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."
- Hardback | 435 pages
- 147.32 x 210.82 x 43.18mm | 385.55g
- 04 Jan 2011
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- HarperCollins Publishers
- New York, NY, United States
Hand debuts with an engrossing take on the angel mythos... an engaging and romantic tale with solid backstory. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
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When I first came across this book I was reluctant to pick it up because it looked like any other YA paranormal book, and I was reluctant to read another angel book after Hush, Hush. I came across a review for another angel book (that the original reviewer hadn't liked), and I expressed my difficulty in finding a good angel book and she recommended Unearthly. I put off reading it for awhile but when I did pick it up I flew through it. I immensely enjoyed it for the characters, and especially the love story. I'm not usually in the mood for romance-centered books because they usually hit the mark for me because the characters are too perfect, or it's the insta-love connection (which I loathe). I was initially worried about the insta-love connection between Clara and Christian (blech), and I was so not a fan of Christian because he was too perfect, and all the flashbacks they had together were super cheesy and way to romantic, liked they "belonged" with each other. However, I knew the instant that Tucker entered the scene that he was going to be a romantic interest. I thought that maybe Cynthia Hand was going to prolong Clara's feelings for him until the end of the novel, but they hit off their romance fairly quickly. What I really enjoyed about them being together was that Clara initially couldn't stand him and just dismissed him because she was too busy mooning over Christian, who was such a snooze button. The whole time I agreed with Wendy with her whole stance on Christian. "You like Christian Prescott," she finishes for me, arching an eyebrow. "Yeah, I could tell. But he's like a god. You worship the gods but you don't go out with them. You only like guys like that from a distance." (quote) Mostly I wouldn't go out with Christian because his only defining feature in this book is his apparently gorgeous appearance. Tucker, on the other hand, had a personality, was still good-looking but in a natural, approachable way, and his and Clara's banter was much more likeable and entertaining than the few times Clara talked with Christian. Plus, the only other times she talked to the "god" was when she was texting him. Boo. I think it's pretty clear that I am Team Tucker all the way, and I will continue to be so. I don't care if Clara and Christian "belong" to each other, Tucker is a much more reliable, interesting, and unique person (even if he's fictional), and I LOVED LOVED LOVED the way their relationship developed. It was the perfect amount of tension, slow-burn, and getting to know each other well-enough. It wasn't the two of them jumping into some sort of crazy intense relationship, the type that is WAY too common in YA books and is entirely unrealistic. I was just all feels the entire book. Another reason I really liked this book was the location. It felt very laid back, relaxed, and wintery in a good way, with ski lodges and plaid shirts and wildnerness trekking. Whenever I read descriptions my mind when to Banff in Alberta, which is right in the Rockies. Those kinds of places in the mountains just take your breath away and I could clearly visualize the location in my head. The way Cynthia Hand wove in the angelic parts was well-done as well. They were featured enough to be interesting and had a fresh quality, but they weren't overdone, and the plot was very personal rather than mythological. There were some instances where Clara's two worlds collided with negative consequences but they meshed well with the story and her regular life as a teenager. My one problem with the book was the ending. I won't give away anything but it was too anti-climactic, unresolved, confusing, and convenient all at the same time. I think it could be handled a lot better. There was all this build up, some stuff happened, but it wasn't explained enough to really get through to me. It's hard to explain without giving too much away. I'll just conclude by saying while some things were explained (that suddenly made sense, and I slapped myself for being such an idiot and not picking up on it), they weren't the right things to explain. The consequences of Clara's actions weren't explained enough for me, but I guess they'll be revealed in the next book (which I will definitely be reading). Overall I loved this book because of the romance, which was cute, realistic, and didn't have focus on an insta-love connection. I'm really excited to see what will happen with Clara, Tucker, and Christian, but there are something people I'm a little anxious about and what Cynthia Hand will do to them in the next installment.show moreby Janita Van Dyk
This book really set up the story well to be continued into the next 2 books and I can't wait!!show moreby Joy Wardrop
Clara is a 17 year-old girl who lives a normal teenager life, she goes to school, and she has good friends, she´s kind of popular and pretty.... And she´s also part angel. Her mother revealed to her that she was part an angel, her mother is a Dimidius (half an angel) and that makes Clara and her brother Quartarius, and angels on earth are only there to fulfill their purpose. Clara´s purpose involves a boy, saving a boy, for that to happen her family will have to move out, and start a new life. Then there she is, adapting to her new life, trying to control her strange angel hair, trying to figure out what her purpose is really about, feeling that connection to Christian. But she´s still a girl, a girl with feelings and with that comes love, and everything gets a little bit complicated, because she can't tell anyone about her nature and that sucks, that could change everything. Would she be able to fulfill her purpose, how can she do that if she can't even fly? Unearthly gives us a glance to an angel world, combined with the world of a normal girl. Clara is such a strong character, she´s determined, and centered, but like any other teenager she gets confused, she falls in love and she fights with her mom. We get to see her making choices, and trying to do what´s right, what will take her to