Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen (January 4th, 2011)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardback: 435 pages
Series: Unearthly book #1
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
Review: I honestly adored this book! I felt like I was transported directly into Clara's world in the thick forests of Wyoming. This story is from the point of view of Clara, a young girl who is part angel, known as an angel-blood. In all other ways she seems to be a very typical teenage girl. She has her own insecurities and she wonders where her path will lead. Each angel-blood has a purpose and Clara has recently started having glimpses of hers. All she sees is a boy in the burning forest and she knows instantly that she must find him.
This discovery takes her, her mother, and brother Jeffrey far from their California home and into the woods of Wyoming. It takes a bit of adjusting for Clara but soon she sees the boy from her vision, Christian, and she knows she's in the right place. As she gets acquainted with new friends, she watches Christian and tries to figure out the pieces of the puzzle that lead to him needing to be saved.
Then comes Tucker. Okay, maybe she meets Wendy first and Tucker is Wendy's twin but still...Tucker arrives! Ohhh how I love Tucker. I couldn't help but laugh out loud when he would tease Clara and call her names. It was adorable to see them bicker back and forth. Tucker is the rugged country boy that just steals your heart! I think that most girls who read this book will swoon over his delightful, strong personality.
However, Christian is nothing to sneeze at. I didn't feel that instant connection with Christian but I could see Clara's pull towards him. Christian and Tucker are nothing alike, besides them both being adorable. I was honestly surprised by how this story progressed. I was proud of Clara for sticking up for herself as problems came up and fighting for what she wanted.
Wendy and Angela added a lot of fascinating elements to this plot. Although they may not have had anything in common, their friendships with Clara could easily be understood in their own ways. I enjoyed seeing how Clara interacted with them both. Also, the realness of Clara's family seemed to fit. Her younger brother is fighting with the pull of popularity and her mother is trying to keep her children from harm, even if she has to keep secrets along the way. Clara's trusting relationship with her mother was truly a refreshing touch for this story.
I don't want to give too much away but I'll just say that you MUST read this book! Be prepared to fall in love with Tucker and savor every amazing detail Cynthia presents. Cynthia weaves the story together by combining Clara's normal teenage drama with the magical aspects of angel life. I felt like I was walking along side Clara as she explored this new place and all the people around her.
Unearthly is just as magical inside the pages as it looks from the cover of the book. I had high expectations for this novel and I must say that it surpassed those and took me on a journey I never dreamed of. Cynthia's writing is nothing short of amazing and the flow of this story will keep you at the edge of your seat. I can't wait to see where she goes with this story and what happens to the characters I grew to love in this book.
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