Saturday, 1 January 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Clara has known she was part-angel ever since she turned fourteen two years ago. But now she is finally getting visions of what her Purpose - a rite of passage for every part-angel - is to be, and it happens to involve a gorgeous guy. Of course, there is the raging forest fire surrounding them, too. When Clara's Purpose leads her family to Wyoming, Clara finds the boy of her visions, Christian, but complicating her mission are her growing feelings for another guy, Tucker. As the day in her visions draws closer, Clara discovers that her Purpose may play into a larger struggle between angels and Black Wings - fallen angels who spread sadness and misery wherever they go. But when the fire erupts and both Christian and Tucker are in danger, who will she choose to save?

Release Date 4/1/11

There seems to be a lot of angel books being released lately. I was worried that they might start to go downhill to the silly extreme like vampires and werewolves have, but luckily, it hasn't happened yet.

This is the debut novel from Cynthia Hand and I'm really hoping that it's going to be the first in a series. I had a check on her site and unfortunately can't find a mention of any upcoming books. Cynthia (or someone in the know), if you read this please put me out of my misery!!

The book starts with Clara having a vision of her Purpose and this leads to a lot of things, mainly her family moving so they're in the right place at the right time. She quickly finds the subject of her Purpose visions and tries to get to know him. She also gets to know Tucker, but this isn't necessarily a good thing. She also tries to find out more about her angel half and her purpose but her mum keeps very tight lipped about it all so she has her work cut out for her.

I loved Cynthia's take on angels, a family living amongst us but carrying out angelic duties. Clara was very likeable and has to deal with normal teenage things as well as her impending Purpose. I liked her friends and I loved Tucker.

If you like the angel market (Hush Hush, Fallen etc) then this is a must read.


Book Depository: Unearthly
Amazon UK: Unearthly


  1. Sounds good! Thanks for the review.

  2. The main characters' personalities were well developed, but they retained enough mystery to keep you wanting to get to know them better. The scenery is described very nicely, making me long for a trip the mountains to fly fish in the cold mountain rivers. Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised with this impulse buy and have been highly recommending it to all of my friends who enjoy good YA books (and some who don't).