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Unearthly Got to rate a 5 for my own book I always feel a little bad when I disagree with the majority about a book like there must be something I'm missing or I obviously didn't 'get' it I do understand why a lot of people enjoyed Unearthly and there were parts I liked too but I still wasn't blown away As far as young adult stories about angels go this is probably one of the best only that's not really saying much I found the book okay in many ways I don't have a huge rant to make about girls who are obsessed with boys over everything else or just plain annoying but the most dominant emotion I felt through a lot of this novel was boredomIt seems that my expectations are always going to be ripped apart and tossed aside If I'd opened this book expecting to hate it I'd probably have written a 5 star dazzling review As it happens I was hyped up on all the rave reviews even from some of my hardest to please friends and I kept reading on and on and waiting for the plot or characters to grab me so I'd think yes I definitely see why everyone loves this but it never happened that way It starts with a mysterious vision that sounded potentially very interesting which then leads our protagonist Clara and her family to Wyoming in order to follow the call of her angelic purpose she's part angel From there the story simply seems to spiral off into another high school drama Clara's angelic purpose all centres around the hottest and most popular boy in school and she then of course becomes immediate enemies with his eually gorgeous and popular girlfriend Then we get to an array of proms boy troubles class projects and finally the realisation that maybe mr popular angelic purpose is not the one Clara truly wants to be withIt was all fine I just never got a sense of wow or any particular need to stalk until Hallowed comes out I wanted very much to like it I don't know if my expectations were too high but I obviously missed what makes this book so special That's why I'd still recommend this book to anyone who loves a bit of young adult paranormalness not a word because I'm fairly sure that the problem was my own Everyone I've talked to loved this book and I'm not entirely sure why I just couldn't get into it The characters were varied and interesting there were some parts I found uite funny it just I don't know The best thing I can tell you in this review is to read it for yourself It's been a few months since I finished this book and I'm still swooning You shall be read again soon my precioussssssActual rating Teetering on 45 stars Hush Hush who Halo what Fallen huhAfter reading the catastrophe Hush Hush I had pretty much given up on reading any books involving angels As far as I was concerned it would be my first and last angel book I resisted the urge mostly thanks to my dear Goodreads friend's reviews to pick up Halo and Fallen even though they still remain on my TBR shelf At first glance I thought 435 pages This means 435 pages of misery or 435 pages of awesomeness Needless to say I was not very optimistic about this book demoting it all the way to the bottom of the library book pile But I decided to give it a chance And I can honestly say I'm glad I did Unearthly will make you forget all about those sad pathetic excuses for a book about angels Unearthly is the real deal Unearthly tells the story of a 16 year old girl Clara who is 14 part angel blood The book opens with her discovering her purpose in life It appears she is destined to save a young boy from a forest fire So together with her mother and brother Jeffery they pack up their house and home and move from California to Wyoming At first glance you think you have this book figured out You're thinking Ok I know what's going to happen She is going to save this dude and they are going to fall in love yada yada yada And just when you're feeling really clever for single handedly predicting the outcome of the book Cynthia Hand shatters your preconceptions I love a good plot twist and this book exceeded my expectations A few things I LOVED about Unearthly1 No disappearing parent syndrome Clara's mother was very much apart of her life Albeit mysteriously she is always there to help Clara with succeeding in fulfilling her purpose 2 Likeable heroine Not once did I feel irritated at Clara for doing something dumb She isn't overly whinny or a pathetic damsel 3 Healthy relationships You will not find insta love in this book No sir In fact I would say Hand may have written one of the best developing relationships I've read in a long time She let it build up perfectly By the time our heroine actually falls in love it is believable As a result it is much easier to feel Clara's emotions I could feel myself swooning Clara isn't overly dependent on her love interest either She learns to draw on her own inner strength Kudoos to Hand for handeling this very wellIf there is one complaint I have it't that I didn't really like how it ended It felt akward to me like it was imcomplete There are so many unanswered uestion left in the ending that it almost drove me insane And to top it off the next book doesn't come out till next freakin' year AnywhoIn conclusion it pains me to think this book will be compared to Halo Fallen and Hush Hush It's in a higher and better league then them hands down So I've decided to do my own little comparison through a visual story EnjoyOnce upon a