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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

#Book #Review: 5 out of 5 stars for Unearthly by Cynthia Hand @CynthiaHand @harperteen @EgmontUK ‏

TITLE: Unearthly
SERIES: Unearthly, Book #1
AUTHOR: Cynthia Hand
PUBLISHER: Egmont Books (UK)
PUBLICATION DATE: May 1, 2011
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 435 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
ISBN: 9781405259644
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:

I've been blogging since 2010, so this book has been on my radar since it was published. I even won this book in a giveaway in 2011, and it's been languishing on my bookshelf for far too long. I finally took the plunge and read it, and now I'm kicking myself for waiting so long! 

Clara Gardner is not your typical 16-year-old. She is part-angel or, more specifically, a Quartarius (a quarter angelblood) born to a Dimidius mother (a half angelblood) and a human father. Clara has a vision of a boy, who looks to be about 17 years old, standing in the trees with a fire blazing around them and when he hears her approaching, he turns and then it ends. She never gets to see his face. Clara's mother explains to her that this vision is about her life's purpose, and that she needs to figure it out so that they can be where they need to be. Her mom tells her to pay attention to the type of trees that are around her in the vision, and then she buys a field guide to help identify the type of tree. Clara also sees in her vision a silver truck, an Avalanche. From the markings on the license plate, she identifies that the plate is from Wyoming. This purpose business is so serious that Clara's mom sells their house in California and they move to Wyoming to find the place in Clara's vision.

When Clara attends the local high school in Jackson Hole, she spots the silver Avalanche in the parking lot and knows instantly when she sees the boy from her vision. Even though she's never seen his face, she knows it's him. His name is Christian Prescott, and she knows that she is meant to save him. So, she's found the boy. Now, she just needs to find the time and the place.

Clara becomes friends with Wendy Avery, whose twin brother Tucker is always tormenting her. When Christian and Wendy both go away for the summer, Clara spends time with Tucker and falls in love with him. This leaves her feeling conflicted, because she feels that she's meant to be with or at least save Christian.

To say that I loved Unearthly is an understatement. I totally devoured this book! I can't remember when I last read a book about angels, and I found it fascinating. I love Clara and her mom, and I'm very curious about Clara's younger brother, Jeffery, and what he's hiding! I'm not normally a fan of love triangles, but I can totally see why Clara is torn between Tucker and Christian. They are both swoon-worthy!

Once I devoured this book, I had to ditch my reading plans and get the second book in the series, Hallowed. I just didn't want to stop!

This is my first book by this author, and she totally blew me away! I'm loving this series, and maybe it's a good thing that I waited to read it until all the books were published so that I can binge on it!

MY RATING:

5 stars!! I loved it and will likely re-read it! You should definitely put it on your TBR if you enjoy YA Fantasy.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, another 5 out of 5 Big Book for you - you had a good streak! Glad you enjoyed it.

    Sue

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