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?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I chose this book because of the cover. Monotone color, solo girl, appealing title graphic. I didn’t read the synopsis prior to picking it up, it was purely on cover judgment.
I haven’t read too many books on angels, so I wasn’t expecting much. To be honest, I didn’t even realize it was about angels until a few pages into the book.
Cynthia Hand has a way with bringing in the nature into the story. There was something about her descriptions about the lay of the land or the weather that was brewing up that really added to the effect of the story. There was a part when Clara goes through an event in her life based on one of her emotions, and the way that Hand described it gave me goosebumps.
This book had the basics of a YA story. There was a romantic love story, there was a challenge, and there was the small amount of angst that made you long for the two main characters. Then…there was the twist at the end that just completely throws you off.
I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down, and I was on vacation! I cannot wait for the next book and see what happens to Clara.