Friday, 3 December 2010

Early Review: Unearthly - Cynthia Hand

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

Clara didn’t know that she is an angel-blood until a few years ago when her mother (a half-angel) filled her in, having wanted Clara and her brother to have a ‘normal’ childhood. Along with learning more about her powers, Clara is now starting to become aware of her Purpose – her reason for being – through visions she’s having. Piecing things together, Clara and her family realise they have to move from California to Wyoming to find the boy in Clara’s vision. Fitting into a new school and making new friends is difficult for Clara, especially as she’s having to hide who she really is so as not to raise suspicion – angel-bloods generally excel at everything so she has to play this down. Eventually though she manages to make friends with Christian, the boy in the vision and things look all set to play out as they should … but obviously it’s not as simple as that.

I love angel stories and so I was really looking forward to reading Unearthly. It captured my attention and imagination right from the start. The writing is great and there’s a good set of characters. Clara herself is a really nice character to read about. She’s not perfect like you might imagine a part angel to be and she certainly struggles with balancing angel stuff with normal life.

A great book for those who like angels and romance with a few twists and turns. I can't wait for the second book of the series.

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