Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Title: Unearthly (Unearthly #1)

Author: Cynthia Hand

Release Date: January 4th 2011 by HarperTeen

Read: July 15th, 2012

Pages: 435-Hardcover-owned


  1. Unearthly
  2. Hallowed
  3. Boundless


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.

What I thought:

Clara, her mom and brother are all part-angel. Clara starts having visions of a boy and a big forest fire when she becomes of age for her powers, and then things start to change. Every angel has a purpose, so to fulfill Clara’s, her mom moves them to Jackson, Wyoming.

When she gets there, she tries to make new friends at the school. Since she’s new she’s practically invisible, aside from the rumours flying around due to certain popular girls. Pieces of her vision start to become familiar, especially the car of the boy she’s meant to find. When she finally does see him, she realizes how perfect he looks and acts after getting to know him a bit, and she starts to feel an attraction to him. She keeps convincing herself that it’s only for her purpose that she gets close to him.

Her mom doesn’t tell her everything and keeps secrets and wants her to figure some things on her own, which annoys Clara to no end. She wonders how she can face her purpose when it happens if she doesn’t have any knowledge of anything else. Her own flying lessons keep going horribly and she can’t even lift off the ground, yet she’s expected to carry Christina out of the fire.

As the summer progresses, things change, she gets close to some and more distant to others. When the vision finally does happen, it’s a shocking end.

This angel book was just hard to stop reading, I didn’t think I would like that type of book but it surprised me! I loved Clara, and Tucker was really cool too. I never liked Angela though, but I wish I had a friend like Wendy! The powers that Clara and the angels could possess was awesome, I loved being in her head and seeing her journey through her school semester and summer. I jsut really loved this book, and I don’t know why I put off reading it for so long.

There’s many a cliffhanger and secrets being kept at the end of this book, but it was so worth it, I definitely recommend this for young adult fans of paranormal, angel and romance books!


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