Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand  was a young adult debut last year – which I read and loved. When I picked up the sequel, Hallowed, I realized I’d never gotten around to reviewing Unearthly. I decided to correct that immediately!

Basically y’all, Unearthly is like a miracle (I promise to try to keep the angel jokes to a minimum). As a general rule, angel books seriously suck. I’ve read about all sorts of Patches and Bethanys and what have you and thought they were all a complete waste of time and space. So, to say I went into this series hesitantly is a massive understatement. But, let me assure you – Cynthia Hand has succeeded where many others have failed. She has written…not only a good angel book: a great one!

Clara isn’t a whiny princess too afraid to open her mouth or explore her powers. She is very focused on the fact that she has a duty. Her mother (yay for actual parenting in a YA novel) intrigues and frustrates her as she tries to discover the true range of her abilities. Also – she compares her relationship with her mother to Gilmore Girls. An awesome reference to make me immediately like someone. So, basically I really loved the way her character was written – she acts like exactly what she is: a teenager. But she also has a lot of believable depth and maturity that makes her someone you want to be around (or at least read about).

Next up…Tucker Avery. If you want to convince me I’m supposed to like a guy in the fastest way possible – invoke the awesome power of Gilbert Blythe my friends. That is all it will take. He called Clara “Carrots” the first time they initially met. Enough said. (Gilbert Blythe and Gilmore Girls all in one book – excuse me while I explode from the awesome.) Also – DIMPLES.

Christian Prescott. I’m not really his biggest fan y’all. Even though certain events in the book make me have to rethink this – he doesn’t really come off as having much depth. I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the series might change my mind! Enough said on the men in Clara’s life, I want to avoid spoilers in case anyone hasn’t read it yet.

Same goes with the plot, I don’t really want to spoil anything. Things aren’t really too complicated anyway. Clara is trying to discover what her purpose is as an angel. She keeps getting visions, gradually they have more detail. All she knows is that it involves Christian – and fire. The only thing that bugs me at all is that Clara’s mom has supposedly given her as little angel information as possible because she wants her to be normal, but then when Clara tries to have a life outside of obsessing about Christian and her vision she gets in trouble. Kinda annoying, but it all goes with the plot so it wasn’t a huge deal.

So anyway you guys: this is a paranormal seriously worth reading. Especially if you’re as frustrated with all the other angel novels out there as I am. This one is different. Promise.

Check out Unearthly by Cynthia Hand on Goodreads / Amazon

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  • Demjel @ Breaking Bookshelves November 18, 2011, 12:12 am

    Gilmore Girls AND Anne of Green Gables reference? Okay, I am now officially going to buy this when I get money, and devour it as soon as it is in my hands.

  • Evie November 18, 2011, 12:24 am

    Ha! Great review, you totally convinced me to read this book. Just like you, I’m very skeptical of all the angel books out there. the last couple ones I’ve read sucked soooo bad, it’s beyond my tolerance. So yeah, in general, I try to stay away from those.. But this one sounds like something truly different, and, although I don’t really watch Gilmore Girls all that much, I still think this reference is pretty cool!

    Thanks for a fantastic review 🙂

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  • Giselle November 18, 2011, 7:09 am

    yay! Unearthly is fantastic I’m glad you enjoyed it! And it’s true the Gilmore Girls reference – which I LOVED! 😀

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  • Natalia Belikov November 18, 2011, 2:20 pm

    Exccellent review! Im glad you liked it! Though for me wasnt so different because before reading this, I read the Falling from Grace series from an Indi author. Those books has something in common *the calling/mission etc* and btw, that series is absolutely awesome!!!

    I loved this book as well! cant wait for hallowed! My heart is totally divided! Though, I do prefer the hottie Angel, of course!

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  • ephrielle November 19, 2011, 1:30 pm

    I have had a hard time finding a good angel book as well. I think I liked Angel Burn the best of the ones I have read so far.
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  • Ashley November 19, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Ugh. Her mom pissed me off something FIERCE. I HATE that crap of- I’m not going to tell you all this information that could save your life because I need to protect you. I HATE IT!!

    But that aside, I actually loved this book too! I wasn’t expecting to because, umm, angel novels are generally full of suck, but this one rocked!

    AND- how cool is it that I live like an hour and a half from Jackson?! AND the mall they go prom dress shopping in is totally MY mall! 🙂
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  • April (Books&Wine) November 20, 2011, 8:55 am

    Anne Shirley HOLLA I LOVE HER SO MUCH. I also met Anne because of you, I mean with your book pushing and all.

    OH MY GOSH! I am so glad you loved Unearthly. I mean, not that I ever doubted it, but seriously this book is the shiz and puts crap like Halo to shame cuz that book blew chunks.
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  • Jess M. November 22, 2011, 7:17 pm

    Yay! I am so glad to hear that this one doesn’t disappoint. I’ve had it on my shelf, but I was wary of it because of all the hype. I should have learned this lesson with Anna and the French Kiss, but for some reason, I still have a fear of hype books!


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