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She is going to save this dude and they are going to fall in love, yada, yada, yada. I love a good plot twist and this book exceeded my expectations. No disappearing parent syndrome. Clara's mother was very much apart of her life. Albeit mysteriously, she is always there to help Clara with succeeding in fulfilling her purpose. Likeable heroine. Not once did I feel irritated at Clara for doing something dumb.
She isn't overly whinny or a pathetic damsel. Healthy relationships. You will not find insta-love in this book! No, sir! In fact, I would say Hand may have written one of the best developing relationships I've read in a long time.
She let it build up perfectly. By the time our heroine actually falls in love it is believable. As a result, it is much easier to feel Clara's emotions.
I could feel myself swooning! Clara isn't overly dependent on her love interest, either. She learns to draw on her own inner strength. Kudoos to Hand for handeling this very well. If there is one complaint I have, it't that I didn't really like how it ended.
It felt akward to me, like it was imcomplete. There are so many unanswered question left in the ending that it almost drove me insane! And to top it off, the next book doesn't come out till next freakin' year! In conclusion, it pains me to think this book will be compared to Halo, Fallen and Hush, Hush. It's in a higher and better league then them, hands down. So, I've decided to do my own little comparison through a visual story. Once upon a time there was a girl who loved life.
Everything was wonderful! Untill one fatefull day she picked up and it left her in a state of After finishing CoFA, she sank further into depression. The girl felt no one could understand the mental pain she felt.
Then, one day she came accross Unearthly and she saw the heavens open with rays of light. The girl was once again happy. The end! Ironicly, if you google "Angel saving human" this pops up as an image: I'll leave that up to you. My Hallowed review can be found here.
More reviews and more at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. View all 61 comments. Mar 14, Wendy Darling rated it it was amazing Shelves: Clara's physical appearance, the wings, the flying, the "glory"--make angels sound impossibly beautiful. The descriptions are so well done that you can really picture and feel what it would like to be in the presence of one. The supernatural aspects are well-balanced by a solid grounding in Clara's day to day life as a teenager with excellent descriptions of school projects, relationships with her friends and her brother, and especially he 4.
The supernatural aspects are well-balanced by a solid grounding in Clara's day to day life as a teenager with excellent descriptions of school projects, relationships with her friends and her brother, and especially her conflicted relationship with her extraordinary mother.
The characters are well-developed and there's terrific courtship that is blessedly normal and crazy appealing.
Important and fulfilling for sure, but not the be-all and end-all of her life, as so often happens in YA books. Once it comes, however, it's very sweet and very convincing. I did find the beginning of the book a little disjointed, and there were a few sections that could have used smoother transitions, but overall it's really terrific. It's easy to understand Clara's conflict and it's easy to like Clara, who has unearthly perfections but who is also just trying to find her way in life.
An excellent start to a what should be an excellent series. This review also appears in The Midnight Garden. View all 27 comments. Mar 01, kat rated it liked it. View 1 comment. I always feel a little bad when I disagree with the majority about a book, like there must be something I'm missing or I obviously didn't 'get' it. I do understand why a lot of people enjoyed Unearthly and there were parts I liked too As far as young adult stories about angels go, this is probably one of the best - only, that's not really saying much.
I found the book okay in many ways, I don't have a huge rant to make about girls who are obsessed with boys ove I always feel a little bad when I disagree with the majority about a book, like there must be something I'm missing or I obviously didn't 'get' it. I found the book okay in many ways, I don't have a huge rant to make about girls who are obsessed with boys over everything else, or just plain annoying It seems that my expectations are always going to be ripped apart and tossed aside.
If I'd opened this book expecting to hate it, I'd probably have written a 5-star dazzling review. As it happens, I was hyped up on all the rave reviews, even from some of my hardest-to-please friends and I kept reading on and on and waiting for the plot or characters to grab me so I'd think "yes, I definitely see why everyone loves this!
It starts with a mysterious vision that sounded potentially very interesting, which then leads our protagonist Clara and her family to Wyoming in order to follow the call of her angelic purpose she's part angel. From there the story simply seems to spiral off into another high school drama. Clara's angelic purpose all centres around the hottest and most popular boy in school and she then, of course, becomes immediate enemies with his equally gorgeous and popular girlfriend.
Then we get to an array of proms, boy troubles, class projects and finally the realisation that maybe mr popular-angelic-purpose is not the one Clara truly wants to be with. It was all fine, I just never got a sense of "wow" or any particular need to stalk site until Hallowed comes out. I wanted very much to like it, I don't know if my expectations were too high but I obviously missed what makes this book so special.
