[Review] UNEARTHLY | Cynthia Hand

Posted on 01/12/2012 in Book Review / 8 Comments

[Review] UNEARTHLY | Cynthia HandUnearthly by Cynthia Hand
Published by Harper Teen on 1/4/2011
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 435
Format: eBook
Source: Gift

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 was such a fantastic book to get lost in. It’s like the perfect trifecta of YA, Paranormal and romance to take you away into dreamland and I loved every minute I was reading it. It was a great book to end 2011. Unearthly follows the story of Clara, part angel, part human, who has just received her purpose, thus uprooting the family from sunny California to the dramatic backdrop of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. By the way, I loved that it was in Jackson Hole. I’ve vacationed there and it is simply an amazing place to be. Clara is so lucky! The way Hand describes the setting in UNEARTHLY is superb and detailed. I could imagine everything in my mind just as she intended, right down to the Snake River (although it helps that I’ve been there, I’m sure). Cynthia Hand is clearly a pro at writing young adult, she nailed everything so well. Clara was a strong-willed protagonist, who took her new girl role rather well, all things considered. Hand also writes her brother perfectly; I live with a teenage boy and she captured Clara’s brother just right. There’s a love-triangle in this, peeps, but don’t worry: it’s not gross or overdone. It’s also JUST RIGHT. And even better, I didn’t know who I wanted her to end up with (although I do now!). I really liked them both! I also really liked Angela and Wendy; both were very strong characters and central to the story. But more importantly, everything they did was 100% completely believable. That made it that much more of a stand-out novel for me. The paranormal element in this is angels, which is a refreshing change from the typical shapeshifters and vampires we’ve been seeing. I can’t go into much more detail, because a lot of what I really loved about UNEARTHLY contains spoilers, and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it. But if you enjoy Young Adult, Romance and Paranormal, I would definitely recommend picking this one up! And now I am on to book 2!


Favorite Quote

Oh, come on. You eye-hump him all through British History.


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This book was provided by April at My Shelf Confessions!  Blurb courtesy of Goodreads.

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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