Wednesday, July 8, 2015

TBR Book Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly
Unearthly #1
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published by HarperTeen
Release Date: January 4th 2011

Blurb:
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.
Reese's Reviews:
Moving to a new school is hard but that’s the sacrifice you make when you’re part angel and your “purpose” has shown itself to you. Clara is recognizing her Purpose and so her and her family pack up and move from their sunny California home to Wyoming. Being part angel seems like a gift except it makes Clara different from everyone else. When she moves to the new school she seems him, the boy from her dreams who she’s supposed to help to fulfill her purpose. Christian is the typical hot guy who is totally sweet and swoon worthy and while Christian is supposed to be nothing but a means to an end, Clara can’t help but like him. Then she meets Tucker and her Purpose isn’t what it seems to be anymore and Clara’s mom who used to be her best friend is keeping secrets, secrets about Clara’s powers, who she is, and the darkness they’re up against.

Unearthly has a lot of hype surrounding this book, especially when it came out. I think I found out about this book through a swoon and I definitely couldn’t wait to get my hands on this novel and read it. Then I did and I kept putting off reading this story. However, now that I’ve finally read it, I wish I hadn’t.

Clara is part angel, one third to be exact. She has a purpose as all descendants of angels do. When Clara moves schools she expects her purpose to be easy. Okay so honestly one of my major issues with this book was Clara. Most of the book felt filled with nothing but her complaining and I just couldn’t get behind her character. Maybe it was the hype surrounding this book, but I expected more strength in Clara than I got.

The drag. This book dragged on for me, which is what really killed this book for me. I felt there was a whole lot of no action with a lot of whining and no character development. Almost every page of this book was filled with melodrama and every day-to-day activities,’ which I don’t mind that so much as long as I get some action, which I didn’t. The ending was droll at best with the small twist ending and then a sort of cliffhanger ending that left me wanting nothing more to do with this series.

I couldn't decide if this was a love triangle or now. Christian was the guy Clara fell for first and after the ending I can see her ending up with him. However, she spent a lot of time with Tucker, falling for him and revealing a lot of herself with him, but I don't know after what happened at the ending.

All in all I’m just sad that after having this on my want to read bookshelf for four years it turned out to be a real let down.


Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series with HarperTeen: UNEARTHLY, HALLOWED, RADIANT (an enovella) and BOUNDLESS. Currently she lives in southern California with her husband and two small children. She teaches courses in creative writing at Pepperdine University. Her next book, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, will be released in February 2015.

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