Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Review - Unearthly


Title - Unearthly
Author - Cynthia Hand
Genre - YA/Paranormal/Fantasy
Pages - 448
Format Read - Ebook

Description (from good reads)

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 it 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 deciet, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny


Unearthly is kind of like cheesecake. You like it, maby even love it, but after a while you yearn for something diffrent with more flavor. Think of that  flavor as action. Unearthly is devoid of any sort of action or adventure, it is strictly a teen drama book in my opinion.

Clara is an angel-blood, shes a quarter angel where her mom is half angel and her dad was full angel. The story begins by telling us that she  has a 'purpose' and because of this her mother, brother and her move from California to Wyoming. She has to start over with new friends, new school and also look for her purpose to happen.

Clara is an OK character, she was luke-warm to me, not bad but not really good. She was however, quite whiney and annoying at times. Her friends where great though, Wendy was a sweet girl who loves horses but wasn't in my opinion always treated well by Clara, Angela (another angel blood) became the main friend of Clara when she realises they are both the same. Angela is a more theatre, artsy type and i liked her intense attitude. The romance in the story was fine for what it was but i didnt really fall in love with either of the  two boys Clara has going for her.

If your thinking Unearthly is going to be an angel vs. demons (or in this case black wings) actiony book, your wrong. I would say about 70% of the book is just about Clara in school and at home trying to figure out how to fly and use her angel-blood powers and its not all that exciting. The book does have its moments but i was just hopeing for more then the typical YA love triangle story that seems to be so prevelant. I do recommend this book however, as it is a step away from the normal YA concepts.


  1. LM Preston said...
    Followed your review from Trillion Books. Great indepth review!
    A Canadian Girl said...
    I haven't read Unearthly yet but I've seen some great reviews for it so it's too bad you were disappointed.
    aobibliophile™ said...
    hi Jessica! welcome back and i'm glad to know that you enjoyed your holidays with your Mom. i've also seen some reviews of Unearthly. some loved it some didn't but i'll check this out. who knows i might enjoy it. thanks for the honest review! c",)
    Frl. Irene Palfy said...
    I adore that cover! It's beautiful!
    Maria Behar said...
    Hmmmm....interesting that you didn't like this book. I've heard it's really good, but well, I'll see for myself when it arrives from Amazon. I ordered it recently -- it should be arriving in a few days. As soon as I finish "Torment" (which I really like, BTW), I'll start on this one.

    Thanks for giving your honest opinion in this review! :)

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