Review: Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Copy courtesy of NetGalley and HarperCollins
Release Date: Jan 4, 2011

Clara has a destiny, a purpose, because she is part angel. Her purpose makes itself known through a series of visions, which conveniently come at inconvenient times. In her vision, she sees a boy (super cute) and gets some location specific info. The whole family picks up, and moves so that she can pursue this destiny. She meets the boy and her visions reveal that she belongs with him. There is of course another boy to complicate matters.

It's unfortunate that Christian (the boy from the vision) is so 'perfect' because he would be more interesting if he had some faults. Clara is somewhat standard for blundering about because she is kept mostly in the dark about what being an angel means. The best part of the book are Clara's "dates" with the other contender for her affection. It feels the most realistic.

Unearthly is not an excellent read, mostly it feels like it's being published on the wave of supernatural teen books because it has a twist about angels. The idea of angels having children is intriguing, but the execution of the idea leaves something to be desired. There are a lot of coincidences that seem contrived and the ending doesn't seem to resolve much (rather unsatisfying cliffhanger), but it's not a bad story if you don't think too hard.

Star Rating: 2.0/5.0

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Hopping on in to say 'hi'. I like your reviews; short and sweet.


Oh crud... I've got a digital edition of this waiting for me.. I had high hopes. Dang it.

Great blog BTW!

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@kel A lot of other people liked it ^^ so you may still like it.


Thanks for commenting on my discussion post over at book blogs. I'm now following your blog :)

I've wanted to read Hitchhikers for ages, but only just got around to it. It was worth it, although I didn't love it as much as I hoped I would.



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