Monday, January 2, 2012

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (5/5 stars).

Title: Unearthly (Unearthly #1)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date Published: 01 November 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Paperback: 453 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

Clara Gardner has angel blood, her mother being half-angel. Each of their kind has his or her purpose, their reason for being, and Clara has just received hers in a vision of a boy in a forest about to be consumed with fire. She knows that she was meant to save him and with the help of her mom, they were able to find the place in her vision – Wyoming.

Clara is smart, funny, and she may be angel blood but she has a lot of insecurities which makes her easy to relate to. Being an angel (part angel) is hard for her, she’s not a half-blood so she’s not as powerful and she can’t fly, but to save Christian, the boy in her vision, she has to learn how to while carrying him.

Being human is just as hard, she couldn’t fit in in her new school because of her hair which she had to dye because she couldn’t control her glory yet that makes her strawberry blonde hair shine but the color always turns out orange. Then when she finally meets Christian, she literally faints and gets a bad case of crush-isitis getting the irk of his girlfriend, who happens to be the queen bee.

She stares and daydreams about him and tries hard to talk to him without making a fool of herself but Christian doesn't seem to be as interested in her and often he'd disappear before she gets to really talk to him then she overheard his friends call her Bozo (the clown because of her hair), well a hot Bozo, and this was a blow for her, making her lose her confidence in accomplishing her purpose.

But her mom comforts her and I like that her mother is a part of her angel world, in other YA books the protagonist would often have to keep secrets from their parents, but Clara is very open to her mom, well, until she found out that her classmate Angela was half angel, and she (Angela) knew a lot of things about their kind that her mom was keeping from her and so she decides to keep their angel talks a secret, but in the end she found out that her mom was only protecting her by not telling her about the black wings.

I love that the (quarter) angel in this story is the girl and she fell in love with the boy who was always there for her, it is refreshing from all the other YA stories I’ve read where the angel or the vampire, the unearthly beautiful creature, is always the boy and the girl falls in love with him because of his otherworldly beauty and brooding demeanor even if he has always treated her badly. I guess I just blurted out that I’m team Tucker! (yay) He's funny, hot, and treats his girl nicely.

It’s a great first in a series, Hand’s characters are superbly developing and a lot of details are unraveling slowly but the plot is still satisfying and engaging. I really liked the ending as it opens a lot of questions for the readers to have their own guesses as to why this or that happened since Clara’s mom doesn’t reveal much.

I’m worried about Clara’s younger brother though, Jeffrey, he’s funny and I do have a younger brother much like him, Clara saw the color of his wings darker than before, almost black and he did freak out a little when Clara mentioned his purpose while they were practicing flying in their backyard. It could be soot from the smoke if he did try to find Clara in the forest but it’s still scary to think that his purpose is to do something that could hurt his sister and my guess is, an angel blood’s purpose is pivotal because if you don’t fulfill it (God’s plan for you), you’ll turn into a black wing! And if Jeffrey doesn't want to do his purpose because he doesn’t want to hurt his sister, his wings will tragically turn black. (Oh noes!)

My Verdict:
I really enjoyed reading this book. I couldn’t put it down until I read every page! I would recommend it to those who want a different angel YA story.

My favorite quotes:
I so love all the other covers! The Spanish one is HOT! (haha) Which one is your favorite Clara?

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