Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Publisher: Harper Teen
# of pages: 435
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 one of the best books I've read this year. The plot line is very unique to me; I haven't read another book like it. At first I was a little iffy, because I don't like to read religious fiction, and I was worried about how much religion would be tied in since this book does deal with the idea of angels. Thankfully, it's not tied in too much. God is specifically mentioned once or twice, and heaven is mentioned a couple of times, but other than that...nothing overwhelming.
Anyway, this book is told through Clara's point of view as she tries to figure out her purpose as an angel-blood while trying to live the life of a normal teenage girl at the same time. Her voice was very realistic, as she dealt with being the new girl and trying to fit in, the joys and frustrations of figuring out how to be an angel, and the emotions of just being a teenage girl finding romance with a teenage boy. But in this case, Clara ends up interested in two boys, and will have to choose when the time comes...
And while the story is about Clara and from her POV, we do get to know the other characters in her life and they are just as likable as Clara. The plot and characters all added up to a book that I could barely put down. If I didn't need to sleep, I probably wouldn't have, lol.
The ending, however, was not what I was expecting, and was a bit anticlimactic. It left me with so many unanswered questions! BUT, after Googling, I now know that it's probably because there's a SEQUEL! Yay! (Thank goodness!)
One more thing, the cover is gorgeous! I know they say not to judge a book by it's cover, but most times I do. I'm more likely to pick up a book that has a pretty cover, and that's what happened here. Saw the cover, loved it and decided to read it. I'm so glad I did.
Plot - ★★★★★
Characters - ★★★★★
Ending - ★★★★1/2
Overall - ★★★★★