That's why I'd still recommend this book to anyone who loves a bit of young adult paranormalness not a word?? Everyone I've talked to loved this book and I'm not entirely sure why I just couldn't get into it. The characters were varied and interesting, there were some parts I found quite funny, it just I don't know. The best thing I can tell you in this review is to read it for yourself. Nov 11, Flannery rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone skeptical about books involving angels.
Recommended to Flannery by: Thanks for the push, Jess! I didn't even give a crap that this book is about angels. I loved it: View all 25 comments. Jan 31, Keertana rated it it was ok Shelves: Yes, a fort to protect me from all the boulders and bombs that will most likely be thrown my way for highly disliking this novel.
It doesn't matter that my fort is made of pillows or that it contains highly flammable books inside it - the point is, I have a fort. Thus, I hope you won't attack me since I have a fort! Part 1: I seriously do.
I get wh Rating: I get why there is so much hype surrounding this novel. I get why you all love it. I really do. Unearthly released during a time when angel novels such as Hush, Hush, Hades, and Fallen were making waves - not all good - in the book community.
Thus, in comparison with those novels, Unearthly is truly a masterpiece.
But, in my opinion, it's a masterpiece in the same way that Twilight is a masterpiece when compared to Fifty Shades of Grey or Beautiful Disaster. It's much better than the norm, but it isn't that good at the same time. More about that later - back to why I "get it. Not only is it a story that doesn't feature a teenage girl falling in love with a fallen angel, it is also a story that doesn't feature insta-love or a true love triangle. Clara, the protagonist of our story, is one-fourth of an angel herself.
In Hand's novel, angels are given a divine purpose in life that they must fulfill. As they grow into teenagers, they begin to get glimpses or visions of their purpose and must accordingly go about completing them. Thus, when Clara is given a vision of saving a handsome teenage boy from a fire, she and her family take off from California to Wyoming where she meets Christian, the boy of her dreams literally!
Now, let me discuss the reasons why this novel really is quite good. First and foremost, I loved Clara's relationship with her mother, who is a half-angel. While I found it to be a little too perfect at some points, it was still nice to see her mother be such an active part of her life.
Furthermore, I found that Clara's apprehensions about moving, her difficulty fitting into the social scheme at her new school, and her confusion over whether or not she is meant to get closer to Christian all handled quite realistically.
In addition to Christian though, we have Tucker Avery - the annoying twin brother of Clara's best friend, Wendy. Tucker and Clara's relationship took a forefront in the second-half of the novel and I enjoyed how it was never rushed and it grew through conversation and the two spending time with each other. So, really, there's a lot to love about this book: So, you might ask, what went wrong? Part 2: In Which I Don't Fall for the Hype You see, despite having some excellent and interesting points, Unearthly was actually a massive disappointment.
Well, let me tell you. I read this novel after reading Angelfall and Daughter of Smoke and Bone, two of the best angel novels written. Thus, I didn't have massively low expectations for my next angel novel. Combined with the glowing ratings and hype surrounding this story, I was really expecting something great.
I feel as if whenever I go into a story expecting to hate it, I love it, and whenever I go into a novel expecting to love it, I usually hate it. I had a similar experience with this one. While Unearthly had an original premises which I found fascinating, it was extremely boring for more than half the story. It was like any other contemporary romance with Clara attending high school, fainting when she saw Mr. I-am-SO-hot-Christian, and attempting to get closer to him because she felt a romantic spark between them.
Yeah, nothing unique there, huh? I liked how Clara began to learn more about her angel abilities with her angel-blood friend, Angela, but either than that, everything about this story was so typical.
Speaking of Clara, her character simply grated on me. I think this might simply be an issue of personal preference, but Clara was perfect. As in, she is an angel therefore she is literally perfect. Clara was beautiful.
Clara had gorgeous hair. Clara could do any sport effortlessly. Clara could charm any guy she wanted. Clara could speak any language she wanted. Clara could do this perfectly. Clara could do that perfectly. Clara was a freaking perfect angel!
I get it - I know she's an angel - but it was so silly. Why did Clara need to be perfect? I love flawed characters and while Clara was flawed in the sense that she did rebel against the laws of her angelic society and she found some things hard, for the most part, I was just annoyed with her. Clara, you have a problem? Well, guess what? Us, humans? We always have problems, so suck it up!
