Friday, August 2, 2013

Review: Unearthly (Unearthly #1) By: Cynthia Hand

Title: Unearthly (Unearthly #1)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Published: January 4th, 2011
Buy The Book: Amazon/Barnes and Noble
Source: Bought
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!
Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

I have to admit that I was hesitant about reading this one only because angels are so overdone but, I had been wanting to start the trilogy and it was nice to know that if I enjoyed this one there was not a long wait to continue the story, Cynthia Hand did an amazing job  with this first book, I could not put this one down and I finished it in about a day. I loved every single aspect of this book and I can wait to read the next one!

Clara is part angel, or an angel blood as her mother calls her. She hasn't known for long an she is still getting the hang of the whole flying thing and making sure that she hides her angel side  by having to dye her hair red which turns out bright orange. Every angel blood has a purpose, a reason they are put on this earth, and Clara has had her first visions of her purpose. So, once her and her mom find out where the mysterious  boy in her visions lives (Wyoming) they pack up and move from California to Wyoming.  It's definitely different from California and I really enjoyed reading  about Wyoming I live close to this state and have family who  have visited so I have been there many times. Clara finally meets Christian the boy from her visions and he is the most gorgeous and popular guy in school,  but when   Christian has to leave for the summer. Clara begins to get closer to her best friends'  brother Tucker and he shows  her how much fun Wyoming can really be.
I really loved Clara, she was the perfect characters, I didn't feel like she was super strong but, I didn't feel like she was weak either. She was just learning as she went, she didn't have all the answers and she didn't sit around and wait for them to come to her.  As far as YA mom's go, Clara's was pretty awesome, although I was frustrated with her at times because she wouldn't tell Clara many things about being an angel blood, she wanted her to find out in time and learn on her own but, knowing more than she did at times  would have helped  Clara a lot although that was the fun of the book I guess. Now I know the real  question is am I Team Tucker or Team Christian. I have put a lot of thought into this and right now I am leaning more towards Team Tucker, Christian seems to perfect for me but, I didn't mind this love triangle and it wasn't the focus of the story. The ending completely surprised me and I can't wait to see what happens next!

One of the main things I loved about Unearthly was the fact that even though it was an angel book, Hand didn't fill the pages with all kinds of lore and myth. Now don't get me wrong I do enjoy lore and myth  but, with angel books it tends to be on over drive sometime. So, if you are like me and hesitant to read this one because you are tired of angel, I high recommend it and  am definitely getting the next book as soon as possible!

Want some more thoughts on Unearthly? Check out the links below!


  1. Thanks for the great review! I've had this one on my list for awhile. Looks like I'll have to move it up the list:)

  2. Great review! I really loved this book, as well as the rest of the series. I was also hesitant to read it after reading Fallen & Hush, Hush (didn't like those series), but I'm glad I did:)

    Eveline's Books

  3. Aaah, one of my favourite series! Trust when I say that once you dive into the sequels, you'll have even a harder choice deciding whose team you're on. Great review! Definitely deserves the five star.

    Holly @ Absorbing the Content

  4. Excellent review, makes me want to grab this book right now! Can I convince you to blurb your review over at Bookstore Bookblogger Connection, so we can help get the word out about this amazing series?

  5. I totally agree with you... I'm so not an angel person at all but I really enjoyed this one because, like you said, it wasn't laden down with lore and whatnot. I thought it was a great mix of contemporary and myth. Thanks for linking to my review, too! :)

  6. I think this is one of the better angel stories out there-I still don't really like them as paranormal creatures but would recommend this one to those who are looking for a good angel novel.


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