Unearthly (Unearthly #1)
by Cynthia Hand
What is it about:
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?
What did I think of it:
This is a very nice read.
I liked that Clara is the one who should be out there rescuing someone, instead of her being the one who has to be rescued. It felt fresh, even though it was the second angel book I read in a short time.
Clara moves to a new town to find her purpose, and I liked reading how she's trying to fit in and to get more clarity on her purpose. I didn't like Christian much, so I was glad there was also another love interest for once.
The story is enjoyable and fun. The background about the angels that is uncovered in this book, isn't fully used, but gives room for some promising developments later in this series.
I will confess I had my fears and doubts about the outcome, but was pleasantly surprised. The ending does leave the reader with lots of questions and unfinished business though, so I will most likely get my trotters on the next book when I run into it.
Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable Paranormal read.