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February 27, 2012

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand - Juhina

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)
Title: Unearthly (Unearthly #1)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publication date: January 4th, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Challenges: A-Z Title, TBR, Book Blogger Recommendation
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal/Angel)
Source: Own
Pages: 464
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, to me, is an angel novel that distinguished itself from all the other angel novels I have read. It wasn't all about angels and the paranormal creatures; there was a contemporary feel to the book. This contemporary addition and the protagonist, Clara, already knowing she's an angel from the beginning of the book was what sold this book to me. It definitely had its cute moments and it wasn't all dark. You all know i'm not the biggest paranormal fan, but this book just proved to me that paranormal books still kick butt! 
We start off the book with Clara starting to get these flashes that only mean that her purpose or calling is nearing. All angels that tread the earth have a task that they must complete, it is the whole reason of their existence. Her family of three (mother, brother and her), move to a new town. Now let me point out that I love when the protagonist moves! This means new fresh faces and more excitement for the readers. The love triangle of the story (this has become a mandatory element in books, but I'm not complaining) includes Christian, the guy who is somehow connected to her purpose, and Tucker, the cowboy that seems to always get under Clara's skin. 
I loved how the love triangle played out. We got to know about both characters and make our decision about them, and yes, I am team Tucker all the way. At the beginning I was team Chritian, but Tucker's charm won me over. The only thing that I wasn't all that happy with was that I was able to predict a supposed shocking discovery at the end of the book. So that made it a tiny bit annoying. Overall Unearthly is a great start to this paranormal angel trilogy, and I can not wait to get my hands on Hallowed to continue on with Clara's journey. 
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  1. I'm currently reading Unearthly too! And I do agree with you in that Clara knowing that she was an angel from the start that made me get the book.

  2. Awesome review! I loved this book too! I can't say I was a huge fan of the love triangle but I did end up appreciating Christian more in the second book. Can't wait to see what you think of that - I reckon it's better than the first. :)

  3. Wow her already knowing what she is from the start does sound great. Most teen books have the main character find out from some hot guy who they really are. I'm a fan of both ways but I think this sounds more unique. I really want to read this one but right now I've been reading too many angel books so I might save this one for a little while from now.

    Thanks for the great review.

  4. Awesome review like always, Juhina! <3 I love Clara, she's a great and lovable character! I can't decide whether to pick Christian or Tucker, both have their own good qualities! Like you, I lean more to Tucker in the end of the first book! :)

  5. Oh my gosh, your very first line describes this book spot-on!! :) There are so many angel books nowadays, but I felt that this was one of the better and original ones! And it DID sort of have that contemporary feel to it -- it had to do a lot with Clara's emotional journey, and maybe that's why we adored it so much! x)

    Awesome review, Juhina! I was definitely Team Tucker in the first book too -- but I can't wait to read what you have to say after the second book. It's so much better! ;)