Monday, June 6, 2011
Book of the Moment: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
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.
Oh you know, this is just one of the long line of my lust for paranormal books filled with romance, excitement, and action. And this book did not fail to be just that. Unearthly has the new concept of angels and Nephilem that other books have started to introduce. Except this time, there is no mystery guy that magically grows wings. This time it's the strong and will full main character, who is a girl by the way. Clara is a cool and spunky girl who has that teen angst we YA addicts love, but is also oh so goody goody because she is an angel and well, they can't really be bad. In the sense at least.
I also really like how Clara was the one who had to save the guy in the story. It's always some macho guy that has to save the damsel in distress and after a while it can get pretty old. Don't get me wrong, I have a huge thing for some notable angel hero hunks like Patch Cipriano from Hush, Hush and Daniel from Fallen but I got to say, seeing a girl be a bad ass angel, does wonders for us female kind!
This book had the love triangle that everyone loves, but it had a total twist. Not to give anything away, but let's just say that I love how the author put a fresh look to this triangle. The underdogs never win but this book just might be different. Question is, who do you think is the underdog? Because both guys are equally delectable! :)
The only downside was that I thought the ending kind of sucked. everything was good but the ending. I felt like it just left off with no satisfying explanation. But thankfully, there is going to be a sequel, called Hallowed, out in January 2012! Maybe I will find my explanation then! :)
This book was fresh, quirky, and romantic and an utterly fun read! The pages and pages of this story were captivating and it was so much different from other paranormal reads. Definitely look out for this book!
I give it a 5 out of 5 CHEWS!
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