Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 435.
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?
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?

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:
Courtney Reads.
The Story Siren.
Anna Reads.
Pure Imagination.


  1. Ah, your review makes me want to read it again :)

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. Great review! I actually haven't read any books about angels yet, but I think I'll give this one a shot if I have a chance to pick it up.

  3. I love how everyone is saying this is a fresh read for the whole angel concept. I was getting a bit burnt out, ya know? Great review!

  4. I strongly dislike angel books, but this one was a big exception! I loved it and its definitely my favorite angel book too!! (Since I don't like them lol!)

  5. This sounds really good! I so want to read it and am excited to get my hands on it :) Great review

  6. Now I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the great review.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  7. Everyone loves this book. And I so want it!! Awesome review.

  8. Good to hear such a good review. I've had the ARC sitting at my house waiting to read, but haven't picked it up yet. It'll be one of the next 10 I read.

  9. I got this for Christmas and have yet to read it yet as I'm currently reading Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner which can I just say and really liking!! I also have "Entice" the third book after "Need" and "Captivate" by Carrie Jones, so I'll definitely read it after that!!!

  10. I love Angel books! I can't wait to read Unearthly!