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Unearthly

by Cynthia Hand

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | December 29, 2010 | Hardcover

Unearthly is rated 4.3939 out of 5 by 33.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.75 × 6.13 × 1.36 in

Published: December 29, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061996165

ISBN - 13: 9780061996160

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angels I received this novel as an ARC from NetGalley. I loved this book and I can't wait to read more from this author. Unearthly is about a girl named Clara who is an angel-blood. She has received her mission and the only thing she really knows is that she has to save some incredibly handsome boy named Christian. I don't want to give away too much but I have t say that I thoroughly enjoyed Hand's writing style. She keeps you wanting more. She also did a great job with character development. Clara seems like an easy-going teen w like many her age has many many questions about her identity. This is further complicated by the fact that she is not just a human teen but also part angel. She struggles with her relationship with her mother and also in her friendships. She feels in the dark about her angel heritage and is constantly looking for the answers. She also gets herself involved in a bit of a love triangle. I couldn't put this book down because I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. What made it more interesting is the fact that Clara herself has no idea what is going to happen next either. There were many surprises along the way as well. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and I will definitely be reading the follow-up book or books to this novel.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book This is probably the first book about angels that made me want to read more...I never thought that i would like this book so much! It's amazing and make you feel so many emotion! If you have read Embrace or TMI i think you would like it (even if it's not the same kind of book) it's amazing! Read it, you won't regret it!!
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gorgeous romance and setting When I first came across this book I was reluctant to pick it up because it looked like any other YA paranormal book, and I was reluctant to read another angel book after Hush, Hush. I came across a review for another angel book (that the original reviewer hadn’t liked), and I expressed my difficulty in finding a good angel book and she recommended Unearthly. I put off reading it for awhile but when I did pick it up I flew through it. I immensely enjoyed it for the characters, and especially the love story. I’m not usually in the mood for romance-centered books because they usually hit the mark for me because the characters are too perfect, or it’s the insta-love connection (which I loathe). I was initially worried about the insta-love connection between Clara and Christian (blech), and I was so not a fan of Christian because he was too perfect, and all the flashbacks they had together were super cheesy and way to romantic, liked they “belonged” with each other. However, I knew the instant that Tucker entered the scene that he was going to be a romantic interest. I thought that maybe Cynthia Hand was going to prolong Clara’s feelings for him until the end of the novel, but they hit off their romance fairly quickly. What I really enjoyed about them being together was that Clara initially couldn’t stand him and just dismissed him because she was too busy mooning over Christian, who was such a snooze button. The whole time I agreed with Wendy with her whole stance on Christian: “You like Christian Prescott,” she finishes for me, arching an eyebrow. “Yeah, I could tell. But he’s like a god. You worship the gods but you don’t go out with them. You only like guys like that from a distance.” (quote) Mostly I wouldn’t go out with Christian because his only defining feature in this book is his apparently gorgeous appearance. Tucker, on the other hand, had a personality, was still good-looking but in a natural, approachable way, and his and Clara’s banter was much more likeable and entertaining than the few times Clara talked with Christian. Plus, the only other times she talked to the “god” was when she was texting him. Boo. I think it’s pretty clear that I am Team Tucker all the way, and I will continue to be so. I don’t care if Clara and Christian “belong” to each other, Tucker is a much more reliable, interesting, and unique person (even if he’s fictional), and I LOVED LOVED LOVED the way their relationship developed. It was the perfect amount of tension, slow-burn, and getting to know each other well-enough. It wasn’t the two of them jumping into some sort of crazy intense relationship, the type that is WAY too common in YA books and is entirely unrealistic. I was just all feels the entire book. Another reason I really liked this book was the location. It felt very laid back, relaxed, and wintery in a good way, with ski lodges and plaid shirts and wildnerness trekking. Whenever I read descriptions my mind when to Banff in Alberta, which is right in the Rockies. Those kinds of places in the mountains just take your breath away and I could clearly visualize the location in my head. The way Cynthia Hand wove in the angelic parts was well-done as well. They were featured enough to be interesting and had a fresh quality, but they weren’t overdone, and the plot was very personal rather than mythological. There were some instances where Clara’s two worlds collided with negative consequences but they meshed well with the story and her regular life as a teenager. My one problem with the book was the ending. I won’t give away anything but it was too anti-climactic, unresolved, confusing, and convenient all at the same time. I think it could be handled a lot better. There was all this build up, some stuff happened, but it wasn’t explained enough to really get through to me. It’s hard to explain without giving too much away. I’ll just conclude by saying while some things were explained (that suddenly made sense, and I slapped myself for being such an idiot and not picking up on it), they weren’t the right things to explain. The consequences of Clara’s actions weren’t explained enough for me, but I guess they’ll be revealed in the next book (which I will definitely be reading). Overall I loved this book because of the romance, which was cute, realistic, and didn’t have focus on an insta-love connection. I’m really excited to see what will happen with Clara, Tucker, and Christian, but there are something people I’m a little anxious about and what Cynthia Hand will do to them in the next installment.