Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Unearthly (ARC)

Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy
Publication Date: January 4, 2011
Age Range: Young Adult
Pages:  448
Date Scoot Read: October 2010
: Paperback ARC via IBT & Galley from HarperCollins via netGalley

Scoot's Rating: 10 – Amazing! Loved it. Read it now!

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
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?

Scoot’s Review:

When I received Unearthly I was not sure where I was going to find the time to read it along with everything else I had going on.  Well no worries there – you don’t need to find the time, you make the time.  This book had me hooked from page one.  Jumping right into the story I was quickly caught up in the vision Clara was experiencing and was enthralled as she worked to solve the mystery of her purpose.  Clara’s life is turned upside down as she follows the clues in her visions to a new town, new school and an all around new life - dragging her younger brother and mom with her.  Discovering that life and people are not always what they seem, Clara struggles as she learns more about being an angel-blood and about her destiny seemingly wrapped around the one boy she can’t seem to talk to.  Clara is torn between doing what she is destined for and following her heart.  I loved the characterization in the book, each character felt real and unique.  The bantering between Clara and Tucker had me constantly smiling.  The story pace was great and the romance felt authentic.  As for writing style, I loved how the story just started – no over explaining of details and back history to get the ball rolling... it was just GO.  You slowly gained more knowledge of what was going on and past details as the story developed.  Unearthly is a great read that I highly recommend.  Make sure to grab your copy when it is released in January of 2011!


brandileigh2003 said...

I really enjoyed this one too! Thanks for the review!

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Jennifer said...

I just read this last week and also loved it. Really great book.

I'm just not 100% sure about the ending. Plus I think if you read a lot then the "surprise" may not have been a total surprise.

I am looking forward to the sequel. I would definitely recommend this book.

Anonymous said...

Just read this recently and I'm quite indifferent with this one. I like it but I wouldn't go on saying that I love it. But I think it has a promise, which I hope can be delivered by the next book.

Jolene and Family said...

Great review! Can't believe I have yet to read this, must get my hands on this asap


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