» Unearthly, Cynthia Hand

Posted June 21, 2011 by / 1 comment

Unearthly, Cynthia HandUnearthly by Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2011-01-04
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 435
Format: Hardcover
3.5 Stars

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. 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? Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

My Thoughts

Green swirlsOkay, I just finished this book and I’m reeling!  Truly I want to wring someone’s neck.  (I just glared at my dog and she moved a few feet away. LOL)  Seriously though, I started this book yesterday and finished it today and all along I was saying, “Man, this book is sort of slow!”  Not slow in a bad way, just spending a lot of time telling me all about the school days and not getting to the meat and potatoes of the book.   Although, the getting to know the characters was quite amazing.  The characters are really fantastic.  Love love love Christian & Tucker both!  Love Clara and her brother and Tucker’s twin sister Wendy.  Not too sure about Angela yet and I think Mom is hiding LOTS!

So,,, lonnnnng time spent on character building, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I was starting to think that nothing was going to happen.  You can build the characters during the action.  It doesn’t have to all be done and then get into the action.  Then, finally, things started getting really REALLY good.  I couldn’t put the book down!  It was awesome and I was getting excited and kept turning the pages and then I turned one last page and it was over!!!!

I’m so frustrated right now that I’m left with SO many unanswered questions, but my hope is that there’ll be a sequel.  I’m sure there will be.  I really hate it when a book ends like that though.  I mean there are lots of books out there with sequels and they end on a cliff hanger but holy sweet CRAP!!!  This wasn’t just a cliff hanger, it was like it was the middle of the friggin’ book!  Very frustrating.  (Since last night I found out that this is the first in a trilogy.  YAY!  I also found out that this is a debut novel for a new author.  She’s written before but nothing published.  I see great things to come!)

However, aside from all of that annoyance…. The story is  great!  The characters are phenomenal!  It’s fresh and has a unique twist on a popular topic.  It’s really a fantastic read and that’s what kept me turning the pages.  I couldn’t wait to find out what’s going on.   Also, I really really want to go to Wyoming!  LOL  Hand’s description of this place is just awesome.  She must really love it there.

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About Cynthia Hand

Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series with HarperTeen: UNEARTHLY, HALLOWED, RADIANT (an enovella) and BOUNDLESS. Currently she lives in southern California with her husband and two small children. She teaches courses in creative writing at Pepperdine University. Her next book, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, will be released in February 2015.

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One Response to “Unearthly, Cynthia Hand”

  1. Canada

    the ending could have had more of a closing feel. For some reason, I just felt that it was like; get it, got it, good. It didn’t have a sense of finality-which I guess is okay, since there are to be two more books. But still, I kept staring at the flyleaf, willing more words to appear.
    Can’t wait for the next one, though!

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