Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Pages: 435
Release: January 4th, 2011

(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 placeand 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?

My Thoughts:
Unearthly was a book that I had never seen in stores but noticed it was only .99 in the Nook store. I had heard things about the series and I am a sucker for a fallen angel story, so it was a done deal. Unearthly is an exciting, fast-paced book that keeps you turning pages the whole way through.

While I really enjoyed the novel, the beginning lacked originality. It was in many ways, cut from the same cloth as Twilight. There is a girl, Clara, who is forced to move from a warm, populated area to a cold, small town. There is a love triangle with the daring, hot boy and the good-natured, friendly one and there is even a scene where Clara and her friends go out of town to shop for Prom dresses. It was a little too déjà vu for me at that point. But, luckily it becomes more it’s own by the middle to the end.

While it was a very familiar storyline at times, I loved the angels that Cynthia Hand created and I found myself eager for more information throughout the book. I also absolutely adored the fact that Clara is the hero in this book. She’s the powerful girl who’s doing the rescuing, and I am all about girl power in YA books!

I really enjoyed reading Unearthly and think it is a great book, worth reading. I enjoyed the characters, the mystery, and am looking forward to reading more from this series.

In Short:
Rating: 4/5
Purchase or Check Out?: Purchase
Would I read it again?: Yes!


  1. Awesome review, Darlene! I think the idea of Unearthly is very original, and the heroine is really likable! Plus, there's no dramatic oh-my-gosh-I'm-angel-oh-no scene in the book! :P Ah, and the love triangle is simply adorable! ♥ So glad that you also enjoyed this book! :)

  2. Great review, really! It sounds like you wrote my thoughts on Unearthly in your review, can you read minds or something?! LOL :)
    And like you I'm also a übersucker for angels story in general, so Unearthly was a must-read for me but I do agree that the storyline is not that original.

    Rachel @ Books to Consider

  3. I was really impressed by this book! I wasn't expecting much from it but ended up enjoying it quite a bit. I like the way Cynthia Hand handled the love triangle, she made both boys actually seem plausible.

  4. When you said that it was similar to Twilight, I was like no thanks! But then you mentioned the main character had a backbone and this one had my attention. ;) I too am all about the girl power. And hey, who can argue with a 4/5 for only .99 cents? I'll definitely have to check this one out, thanks for the review! :)

  5. Girl Power! When I heard 'Twilight' I wanted to run away :p but after seeing that she is doing the rescue, I came back from that. If there's something I hate, it's a whiny character.. But this one sounds great!