Release Date: January 4, 2011Review: If I were to describe this book in one word, it'd be: amazing. Despite the many rave reviews I read for this book, I didn't expect much from it. What I got from it completely blew my mind. Unearthly is not your average angel story.
Number of Pages: 435
Synopsis: 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?
The main thing that I found completely unique in this story was that the roles seemed to be reversed, meaning Clara is an angel. Usually, in YA angel books, there's a regular girl and a super hot angel boy. I guess, to an extent, that the second part is true, but Clara's not a regular girl. She's an angel. And she has a mission.
At first, I was really hesitant when reading. The writing style didn't suit me and the dialogue was really... um... old-school, I suppose. It seemed sort of out-dated, especially the insults. But it didn't take me long to warm up to this book! After the first three or so chapters, I was completely absorbed into the story.
Clara wasn't my favorite protagonist, but I didn't dislike her. She was just average. The characters and the development were really nice. Especially when it came to Tucker. *sighs, places hand over heart* Oh, Tucker. He is just such a sweetie. At first, he comes off a bit rude, but that quickly dissipates. Instead, it's replaced by a good, honest and sweet boy whom I fell in love with.
To put it simply, this book was just addicting. The plot kept me guessing and wondering where Cynthia Hand would take it. I'd ask myself, "Is this the climax of the book?" Then, later, I'd think, "No, this must be the climax of the book!" The plot and pacing were fabulous, as were the characters and the concept.
Utterly captivating and beautiful, Unearthly is an addicting book that pulled on my heartstrings and kept me tearing through the pages. I can't wait to see what Hallowed has in store!