It seems harsh, but I was extremely irritated by this quality of hers. I think it became less problematic as the novel progressed, but it was glaringly obvious — and casted Clara into a petulant light actually — for the first half of the story. Once the half-way mark of this novel was passed, it began to pick up a little. I liked how Clara refused to be one of those girls who chased after a guy and her developing relationship with Tucker was sweet. I loved Tucker Avery - he is everything you want a guy to be.
In fact, I found him to be a little too perfect actually which annoyed me ever-so-slightly. Yet, while I hated Zeke, I did manage to like Tucker, despite his perfection. While I found his reaction to Clara's angel background and his acceptance of certain actions they were forced to take during their relationship very unrealistic and too convenient, it was still bearable. Yet, I was rolling my eyes the moment the word love popped into the picture.
Yes, Clara and Tucker did like each other, but love? Puh-lease, give me a break! Furthermore, Clara still felt drawn to Christian which was simply irritating. I know she chose one of the guys, but it felt as if the plot still had love-triangle potential, which made me want to run away screaming. While Tucker is a complete gentleman, Christian is a total jerk. While he did perform a rather inexcusable act on the night of prom, it was even worse before that night when he refused to be seen in Clara's presence around his friends.
I hate guys like that and Christian, no matter how HOT he may have been, was no exception. Furthermore, I found the fact that Clara was so obsessed him to be rather startling and boring. Somehow, I never felt the seriousness of this whole purpose.
Uh…yeah, that was missing. While Unearthly began to wind down, we had an extra sub-plot of a fallen angel thrown in. Notice the key word: As in, not the main focus. In addition, the ending of this novel was nowhere near as shocking as other readers had extolled.
It was not such a major plot twist and I, for one, was unimpressed by it. It leaves a lot of loose threads hanging, makes the reader question what exactly even happened during those last thirty-five pages of action, and wonder whether picking up the sequel is even worth it. What were the other Pages devoted to? High School. Teen Angst.
Just your usual, run-of-the-mill, dramatic teenage novel. In conclusion, while there is a lot to love about this book, its execution falls flat. Its characters are way too perfect, its romance is both convenient and not love even though it claims it is, the action its premises promises is miniscule, it throws in random sub-plots that only serve to make the reader confused and need to pick up the sequel in annoyance, and the few characters who are not perfect are simply annoying, irritating, or serve no purpose to the story.
Now, the million dollar question is I think… no. While it probably will be a quick read, much like Unearthly was for me, I don't think I'm up for another dose of this world. I simply don't care for the characters enough and while some readers claim the sequel is better, most lowered their ratings ever-so-slightly, which means I will probably wind up giving Hallowed One Star.
I think I'd rather just avoid writing that snarky review, thank you very much. Would I recommend Unearthly? I, however, was disappointed and extremely unimpressed by this one.
With that, I am off to hide under my impenetrable fort - let the boulder-throwing begin! You can read this review and more on my blog, Ivy Book Bindings. Jan 27, P rated it it was ok Shelves: Why are you always trying to hide how pretty you are?
I know you're wanting to beat the crap out of me right now for giving this book just two stars. How dare I?
Please, just let me explain, and if you're not satisfied with the answers after that, you can slap my face as hard as you want.
I'll let you. The book starts off with a great premise and a strong lead famale character.
Although I didn't like Clara, for her voice being flat and quite boring when she tries to narrate her own story in each chapter. She's just rambling and going on and on with her routine, which I didn't want to know.
I blamed myself because I couldn't get into the story and the world-building that was easily to fall in love with. I just couldn't feel that connection to the characters and the story through this book. I'm so sorry. Still I don't know about this world where angels exist and the fine line between Black and White. I nodded and nodded through the book, but I didn't even know how it could be like that. The whole story is wrapped up after excruciate pain I have endured, it kept pushing me away from liking the book wholeheartedly.
The harder I tried, the more it kicked me in my butt. This was my expectation before I read Unearthly And this is what I get from it I keep wondering I read the same book that everyone liked so much and why I felt absolutely nothing for the ending that were supposed to be mind-blowing and another cliffhanger of my life. Now I'm unsure whether I should read the next one or not for what pains me seriously in this book, I think I can't do it again. Christian felt weird for me, his feeling towards Clara wasn't exploding and sounded strange even when the truth of his was revealed.
