Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen
Released: January 4, 2011
Synopsis from the front flap:
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 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 nver 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?
We’re only slightly less than three weeks into the new year, but I have to say that so far, this is my favorite book of the year! I tore right through this book.
When we’re introduced to Clara, she already knows who she is, and what she can do with her angel-blood powers, which is nice. The way Cynthia Hand included bits and pieces of backstory about when she found out was perfectly done. Once Clara and her family move, we meet Christian, the object of Clara’s Purpose, her mission in life. And then we meet Tucker, the brother of one of Clara’s new friends. Normally I’m not huge on love triangles. At first I wanted Clara to be with Christian, and was initially annoyed when Tucker was introduced. But Tucker won me over in the end. I am definitely rooting for Tucker throughout the rest of the series.
It was very clear early on that family is important to Clara, however frustrating they may be sometimes. Such as her mother, never telling her about her own purpose, and withholding information so Clara can learn and experiance being an angel-blood. I’m interested in seeing where her brother’s storyline goes in the next book, what with his wings changing colors near the end.
The book was beautifully written, one of the first in quite a while to make me feel what Clara is feeling, especially at the end. The descriptions were wonderful. All the characters, with the exception of Christian, seemed very well developed. And the cover is absolutely gorgeous. Pictures do not do it justice. I’m looking forward to the next two installments in what is rumored to be a trilogy.