|July 5, 2011||Posted by Cambria under Book Reviews|
Clara Gardner is part human, part angel and that means she is on earth for a reason…a purpose. It is this purpose that leads her to a new town with new faces and new friends. But there is also someone who she has seen but never met. The boy in her visions. The boy she thinks has something to do with her purpose.
It turns out that discovering what her visions mean and what role this boy plays in her life is a lot harder than she hoped it would be. To make matters more difficult she meets Tucker, a boy who she knows can only distract her from her purpose, but who is a distraction that she really likes.
Will Clara be able to follow the rules that apply to an angel blood or will her heart lead her astray?
I LOVED this book. I give it 5 stars. Unearthly took hold of me from the beginning and did not let go until after I had put it down. There is not one character in this book that I did not like-which is rare for me. Every single one of them had characteristics that I could relate to or admire. I even understood Kay and her snooty attitude toward Clara.
The setting of this book is fabulous as well. I loved the snow and the description of the log home Clara lives in. There was a natural element to the story that I loved and it was so refreshing to read a YA book that took place outside rather than in the hallways of high school.
This book just seemed different and fresh from every other book that I have read. I think sometimes that paranormal/fantasy YA can get a little redundant (even though I love it), but this book really kept me guessing. I would sit and try to figure out how I thought it would end or what Clara’s purpose might be, but I wasn’t ever right. I loved that it wasn’t predictable. And the possibilities for the next book seem endless. I cannot wait to figure out Clara’s brother, Jeffery, who has a little bad boy in him and seems to have a few secrets of his own. And, why does Clara’s mom never want to talk about her purpose? Then there is the big question: who will Clara ultimately pick? I know who I am rooting for to win….
And because I am thrilled this book is coming out here is the synopsis: (courtesy of GoodReads):
For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.
Described by Richelle Mead as “utterly captivating,” Unearthly received outstanding reviews, garnered accolades from New York Times bestselling authors, and was named an Indie Next Pick. In this heart-wrenching sequel, Cynthia Hand expertly captures the all-consuming joy of first love—and the agony of loss. This beautifully woven tale will appeal to fans of Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Aprilynne Pike.