Book Review: Unearthly

Name:  UnearthlyImage
Series:  Unearthly
Author:  Cynthia Hand
Publisher:  Harper Teen
Published: 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

                When Clara Gardner learns she’s part angel, her entire life changes. She now has a purpose, a specific task she was put on this earth to accomplish, except she doesn’t know what it is. Her visions of a raging forest fire and a mysterious boy lead her to a new high school in a new town but provide no clear instruction.
                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 the boy in her vision and the boy in her life, 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?


                Stories about Angels can be very hit or miss for me. Throughout my reading life I have read some that were amazing and some that I’ll never in a million years be able to finish because there is too much I’d rather read instead.  However, Unearthly spins a fresh take on a type of story that has been done over and over again.
                Fantastically well done; we start the story with the main character Clara knowing who and what she is, and more importantly how she got to where she is and because Clara knows who she is I think it makes it easier for the reader to believe in the story as well. There are no elaborate embellishments too this story, it’s simple and honest and that’s great.
                Clara is a strong main character who is obviously flawed; the hair color was a great choice and honestly makes for some really funny moments in the book. Christian however, leaves a little more to be desired as I feel like we never actually get to know him and that he remains kind of a mystery but part of me believes that’s probably the point and that it was done on purpose to make for a more interesting plot line and to help entice you into purchasing the second book in the series ‘Hallowed’.
                This book is also set to an amazing backdrop. The Town sounds absolutely beautiful and now I really want to go to Yellow Stone Park/Montana. I find snow romantic and it sounds like they sure do get a lot of it there and would love to experience more of a white Christmas then I currently get to experience. (Our snow takes forever if we end up getting any at all!)
                This is a lovely, engaging read. Definitely pick this book up if you’re interested in angels, Paranormal, romance and predestination!



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