Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
I began skimming through my Goodreads “Read” list, searching for a warm, festive book for the holiday month of December…and I realized I don’t read too many “ho-ho-ho!” and hot cocoa-worthy books. So, I went with the angel-themed story/series, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (to honor the angel at the top of my Christmas tree, of course…Bit of a stretch? Maybe, but oh well!). This is one of my favorite YA series, so hopefully you can enjoy it too!
“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.”
A reliable friend recommended the Unearthly series to me last winter. To be honest, when I saw the cover I wasn’t all too eager to read it. It just didn’t “wow!” me and it had a juvenile edge to it that made me wary. But, I decided to trust my friend and gave it a chance. And I’m so glad I did, because I ended up falling in love with it. I devoured Unearthly in just a couple of days, and went on to devour its sequels, Hallowed and Boundless. The plot was fun and enticing, the characters memorable and endearing, and the pace fast and thrilling. It’s a story filled with the perfect amount of humor, action, emotion and, yes, romance.
Now, I know there are quite a few paranormal/angel themed stories out there, but this is one you won’t want to miss! Give it a try (don’t let the cover deter you like it almost deterred me!).
“I feel like Cinderella sitting in the middle of the road with a pumpkin and a couple of mice, while Prince Charming charges off to rescue some other chick.”
Read more about Unearthly here!