Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Description from Goodreads:

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.

I haven’t really been a fan of the recent YA Angel books that I have read.  I was a little hesitant to read this one, but I kept seeing positive reviews for it, so I decided to give it a try.  I am so glad I did – it’s really good!

The writing was fantastic.  I found myself sinking into the story and completely captivated.  I love when the writer’s style keeps me in the story and doesn’t pull me out of it because I’m thinking about how they write instead of what they wrote.  No problems here.

The angel mythology was really interesting and believable.  I really liked that the girl was the supernatural creature in this book instead of a boy.  I think that made me love Clara even more, but there were lots of reasons to love her.  She was intelligent and interesting.  I liked that she was focused on her goal, but also a pretty normal teenager.  I liked that she had normal and not normal friends.  I loved her relationship with her brother.  Her mom was kind of frustrating to me, but I did like her.

I had a hard time with Christian.  Clara finds him interesting, so I was supposed to find him interesting, but I kind of didn’t.  By the end, I liked him more, but at the beginning, I thought he was just an obnoxious “mean guy” that was going to hurt Clara.  Tucker, on the other hand, I loved from the beginning.  I loved Clara’s relationship with Tucker and how it grew.

This was clearly the first in a series and I will be totally on board for the next book!

Read as part of the 2011 YA Debut Author Challenge.

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