the moment she´ll do what she´s meant to, but thing gets complicated, and after a lot of surprises and unexpected twists, her duty might be in danger. The plot is really interesting, and you learn about these angels, and their story, is all about Clara and her purpose. The pace gets slow at first, but I wouldn't say it's boring because it´s not, I thought it was interesting the whole time, but of course is necessary to set the story and everything you have to know, and then more action comes and is just great. The characters are really nice, well thought, and some of them will surprise you, I really liked Clara and actually Tucker too, you´ll see why. The writing style was awesome, it keeps you there, submerged in the story the whole time, it makes it enjoyable and nice, and even when is kinda fat, the book feels light and is a quick read. The final part is so good, is full of things you don't see coming and that will keep you biting your nails, and at the end.... Well you will die to know more.... We´ll have to wait until 2012 to read the second part. I think Cynthia did an awesome job with this debut book, I really liked it and I really recommend it, it has a great combination of action, angels, love, drama, just great! Read more: http://smartgirls-read.blogspot.com/2011/01/double-review-unearthly.htmlshow moreby Mariana Sanchez Rico
Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm. (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) Unearthly is the perfect title for this book. And not just because this book is about angels. But because, in my opinion, this book IS just unearthly. It completely took my breath away! When I first started hearing about this book, I thought it might be a book about a girl finding out she was an angel, and I was a bit worried about that. There are way too many books out there nowadays where someone finds out that they are a certain person, or being, and not enough of ones that already KNOW they are a certain something, but are just learning how to control it. But despite some of the summaries going around the internet of this book, it isn't a book about someone finding out what they are. It's about a teenage girl, named Clara, who already knows she is an angel and is just trying to learn HOW to be what she is. And I really love the fact that her mother and brother know about her being an angel, because they are angels too! I really loved the characters in this book. You seem to really get to know them. I loved the main character, Clara. She seems like just a normal teenager from the outside, and she is, she just has a little bit of angel thoughts running around in her head. Nothing really bothered me about her at all. I really liked Christian, but I have to say that I LOVED Tucker. I was rooting for Christian at first, until towards the end of the book when you start getting to know Tucker better. Love his country gentlemanly charm! Hand's writing in this book was magnificent as well. It's one of those types of books that I love talking about so much that you feel as if you've only read a few pages, but you are already 50 pages past where you thought you were. It's awesome! Everything just flows so well and I love that element in a book. There were many times in this book that something was thrown into the mix that just made me go "Are you serious?!". I didn't see them coming! Especially the end. Whew! I bet I scared my husband with my random jaw droppage and gasp, ha ha! This is one GREAT debut novel that you will not want to miss. It's been hours since I finished this book and I still can't stop thinking about the ending of the book and what will happen in the next book. This is a great start to a new series and I am DYING to get a hold of the second book to devour it. But I guess we'll all have to wait until 2012 to see it! :(show moreby Amanda
Smart, funny, protectors, sexy... occasionally they're BAD GUYS who could turn you into butter with one single look or word... so why wouldn't read about them? Now we have another history; 'Unearthly' takes my breath away when the mystery resolves itself (because I had never been so far away from it). I must say that the last pages were my favorite part. It was difficult for me, at the beginning, to identify with Clara; she's a child who must wait for her purpose, led by her mother, who is also an angel but stronger than her daughter. I felt that she needed to grow up, that it was the lack of maturity that makes her so unlikeable to me. The love history... Christian? I had always felt him so distant from Clara. This relationship was never meant to be because both of them cannot be themselves in the presence of the other one; they were always so uncomfortable and insincere that I did not enjoy the love story between Christian and Clara (and I do love read about a girl and a boy falling in love). Tucker? I return to the kindergarden when I read about them. I'll give 3.5 stars to 'Unearthly', because the author surprised me at the end of the history, and because this book has a lot of potential. I know that it was her first one, so I hope the second book in the series will not disappoint me.show moreby Astrid Atehortúa
Cynthia Hand's Unearthly is like a drink of iced cold water after the first leg of a hike. Refreshing and exactly what I want and need. Unearthly will definitely have readers/bloggers singing praise. Unearthly is a young adult paranormal romance that just hot shelves. Being an adult and young adult reader sometimes I find YA books to tame for me (which is perfect for the intended audience) but then there are books like Unearthly that possess memorizing plot an even more so characters. The mother, Magaret/Maggie, is by no means absent in Clara's life but play s huge role in it. I applaud Cynthia for pulling that one off with no bumps in the road. Non-existent/preoccupied parents are pretty common in YA so when I see the parent role fulfilled but not hindering the teen hero/heroine from growing I am excited!=) From start to finish, there is nothing I can complain about. Unearthly captures its reader and the romance is sweet, unexpected, and fully explored. I am entranced to no end. My sister will be getting a copy. There is nothing inappropriate for teens and even great for adults who genuinely love YA PNR. Oh, the ending is where everything comes together but it's not over. Not by a long shot. So come 2012, I will be reading the installment.show moreby Chasity