I was shocked as much as Kristen Stewart when she found out Edward was a vampire. View all 17 comments. Feb 18, Kiki rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, well, well. It's angels again. Angelology is back-breaking work. I have a trunked angel work that I will one day revisit. I've worked too hard to drop it. And I mean that sincerely. I began writing it two years ago, and I am still not finished with the research.
I still have stacks and stacks of angel-related references lying around, from fiction to dictionary-format archives, from endless websites to spin-off scripture, from links to Renaissance artwork to holy books. I've read both the To Well, well, well. I've read both the Torah and the Bible, and I'm working on the Qur'an.
I've watched movie after movie, and not enjoyed any of them. How can I, when I spend the whole two hours writing notes and spotting mythology farts? Perhaps this sounds a huge complaint. I can assure you, it isn't. Research is endless work, but endless fun too. It's learning in its most accessible form. There's no better way to educate yourself than to study topics that fascinate and interest you.
It's just good sense. I feel some kind of spiritual connection to this Cynthia Hand. She has her research in the bag. In Unearthly , the mythos and the obviously meticulous research that went into it was what carried it for me. For the most part, at least. The Black Wings, though not entirely how I have formulated them in my mind, were fascinating.
Grief and sorrow are perfect emotions to pin on them, and the way they were described was brilliantly creepy. His actions, words and appearance struck a chord with me. Like Sammael, he's a big character of mine, and I've grown attached to him. Again, sue me. If I were less grabby and selfish, I'd say that he's the perfect pick for a fallen angel villain in a book dealing with Nephilim, being the leader of the Grigori.
Again, I'm slightly biased and possessive here, only because I work with Nephilim too. Hers are impossibly beautiful, with strong ties to their angel ancestors.
Remember the kids from Torment? Yeah, they're not like that. They actually get shit done. They also feel like supernatural beings, not just a bunch of pointless Mary-Sues. The thing about Unearthly 's mythology is that the author is quiet and subtle about it. For example, flies drop down Clara's shirt. Clear satanic symbolism there, foreshadowing the Black Wings. Angela's ties to Italy.
Never shoved in your face, but they're there. In many YA angel novels, it's obvious that the author is simply trying to show off about how much they know which, ironically, often ends in epic mythology farts and logic fails. Not so with Unearthly. It's all low-key, but quietly brilliant. The writing was beautiful. Not consistently; the climax was a little sloppy. In one paragraph, for example, we have: That's pretty darn sparkly.
For the most part, though, the writing is elegant and lovely. The romantic scenes between Clara and Tucker are beautiful, smooth and never clunky. I also LOVE the pacing. Months go by in the space of a paragraph. I like that. It's annoying when a heroine finds true love and best friends and absolution in the space of about three days.
Not realistic, and just silly, basically. But no; we see almost a whole year go by throughout Unearthly. That's cool for me. No, the pacing was not perfect all the time. Large chunks of the book went by, and nothing happened. It started to annoy me, really. Granted, it was all about development; Clara growing into her skin, learning to fly and piecing together the mythos, working out her purpose is which, to my delight, reminds me of the Focus from Final Fantasy XIII.
The purpose is perfect. That's what YA authors miss about angels; they have a reason for living, and they're not there just to hang around and look pretty.
They have a reason and a focus, and this is exactly what Cynthia gave us. Bravo, darling. The climax Was it well-written? Not quite as flawless as the rest of the book, but I know how it is.
You get all excited writing the climax, you stay up till three a. So whatever. Was it a good, satisfying end? Was it fitting, did it make sense, and did it round off the book nicely? It sure did. So what the hell is my beef? Me [to Sister]: What the fuck, man? The power of love beats the bad guy? Are you serious? Hell to the no. I did not accept this from Halo , and I shall darn well wax about it in Unearthly. I'm on the phone! What the hell?
Look, seriously. Yeah, Clara saved her mom, yadda yadda, it was all fine and good, but The power of love? Come on, now. This is just lame. Clara saving Tucker did remedy this a little. I loved how she saved him, and not the other way round, as it always is in YA.
Though the horse made me sad. It got burnded up. Poor thing. I could go on about how awesome it is that even though Christian is a god and he's gorgeous and everything Clara doesn't fall in love with him, but then I'd be bypassing what I really want to say: Christian is a fail. Sorry, but he is. First of all: You're in an angel book, and your name is Christian. How trite. I kind of saw it coming. Are you for real?
