Review: Unearthly – Cynthia Hand

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Summary:

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.

Review:

There is pleasure to be had in a simple read, the joy of losing yourself in a book on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

This was one of the the last books I picked up during my end-of-year binge. When I picked this back up again, I’d completely forgotten what it was about, so I was pleased when I found myself reading an enjoyable story about a girl discovering her Angel powers while navigating the treacherous waters of high school and relationships. It’s one of those books where there really isn’t a lot here, but what is here is enjoyable enough fluff that you don’t mind.

If you get the sense that I’m struggling to find something to say, it’s because there really just isn’t much to say. The story is light, the characters are more or less likable and it’s a fun read. You probably won’t remember it in a day or two, but it’s a great book if all you’re looking for is something fun.

Verdict: A very strong Borrow it. It’s unremarkable, but it does what it does well and if this is a genre you enjoy, you should have a good time with it.

 

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