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Thursday, December 30, 2010


Cynthia Hand, author of Unearthly and other books that are yet to be published.
Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: January 2011
Hardcover: 435 pages

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.

Book Review:
I am a sucker for YA, fantasy, and paranormal books. I don't know what it is about them, but I just love reading them. The only downside is that often times they share a common story line. After awhile this gets kinda annoying. This just makes the books that aren't like the rest that much better. Unearthly was both different and the same. It still follows the same core as the rest of YA, fantasy, and paranormal books. Except there is something more to it. I liked the book a lot, and I thought that Clara was a nice character. It was interesting to see the idea of angels spun in a different way. I loved how Clara took control of her own destiny, and the surprise twist at the end. I think the author wanted the reader to hate Clara's mother, but I don't know. I didn't like how Clara only knew who her mother was in the last 16 years. She knows nothing of her mother before that. I also don't like how Clara's mother keeps everything from her. Wen and Angela were great supporting characters. Wen was so sweet and just lovable. Angela helps out with whatever she can, and Clara can relate to her. Overall I liked this book. Sadly it is not one of my favorites, but it's up there. 

Rating: A

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