Author: Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: January 4, 2011
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 – 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.
First Sentence: The first time, November 6 to be exact, I wake up at two a.m. with a tingling in my head like tiny fireflies dancing behind my eyes.
Unearthly was one of the many books I read before I started blogging. Back then, I wasn’t impressed with Unearthly; I thought it was plain okay and gave it a rating of three stars. Flash forward a little more than two years later and Cynthia Hand was coming to my area for a book signing. I was preparing all the books I wanted to get signed by her and the other authors attending when I saw Unearthly on my shelves and thought, hey, why not give it a reread? Maybe I’ll like it more this time around and it’s about time I finish reading the entire series.
When I close my eyes, I can still see the boy. Standing there waiting. For me…He’s waiting for me. (4)
I barely remembered anything from the first time I read Unearthly besides the love triangle, who Clara ended up with at the end of the book, and how the book ends because the ending caught me really off guard the first time that I read it. I didn’t remember anything else about Unearthly and found myself getting surprised by the same things that shocked me the first time.
The first time I read Unearthly, I didn’t feel any of the romance at all. Not only was I not a fan of love triangles (I still don’t like them even now), but I was also not on Team Christian or Team Tucker. I didn’t get the appeal of either guy and was strictly on Team Nobody. This time around, I was shocked to find myself swooning over Tucker. That guy just inspired so many hearts out of me as I was reading – I would find myself with a huge goofy grin on my face when I was reading parts of the book involving Tucker and wishing I had a guy like that in my life. Tucker is now officially my #2 book boyfriend, my number one book boyfriend still being Frank Porter from Since You’ve Been Gone of course. Nobody can beat Frank Porter in my eyes. Christian, meanwhile, was so hot and cold with Clara that I just side-eye him and will continue to do so when I read Hallowed and Boundless.
“I better go,” says Christian.
“Okay,” I say. “Nice to-”
But he’s already gone, tearing his way down the hill, leaving me once again to make it the rest of the way down the mountain by myself. (156)
After reading more than five hundred books these past three years, Unearthly is still one of the most unique angel books I’ve ever read. With more than fifty different young adult angel books out there, that’s saying a lot. Unearthly is the only angel book I’ve read where angels have a purpose and spend part of their life trying to figure out what their purpose is. Yes, the good angel, bad angel concept that Unearthly also has has been done before, but I’ve never read another young adult angel book where angels have a purpose.
Even though I really enjoyed this time around, I still thought that something was missing from Unearthly. There was just something that kept me from giving this book a full five star rating even though I want to. Maybe it’s because of this slight disconnect I feel with the book sometimes, a disconnect that I can’t put my finger upon. Hopefully Hallowed and Boundless won’t have this problem for me.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed my reread of Unearthly (Tucker! <3<3<3<3) and can't wait to start Hallowed and Boundless once I’m done reading other books I have to read asap. I can’t wait to see what happens next!