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I just can`t seem to get into angel books. Again, a fail in my "Let's try some popular supernatural YA fiction" movement. I will surely go back to books that I like after this. Clara is a snobby character that immediately got on my nerve. "I am not that pretty but I don't need to wear make up. My hair is long and wavy. I am skinny and tall." WHERE IS YOUR HUMILITY, GURL? After a whole chapter of her spazzing about her angel visions and the same old description of the boy in her vision, I gave up. Hey Cynthia Hand! Get some new vocabulary in your writing tool box please. I told myself: "Just give it try. Come on." And it took me over 45 mins to finish 25 pages. That's when I knew this book was not for me.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING ANGELIC BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unearthly was an amazing book that kept me reading until I finished!!! Utterly captivating!! I finished it in a day!!! I cannot wait to read the sequel!!!!
Date published: 2012-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand Unearthly is a magnificent young-adult paranormal fantasy book that brings the genre of angels to life. Cynthia Hand is a brilliant storyteller that weaves a beautiful complicated storyline that will leave you guessing what will happen next until the very last word. Unearthly tells the story of sixteen year-old Clara Gardner who is ¼ angel blood and ¾ human descent. She has just received a purpose, something that she must do involving a boy that is surrounded by a raging fire, in her dreams. Clara thinks it’s her duty to save him, so she and her family move to Wyoming from California. When she meets Christian who is –literally- the boy of her dreams, she tries to get to know him and has a bit of a crush on him. However, Tucker, another boy that she meets at school also captures her attention. Christian and Tucker both have to battle for Clara’s heart and when time is counting down to the moment of Clara’s destiny, who will truly have her heart? Unearthly is a well-paced story that will never get boring. The mystery surrounding Clara’s purpose creates a nice tension and will keep you on your toes throughout the book. The angel mythology unfolds at a good rate as well. Ms. Hand carefully explains the role of angels and the role they play in the war when they are cast out of Heaven when siding with Lucifer. Unearthly is a breath of fresh air and definitely a great read when you’re in need of one.
Date published: 2012-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Love For Angels This is the first book I have read that has an Angel as the main character. I have read about airies, vampires, witches and were wolves. I was pleasently surprised and left wanting more. Clara is made to feel so real. Her emotions and struggles were brought to life perfectly. This is definatly one of my new favorite stories. This book absolutely left me wanting more!!!
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Angels ** spoiler alert ** Angels exist. In Clara Gardner's case, she's one quarter Angel born of a human father and a half-blood Angel mother. She and her brother are being raised by their mother while their father is in New York City. Her mother isn't very forthcoming with information about Angels beyond what she thinks her children need to know. Clara starts having visions of a boy in a forest fire. Her visions are a clue to her Purpose, the thing she's been put on Earth to do, so the family packs up from California and moves to Wyoming to follow Clara's Purpose. At school she sees Christian, the boy from her visions, and tries to get closer to him to be in a position to complete her Purpose. Clara is a strong and relatable character. She has flaws and makes mistakes and we see her grow throughout the book as she gets more confident. Christian is mysterious and always seems to be hiding something but remains likeable even in the times Clara doesn't like him. Her two friends, Wendy and Angela, couldn't be more different but they both offer Clara friendship, insight, and hard truths when she needs them. Tucker, Wendy's twin brother, creates a love triangle with Christian and Clara and he's the guy I'm rooting for. At first he's mean to Clara and she can't understand why but it quickly becomes obvious it's a 'boy pulling on the pigtails of a girl he likes' situation. I really liked the ending even though nothing was really resolved. It seemed to set up for a sequel perfectly, with no really big cliffhanger that leaves an angry taste in the reader's mouth but a lot of little things to think about going forward. What will happen between Clara and Tucker? Clara and Christian? What happened in her mother's past? What's going on with Jeremy? Are Clara and Christian really destined to be together? So many questions that can only be answered by picking up the next book.
