I finished reading Unearthly by Cynthia Hand earlier tonight for an Around the World Tour.
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 it 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 deciet, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
I love a good character-driven story. And Unearthly was definitely that. The main character, Clara, was just great! She was pretty but down-to-earth. She was true to herself when it came to friends. She wasn't rebellious, yet she wan't perfect either. And she was witty. I loved her comeback lines against Tucker. And speaking of Tucker--yeah, a perfect male character. He is the ultimate guy. Gentlemanly, funny, sarcastic, romantic, and has Clara's best interests at heart.
The plot of the story was interesting. For a while, I thought I knew what Clara's purpose was when it came to Christian, but I was very wrong. The only critique I have of this book is that I didn't like the ending. I think maybe it's a cliffhanger and that there will be a second book. At least I hope so. Because I ended up having a lot more questions. And we don't really get to find out what Clara's purpose is. Which was kind of the whole point of the book. I think there is a way to wrap up the book but still have a cliffhanger. And I don't feel like this book really wrapped up anything. But I do have to say, I really got into this book and it leaves me wanting more!
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
Unearthly will be released on January 4, 2011.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 148
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 113
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 102
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.