Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Book Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly #1)

Rating: 4 out of 5
Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia 2011/HarperTeen 2011
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Angels, Paranormal, Romance


Australian Edition
Unearthly follows the story of Clara Gardner as she collects the shattered pieces of her life after she finds out...that she's part-angel. Let me tell you, after this bombshell things change. Her 'angelness' starts to become visible and she starts having visions that point to her purpose (because everyone has a purpose right?). All angels have a purpose, or mission that they most complete and Clara's involves saving the anonymous sexy boy from her visions. From a fire. In a town that she doesn't know.
So from that moment Clara's (and her family's) life starts anew, complete with a new town, new school, boys, questions, sadness and wings.

USA Edition
Trust me, this novel is a lot more than my short summary might give. Although judging from the summary Unearthly might seem like the usual teen book with crushing girls, settling in,etc., blah blah, Unearthly is SO.MUCH.MORE. This novel has often been compared with popular teen 'angel' reads such as Halo, Hush-Hush and Fallen and I found the storyline of Unearthly so much more believable, clean, progressive and romantic. A true gem of a young adult novel.

Although Unearthly couldn't escape the Young Adult characteristics of Love Triangles, Popular Girls and hotness incarnate, the novel made up for this with the wonderful fluid writing and sweet 'lovestory' romance and at times I was thankful for the YA Chracteristics when I needed something to get me glued to the book again. I must admit that occasionally some parts of the novel dragged on a bit, when all I wanted was chemistry at some times of 'over-sadness' in the novel.

 Overall, Unearthly is a fresh, new different take on the ever popular Young Adult paranormal romance genre and it is amazing (*Hint* the second book; Hallowed, is even better)! Cynthia Hand has made fan-girls out of all her readers who are all anticipating her second and third books in the trilogy: Hallowed (Unearthly #2) and Boundless (Unearthly #3).

Boundless comes out January 2013

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