Saturday, January 21, 2012

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

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?
Review: A cool read that involves angels and a love triangle that actually makes sense and doesn't annoy me.

I do so love reading angel related fiction and I must admit to wishing I had wings. I also plan on being an angel for Halloween too. I love the mythology behind the angels in this book although I still don't understand how or why angel blood can be transmitted, but I can look past that. There is a lot of information not revealed in the book about angels and I am very eager to learn more, especially after the ending. What is the purpose of angels? And what happens if angels don't find their purpose? Why are they on earth, not in heaven?

Clara has a dash of Mary Sue in her although they can somewhat be explained by having angel's blood. I did sympathize with her, genuinely liked her, and I was glad that she followed her heart even though there might actually be consequences (unlike many stories where one or both characters say they can't be together because there might be trouble). I liked Tucker much more than Christian and I was glad the love triangle actually made sense instead of being there just for extra drama. The ending was deliciously unexpected and I  am eager to see what happens in the next book.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to fans of young adult supernatural fiction, angels, or anyone who is sick of love triangles that are thrown in books just because and wants a good romance read. 

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