Series: Unearthly #1
Published by HarperTeen on January 4, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, YA
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…
First of all, I totally didn’t see the twist coming until right before it happened. So either Cynthia Hand did an excellent job foreshadowing or I’m just really slow.
Clara’s character was developed pretty well, but there times when she did or said something that felt out of character to me. I didn’t like her friend Angela at all. I just have a bad feeling about her. I was surprised that she didn’t end up doing something bad or wrong by the end of the book. But who knows, maybe that’s coming in the next book? I loved her other friend Wendy. Loved her! She was funny, but a good enough friend to tell Clara like it is. Plus she gave Clara the best birthday present ever!
At times the story moved slowly, I wished there was a little more action. I also wish her mom was a little more forthcoming with information. It almost felt like she wanted Clara to fail.
I liked the book, but it didn’t blow me away. It’s hard sometimes when you know that a book is part of a trilogy because you are always left with so many questions. And this book definitely leaves you with questions.