Sunday, April 10, 2011

Unearthly - Cynthia Hand

                Hm. I do believe the YA vampire book era has ended, and is now launching into the YA angel era. Angels, angel-bloods, Nephilim, these terms will start becoming familiar just like how fangs, crosses, BLOOD, and stakes became recognizable when novels like Twilight, The Vampire Academy, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, The Morganville Vampires, etc. came out. Now, if you want to keep up and dive into the YA fiction of angels now, read Unearthly by Cynthia Hand for starters!
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? More info about the book here.
                This novel is actually not cliché at all, no matter how familiar the storyline sounds. Cynthia Hand actually created a very unique world of angel-bloods who each have their purpose to fulfill in their life. And what’s cool is that Clara actually has wings and everything, too! They can be hidden and summoned, which I found really cool because most of the angel novels I’ve read state that they’re wings are made up of “spiritual matter” and cannot be seen. But not Clara’s! ;)
                And then there’s the romance. LOVE TRIANGLE! Christian and Clara, or Tucker and Clara? I’m going to have to say, Christian is okay, he’s hot and whatnot, but Tucker is better for Clara =). I don’t really like how the description above describes Tucker. It makes him seem like one of those “bad boys”, the ones who influence the protagonist to get into drugs and parties and whatnot. But he’s really not. When the description says Tucker “appeals to Clara’s less angelic side”, it merely means he’s distracting her from her purpose (which is Christian). He’s probably one of the most chivalrous and gentlemanly characters in the book! And I’ll be honest; I’m a sucker for chivalrous guys! ;D
                Oh, and if you’re scared that Unearthly is one of those books that have absolutely no action, do not fear! There is some pretty freaky fighting-between-Earth-and-Hell stuff going on between Clara and these mysterious beings called the Black Wings. What an ominous name, eh?
                Overall, a LOVELY and compelling story about the unearthly (haha, get the pun?) beings that may or may not wander around being our guardian angels. A wonderful read; kudos to Cynthia Hand!! =D
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