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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand: Book Review

Unearthly
by Cynthia Hand
Harper Teen
ISBN: 978-0-06-199616-0
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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?

The Good Stuff
  • Wasn't expecting to like it since it was about Angels, but I ended up really enjoying it
  • Lots of humour which I also wasn't expecting, but thoroughly enjoyed
  • Intriguing and unusual storyline that kept me engrossed and not wanting to put the book down, lucky for me I was sick at home and had time to read
  • I have a crush on Tucker, he reminds me of a boy I used to "date", I totally imagine he looks like my diver Rick
  • Love the relationship between the Mom and her kids, reminds me of my family, well without that whole supernatural angel beings stuff and that we never went to church
  • Love Tucker even-though he is a bit snarky and smart- assed  - oh never mind that is probably exactly why I like him, god knows I am married to one of those : )
  • Great ending has you excited for the next installment of the trilogy (ok, YA's I am getting a little frustrated with the trilogy thing -- how about some great stand alone books)
  • Mom is a responsible, loving but fun parent -- a rarity in YA books -- hey I'm a mom and I sorta resent all the douche bag parents in all the YA books
The Not so Good Stuff
  • The beginning jumps around a little, and it takes a few chapters for the story to flow more smoothly, but it does, just be patient
  • Christian is sort of blah, just can't seem to get why she would be into him - no real connection between them.  Tucker much better. OMG, I think I am totally having a Edward/Jacob discussion - must go look in the mirror and remember that I am a middle aged mom
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"She darts into her office for a few minutes, then emerges smiling wit a page she's printed off the internet.  My hundred-year-old mother can apparently Google with the best of them."


"The backcountry signs say stuff like BEYOND THIS POINT IS A HIGH RISK AREA, WHICH HAS MANY HAZARDS INCLUDIGN, BUT NOT LIMITED TO , AVALANCES, CLIFFS, AND HIDDEN OBSTACLES, YOU MAY BE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE COST OF YOUR RESCUE and I think, um, no thanks. I choose life."

"He keeps his eyes on the road but the dimple appears in his lean cheeck." What did you think I was?"
"A rude hick."
"Geez, blunt much?" he says, laughing."

"I think he seriously believes that deflowering and angel could mean an eternity in fiery hell." 

What I Learned
  • Reading a story about angels a lot better than I thought it would be - pleasantly surprised
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Fans of Kiersten White and Meg Cabot will enjoy
  • Perfect YA fiction
  • Adults will also enjoy even with the angsty loving two boys thing - hey I love lots of boys LOL!
  • Fans of angel fiction -- never thought I would use that term -- will be intrigued
4.5 Dewey's

I picked this up at the Harper booth at the OLA (I know totally cool eh)  & I don't have to review it

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure I've ever read angel fiction, but you have me thinking I could like this one.

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