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Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

UnearthlyClara Gardner is part angel, one-fourth to be exact. Though she hasn’t been aware of this part of her heritage for very long, it has quickly become a huge part of who she is. Being an angel-blood has its advantages, such as being much smarter and stronger than the ordinary human, but it is also a great responsibility. Each angel-blood has a purpose that he or she is destined to carry out, and Clara is just starting to figure out hers. She keeps getting these visions of a mysterious boy and a forest fire, leading her to believe that her purpose is to save him. But when she meets Christian, the boy of her visions, and assimilates into a new life, everything changes. Suddenly, doing what she’s supposed to do isn’t as easy as it once was. Torn between two guys, how will Clara figure out how do the right thing—if she even knows what that is anymore?

There has been a proliferation of paranormal fiction focused on angels of late, and Unearthly only stands out somewhat in this crowd. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as will be further explained. The story itself is interesting and well written, but not exceedingly superb or extraordinary. The characters were realistic enough, especially protagonist Clara and Tucker, and the plot very engaging. I am actually not bothered by the fact that I was not blown away by Unearthly. The key to this lies in all the background that Hand gives the reader. It is absolutely fascinating to learn about the angel-bloods and the Black Wings. Hand only starts to delve into these mysteries and what they mean to Clara, so with all this other background work, there is so much room for a sequel, which I absolutely cannot wait for. I have a good feeling that the next installment in Clara’s adventures as an angel-blood will be even more thrilling than this already satisfactory read.

Unearthly appeals to fans of Halo by Alexandra Adornetto, Fallen by Lauren Kate, and Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I look forward to more from this talented debut novelist.

Rating: 4.0

Review copy from NetGalley

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Maximum Ride said...

i loved halo andwant to read fallen so i'll look into this book.

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