Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand
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.
This is the first time in a long time that I thoroughly enjoyed a YA book (not including sequels to series I already loved). This book kept my interest throughout, I really felt connected to the characters, and I didn’t want to put it down. Yay! It’s been a while.
Clara is a quarter angel and struggles throughout the book with trying to be a normal teenage human girl while dealing with and learning about the part of her that is not-so-human. She doesn’t always make the right choice, as is understandable since she is mostly human, but hopefully everything turns out okay (we don’t know everything for sure at the end of this book).
There is a bit of a love triangle in this book, but it’s different than others. One love interest is more of a destiny thing and the other is more of a choice. We’re still not sure which will win at this point in the series. I’m rooting for Tucker (I think! I’m a bit confused about which side I’m on after completing the book, but for the majority of the book I was on team Tucker).
The story was well-done and captivating. I can’t wait to read the sequel!
Best Aspect: Captivity
Worst Aspect: Uniqueness
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4.5/5 rating from Afterwords
4/5 rating from Reading After Midnight