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?
Clara is part angel, and she has just received a hint of what her purpose on earth is. After finding out the location, they pack up and move there. It’s quite a big change for Clara and her brother: California to the middle of nowhere, hick town. I loved the setting of this book. I loved the scenery descriptions. The country appeal. I’m a country girl myself – not as hardcore (I don’t ride horses or fish) but it still had the small town charm that I grew up in. Everyone
is in everyone’s business knows everyone else, it’s sweet!
The whole time I was reading I was completely into the story. I never once pondered where we were going with this and what the point of it all was. It just had a great flow that you could just breeze through the story and enjoy every minute of it. The plot of soft and sweet. It’s not tedious, it’s not a hit in the face, it builds up gently and manages to suck you in completely. You get a chance to care for the characters, for their lives and their relationships.
As for the characters. I adored them. Especially the way they were all present. They all had a purpose in the story and they all had distinct voices and personalities. I love when an author manages to do that. What really stood out for me was the fact that her mother was very present and motherly – which is often overlooked in YA. Likewise, her brother was also how I imagine having a brother would be like. Sometimes a pain in the butt, sometimes an accomplice. I imagine we haven’t heard the end of him as well. But the protagonist – Clara – she’s great! Finally a girl who does not see a guy and immediately yearns for him as though she can’t live another second without him. Those often lack way too much chemistry. The romance in Unearthly was totally and completely sweet! It did NOT go at all in the direction I was sure Hand was going to go make it go in. It really took me by surprise that she took a much different route from other YA novels. I truly enjoyed how it all transpired.
The highlight of this book is definitely the character development with just a bit of world build up. The angel picture I have in my mind is absolutely stunning. I loved all the details we were given and how beautiful it all seems. as for the plot – there wasn’t any big plot developments, but it’s coming. I’m happy she didn’t go all “Whoo apocalypse” right away. I love getting to know and care for the characters before the big story materializes. It builds up realism as well as charisma.
This novel was pure flowing beauty!
|5/5 hot espressos|
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I’m glad to see that you enjoyed Unearthly as well, Giselle! Wonderful review =)
Oh I loved this one too!!! Such a great review, glad you enjoyed it ((:
Haley from Ya-Aholic.com
I loved Unearthly! Glad to see you enjoyed it as well. Great review 🙂
Kathy Ann Coleman
I got burned pretty bad from reading Fallen, as far as angel stories go. But I like seeing authors takes on angel mythology, so maybe I will give Unearthly a shot when my TBR is a little more under control.
Ashley @ Book Labyrinth
Really glad you enjoyed this one! I like the way you described it. It seems very easy to read even though it’s not necessarily action packed.
Book Crook Liza
I totally agree with the motherly aspect! Though her Mother was annoying with all the secret keeping… but perhaps there is a good reason. I loved the love story in this book – I didn’t even expect it coming and I fell in love with him as she did! It developed perfectly!
Great review! 🙂
Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews)
Unearthly is such a wonderful read – one of my favourites of the last year. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
Sounds like you really enjoyed Unearthly. I haven’t read any of the reviews. I’m so glad that the book had something different to offer. I can’t wait to read it!
I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews about this one so I originally passed it by….I think I might give Unearthly a chance though after your review:)
I’m glad you liked it! I loved this book 🙂 I can’t wait for Hallowed! Awesome review 🙂
Oh my goodness, I LOVED this book! So glad to see you did, too! Clara and Tucker were great, both individually and together! Fantastic review, Giselle! 🙂
Casey (The Bookish Type)
I totally agree — the characters made this story for me. I love Clara! I want to be her best friend! And Tucker was such a realistic love interest. That whole “he picks on her because he loves her” thing? SO TRUE.
Melissa (Books and Things)
“in everyone’s business” Heh. I live in a little big town and yep, we have that here too. 🙂
I really enjoyed this one too. I really enjoyed the characters too. I can’t wait for the next one!
Karen @ Book Light Graveyard
I want to read this one so badly. I think I’m going to go on a book splurge soon, and this one will probably be on the list of ones to buy. Great review!
I loved Unearthly.
I’m now following!
Thanks for all your comments and opinions my ladies! It’s a very sweet story I think anyone who loves romantic stories will really enjoy this one. I also recommend Remembrance by Michelle Madow it has the same feel.
Cindy (Oodles of Books)
I love the cover and I really want to read this, it sounds great! I am glad you enjoyed it, wonderful review 🙂
I have to completely agree with your review. This book was a good all around book:)Thought it was a fantastic read!!!