Do we really need to keep on perpetuating the mean cheerleader wears-short-skirts-and-lip-gloss-and-flirts-audaciously-with-guys-therefore-must-be-evil stereotype? Come now, Cynthia. Don't let yourself down. At times, the plot felt nebulous. The fapping over hot boys. The endless stretches of time where nothing happened. It frustrated me, and distanced me from the characters, which I normally loved. No one was TSTL, and though Tucker and I had our ups and downs and ended on kind of a "we're okay" note I thought he was a pretty decent, wholesome love interest.
Clara was funny, multi-dimensional, and believable as a heroine. She and Tucker's relationship was healthy and their closeness was cute, which is a rarity in this genre, where creepy, stalky over-obsessive relationships are commonplace and it's not weird at all to watch your victim lover sleep.
Okay, it was strange how Tucker managed to just dump Clara on her ass over the course of maybe two paragraphs, and then three days went by where Clara lay in her bed doing nothing, but this was quickly swept under the carpet and I could easily forget about any annoyance I may have had over it.
All in all: On the whole? A decent read. Good fun, well-written, and brilliantly researched. Lovely characters, some good pacing, and though the climax was kind of irritating, all in all it was pretty darn enjoyable.
I award it three and a half stars. I liked it, and I'll be reading the sequel for sure. It feels like time for a rather enjoyable, very tame Drinking Game! Fill a cup up to the halfway with Kahlua. Every time someone pimps out their wings, pour in a ladel of hot cocoa. When you're done, stir up that bad boy, cover it with with a big squirt of whipped cream, take a gulp and enjoy not being drunk for a change.
I love you all. View all 18 comments. Aug 11, Penny rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to Penny by: When I saw that one of my favorite goodreaders, Tatiana , gave this book four stars I thought she'd gone insane.
I mean, it's a YA book featuring angels for crying out loud! Surely it can't be good let alone worthy of four whole stars from Tatiana, so clearly she lost her mind. But I downloadd the audiobook anyway because it was January 13th and I was anxiously awaiting the release of Shadowfever which was still five days away at the time.
Plus it didn't hurt that this audiobook was reasonably pr When I saw that one of my favorite goodreaders, Tatiana , gave this book four stars I thought she'd gone insane. Plus it didn't hurt that this audiobook was reasonably priced.
Initially I was a little irritated with Unearthly. But I kept with it because I paid for it, dangit! Fortunately it didn't take too long for my initial irritation to wear off--I'd say no longer then the first few chapters.
For the next several chapters I didn't have much of an opinion. Not that the book was bad, because it wasn't. The writing was fine, good even, but I refused to make an official judgment call. Too many times I've fallen in love with a book only, in the end, to hate it more than poison. I wasn't going to get burned.
Not me. Not again. Now all is said and done I'm going to go ahead and say Tatiana isn't crazy. This book is good. In fact I'm going to go ahead and give this book four stars because I really like it. Though, in my heart, it will always be a five-star read because it's one of few YA paranormal romances that doesn't make me want to go on a stabbing spree. I know the last few sentences make me seem violent beyond all reason, but believe me I have plenty of reason.
Just read every other YA paranormal romance featuring angels and you'll agree. And when I say: Moving on Seeing as most publishers have been saturating the market with badly written, ill-plotted out, basically retarded series about some supernatural something falling in love--twuuuuu wuvvvvv--with a vapid human I'd begun to believe there was no such thing as a good, or even great, YA paranormal romance.
Especially when angels are involved. But Cynthia Hand changed my mind with her debut novel, Unearthly. It's funny, but Unearthly doesn't contain some magical new concept or some amazing innovative plot twist that will make your head explode.
It's just good. That's it. Turns out Cynthia Hand's "secret" is actually no secret at all. She employs the method of showing her audience, not telling. That's right, Cynthia Hand doesn't assume her audience is mentally-challenged. Her main character, Clara Gardener, doesn't have the mental capacity of a boy-crazed, unmedicated ADHD 'tween hopped up on pixie stix. She's normal. And by normal I mean Clara's just a regular, well-adjusted, non-angry, non-emo, non-cutting teen.
Although, yeah, she has angel blood pumping through her veins, but she's incredibly easy to relate to nonetheless. What I love: Clara doesn't do what every other protagonist in this genre does: She's better than that. She has a healthy yet realistic relationship with her mother. They actually talk to each other and are, for the most part, honest with one another.
