Friday, January 25, 2013

Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand

This is a young adult paranormal romance novel (Rated PG-13)

(Four and a Half Loving Hearts)

Book 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.

My Review

It’s been a while since I’ve gone gaga over a YA book. And here it is. It’s wasn’t perfect but I’ll get to that. What we have here is a wonderful take on angels. I can’t say I’ve read too many books where the lead female was an angel. Maybe none, anywho, I found the world building interesting.

The author sets us up with a quandary for the heroine and her family. What do you do when, kind of thing. And that blossoms into a fine story told in a way that captured my attention until the very end.

Why not perfect rating. Well, for one, the story opens up with a vision. And in that vision the one having it identifies the person and what that person is in the vision. So I kind of didn’t understand why it was a surprise to that visionary what the “visionee” was.

The other thing was we had a predictable boy in the story. You know the one that acts like a jerk but isn’t. Still I found it sweet in the end, but I wish authors would think out of the box. This character type is overdone.

Audio Review
Samantha Quan did a wonderful job with the story. Again, it’s important to me that the character’s voices be distinctive so that I don’t have to focus 100% on the book and I can multi-task. Objective accomplished.

Overall, stellar. If you like young adult paranormal romance, pick this one up.

My book boyfriend Tucker.

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