Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don’t know where to begin or how much to divulge. When I read this book, all I knew was that it was about Angels. That’s it. So in all honestly, I was expecting another Hush Hush, Halo, Fallen book and boy was I, happily proved wrong!!
I was very much enthralled by this novel. I was wary and distrustful of positive reviews of it, and it ended up surpassing my expectations. It is not driven by the main character’s stupidity, like many YA paranormal romances are. It is not focused on some girl’s obsession over a guy who treats her like crap. Truly a breath of fresh air!
I absolutely loved Cynthia’s writing style. I flew through this book without even realizing that I was through it.
The angel mythology unfolds at a good pace as well. Hand does a great job of not mucking the concept of angels by making angels in her novel some sexy beasts who are allowed to do whatever and still remain angels.
Clara is a fantastic character! It was so refreshing to read about a girl being the angel, trying to save a boy for once! She certainly had her issues, but she was no damsel in distress. She made me laugh with her playful banter.
Christian is the perfect all-American hottie, it’s hard not to love him.
Loved Clara’s brother, Jeffrey, as well! He had such a sense of humor, I found myself laughing quite a few times.
Tucker is level-headed, easy-going, and gorgeous and a bit snarky at times.
Cynthia Hand did a remarkable job of bringing these characters to life. I can’t wait to see more of them and how their story unfolds.
By now, you probably know that I’m not a huge romantic. I like a good romance but not to the point where the entire book is driven by it and the characters make stupid decisions due to it, much less an insta-love.
Unearthly managed to fulfill my expectations of romance. I loved the love triangle, believe it or not I am a huge fan of them, well the well-written one , going on in the novel and I LOVE that there was no instant-love.
Hand proves that there can be a romance between a supernatural and a human, and neither is obsessed with another & ready to die of despair if they end up breaking up. Nobody in the relationship has to be a stalker or a doormat. The fact that Hand shows that teens can fall in love not due to someone being hot or sparkly, but rather actually talking and getting to know one another, is something I love about this book.
I did find the beginning of the book a little disjointed, and there were a few sections that could have used smoother transitions, but overall it’s really terrific.
My suggestion for you is to stop reading this and go buy Unearthly and read it if you haven’t already. Because, in the plethora of angel themed YA novels being published, Unearthly definitely stands out and is worth the read.
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