Jan 102011

Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: January 4, 2011
Pages: 435

From Goodreads:
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 need to stop second-guessing myself when it comes to paranormal books. I hear about a particular book and think, “Am I really going to like that?” And more often than not, I love it! Am I really going to like vampires? Am I really going to like werewolves? Am I really going to like casters? Am I really going to like angels? The answer to all – YES YES YES YES!!

This is my first book about angels and I was super impressed. I really enjoyed learning more about the world without it delving into anything too religious or controversial. I really thought I was reading more of a contemporary romance than I did a paranormal book at times. With this book being the first in the series, there isn’t a large amount of information shared, but just enough to keep the reader intrigued.

While I loved the main character, Clara, I think I have to pick Tucker as my favorite. I love Tucker. He is totally up there with the other people included in the swoonworthy crowd, including Jace, Sam, Peeta, and many, many others. I enjoyed seeing how their relationship developed throughout the book and can’t WAIT too see where it goes in future books.

A major highlight for me in Unearthly was the incredible description of the nature and scenery in Wyoming. The way the author described the trees, mountains, sky, etc. made me want to go visit immediately and see if for myself. I think Cynthia Hand picked the perfect setting for the book!

And let’s discuss the cover. When I first saw it on NetGalley, I thought it was pretty but nothing too exciting or awe-inspiring. Then I saw it in Borders in real life – whoa. It’s gorgeous. Dare I say it rivals Nightshade on my favorite covers list. I’m so glad the cover is fabulous because it suits the book SO much better than the other version.

I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone. Even if you aren’t into the paranormal thing, give it a shot. You just might be surprised :) .

Special thanks to HarperTeen and NetGalley for providing the review copy.


  9 Responses to “Unearthly by Cynthia Hand”

  1. Great review. It was definitely one of the best angel books I’ve read.

  2. Yes. TUCKER. Yes.

  3. Wasn’t too impressed by hush, hush, so I’ve avoided the angels, but great reviews like this one are making me think I need to try it! Thanks!

    I just won a copy of Nightshade, and I can’t wait to have that pretty thing on my shelf (although I didn’t think Calla was too much of a girlie girl that’s on the cover).


  4. I am so excited to read this book! I have it sitting on my kitchen table & I think I need to read it next :-) And I agree, the cover is GORGEOUS!!

  5. I keep hearing how awesome this is! I definitely need to request this on Netgalley. Great review, Tara! :)

  6. Oh yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one too, it’s one of my favorites:) I adored Clara, and I’m with you on Tucker, he is definitely worthy of being on a list alongside Jace and Peeta! So excited for book two, I just wish we didn’t have to wait so long. Fantastic review Tara:)

  7. I’m not really into the angel books, but I’ve heard such great things about this one I’ll have to give it a shot. Great review!

  8. I’ve got this one just waiting for me on my Kindle…I need to get to it!

    Love your blog-come by and say hi if you get a chance!

  9. Great review! I’ve been wanting this book forever! I only ever hear good things about it, and the cover is gorgeous! I just started a review blog, and I’m still trying to learn how to cut down my reviews since I know they are super long and NOBODY wants to read a review over 500 words! Lol. :) So if you could follow my blog or have any advise for me, I would love to hear from you! Thank you!
    Keep up the great reviews! (I’m your newest follower) :)

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