UNEARTHLY By Cynthia Hand [Review]
I received a copy of UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand as part of HarperTeen’s The Dark Days of Supernatural and was very curious about it because I had heard good things about it.
In Unearthly, Clara Gardner, a sixteen year-old girl who recently found out she was part-angel, receives a vision which finally reveals to her what her Purpose (a rite of passage for every part–angel) is. Of course this Purpose includes a handsome guy, Christian, a forest fire, and Wyoming, which forces her family to relocate. Now in Wyoming, Clara has to figure out how to get close to Christian in order to fulfill her Purpose. But things get a little complicated when another guy, Tucker, comes into the picture. Now Clara is torn between her duty and her heart. And while she needs to decide what to do next, she also starts finding out more about what it means to be part-angel, as well as the other angels that exist in that universe.
At first I was a bit unsure about Unearthly, I had mixed feelings about how angels were portrayed in the story. I think I’m very picky when it comes to angel stories, because they can end up being very cheesy, and I like when stories and characters have a grittier and darker side to them. But I decided to stick with it and am glad I did, because I ended up enjoying myself quite a lot.
While the story is not perfect and I wished it had gone a different direction a few times, it is still very compelling, to the point that I was upset it ended the way it did. In addition, as the first book of a series, Unearthly did its job of not only of making me care about these characters, but tease me as to what was to come in the next books.
As for the characters, Clara might not be one of my favorite characters ever, but throughout the pages I came to be fond of her. I think what really worked for me was the evolution you see her go through from page one to 435, where her world is turned totally upside down, which makes me really excited to find out what becomes of her in book 2.
And of course, Unearthly wouldn’t be complete without the indispensable love interest, or in this case interests. I don’t want to say too much about Christian and Tucker, because I think it’s more exciting to discover how these two come into play in Clara’s world, but what I enjoyed the most was that it wasn’t a typical love triangle.
Overall, while I started a bit hesitant about Unearthly, I ended up totally engrossed by the story and adding the next book on my Goodreads list as soon as I was done. So would I recommend it? Absolutely, it’s a great book. And if you are into angel stories, then you need to get a hold of Unearthly right now, because chances are you’ll end up loving it, probably even more than I did.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: | Pages: 435 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon
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