Series: Unearthly #1
Published by HarperTeen on January 4th, 2011
Genres: Angels & Demons, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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.
I always tend to say that paranormal romance isn’t my thing. Typically, I get more annoyed than pleased. I might need to specify that apparently there’s an exception on angel stories. Out of three angel series I’ve read, I seriously love all three of them. Unearthly is one of them.
I love the idea and concept of Cynthia Hand’s angels. They are born with a divine purpose, and should they stray from the path, God only knows what will happen (ha, get it? get it? God only– yeah, you get it). For some reason I really love that theme of fate, life being pre-ordained, that kind of thing. Of course, that will really only be explored in the next two books… So I need to finish writing this review and then get to reading right away! And all this fate stuff being said, I liked that the novel did not get too preachy, and religion was mostly kept out of the picture.
The romance in Unearthly tends to take center stage. Usually to me that is a turn off, but this time I didn’t mind. Why, you ask? Because Tucker. It was a beautiful build up of a love story and YES! No instalove! He’s a great character. Funny, chivalrous, dreamy, but still flawed. That being said, this is a love triangle. Christian, I felt, was a bit static, a bit dull. I’m guessing we get to know him better in Hallowed, but for the moment, I firmly know where I stand in this love triangle thing.
I must say, with all the talk of destined love, I’m happy the story did not go in that direction and that it was pleasantly surprising. Maybe that’s the best thing about this novel: you think you have it figured out in the beginning, but the plot twists and it becomes something else entirely.
Clara is neither a stand-out awesome character nor a TSTL, annoying character. I did like and appreciate her socially awkward penguin tendencies… That felt really relatable. And overall her point of view was pleasant enough to read.