December 24, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

read an excerpt
Series: Unearthly 1
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: January 4, 2011
Purchase Link: Amazon
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.
Another solid angel story that I truly enjoyed and couldn't stay away from. Cynthia Hand's take on Nephilim is more Halo than Mortal Instruments. They are like Guardian Angels with wings and missions as opposed to the usual godforsaken race that resulted from Angels coupling with mortal women.

I can compare the pace of the story to Hush, Hush although the storyline is different but the easiness and the fluid flow of words is comparable to Fitzpatrick's. Clara Gardner is a strong female protagonist, sure of herself and totally embraced her Angel blood. I adored her mother and their relationship is truly ideal. This would explain why there's no family drama aside from the usual disagreements but no exaggerated stubbornness and you-and-me-against-the-world kind of thing.

Now what I truly found interesting is the love triangle (as expected in most YA series) but Hand's take completely side tracked me. Clara's choice is between what she wants and what's destined for her. So how do you choose between an epic dilemma like that? Do you go with what makes your heart soar or do you go with what fits? I don't want to be in Clara's shoes, I think it's definitely hard to keep away from something that will incessantly pull you back like magnet and that's how she feels with Tucker (her heart) and Christian (her destiny).

The sequel, Hallowed, comes out next month. Will definitely put that on my to-have list.

But for now, get this at Amazon for just $0.99! It's worth every penny!

Merry Christmas!

Feliz Navidad!

Joyeux Noel!


  1. My friend just bought this book for me and I'm really excited to read it. From your review I can tell I'm going to like it a lot! Glad you enjoyed it, great review! =)

  2. I loved this when I read it ages back. I love Tucker..but then Christian...but no I think I am Tucker...



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