Thursday, December 15, 2011

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1) by Cynthia Hand

  • Title: Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)
  • Classification: Young Adult (Ages 13 and up)
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (November 1, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0061996173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061996177
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  • Notes: Contains kissing and a mention of deflowering.

  •      'I was fourteen when Mom told me about the angels. One morning at breakfast she announced that she was keeping me out of school for the day.'...
         "Am I in trouble?" I asked.
         She started, then laughed nervously.
         "No honey." she said. "I just have something important to tell you."

    That was the day Clara Gardner found out she was part angel. Her mom was half angel, a Demidius, and she and her brother were quarter angels, called Quarterius. The more general term being angel-bloods. "All angel-bloods have purposes of different types--some are messengers, some witnesses, some meant to comfort, some just doing things that cause other things to happen." Clara hoped to be a rescuer--a guardian. An angel-blood's purpose/destiny is revealed to them in visions. When Clara has her first vision of her purpose, it looked like her wish to be a guardian may have come true...

    From the first page of the prologue, where Clara's vision/purpose was revealed, the book held me captive. The fact her destiny was not clearly laid out by her vision was a great hook. Her whole family needing to move to Wyoming so she can fulfill her destiny was rather shocking. It showed just how self sacrificing an angel-blood must be. Their lives must be put on hold to perform the duty required of them.

    Clara has to go from having a well established group of friends to being the new kid in school with ugly orange colored hair. While she finds the boy from her vision, she still doesn't know when or how the events within it will play out. That is the constant mystery.

    While Clara attempts to fulfill her destiny, she learns more about angels and finds out not all angel-bloods are good. She also learns there is a war is going on between the good and bad angels. I'm truly enjoying the world Ms. Hand has created and look forward to finding out more.

    The book contains humor:
         “I’m flying!”
         Of course, I’m not flying so much as coasting over the treetops like a hang glider or a freakishly large flying squirrel. I think the birds in the area are dying laughing watching me try not to crash.

    It also contains romance:
         I've been kissed before. But nothing like this. He kisses me with surprising tenderness, for all his gutsy talk. Still cupping my face, he gently brushes his lips against mine, slowly, like he's memorizing what I feel like. My eyes close. My head swims with his smell, grass and sunshine and musty cologne. He kisses me again, a little more firmly, and then he pulls back to look down into my face.
         I so don't want it to be over. All other thoughts vanish from my brain. I open my eyes. 
         “Again," I whisper.

    Plus, there is the drama of Clara trying to fulfill her destiny and the unspoken question of what happens if you don't fulfill your destiny?

    Overall, I gave it 4 1/2 roses out of 5. There were twists and turns I didn't see coming, and I adored the romance. It put a smile on my face. I recommended this one to my daughter. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

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