Date published: 2012-04-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing (In the event the Chapters-Indigo website elects to delete my rating, I mention here that I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars/leaves.) (I will also state that I have trouble understanding *why* Chapters-Indigo insist on treating us like children: it refused to post my review until I removed certain so-called 'objectionable' words... Are you *serious*? I'm considering removing my reviews and posting them elsewhere, honestly.) All in all I found this book to be disappointing. I do think this author has potential, but I do not think this was fully realized in this novel. Let me detail the reasons why. Good points: The character building was well quite well done. The main character was quite likeable (which is not always the case in YA fiction), as were the secondary characters. The world building was relatively well done (until the end of the novel at least) although perhaps a bit on the simplistic side (i.e. we are told that there are angels, demi-angels and so on, as well as a few more details, and that is mostly it other than the fact that the main character has some divine mission to fulfill). Bad points: While not *badly* written per se, I have read YA novels that made a more sophisticated use of language (I will also say that there were one or two grammatical mistakes). I couldn't help but feel that the writing felt just a little too 'simplified'. I can't help but feel that younger readers need not imply a general lack of vocabulary (which may be why part of me cringes whenever a reviewer states that a "teenager wouldn't speak that way!" in a YA novel). I will heartily admit that I am not a teenager, nor have I been one in a while. OTOH I do not see why writing for teens and young adults should be equated with 'dumbing down' a text. It has been a while, but I had a pretty good vocabulary and linguistic capacity when I was in the YA demographic. (Of course, this is JMHO and your mileage may vary.) The biggest problem with this novel however and the main aspect which brought this novel down as a whole for me, was the fact that *nothing* was resolved by the end. I can accept an underlying arc in a series of novels. It does seem to me however that this needs to be done in such a way that certain fundamental and more immediate story elements get resolved within each installment -otherwise this tends to leave the reader with the feeling that things have been intentionally left hanging so as to rope them into reading the next book. I speak of the difference between having an underlying continuing story and having the end of the story essentially truncated. Unfortunately, the end of this novel fell into the latter category, IMHO. Spoiler space... * * * * * Nothing much is explained regarding why the main character needed to save some boy. Nothing much is explained as to why he turned out to be supernatural as well (I'm trying not to give *too* much away here). Nothing much is explained regarding why the main character's mother could tell her so little about her supernatural nature. Nothing much is explained about the origins of or the war between angels (Or is angels vs. demons? This wasn't clear either). Nothing is explained regarding why the main character's mother is attacked. Nothing much is explained as to why angels would decide to procreate with humans and how this fits into the overall scheme of things. Any consequences of defying the so-called 'purpose' of her life (i.e. I speak of the main character here) is also not explained at all. No explanation whatsoever is provided regarding the fact that the main character seems to have an unexpected level of angelic power at the end of the novel. Er. Do you begin to see my point? There were also some overused cliches of YA literature: in particular, the 'evil/insert your insult here' girlfriend of the guy the main character was crushing on. I really don't see why novels aimed at youth and which will be read by many young women can't feature female characters who are actually mature enough to realize that not everything in life is related to one's ovaries. It seems to me that women, no matter their age, are as complex and multihued as any male segment of the population and are occasionally quite capable of (i) forming and maintaining friendships with other women despite having fully functional males in the room, (ii) working through biological imperatives to realize that certain labels can be infinitely hurtful and damaging to another worman. While this novel used the trope of the 'nasty girlfriend' less than others, the fact is that it was there. And it ANNOYS me. So overall this was enjoyable, but not memorable. I do understand where the author was going with this (i.e. the power of self-determination is perhaps one somewhat 'crude' way for me to describe it), but I did not think this novel was successful, in large part because of its failure to resolve basic and key issues in the story. So: a two star rating.
Date published: 2012-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An emotionally moving pieace of YA literature You can view all my reviews at http://www.alluringreads.blogspot.com I LOVED this book! It had a great flow to it, it built up well and the climax was awesome. Yes, it's another love triangle book (seems that's the template most YA authors run to now) but I feel it's very well executed. I fell in love with Tucker and at the same time I really liked Christian! That's never happened to me before, I always pick a side. I also really appreciated the way Cynthia treaded lightly around all the God talk. This is a book essentially about the beings of Heaven and Earth, but it didn't feel preachy at all (even the angels don't go to church!). Our protagonist Clara Gardner also won me over throughout the book. She's a heroine with a head on her shoulders and I really appreciated that. She had her purpose in life but she was going to stay true to herself no matter what the cost. So often we see girls in these books that have no mind of their own, so it was so exciting to read a character and be able to respect her for her decisions. This is a perfectly paced book that leaves you ecstatic for the sequel. I definitely recommend Unearthly to anyone looking for an Alluring Read.
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Eyes and Heart was glued to this book. I loved this book. It was sooooooooo good! I can't believe how this book turned out! :D I was glued to this book for less than a week! I really loved the plot and really loved the characters! I think the author did a really great job! :D Loved this book!
Date published: 2012-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavenly It's always harder to praise a book than to knock it down. Unearthly was a book I pined for before I got it for my birthday. It was getting fantastic reviews and I expected to be blown away. And I was. What a change from YA PNR's that I've read in the past. This book puts Hush, Hush and Fallen to shame. THIS is what angel books should be like. The romance shouldn't be instant (my biggest pet peeve, aside from moping excessively), it should develop healthily, the love interest also shouldn't be over-protective, needy, or creepy (Sorry Edward, but you're really all of the above). I'm not going to go into the specifics of the romance because it will spoil the book, but I will say this: You will love the guy, too. I understand why Clara falls for him. Also, the angel mythology makes sense. It's explained well, without using info-dumping, and it slowly given to the reader throughout the book. It's easy to expect a book about a part-angel to be preachy, but it's not. Some aspects about God are mentioned, but not talked about on any deep level. This is a book for a lot of people. The only problem was the very slow beginning when Clara is trying to figure out her "purpose". Other than that, I wouldn't complain about a thing.
Date published: 2011-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised! I am overjoyed with Unearthly. I love when I read a book I don't know much about and adore it as much as I did this one. Definitely one of my faves this year! Best thing here is the romance. It's incredible to read about and it develops so wonderfully *hugs*. Plus the story is super interesting, the bad guy mysterious, and the history so intriguing. Looooved it and I'm so excited to see how everything plays out in Hallowed! ~~~ I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Unearthly but I definitely wasn't expecting to love it so much! From the mythology and mystery to the romance it kept me entertained page after page. Clara's half angel and recently received her Purpose: her heavenly duty. She's having visions of a boy in a forest fire, and she's sure she has to save him. This leads to her mom moving her and her brother to Wyoming where she finds the boy in her visions, Christian. I don't know much anything about Wyoming but it sounded like a beautiful place. From the ski mountains to a lodge in the middle of a forest to jumping off trees into a lake, it all felt really homey and comfortable. Right from the beginning I wanted Clara to succeed in her mission. We only know what she does through her visions and the feelings she experiences, from her confusion about her mission to her frustration with her mom holding back information makes her such a easy and likeable character. Then there's Christian. To be honest I wasn't sure of him at first. It always seemed to me that he was holding back somehow, which because he had a girlfriend I understood, but he definitely grew on me. Then Tucker came into the scene...hello! Like a kindergartener who pinches the girl he likes, his affection for Clara was clear (well, not to Clara lol) and I liked him immediately. This was a love triangle at its peak. Hear that often? An awesome love triangle! Both these boys are ah-ma-zing, and everything that developed between these three was incredibly sweet, steady and oh so real! Loved it. As Clara struggles with her Purpose, we also get snippets about Angel lore, another very interesting aspect. Clara's mother hasn't told her much about her history so what we find out are like whispered secrets that we should hold close and stare at in wonder. There were quite a few little reveals I'm sure will set up for bigger ones in the sequel. I'm super intrigued to learn even more angel stuff in the next book, especially the Black Wings, and maybe even Clara's father. The ending of Unearthly, the fire, while I knew was coming right from the start, totally came out of nowhere and smacked me. It was a completely incredible twist! Clara's torn by this horrible decision she has to make and just when I thought it was over, I'm left speechless with this huge reveal. Then another! It's enough to make your jaw drop. Just, wow, so well done! Then I have to mention, that as an angel, Clara has wings. Freaking wings! I love characters with wings, to me they're just the ultimate in 'otherness' and so beautiful to read about. And she can fly! Not well, but She. Can. Fly. These were some of my favourite scenes to read about, probably second to Tucker's ;D Review from my blog: http://allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2011/09/review-unearthly-by-cynthia-hand.html
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent A very well written book. I found there was never a dull part in the chapter, and I read it in two days, I could NOT put it down, I was VERY disappointed in the ending though.. I honestly did not like the ending, but that doesn't change my feelings about the book, the book was terrific.... I just wish it ended a little differently, but maybe things will change in Hallowed!
Date published: 2011-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally sucked me in! When I first seen this book I thought it looked pretty, but didn't think it would be that good. I went online and seen a bunch of people had loved it, so I decided to read it and it totally sucked me in! By the end of the novel I was sad that it was over, I'm SO glad there's a 2nd book coming out! Even though this is the author's first novel, I think she did an AMAZING job on it. The characters are really easy to connect with, I really loved read this book.
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful freshing read, perfect for summer. I really enjoyed this book. It was a light and easy read about a subject that has been talked about through the ages but with a unique outlook on it. I felt it was refreshing and the relationship between Clara and Tucker was fun and entertaining. I enjoyed their banter right from the beginning. It will be interesting to read the next book. I am very intrigued by what Jeffrey is hiding and what Clara’s mother’s purpose is. Just wish we didn’t have to wait so long for the next book to be released.
Date published: 2011-07-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Predictable I went into reading this book with high expectations, and this book fell short of all of them. I was very disappointed with this; unfortunately, the plot is VERY predictable and the protagonist(s) are quite annoying, to be honest. The dialogue was unrealistic and unentertaining, and the beginning does not spark any interest. Overall disapointed.
