Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

What Goodreads says:

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.

Wow! I absolutely loved this book. Cynthia Hand did an excellent job with this novel about a young girl who is part angel. I wasn't sure where she was going at first, but I loved the way in which Hand really built up the setting, the characters, and the plot. I had a really hard time setting this book down when I had to take care of other things in life.

The characters were well written. Clara was great, she's part angel, making her unearthly beautiful and good at everything she does, but Hand did an excellent job at making her also the black sheep. Even for all that Clara had going for her she still had her faults. I really enjoyed the supporting cast as well. I fell for Tucker and just loved both, Wendy and Angela. And in the end Christian really surprised me.

Speaking of the ending, most books you have a good idea what will happen in the end and you are fully expecting that to take place. This time, however, I was stunned by the ending. It never even crossed my mind that that could have happened. I loved the ending.

I will be absolutely heart broken if there is not a sequel to this book. I want to read more to Clara's story. Or even that of the others in this book.

This is a must read!

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