time there was a girl who loved life Everything was wonderful Untill one fatefull day she picked up and it left her in a state of After finishing CoFA she sank further into depression The girl felt no one could understand the mental pain she felt Then one day she came accross Unearthly and she saw the heavens open with rays of light The girl was once again happy The endIronicly if you google Angel saving human this pops up as an image Coincidence I'll leave that up to youMy Hallowed review can be found hereMore reviews and at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog 45 out of 5 stars Finally a well written angel series Clara's physical appearance the wings the flying the glory make angels sound impossibly beautiful The descriptions are so well done that you can really picture and feel what it would like to be in the presence of one The supernatural aspects are well balanced by a solid grounding in Clara's day to day life as a teenager with excellent descriptions of school projects relationships with her friends and her brother and especially her conflicted relationship with her extraordinary mother The characters are well developed and there's terrific courtship that is blessedly normal and crazy appealing I appreciate the unusual choice to wait until much later in the book to get things really started on the dating front as you've already gotten to know Clara pretty well by this point and it's in the right context of her life Important and fulfilling for sure but not the be all and end all of her life as so often happens in YA books Once it comes however it's very sweet and very convincingI 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 It's easy to understand Clara's conflict and it's easy to like Clara who has unearthly perfections but who is also just trying to find her way in life An excellent start to a what should be an excellent series This review also appears in The Midnight Garden Rating 25 Stars I just want to let you all know that while I'm writing this I am also building a fort Yes a fort to protect me from all the boulders and bombs that will most likely be thrown my way for highly disliking this novel It doesn't matter that my fort is made of pillows or that it contains highly flammable books inside it the point is I have a fort Thus I hope you won't attack me sincewellI have a fort Part 1 In Which I Get It I get it I seriously do I get why there is so much hype surrounding this novel I get why you all love it I really do Unearthly released during a time when angel novels such as Hush Hush Hades and Fallen were making waves not all good in the book community Thus in comparison with those novels Unearthly is truly a masterpiece But in my opinion it's a masterpiece in the same way that Twilight is a masterpiece when compared to Fifty Shades of Grey or Beautiful Disaster It's much better than the norm but it isn't that good at the same time More about that later back to why I get it First and foremost Unearthly provides a new and uniue take on angel lore Not only is it a story that doesn't feature a teenage girl falling in love with a fallen angel it is also a story that doesn't feature insta love or a true love triangle Yippee Clara the protagonist of our story is one fourth of an angel herself In Hand's novel angels are given a divine purpose in life that they must fulfill As they grow into teenagers they begin to get glimpses or visions of their purpose and must accordingly go about completing them Thus when Clara is given a vision of saving a handsome teenage boy from a fire she and her family take off from California to Wyoming where she meets Christian the boy of her dreams literally Now let me discuss the reasons why this novel really is uite good First and foremost I loved Clara's relationship with her mother who is a half angel While I found it to be a little too perfect at some points it was still nice to see her mother be such an active part of her life Further I found that Clara's apprehensions about moving her difficulty fitting into the social scheme at her new school and her confusion over whether or not she is meant to get closer to Christian all handled uite realistically In addition to Christian though we have Tucker Avery the annoying twin brother of Clara's best friend Wendy Tucker and Clara's relationship took a forefront in the second half of the novel and I enjoyed how it was never rushed and it grew through conversation and the two spending time with each otherSo really there's a lot to love about this book 1 OriginalUniueNew take on angel lore 2 No Missing Parent Syndrome 3 uite realistic emotions 4 One heart warming romance that grows through conversation So you might ask what went wrong Part 2 In Which I Don't Fall for the Hype You see despite having some excellent and interesting points Unearthly was actually a massive disappointment I believe that this is primarily due to the order in which I read my angel books 1 Hush Hush 2 Daughter of Smoke and Bone 3 Angelfall 4 Shadows 5 Unearthly Do you see a problem here No Well let me tell you I read this novel after reading Angelfall and Daughter of Smoke and Bone two of the best angel novels written Thus I didn't have massively low expectations for my next angel novel Combined with the glowing ratings and hype surrounding this story I was really expecting something great I feel as if whenever I go into a story expecting to hate it I love it and