Date published: 2011-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding Appreciation For Angels First off, I thought I wouldn't enjoy this novel because there really wasn't an instant spark of interest. Boy, was I wrong. In fact, this novel contains every aspect of a great YA novel that I tend to enjoy. The plot and the background story, very original and quite easy to understand. Recently, novels have been questioning that we, as in people, have been put on earth for a reason. Well, Unearthly hints to that theory and I am adapting to believe in the theory as well. Other than living, people tend to have a goal in mind to accomplish in their life. If there was no goal then majority of people wouldn't get far. Not reaching your goals is a collective idea, so imagine the entire world not doing anything at all. So I liked the idea of angels having a purpose in their lives, and it tends to involve humans who might be important (I'm assuming). What I enjoyed though were the terms for angels with different ratios of human and angel blood. I always wondered what would happen there's full blooded and their descendants. It was quite an interesting idea to have titles for angels with different fractions of angel blood. Last, the romance in the novel really got to me. I've been looking for a good action novel with romance and had no such luck. I was assuming I read majority of all those type of novels! Instantly, readers are introduced to Christian, who's an all around good guy. So how can you not like him? Well, my problem with Christian was that he had baggage. Normally the protagonist ends up with the first boy mentioned, but this is an exception. I was rooting for Tucker the entire time. He's almost like Christian who was known because he was in the popular crowd. While Tucker had the exact same attributes (with a few differences) but was in a different crowd. He was easily likable and was actually sincere. It was hard to like Christian when Tucker was more comforting. I will definitely be reading the next novel now with so many questions I have. My major ones are: Did anyone notice the hinting of Jeffrey's wings turning darker in colour? Or how there were hints of black in Christian's wings as well?
Date published: 2011-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing he Good Stuff * Wasn't expecting to like it since it was about Angels, but I ended up really enjoying it * Lots of humour which I also wasn't expecting, but thoroughly enjoyed * Intriguing and unusual storyline that kept me engrossed and not wanting to put the book down, lucky for me I was sick at home and had time to read * I have a crush on Tucker, he reminds me of a boy I used to "date", I totally imagine he looks like my diver Rick * Love the relationship between the Mom and her kids, reminds me of my family, well without that whole supernatural angel beings stuff and that we never went to church * Love Tucker even-though he is a bit snarky and smart- assed - oh never mind that is probably exactly why I like him, god knows I am married to one of those : ) * Great ending has you excited for the next installment of the trilogy (ok, YA's I am getting a little frustrated with the trilogy thing -- how about some great stand alone books) * Mom is a responsible, loving but fun parent -- a rarity in YA books -- hey I'm a mom and I sorta resent all the horrid parents in all the YA books The Not so Good Stuff * The beginning jumps around a little, and it takes a few chapters for the story to flow more smoothly, but it does, just be patient * Christian is sort of blah, just can't seem to get why she would be into him - no real connection between them. Tucker much better. OMG, I think I am totally having a Edward/Jacob discussion - must go look in the mirror and remember that I am a middle aged mom Favorite Quotes/Passages "She darts into her office for a few minutes, then emerges smiling wit a page she's printed off the internet. My hundred-year-old mother can apparently Google with the best of them." "The backcountry signs say stuff like BEYOND THIS POINT IS A HIGH RISK AREA, WHICH HAS MANY HAZARDS INCLUDIGN, BUT NOT LIMITED TO , AVALANCES, CLIFFS, AND HIDDEN OBSTACLES, YOU MAY BE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE COST OF YOUR RESCUE and I think, um, no thanks. I choose life." "He keeps his eyes on the road but the dimple appears in his lean cheeck." What did you think I was?" "A rude hick." "Geez, blunt much?" he says, laughing." "I think he seriously believes that deflowering and angel could mean an eternity in fiery hell." What I Learned * Reading a story about angels a lot better than I thought it would be - pleasantly surprised Who should/shouldn't read * Fans of Kiersten White and Meg Cabot will enjoy * Perfect YA fiction * Adults will also enjoy even with the angsty loving two boys thing - hey I love lots of boys LOL! * Fans of angel fiction -- never thought I would use that term -- will be intrigued 4.5 Dewey's
Date published: 2011-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Review First Published at http://unautrehistoire.blogspot.com/ I am a terribly slow reader. It's awful. I can generally read a book in about three days, but that usually means non-stop reading. In saying that, me finishing a book in 24 hours in not a common practice. But, that is exactly what I did with Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. This was an AMAZING book. Which is really exciting for me. I've read some really great books in the last couple of weeks, that I've become spoiled by great writing and am leery when starting a new book. Even more so that I have had little success with angel books. First let me say that Unearthly has spent the last four and a half months looking pretty on my shelf, I don't know why I hadn't read it before now. But I want to quickly bring to your attention the cover. Is it not beautiful? Yeah, I thought so to. I think I am going to have a hard time articulating what I enjoyed about this book. But I'll try. When I picked this up Saturday afternoon, I had just finished reading Halfway to the Grave (I'm trying to alternate my YA reading with non-YA stuff), normally after I've finished reading something it takes a little while before I can fully immerse myself in something else, but I am a reader so I can't not be reading anything. So I picked up Unearthly not expecting to get further then a handful of pages in. Before I knew it I was 50 pages in and