Title: Unearthly (Unearthly #1)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: In the world Hand paints, angel bloods (Nephilim) are born to fulfill a purpose. Clara the protagonist, is 16 years old when her purpose starts being revealed to her. Clara’s purpose revolves around a boy who we soon learn is Christian. So the first half of the book is mostly about her acclimating herself to her new life while trying to learn as much as she can about Christian. And no, when I say that I am not hinting at her being a stalker.
From the get go, the book is interesting. It is a little different, compared to other angel books I’ve read, but it’s a good different. As the storyline develops, the book takes on a life of its own. It took me hostage and would not let me go until the last word was read. It is addictive, captivating and romantic.
Clara is drawn to Christian because of her visions (purpose). She’s literally the girl who meets the guy of her dreams. Christian is popular, humble, sweet, and very handsome with his classic good looks. However, and as you may have predicted, there is a love triangle. Clara’s second love interest is Tucker. He is ruggedly handsome.
They start out having a love to hate sort of relationship. But as time moves on, they start to form a true friendship that in turn leads to more. The romance between Clara and Tucker was the main attraction in this book (for me). Tucker is such a great, like-able character.
Now, if you are wondering why 4 stars and not five, I will now answer that. The book was great and it had a certain flow, until the end. The last two chapters don’t seem to flow with the rest of the story. My idea is that Hand knew exactly how she wanted to book to end, knew exactly what had to happen, BUT had a tough time putting it into
words. It felt a little forced and did not go along in the same style as the rest of the book. As you can see, I still enjoyed the book and would truly recommend it.
So, in order to not ruin the book for anyone and to contain my ranting I will cut it short. Unearthly is a great book. It is captivating, romantic and has its bit of action. It’s the kind of book that leaves an impression and seems to stick with you. It gives me butterflies when I think of Tucker and leaves me wondering “What’s next? What am I to expect in Unearthly #2?”