her characters into a "normal" school life.

This was a really smooth read. (Smooth [adjective] - elegant, easy, and polished. which I think describes this book pretty well.) I thought it was a great read that's very enjoyable and would recommend this to any one, especially to those who love angel stories. :) As much as I love this book there's a bit too many loose ends for my liking. That will only keep me even more interested in getting the sequel Hallowed which is expected to be released in 2012.

I also can't wait to read a little more about Tucker because he is growing on me! I'm a new fan :) I <3 Tucker!


  1. I agree with you on your whole review! It really was a smooth read. And, I am also Team Tucker!!! :D

  2. I really loved this book and can't wait for the sequel. I'm with you - Go Team Tucker!

  3. Sounds like a really awesome book to read :) Perfect for Spring and sitting in in a nearby park~ mm.. Added to my TBR pile!

  4. I LOVED "Unearthly." I didn't think I'd like it much at all, but....*True Love*

    Also a member of Team Tucker!

    I'm totally DYING for the sequel!

  5. Ah, I'm a Tucker fan too :) Smooth is a very good word to describe Unearthly. Her writing style just felt so natural and flowed really well.

  6. This book was an improvment to unearthly. Loved every moment of it. I loved how relatable Clara is, even though yeah she obviously has way more complicated problems than other, but it just comes done to making the decision between doing what you want v.s. what your meant to do.


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