Unearthly – 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, it isn’t easy.
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.
This novel had me hooked from the very first page. I was captivated instantly, and this feeling never went away as I continued to read the rest of the book. Cynthia Hand truly has a way with words that brings the story to life on the pages and really manages to get that story to stick with the reader. Even when I had finished reading, when I had walked away from the book to do something else, my mind would wander back to the story as I imagined what would happen next or why certain things happened the way they did and what that could all mean. It is something like this that I always love about stories and it therefore, can be no surprise, that Unearthly is a book that will stick with me for a long time and that I cannot wait to get my hands on Hallowed.
Clara Gardner was such a brilliant protagonist. She was lost, confused yet sure of herself all at the same time. She knew where she needed to be, she knew that she had a path to follow, but at the same time, she didn’t know why. She had so much to learn, she had so much strength to find within the story too. I loved that she didn’t just bow down and do as she was supposed to. She was a strong character within the story and one who had a great personality that I truly admired. I could see her as being a real person and I absolutely loved that, and I loved the journey that she took and how it all took shape around her.
I absolutely adored Tucker. He was the one who got my heart beating. Even when Clara didn’t like him, I was loving everything about him. The way he joked, the way he teased, the way you could just tell that there was more to him than he was letting on. The way he was so caring and protective of his sister and so friendly with all of his friends. It was so easy to see that he was a genuine guy and I loved it. I wasn’t, on the other hand, too fond of Christian. I found him to bit a bland, he seemed like a nice guy, that he was doing things for the greater good and I liked the shared smiles he had for Clara but I just didn’t feel for him the way I felt for Tucker. Whether this was because of his personality, or because of the way the story panned out, or even just because of the way Cynthia Hand wrote the story, but I just did not like Christian. I understood his purpose in the story, but I just didn’t see eye to eye with him.
As far as stories about angels go…
The other characters in this novel were all really well written as well. I enjoyed finding out more about Clara’s mother and her past. I could see how she wanted and needed Clara to make her own decisions and to live her own life but at the same time felt obliged to step in. I loved Jeffrey and how much, in spite of it all, he loved his sister and just wanted to look out for her. I adored Angie! She was so… perky and intelligent and excitable and I love that Clara found her just when she needed her and they were able to help each other out so much. And last, but definitely not least, I loved Wendy too. I loved how she was so insecure yet strong and ready to defend Clara to the ends of the earth. I loved how they interacted with each other and just, she was so lovely!
As far as stories about angels go, this is definitely one of my favorites! I loved this take on angels and angel-bloods. I found it really interesting and it was nice to find out about all of the new stuff alongside Clara. It really helped the digesting process of it all. Nothing was thrown at the reader and it was never too much at once. It worked out perfectly and I absolutely adored it. I definitely want to find out more about this world and to know exactly what will happen in the next installment of this series. It is definitely a world that is built extremely well and keeps the reader on their toes. I would recommend it to anyone who has never read an angel story and to people who want something a little different and really unique. And, at least in this book, not too bogged down with the idea of religion within the story as well.
Cynthia Hand has down a marvelous job with this book and I honestly cannot wait to see what happens next, and since I have heard many great things about the next book, my fingers are literally itching to go and read the next book straight away. This is a story that truly keeps the reader captivated and one that would probably be really easy to read and finish in one sitting if said reader had the time! It was an inspirational story, with a unique touch and one that I will remember for a long time and will be used to judge other angel stories that I read from now on. It has also put Cynthia on my radar as one of my favourite authors and I honestly cannot wait to see what else she has in store.