|One of my favorite covers!|
January 4, 2011
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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.
(description from goodreads)
Let me first start by saying that they hype surrounding Unearthly has been 100% well deserved. Unearthly is amazing. Yes it is a book about angels, but it is completely different from others in the genre. I was drawn in almost immediately and the book griped me hard, I had trouble putting this down for even a minute. I would suggest starting this book when you have alot of time on your hands.
Unearthly follows the life of Clara Gardner. Up until two years ago she thought she was just another, normal, teenage girl. When she was fourteen her mother sat her down to tell her that she is much more than normal... much more than human. Her mother is half angel-blood and Clara is one quarter angel-blood.
Since that moment Clara's life has been consumed by visions; a forest fire and a boy. The vision holds hints to her purpose, the reason she was put on Earth. Now the only problem is finding out the details, like for instance, finding out what she is supposed to do.
When she moves to Wyoming to find this mysterious boy in her visions, things start to go smoothly. But then Clara starts to find out that there is more more than she could have ever imagined to this new life she's inherited. There are dangerous secrets even her mother wouldn't share with her. Secrets that could make the difference between life and death. On top of all this Clara starts to fall for the wrong guy and she finds herself choosing between love and her heavenly duties.
I loved every minute of this novel. The characters where completely relatable and the plot was original. Of course part of my adoration might have stemmed from the fact that Unearthly speaks to two of my greatest loves; everything country and skiing. So maybe I'm biased, but I don't think so. Cynthia Hand created something amazing and she deserves so much more than my praise. Take my advice, and go read the book for yourself. Any YA reader 13 and up will love Cynthia hand's debut novel.
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