January 4, 2011
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.
I had gotten Unearthly via NetGalley back in November and only picked it up a couple days ago. I can't believe it took me this long to finally start reading the book! The cover is absolutely gorgeous with the elegant girl on the front, but I immediately thought that Clara was going to be this picture perfect angel that would make me dislike the book. I was wrong. I absolutely loved Unearthly.
Cynthia's writing is extremely well done. She gives just enough description to get the reader's mind going, then leaves the rest up to you. Clara's voice is very clear and so easy to relate too. By the time I finished I felt like Clara was a close friend.
The characters were by far the best part of the book. Clara is sassy, headstrong and caring. We may not be part angel, but like Clara, we all struggle to find out what path is best for us. Multiple times throughout Unearthly I found myself laughing like crazy at things she would say. Clara is definitely one of my favorite leading female characters. Her voice is strong and clear. I felt like I was in hear head the entire time, which I totally adored.
The boys in this book are definitely swoon worthy. I must say I like Tucker a heck of a lot more than Christian, who I found to be quite annoying and irritating at times. Although both definitely are very well off in the looks department. Yum! I don't want to talk too much about Tucker in fear of giving something away, but I'll just say... he's so mine ladies! Ha!
At times I felt the plot to be almost too fast paced. There were times where I wish I could have been with Clara when certain events happened and not have to hear a summary about it. Although I thought it was quickly paced, I completely loved the plot. It was totally original! I loved that Clara was the angel and she had the save the guy instead of the other way around.
Now here comes the bad part... the ending! I was really disappointed with how Unearthly left off. It wasn't quite a cliffhanger, yet it didn't end gracefully. I felt rushed to accept what just happened and all the major decisions that had been made only a couple pages before. It didn't feel like there was enough space between the climax and the end of the book to my liking.
"Everything was falling into place. And out of place, at the same time."
"Life sucks. That and my feet are cold."
You might be wondering why I gave Unearthly such a high rating when I didn't like the ending and felt rushed at times. Well because the characters were perfect, the plot was just amazingly original and when I wasn't rushed I felt like I was standing by Clara's side living through this with her. I completely recommend that you buy this book! There needs to be more heroines like Clara and more authors who write with an amazing teen voice like Cynthia Hand.