had no desire to stop. I loved Hand's writing. I say that a lot, but there wasn't a single thing in this book that I did not like. The book starts with Clara recalling her vision, her 'purpose', which is basically her raison d'etre-her reason for being- The one task that she is destined to complete during her time on Earth. With the unveiling of her vision Clara with the help of her half angel mother is able to determine that her vision is calling her to Wyoming, specifically to a boy-Christian- Whom Clara was supposed to save. There was some initial plot build up at the beginning of the book, but it wasn't tedious and annoying. It was a small part of the book, and I really appreciated it. For the most part, the reader experiences everything with Clara, and figures things out with her. I thought this was a brilliant change from most modern day novels. I really enjoyed experiencing everything with her. Hand draws an amazing picture of the Wyoming mountain range. I live with winter about 7 months out of the year and I hate it, I am not called to winter nor am i swayed by it, but Hand writes about a winter that is beautiful. Even for Clara who moved from sunny California. She describes everything so well, but she doesn't spend the whole of the book describing everything. She does it in a way that puts you in the scene but allows your imagination to take over. It's so much fun. The Characters in this book are great (big surprise), I loved the relationship that Clara had with her mother. I have mentioned before that I have found parents abnormally absent in most YA books. So the fact that Clara's mother was present was a welcome difference. Their relationship was also believable. Clara's mom was just that a mom, she exerted her authority when she needed to, but gave her daughter space to find herself as well. Christain was an interesting character and things between him and Clara did not go as I expected them to. Which was fine. I read somewhere that people did not like Wendy's character, that she was a meaningless character, I don't agree with this at all. I thought she complimented Clara, showcased Clara's humanity, kept her grounded (no pun intended). I also read somewhere that Unearthly does teen romance the way teen romance should be done, and I agree 100%. It was slow and sweet and it evolved from friendship and totally by accident *Sigh*. I am very much looking forward to the rest of this series. The end of this book brought on a lot of "WHAT?!?!?!" Which I would be mad at, if Unearthly wasn't such a pleasure to read. Overall I would encourage anywho who is feel discouraged with angel novels. This will exceed expectations.
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!! I just finished Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. It was absolutely amazing, and I loved every minute of reading the novel. It captures both realities of living in the same world as angels. Hand wrote it beautifully as she describes her characters and the setting with delicate technique. The plot was really well written and really intertwined when Clara was telling her story of her purpose being a angel-blood. The concept of Angels was beautifully blended in and it is one of my new favorite books. The whole story is around Clara who is an angel blood, her mother and brother are also angels. The beginning of the story tells us they live in California and are moving to Wyoming, for the purpose of Clara who is having re-occurring visions of a boy and a forest fire. We learn after they move that the boys name is Christian and she tries to make friends with him and this school. Clara is described as blond and beautiful, but to take away her beauty her mother dyes her hair reddish/orange. So everybody in the school make her as normal as possible. We then meet Tucker, who is also gorgeous in a cowboy way with his boy eyes and stare, who later finds out what Clara is. Overall the book goes through her first year at the school, and into the summer. Christian goes away to New York, her friend Wendy also Tucker's twin sister goes away for school things, and her friend Angela goes to Italy. The end of the novel really picks up when we go to the purpose of why Clara is there to save Christian but then a twist is in place because of course there has to be some evil in the stories. We meet a Black Angel Wing and he wants Clara and her mother. When you read it you will understand what is going on. I won't explain everything but by the end it will leave you hanging. Overall I would recommend this book for any supernaturally lover and who is interest in angels will LOVE this book. I personally will read this again in the near future. I hear there will also be a sequel. I will tell everyone if there is! Cynthia Hand is a wonderful author and I cant wait until future books to come! Thanks LovesBooks first found on my blog
Date published: 2011-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good When I started reading the book I came across the part where the main character has to fulfill her "purpose" after reading "Halo" I was a little afraid that once again this book would be filled with too much religion and I was a little put off. However I am so glad that I finished the book because it turned out to be amazing. There is a lot of character development which helps when one is trying to relate to the characters and the plot was really really well thought out. Its not too often that I am left with wanting more and I cannot wait to see what else Cynthia Hand will bring to the table.
Date published: 2011-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Loved this book. Could not put it down and then when I finished, I had to make sure she would write more. Excellent characters, real people. Loved.
Date published: 2011-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Soooo good This was a great book and I'm a little surprised it's not more popular. I have become of a fan of the angel books as of late and there has been only one that I haven't liked and I'm so happy this was not one of those. I found the first couple of chapters of this book to be a bit slow but it picked up very fast. I like the fact this book was different from other angel books and I really liked Clara's character. I have to say I was very surprised by the turn this book took I mean I thought it was going to be very predictable you know the whole girl meets boy they fall in love The End but it so wasn't. The ending also really surprised me I was not expecting that to happen. Sorry I'm being weird with this review I just don't want to spoil. I really enjoyed all the characters and I loved the storyline, this is not a 5 star book but it's close. By the way does anybody know if there will be a sequel? :0)