It's quite refreshing actually. Clara isn't the the world's only, most speshul angel-blood evuh. She's actually one of many, though at first she doesn't know of any others beside her mother and her younger brother. She also isn't super good at everything she does. Clara doesn't have every boy falling for her, at least no more then your average teenage girl.
And like all teenagers she manages to make a fool of herself every once in a while. Like I said: What I really love skip this if you plan on reading this book as it is sort of spoiler-y, albeit hardly: It's a real more importantly healthy teenage romance wherein the characters actually talk to one another, get to know one another before falling in love, or even liking each other for that matter.
The guy in this book? Is normal. He acts like a normal teenage guy. He's not unintentionally feminine or too-good-to-be-true. But he's not over-the-top alpha male either. He's just that one guy you went to school with. You know, the guy everyone liked not because he was the hottest or richest, in fact he probably wasn't, but because he was funny, charismatic and just overall likable despite his flaws though, yeah, it didn't hurt that he was good looking. That guy. And when Clara gets together with him, well, they aren't obnoxious.
No gazing into one another's eyes talking about how unworthy they feel. No waxing-poetic about perfect Adonis-like bodies and angel-like faces. Their relationship contains actual substance. This book contains a love triangle. Sort of. I mean it's hardly even present.
And the protagonist isn't playing both guys for all they're worth. And there isn't any cheating going on, not even in Clara's heart. BUT it's still a love triangle of sorts and I'm afraid it might end badly for all involved because of various reasons I won't go into here.
That said, even if over the course of this series the triangle does play out the way I don't want it to, I think I'll be okay. Clara has free will and I am confident she will take the time to think things through rationally. In fact she pretty much makes her decision in this book. So yeah, I recommend Unearthly. I would never actually hunt down and assault any author.
I could go on. There are times in which I am sorely tempted to but I wouldn't. I'm passionate about literature but NOT insane. View all 10 comments. Aug 04, Jennifer Armentrout rated it it was amazing. I like Tucker and his cowboy hat. Having images of Kevin Bacon in his Footloose days for some reason while reading this. View all 7 comments. Jan 17, Vinaya rated it really liked it Shelves: Is this a revolutionary, earth-shattering book that will change the face of YA fantasy?
Is this a book that will forever change the way people look at angels?
Is this a riveting, un-put-downable read that will make it to the top of the bestseller lists? Should people read this book? Now, I know you're thinking I'm bonkers, but let me tell you why 'Unearthly', despite it's girl-next-door appearance, should be winning Miss America. But before I begin, may I just say how str Is this a revolutionary, earth-shattering book that will change the face of YA fantasy? But before I begin, may I just say how strongly I feel that whoever wrote the blurb for this book ought to be fired.
Read this blurb. 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. 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.
Now, if you're like me, and have read too many terrible YA PNRs to count, this blurb pretty much represents your worst nightmare. It's got all the ingredients necessary for a horrible cliched story that reminds you of every other story of this sort you have ever read.
Love triangle, check. Boy of your dreams literally! Small town school with dark mysterious beings in the woods, check.
And so on. So you read the blurb, and you shudder at the prospect of reading this book, and you move on like I did. Then someone whose taste you trust writes a review and says, this is a fabulous book, you should read it. And you read it, and like it, and then you get to the point I started out from, which is, the death of the blurb-writer. Unearthly is a book that is absolutely worth reading.
When I first started it, I was like, why are people recommending this book to me?! There were prophetic dreams of hot boys and now Clara what a horrible name, btw was moving across the country to get to said hot boy. Obviously she was going to meet him, and he was going to fall for her super-specialness, that he managed to divine by glancing at her boobs and she was going to fall for his pretty face, since fate had decreed it so.
Welcome to the Twilight Zone pun intended. But I was SO wrong. Cynthia Hand twists her story very, very cleverly. SO much so that you're feeling all smug and superior for more than half of the book because all your expectations of shitty YA fantasy have come true. And then, halfway through, all your expectations are shattered and you're no longer reading about some stereotypical names-on-a-page, They have actually become real people with real problems, and everyday emotions.
So Clara ends up falling not for some guy she's only seen in her dreams, but for an actual person with whom she has spent time, someone with flaws, someone who gets her, and whom she gets. And more importantly, once they have fallen in love, it is not all smooth sailing. It's not like "Oh, you're angel, that's great, I have no issues with the fact that you start going out with me without giving me some pertinent details about your life.
