Unearthly by Cynthia Hand | Book ReviewUnearthly by Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly #1
Published by HarperTeen on January 4th 2011
Pages: 435
Format: Paperback

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?


At first  I didn’t really know what to think about this book. I bought it because I heard a lot of positive reviews about it, but personally I’ve always been a bit sceptic about “Angel” fiction. A prejudice I wrongly assumed I decided after reading this book.

Cynthia hand has a way of bringing a story alive. Her descriptions of scenery I loved. Her writing style is smooth, with nice and easy-going dialogues.

Clara Gardner is a brilliant protagonist. She’s a really strong character in the story and a personality that sticks with you. She was really confused, who wouldn’t be when you have visions of a stranger and that saving him is your purpose. She knows what she has to do but when, where and why remain unanswered questions for her. I love stories in which the protagonist undergoes a journey throughout the book. Which was the case in Unearthly. Clara has a lot of learning to do and while she is learning she slowly finds herself as the story progresses.

Then there is Tucker. I’m only gonna say this once, but boy would I love to get him for the day as my birthday present! I adored Tucker. In the beginning of the book Clara doesn’t like him at all, but his antics made me laugh every single time. You could just tell that there was more to him than he let on. It didn’t take long for me to start cheering for the hottie with the cowboy hat every time he made an appearance in the story.

I didn’t really know about Cristian though. I kinda liked him, but on the other hand I didn’t. I don’t really know what’s up with him, and the way Unearthly ended left me with even more questions.

To say I’m surprised at how much I like Unearthly would be an understatement. In my opinion Cynthia Hand has done a marvelous job with this book. The story kept me on my toes, I never really knew what was supposed to happen next. The story kind of has an unique touch and it somehow captivated me. I’m really curious to see what’s going to happen next. Guess I’m gonna have to buy the sequel!