Date published: 2011-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I don't know what made me pick up this book, but I am so glad I did. I roll my eyes at this angel fad that’s going on right now, but this book was different. It wasn’t just about angels, it was about the characters. It was a fun, light read that kept me captivated from the first page. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and cannot wait for the next one.
Date published: 2011-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read! Not since Twilight has a book made me not want it to end. I have even gone back a few times to certain chapters to re-read them because it was THAT great! It boggles my mind that there isn't more buzz on blogs or other sites about this book. It is a MUST read!
Date published: 2011-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome debut! A favourite now! I've recently found out that I can't avoid angel stories because they have this huge, overpowering appeal to me. This one, I absolutely loved. It was different than the others I've read, because the angel is the narrator. Most of the YA paranormal/fantasy books I've read have consisted of the human female and the paranormal male with whom she falls in love. This story starts with Clara, who has just recently found out that she's a quarter angel. She's been having weird visions, which her mother tells her are clues to her purpose. These clues eventually lead her and her family to the beautiful Wyoming mountains. She becomes really wrapped up in Christian and it seems like any overactive high school crush. The story really gets good when summer comes along and Clara starts to worry about whether or not she's going to be ready to fulfill her purpose. Insert Tucker. Oh, Tucker, how I love you so much. Talk about sexy cowboy! He starts off as a bit of an ass who seems to enjoy pushing Clara's buttons. By the time the summer comes around, you get to see his softer side, and my goodness is he sweet. I don't want to tell you too much about him, but I'm team Tucker all the way! The last four to five chapters are absolutely amazing. By the time I got to this point, I didn't want to stop reading for anything. I even tried reading through my lecture, but I realized that was really stupid and put it away (very, VERY reluctantly). Cynthia Hand inserts at least three pretty big twists near the end, and they are so great. I can't give anything away, obviously, but good luck putting it down near the end. I definitely recommend this one to anyone who has recently fallen in love with angel stories. Unearthly is different in the sense that the narrator isn't the typical damsel in distress, which is a great change. Overall, this is now on my favourite reads list. I can't wait until it comes out so that I can hold it in my hands and read it all over again.
Date published: 2011-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two words: Absolutely amazing. I devoured this book within a couple hours. It was a non-stop page turner for me. It was so cute, and just made me feel all giddy inside. Brought a ton of smiles upon my face while reading it. I was honestly just so emotionally invested in this book; the romance was just fabulous and had me wanting more. The plot was real – carried throughout the whole book, little bit of tension, twists and turns here and there that left you craving for more. I am definitely craving the sequel as of right now, and I cannot wait for the other 2 books in this series. Cynthia Hand’s writing is pure, and is utterly fabulous. Very well written, and surprisingly stupendous.
Date published: 2011-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book! This book was breath taking and it was so addicting, i couldn't stop reading it in till i finished it! I can't wait in till Hallowed comes out!
Date published: 2011-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review (May Contain Spoilers) Clara is a sixteen year old teen who is also a quarter angel on her mother’s side. Every angel has a certain purpose that they must fulfill on Earth. Because of Clara’s purpose, her mother packs up the family and moves them to Wyoming. There she meets Christian who is the boy Clara sees in her visions and the one she must save. Clara’s visions all involve Christian so to her and her mother he’s her destiny and the one she should be trying to get close to. But Christian already has someone he loves and Clara eventually realizes that. Apart from Christian there’s also another boy in the picture. Tucker is a classmate and brother of one of her friends. There wasn’t an immediate attraction between the two. They bickered and fought and Clara really didn’t like him. Eventually they became friends, learned more about one another, had fun together and then the romantic feelings came into play. It was refreshing to see their relationship grow and unlike so many YA romances where the characters meet and suddenly they’re both falling for each other. There were lots of other memorable characters too and a couple of which I suspect have secrets of their own. Clara’s mother who always holds back when telling Clara more about the angels. Her brother Jeremy who is aloof and a bit distant but when needed will come to her sister’s aid. Finally there’s Angela, one of Clara’s new friends in Wyoming who is a half angel herself and provides a wealth of information to Clara. The ending was frustrating and leaves the reader hanging. There’s a lot that’s still a mystery about the angels, their purpose and what it all means. I’m hoping the second book will provide some answers and its one I can’t wait to learn more about.
