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I Belong

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Title: Unearthly

Author: Cynthia Hand

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Unearthly Series (Book 1)

Publication Date: January 1, 2011

Format: Hardcover, 435 Pages

ISBN-10: 0061996165 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0061996160 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes YA Paranormal books with Angels.  It is captivating, refreshing and fun.

Opening SentenceIn the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Clara Gardner is part angel, so is her mother and her brother.  All part angels have a purpose that they are destined to fulfill and Clara is trying to figure out what hers is.  She has started to get visions of a beautiful boy standing in a forest fire.  What do her visions mean?  Is she supposed to save the boy from the fire or is her purpose something else? Her family decides to relocate to Jackson Hole Wyoming where she believes her purpose will take place.

While attending her new school Clara learns that there is more to being an angel-blood than she thought.  She meets her mystery boy from her visions, his name is Christian Prescott and he is the most beautiful, intimidating boy she has ever met.  Clara has always been slightly awkward especially when it comes to the opposite sex.  As she tries to figure out her purpose she meets many new friends and happens to fall in love along the way, but will love interfere with her purpose?

I really loved Clara she is a fun young girl trying to find her place in life.  She doesn’t always make the best decisions throughout the book, but I think she tries to follow her heart and do the right thing. She is a very strong heroine even though at times she does what she is told instead of what she thinks is right. It is so fun to get to see her make new friends and fall in love for the first time.  It made it easier to connect with her because I feel what she goes through was similar to my high school experience.

Christian is our mysterious boy from the visions.  He is the total IT boy in school, dating the prettiest girl, rich, and a big time jock. I liked Christian, but at times I thought that he was a little clueless.  I think he is a nice guy, but I felt that it was really awkward most of the time between him and Clara. I hope to see their relationship grow more in the books to come, because at this time I just see him as a friend and not a love interest.


Tucker Avery is a blue eyed, blonde haired hottie.  Not only is he a sexy cowboy but to top it off he is sweet, respectful and probably the best boyfriend ever!!! Honestly, I think that he is amazing and one of the most wonderful boys to ever be invented by an author!!! I know that this isn’t the case for everyone but he is the perfect boy for me :)! (Gushing has stopped)  Tucker is that boy that everyone loves and respects.  He is popular because he is a good person not because he is gorgeous or way good at sports.  I love his and Clara’s relationship; it grows very slow and is so sweet.  He is that guy you wish you could meet, almost to perfect to be true. As you can tell I am a big fan of Tucker and I hope that we get to see him a lot more in future books.

Angela is another angel blood that Clara meets in Jackson and they become friends.  I like Angela because she is mysterious and unlike Christian or Tucker she is more of a loner, which Clara seems to really like and relate to.  Angela has a fun attitude and is very fun to read about.  She takes more risks in her life and she seems to have some secrets that I am excited to learn more about in future books.  She is a great friend to Clara and really tries to help her understand more about angel-bloods.

This book is such a fun, fast read.  It takes a little to get into because there is a lot of background information that you have to go through, but it is so worth it.  I have read so many angel books lately, but this one has a new fresh idea that just captivated me.  The characters are fun, the plot is interesting and the ending is perfect.  You aren’t left with a horrible cliffhanger, but you are left wanting more.  I also love that this book is set in Jackson Wyoming.  I happen to live only a few hours from there so I can really relate to all the places they visit in the book.  I know that this will not be the case for the majority of people but I think that it’s a plus.  I highly recommend this book to any fans of a good YA paranormal read, it will not disappoint. Cynthia Hand has created a wonderful enticing world that you will be left wondering about long after you finish the book.

Notable Scene:

But then I see him.

He’s standing with his back to me near my locker.  A surge of electricity zings through me as I recognize his shoulder, his hair, the shape if his head. In a flash I’m in the vision, seeing him both in the black fleece jacket among the trees and for real, just down the hall simultaneously, like the vision is a thin veil laid on top of reality.

I take a step toward him, my mouth opening to call his name. Then I remember that I don’t know it.  Like always, it’s as if he hears me anyway and starts to turn, and my heart skips a beat when I don’t wake up but see his face now, his mouth curling up in a half smile as he jokes with the guy next to him.

He glances up and his eyes meet mine. The hallway melts away. It’s only him and me now, in the forest. The vision comes from behind him, the fire on the hillside roaring toward us, faster that it could ever possibly happen.

I have to save him. I think.

That’s when I faint.

Unearthly Series:

1. Unearthly

2. Hallowed

3. Boundless (January 22, 2013)

FTC Advisory: HarperCollins/Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Unearthly. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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