Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Review of Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

UnearthlyPublished: January 4, 2011

Hardcover, 435 pages

Interest: Debut Author Challenge, Angels

Summary (from

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.


Can I just say that I loved this book.  I wasn’t sure how I would feel about another angel book, but I was pleasantly impressed.  Clara Gardner is sixteen, and has known that she’s an angel for two years.  We don’t experience her angst as her world is turned upside down, and for that I’m kind of relieved.  We start with Clara and her “purpose”.  It’s apparently her reason for being here on Earth, her task to complete.  She has visions: a forest fire, and a boy.

Clara and her family move to Wyoming to meet this boy, and prepare Clara for her purpose.  Christian is the typical popular guy, good looking, yet still somehow lacking.  Tucker on the other hand, is Clara’s best friend’s brother.  From their first encounter they seem to hate each other, and never miss a chance to match wits.  Of course, this is the guy I’m rooting for.  I don’t encourage snarkiness, but I do love wit and playful banter, and they have it. 

Now Clara has to figure out what her purpose is, develop her powers, and hopefully complete it when the time comes.  Her mother won’t tell her what happens if she doesn’t.  But Clara can tell that it isn’t good.

Book Recommendations

Forgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs, Clara and Tucker’s relationship reminded me fondly of Lily and Quince

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto, another girl angel with a human boyfriend

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, a “bad” angel


Cover 9/10

Plot 10/10

Characters 10/10

Ending 10/10

Overall Enjoyment 10/10

98% A+

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