Date published: 2011-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Promising Start to Trilogy! Unearthly is a promising start to a brand new trilogy centering around angels by debut author Cynthia Hand. Rich in beautiful descriptions of the setting, it's also a tale of learning your identity when being a teen is already tough enough. Its moderate pacing helps move the story along in a way that once events begin to slow down, another direction is taken to build up interest once again. In this way, although I found the book to sometimes be slow, I was never actually bored... Clara Gardner has only recently learned that she's part angel, and with this knowledge comes the fact that one day she'll have to fulfill her purpose. So when Clara begins seeing visions of a boy in a clearing before a great forest fire, her mother immediately packs up the family from California to move to Wyoming, where these visions have been occurring. Clara doesn't quite understand what the visions are entirely saying, but as soon as she sets eyes on Christian, a popular boy at her new school, she knows he's the one. Determined to fulfill her purpose, she tries to become closer to him, intent on protecting him from the danger he'll surely be in soon... but there's a problem. There's another boy, Tucker, and Clara might just be finding herself falling for him... Clara is a very easily likable main character. She may have angel blood running through her veins, but her emotions are still very much human and this makes it so easy to try and relate with her. She has her doubts about what being a Quartarius (quarter blood) and everything this entails. Her mother is loathe to really tell her too much about world of angels... so just like readers, Clara is very much in the dark about her heritage. What she knows, we know. It was rather frustrating at times because you're asking so many questions but you're getting only a few answers in turn. Even after finishing the novel, which surprisingly offered some twists, you're still left feeling a little unsure about what's really going on. It's like Clara is living in a bubble but cracks are slowly starting to appear as she raises more questions about her angel heritage and the unknown dangers she knew nothing about. I'm hoping we find out more information in the second novel Hallowed! As the description implies, there is a love triangle... but it was a rather sweet one instead of all riddled with major teen angst. The two boys aren't exactly competing at the same time for Clara's affections or anything (at least in this book, it could happen in the next one...), but are instead each sort of given their time to shine. There's the beautiful Christian, the only boy Clara should be liking considering he's part of her destiny and all... and then there's the funny and kindhearted Tucker, who Clara begins to develop feelings for even though she really shouldn't. I still can't decide which boy to support! As soon as I began to lean toward one boy, the other would do something to convince me otherwise. I'm going to sit on the fence for this one for now. I know there are individuals who have been disappointed with some of the YA novels featuring angels, myself included at times, but Unearthly is worth the read and definitely gives you hope for more well-written angel stories! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/02/unearthly-by-cynthia-hand.html
Date published: 2011-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review Clara is a sixteen year old teen who is also a quarter angel on her mother’s side. Every angel has a certain purpose that they must fulfill on Earth. Because of Clara’s purpose, her mother packs up the family and moves them to Wyoming. There she meets Christian who is the boy Clara sees in her visions and the one she must save. Clara’s visions all involve Christian so to her and her mother he’s her destiny and the one she should be trying to get close to. But Christian already has someone he loves and Clara eventually realizes that. Apart from Christian there’s also another boy in the picture. Tucker is a classmate and brother of one of her friends. There wasn’t an immediate attraction between the two. They bickered and fought and Clara really didn’t like him. Eventually they became friends, learned more about one another, had fun together and then the romantic feelings came into play. It was refreshing to see their relationship grow and unlike so many YA romances where the characters meet and suddenly they’re both falling for each other. There were lots of other memorable characters too and a couple of which I suspect have secrets of their own. Clara’s mother who always holds back when telling Clara more about the angels. Her brother Jeremy who is aloof and a bit distant but when needed will come to her sister’s aid. Finally there’s Angela, one of Clara’s new friends in Wyoming who is a half angel herself and provides a wealth of information to Clara. The ending was frustrating and leaves the reader hanging. There’s a lot that’s still a mystery about the angels, their purpose and what it all means. I’m hoping the second book will provide some answers and its one I can’t wait to learn more about.
Date published: 2011-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Change There are so many paranormal books that are basically the same that I was really relieved to read a book that was different. I read it in less than a day because once I started I couldn't stop! I was engaged in the plot and became attached to the characters, and I am eager for a sequel to come out!
Date published: 2011-01-10

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Unearthly

by Cynthia Hand

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.75 × 6.13 × 1.36 in

Published: December 29, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061996165

ISBN - 13: 9780061996160

About the Book

In this first book of a thrilling trilogy about angels, one girl must choose between fulfilling her Purpose and following her heart.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Cynthia Hand divides her time between Southern California, where she lives with her husband and son, and southeast Idaho near the Teton Mountains. She teaches creative writing at Pepperdine University. This is her first novel.

Editorial Reviews

"A divine supernatural romance." (Kirkus Reviews)

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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