Sunday, February 27, 2011

Review: UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand

Clara Gardner is a junior in high school and also happens to be one-quarter angel.  All Angel-Bloods have a Purpose for which they were born for.  When Clara begins getting visions about her Purpose, she learns that her family must move to Jackson, Wyoming where she is to save a young man from a forest fire.  Once she starts her new school, it doesn’t take Clara long to locate the boy from her vision.  The problem is that Christian is uber-popular and very much in a relationship with the most popular girl in school.  As the new girl in town, Clara definitely does not roll in that group! 

As she works to get closer to Christian, Clara learns more about what it means to be an angel.  There are dangers out there that her elusive mother never warned her about.  She and her half-angel friend, Angela, work together to find out more about other Angel Bloods and the limits of their powers. 

Distracting her from her Purpose is a cute, but annoying, cowboy named Tucker.  Tucker is suspicious of Clara because he notices how good at everything she is…she’s an expert skier the first time on the slopes, she is fluent in several languages, her first time on a horse was like she had been born on one.  Can she prevent him from finding out her angelic secret…or will she be forced to come clean? 

This book is the first in a trilogy, and I can honestly say, I can’t wait for the next book to come out!  I really got sucked into this book.  I loved the strength of Clara.  There is a scene where gorgeous Christian blows her off to run to his crying ex-girlfriend.  (Won’t tell you too many details, don’t want spoilers.)  Anyway, even though she had a serious crush on him, she refused to allow him to treat her that way.  I loved how she stood up for herself and didn’t give in to him like so many other YA heroines would have.  I also like that this book does not have one of those love stories where the two people are “destined” for each other.  Clara is involved with Christian and Tucker at different parts of the book, and at the end of the book, I still didn’t know who she will end up with. 

Overall, I give Unearthly

Plot – 4 ½ bookmarks
Character Development – 5 bookmarks
Love Story – 4 bookmarks (I think it will just get better as the books go on.)
World Building – 4 ½ bookmarks (Love the idea of angels with a Purpose)
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Emma Stone (Clara), Garrett Hedlund (Tucker), Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Christian), Christian Serratos (Angela), Kirsten Prout (Wendy)

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