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March 14, 2013

"Unearthly" by Cynthia Hand

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Title: Unearthly (Unearthly#1)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publication: 2009, Simon Pulse
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.....read more

Review: Compelling, realistic, and romantic is Ms. Hand's new take on the angelic world of YA paranormal. The term "unearthly" plays a uniting theme throughout the book, stringing together a resonating perspective of the characters. This books excels in transporting readers into the idea of Cynthia Hand's "angel-bloods" who have life-changing purposes that plague them through visions and dreams. In addition, there are dark touches of sorrow and antagonistic elements to this first book that effectively draws the story into newer depths. Thus, I am happy to say that the typical "fluff" of a YA angel book is absent from "Unearthly". 

The world of "Unearthly" itself is a real-life setting to contrast the paranormal aspect, resulting in a more believable balance which was great. Ms. Hand does use the locations of her story to the advantage of the plot, however, and there are plenty of vivid descriptions of the surroundings. It was like sight-seeing at times, so I found it really enjoyable!

"Unearthly"'s leading lady is a strikingly ordinary yet at the same time, outstanding, girl. Clara is a "Quartarius" angel-blood, meaning she possesses one-quarter of angel blood in her veins. She is resolved and brave, especially when faced with the love and the dangers that being an angel-blood brings. We also meet two extremely charming boys, Christian and Tucker, who are both very near-stereotypical but definitely more than so. They are at opposite ends of the boy-spectrum, yet fear not, because the triangle is not instant nor very apparent in this first installment. Adorable relationships blossom and thrive in "Unearthly" and Clara delivers her feelings through the author's diction full on. 

This book covers quite a broad time range, allowing breathing room for the fast pace that all equated down to an incredibly captivating and addicting read! With its intricately brought to life world, lovable characters, and powerful plot and drive, this angel read makes for a prominent new addition to the YA paranormal shelf. 

Rating: ✰✰✰✰ 4 Angelic Hoots

Final Notes: This was a great, very down-to-earth, angel read. For those of you who stray away from angel books due to the overt fluff, this would be a pick for you! I have already read book number two, and I can say that the trilogy does get even better, so it's not too late to dive in if you haven't read it yet! ^_~

Team Tucker, woot!

Thanks for reading!