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.I’ve read quite a few angel novels, and while I enjoy the majority of them, I was beginning to get discouraged. Where’s the newness? Where’s the uniqueness? When was somebody going to shake things up?
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?
Thank you, Cynthia Hand.
Unearthly is a fresh, uncomplicated, romantic and intense angel novel that completely captured me from the very first page. Unlike most angel novels, Clara already knows that she’s part angel. She knows the gist of her history and her abilities, so we don’t have to go through several chapters of foreshadowing and self-discovery. Instead, Clara is left trying to discover her mission through short visions and a very mysterious boy, Christian, who she can’t help but fall for.
But Clara and Christian’s relationship isn’t what you’d expect. I’m being respectful and not saying much, despite how badly I want to, but this isn’t your typical “girl falls for brooding boy” book. Not by a long shot. The romance in this book is a mystery of itself, but I mean that in the most amazing way possible.
Another thing I loved was that Cynthia didn’t confuse us with stories of fallen angels and their history. These angels do have their classifications and complications, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not thrown at you in heaps for you to swallow. We learn when Clara learns at a normal, understandable pace.
And the ending? I didn’t see it coming. Not at all. Which is incredibly rare since I’m kind of the master at guessing books. But I always appreciate a curveball, so once again, thank you Cynthia hand, for leaving me speechless.
Overall, Unearthly is probably my favorite angel book yet. It’s original, romantic, entertaining and intense all told by a genuine teenage voice that manages to be appropriately graceful and young at the right times. I definitely recommend it to everyone!
Other reviews for Unearthly:
The Story Siren.