Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I literally could not put it down. And as usual, it starts with a boy....

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?

This is one of those books where you get torn in two. Firstly I loved the fact that Clara knew she was an angel from the beginning. There was no - OMG what's happening - moment except a little way into the book when her powers advance.

Christian is the one she has to save. I feel an enderaing quality in Christian, even though he's always sucking face with Kay. This part of his character creeps me out, but when he's on his own he's so lovely. Except then we all begin to hate him when he leaves Clara high and dry at the Prom.

YOU SEE! These characters really draw you in and I haven't even begun to discuss Tucker. Well, he's one that you hate to begin with and then get to love as he loves Clara.

At no point in this book did I get the feeling that Clara was doing anything behind anyone's back, she didn't cheat, and she certainly kept her good girl values which is a likeable quality in our heroine.

The ending was not a total surprise after a remark when clara follows Christian to lunch. So I kind of knew what would happen, but it still had me gripping my Kindle right to the last page.

An excellent new Author, and an excellent first novel. 5 Stars!!!

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