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.
That's all I can think right now.
In the beginning of UNEARTHLY, the action is dull. The characters are gloomy and remorseful after an unexpected move to Wyoming. The school life is really stereotypical, and the friends are all meh.
Then, when the main love interests are introduced into the story and the plot thickens, you're quickly and unexpectedly thrown into a thrill ride that's unforgettable.
If this review were solely on the last half of the book, it'd be five stars no-questions-asked. The action is just so gripping, and the characters' emotions are so tangible, you'd have to be a really tough critic to rate it any lower. Everything is just paced so perfectly, and dialogue is so precise--it's the closest thing to a perfect book. But, sadly, the first half screws things up.
The lack of action or excitement in the beginning knocked off a solid star from the book. Sure, it was needed to set the rest of the book up, but it could've been done a little more interestingly, like Clara, literally the perfect girl, wasn't halfway bored to death sitting there talking to Wendy and Angela.
The characters weren't too lackluster--I found Clara's friends Wendy and Angela (Angela especially) quite interesting, and Tucker and Christian weren't too shabby, either. The thing I like about the way Hand created the foundation for the love triangle is the fact that Christian and Tucker are both distinctly different characters, and how choosing between them will create completely different lifestyles for Clara; it's not like they're boring clones of each other created for the sole purpose of giving Clara two people vying for her attention and therefore more "plot."
UNEARTHLY really impressed me (and may I say how cute this book is?! I just wanna tickle it!), and I am literally counting down the days until HALLOWED is released.
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As a side note, this is the next book I'll be reviewing: