Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Book Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand


Author: Cynthia Hand
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (Re-print Edition November 1, 2011)


★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

Clara is part angel and all those human with angel-blood should fulfill one purpose. Clara needs to save a boy in a forest fire. In order to do this, her family moved from California to Wyoming to be close to Clara's purpose, Christian. She has to focus on her purpose, and it means she needs to be with Christian all the time, wait for the fire to happen and save him. It's really easy especially Christian just broke up with his girlfriend and he's asking her out! Everything is great until Christian went away on a vacation. Clara accidentally falls in love with another guy - Tucker. Things became much more complicated when she's about to save Christian, it turns out that there were two forest fires. Now, Clara must choose between two guys: save Christian and fulfill her purpose or save Tucker, the one she loves.

I went to the bookstore to buy Fallen by Lauren Kate but the book wasn't available so I picked this up instead. This is my first angel book and I expected to love it since I've seen a lot of 5-star reviews for Unearthly. I liked Clara's character. She's nice and friendly, a typical teenager and being close to her mom and brother made me like her more. I liked the conflict of the story, having to choose between what you "have" to do and what you "want" to do. I enjoyed reading this book though to be honest, I didn't get the ending especially the part where even Clara couldn't understand her real purpose. I know this is part of a series but it's so frustrating not to get the ending. I don't know if it's just me or what? Did anyone get the ending? What was Clara's real purpose?

About the book:

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.

About the author:

Cynthia Hand grew up in southeast Idaho (very near the Wyoming border). Currently she lives in southern California with her husband and two small children. She teaches courses in creative writing at Pepperdine University. Unearthly, her debut YA novel, was published by HarperTeen in January 2011, out in paperback on 11-1-11. The sequel, Hallowed, will be released on January 17.


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