What: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
When: January 4th, 2011
Why: Beautiful Cover
How: For Review
In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees .
. . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. (WHICH IS A LIE. She already knows, missssleading!) 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.
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.
Unearthly was definitely a fun, refreshing, and new take on the classic tale of angels! This has between a super popular paranormal creature from books like Hush, Hush and Fallen, but my favorite? Is this one here!
I loved that Clara already knew she was an angel, even if the summary is a bit misleading on that fact. This wasn't a story of a girl finding out she was an angel, this was a girl finding out what she wants to do with the fact that she is! The image of angels in this book was what I really imagined about angels in the first place, having a "purpose" and having to complete it.
Clara was an awesome main character to boot! I loved that she knew she was pretty, and as an angel she could really do anything she set her mind too, but yet, she wasn't perfect! Her mind was that of a regular teenager, with conflicting thoughts and emotions she didn't really understand. I like the fact that Clara didn't immediately throw away her purpose once things started to get rough, and realized that she had a duty to not only her family but to herself and that she needed to fulfill it.
Now, my favorite favorite favorite part of this book? Has a name, and it's Tucker Avery. Dear god, do I love this boy! I loved the fact that they didn't instantly click or fall in love with each other (or stick their tongue down each other's throats, the list goes on..) but it was slow and meaningful and they...actually did stuff! No intense staring or anything weird like that, they went fishing and just had fun! Plus, I loved that Tucker's life didn't revolve around Clara's story, he had hobbies and likes and dislikes. I never felt like he was just there to fill in a plot.
Haven't rooted that hard for a couple in a long time!
My rating? AWESOMESAUCE