20 Jan 2012

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly #1)

January 4th, 2011 ∙ HarperTeen

Source: Brought

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 464

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.
So far, the books I’ve read this year have been okay, average. But then I decided to pick up Unearthly and give it shot and for what it’s worth, boy am I glad I did!
When I started this book, I didn’t really know what to expect, except that it was an angel book. And a very good angel book at that!
Cynthia Hand weaves a beautiful story full of mystery, romance and intrigue. This story takes many twists and turns and will keep you guessing til the end. The further you move into the story the better it gets!
Even though this is an angel book, it’s very different to one’s I’ve read previously. I love the idea, that each angel has a purpose to fulfil on Earth. I especially liked how Unearthly put it’s own spin on angels and didn’t follow in the steps of other angel books but created it’s own original concept. This made for an interesting read.
Clara the main character is fun, funky and refreshingly real. Apart from being an angel, she’s your typical teenage girl. At the start when your first introduced to Christian and Tucker, I wasn’t sure which team I was on, but as the story progressed there was no denying it, I was Team Tucker! Christian, well he’s okay, but he’s got nothing on Tucker!! Apart from Clara and the two guys, Hand includes a well round supporting cast of characters that add to the storyline in different ways.
I would totally recommend this book to those who like paranormal, romance and swoony guys.
After being enveloped into the wonderful story that is Unearthly, I can’t wait to read the sequel, Hallowed and see what happens next!

Rating 4/5


  1. I just finished Hallowed. Great review and book 2 delivers..i cannot wait for book 3. so glad you liked it!

  2. Unearthly was one of my favourite reads in 2011 and I've just finished Hallowed and loved it ... don't forget tissues :)