Book: Unearthly (Unearthly #1)Author: Cynthia HandPublisher: HarperTeenPages: 439 PagesFormat: PaperbackI was looking through the Goodreads lists and after a while, I had noticed that this book had been on the majority of them, so I knew it was well loved. And once I saw that it was on sale on Amazon, I knew I had to get it. Also, thanks to Briana at Pages Unbound for encouraging me to pick it up on Twitter.
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?Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.
I had never read an angel series, so I had no idea what to expect. But what I really enjoyed was how the Angels were really incorporated into the world. There wasn't any magical tool that hid them from 'mortals' and it was really realistic. It really helped the book flow and bring up natural conflict.
Another thing that I liked was that there was no insta-love! I swear to everything that is holy that if I read about one more quirky teen falling in love with the popular boy in a cliched way, I'm going to set fire to my hair. The fact that all the romances in this book were born naturally and slowly made everything more believable and more accurate.
The story though was a bit lacking. It was a good set up for book 2 and I think that that will be better than the first one. I really don't have much to say about this other than that I really enjoyed it.
3.5/5 stars. It was lacking a bit and that really set me back, but it was a quick, fun read.