Saturday, January 07, 2012

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand - Review

Unearthly (Unearthly Series, #1) by Cynthia Hand

Rating: 4.7 Stars
Released: January 4, 2011 • Published by: Harlequin Teen
ISBN 0061996165 (ISBN13: 9780061996160)

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 apurpose, 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.
If you are into Angels, you will LOVE Unearthly. I just love it... period. Addicted, actually. I must have reread the book 4 times in a row. The plot unfolds throughout the book, and there are many mysteries that are saved for book 2, Hallowed (due out January 17th, 2012). I found it compelling and fascinating. Cynthia does a masterful job maintaining the plot threads and weaving a tail of mystery, love and destiny. The story starts quickly and the pace quickens. There are a number of characters in this novel, and there are hints that some of the minor characters will play greater roles in the next book.

I found Clara to be charming and enticing. Her struggles can be translated into a variety of normal day situations. My favorite character is Tuck.. read the book and it will be obvious. Christian is one of the main characters, but he's so elusive, I don't think we'll get to know him until Hallowed. 

This is engaging while still being an "easy read". Cynthia has me on pins and needles for the next two books in this series. I highly recommend it!