Series: Unearthly #1
Published by: HarperTeen on January 4, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Also by this author: My Lady Jane
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.
I liked how Clara already knew she was part angel going into this book, so it focuses on her “purpose” and how she will meet her destiny. What is great about the story is that there’s a couple twists along the way that will have readers entertained, like her relationship with Tucker, her friendship with Angela, and her run-ins with fallen angels.
Honestly, I don’t know who to root for in this book. Tucker is playful, yet sweet, kind of like “the boy next door” and Christian is the typical “hot, charming boy” who you can’t help but like. Hand does a great job of putting a different spin on the played out love triangles of books nowadays and you get to see Clara struggle with what she truly wants versus her destiny.
Admittedly, not a page-turner, there’s not a lot of action in the book, mostly Clara figuring out her powers and the makings of love and fate, but it’s a fun read and I’m excited for the next book, Hallowed. If you’re a fan of angel stories, you’ll definitely want to give this one a try!