Book: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Book Info:Published by HarperTeen; 435 pages; hardcover; borrowed from the library

Goodreads Summary: 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.

I loved this book!  I thought it was an interesting take on angels, and it was so hard to put down!

I liked Hand’s angel mythology, which is slowly revealed over the course of the novel.  She didn’t take a particular side- it wasn’t preachy, and it wasn’t blasphemous.  I thought the Dark Wings were interesting, and I want to know more about them, and their role in the rest of the series.

A lot of things were left open, and while a lot of things were resolved, I can’t wait to read the next book.  I also liked that Clara’s purpose was slowly revealed, and that you’re not entirely sure if it’s been fulfilled properly and what the consequences will be.

I also liked the characters, but found that her mom was my least favorite.  Her insistence that Clara figure everything out herself got really annoying by the end.  But other than that, the characters were really interesting, and were developed really well.  I connected with Clara and thought her journey was interesting, and yet realistic as she figured things.

What’s so interesting about this book is that the angels weren’t just there.  They have a purpose, a reason for being there.  There’s nothing wrong with the paranormal-creature-0f the-month just being there, but it was refreshing to see angels with a purpose.

It gets a 5 out of 5.  The pacing, characters, and mythology were well-written.  The mythology was subtle and interesting.  And I loved the setting and imagery!  It was a great read.

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