If you lie to them, they get angry, and they want you to go away. Becca Fitzpatrick, take note! I also like that all the other female characters in this book aren't bitchy wanna-bes who pale in comparison to the heroine. Even Dream Boy's bitchy-seeming girlfriend has a core of humanity; Clara's best friend is not some milk-and-water miss but a dark girl with bite and an actual personality.
Clara's mom is a little annoying, but Hand does a good job with making her convincingly secretive. Clara has a believable love-hate relationship with her brother. There are a lot of open-ended plotlines in the book that I am looking forward to exploring in the next book. I actually like Clara and Christian and Tucker, none of whom are too good to be true, and I'm looking forward to seeing what their story is going to be.
Unearthly does a great job stirring up interest for the series, and it is a relief to read about teens with healthy relationships who can be counted on to behave like normal people. Glory be! View all 16 comments. Jul 29, Navessa rated it really liked it Shelves: I did a bad thing. I ruined breakfast.
The waffle and the sausage may never forgive me. For those of you who are wondering "What the fuck? Has she finally lost it? You see, I was supposed to buddy read this with Rose and Ellis in October but after reading a book that left me questioning my faith in humanity I decided to pick this up and just skim the first chapter, you know, "Just the tip, just for a second, just to see how it feels".
We all know how that goes. Eight hours l I did a bad thing. Eight hours later it was two a. So ladies, I'm sorry. I've been wanting to tell you for a week but as I'm a coward I waited until the day I'm leaving for vacation so I wouldn't have to deal with any potential fallout. View all 43 comments. Oct 29, Lyndsey rated it really liked it Shelves: I was wired on Christmas Stocking candy while writing this. I'll warn you once.
Only read the underlined parts: Unearthly's all about earth stuff. Just Kidding. It's not. It is. It's not It's about UN-earth stuff. Like angels. It's about devils. I'm evil like a devil. I am evil like a G6. Just kidding. I'm actually fly like a G6. I don't even know what a G6 is. Of course, I do. It's a cybern So It's a cybernetic butterfly. But wouldn't a cybernetic butterfly be cool?
This book was about cybernetic butterflies. It's about Clara Gardner. And if you don't already know that you must be living under a rock. Why would be living under a rock?
Unless you are a worm. I know a worm. No really, I do. There are no worms in this book but Clara Gardner is part angel! There's also a really hot guy named Tucker.
Maybe he knows where to find some worms. Not really because He's a cowboy. Cowboys should know something about worms.
There's another really hot guy named Christian, and Clara has a strange connection to him. They're actually Siamese twins. I stayed up past 4am to finish this it. Once again, I could not have predicted the outcome!
There are so many plot twists and mysteries revealed and it's not what you would expect at all. And I have a sinking feeling that Hallowed is sure to upset quite a few fans If you think I'm going to sit here and feed you spoilers, sorry kids, not gonna happen.
And at first I found myself really irritated with her for keeping secrets, but by the end of the book, I couldn't bring myself to be angry at her any longer. We were left with so many unanswered questions at the end of Unearthly, mostly thanks to Clara's mom, but rest assured, many are answered.
And of course, with more answers we get even more questions. The love triangle I'm sure you saw that coming, as did I, but here's the thing: I liked it. I usually hate love triangles because I find them a bit played out and predictable. But it worked so well in Hallowed. This probably has something to do with the fact that Hand wrote these characters so well. Their relationships are very believable and heartbreakingly realistic. We see a whole other side to Christian and Tucker.
It's rather easy to love them both because they both care deeply for Clara and respect her. There are no semi-abusive love interests here.
How about that? We are really able to connect with Clara on another level because of that, especially everything that she goes through in this book. And she goes through a lot. The simple sentences and Clara's ramblings really helped me feel everything Clara felt. The pacing was a bit slower in this book than the last, but again, it works so perfectly.
Hand gives us the opportunity to let it really sink in. The pacing just goes hand in hand with the plot, which too is very subtle. At first you become eager to get to the end, but you will come to dread it. So beautifully written. The dialog Cynthia Hand, you are so slick and I love you for it. Those Twilight burns you put in there?
Oh, yeah, I think you know how brilliantly awesome that was. Before I moved here, I never got the whole love-triangle thing. But oh, no, they both must have her. William is so sensitive, he understands me, he swept me off my feet, oh misery, blubber, blubber, but how can I go on living without Rafe and his devil-may-care ways and his dark and only-a-little-abusive love? Yup, that's pure win right there. The ending It was so heartbreaking.