whenever I go into a novel expecting to love it I usually hate it I had a similar experience with this one While Unearthly had an original premises which I found fascinating it was extremely boring for than half the story It was like any other contemporary romance with Clara attending high school fainting when she saw Mr I am SO hot Christian and attempting to get closer to him because she felt a romantic spark between them Yeah nothing uniue there huh I liked how Clara began to learn about her angel abilities with her angel blood friend Angela but either than that everything about this story was so typicalSpeaking of Clara her character simply grated on me I think this might simply be an issue of personal preference but Clara was perfect As in she is an angel therefore she is literally perfect Clara was beautiful Clara had gorgeous hair Clara could do any sport effortlessly Clara could charm any guy she wanted Clara could speak any language she wanted Clara could do this perfectly Clara could do that perfectly Clara was a freaking perfect angel I get it I know she's an angel but it was so silly Why did Clara need to be perfect I love flawed characters and while Clara was flawed in the sense that she did rebel against the laws of her angelic society and she found some things hard for the most part I was just annoyed with her Further I couldn’t connect with her in the least Clara you have a problem Well guess what Us humans We always have problems so suck it up It seems harsh but I was extremely irritated by this uality of hers I think it became less problematic as the novel progressed but it was glaringly obvious – and casted Clara into a petulant light actually – for the first half of the story Once the half way mark of this novel was passed it began to pick up a little I liked how Clara refused to be one of those girls who chased after a guy and her developing relationship with Tucker was sweet I loved Tucker Avery he is everything you want a guy to be In fact I found him to be a little too perfect actually which annoyed me ever so slightly If you liked Zeke from The Immortal Rules you'll probably adore Tucker Yet while I hated Zeke I did manage to like Tucker despite his perfection While I found his reaction to Clara's angel background and his acceptance of certain actions they were forced to take during their relationship very unrealistic and too convenient it was still bearable Yet I was rolling my eyes the moment the word love popped into the picture Yes Clara and Tucker did like each other but love Puh lease give me a break Further Clara still felt drawn to Christian which was simply irritating I know she chose one of the guys but it felt as if the plot still had love triangle potential which made me want to run away screaming While Tucker is a complete gentleman Christian is a total jerk Yes I mean it a JERK While he did perform a rather inexcusable act on the night of prom it was even worse before that night when he refused to be seen in Clara's presence around his friends I hate guys like that and Christian no matter how HOT he may have been was no exception Further I found the fact that Clara was so obsessed him to be rather startling and boring I didn’t care about Christian I didn’t understand how dating Christian was going to help her solve her purpose I didn’t even understand why her mother was being such a stickler about her dating anyone but Christian Somehow I never felt the seriousness of this whole purpose Yes I got that it was Clara’s fate or destiny but that actual sense of urgency that should have sent my heart rate up and made me sit on the edge of my seat with panic and worry Uhyeah that was missing Majorly While Unearthly began to wind down we had an extra sub plot of a fallen angel thrown in Notice the key word sub plot As in not the main focus In fact it was so miniscule that I’m confused as to what role it even played in the plot of this story In addition the ending of this novel was nowhere near as shocking as other readers had extolled It was not such a major plot twist and I for one was unimpressed by it If anything I’m annoyed with the ending of Unearthly It leaves a lot of loose threads hanging makes the reader uestion what exactly even happened during those last thirty five pages of action and wonder whether picking up the seuel is even worth it Yes that’s right 35435 Pages of this novel were action What were the other 400 Pages devoted to High School Prom Romance Flying Teen Angst Jerks Just your usual run of the mill dramatic teenage novel In conclusion while there is a lot to love about this book its execution falls flat Its characters are way too perfect its romance is both convenient and not love even though it claims it is the action its premises promises is miniscule it throws in random sub plots that only serve to make the reader confused and need to pick up the seuel in annoyance and the few characters who are not perfect are simply annoying irritating or serve no purpose to the story I like the idea of Unearthly and I like its writing and even the outline of its characters but when you dig deeper and really analyze this novel it’s nothing much but a standard Young Adult Paranormal Romance paraded around under a cover of hype false originality and very little true action to compensate for its flaws Now the million dollar uestion is will I read the seuel I think no While it probably will be a uick read much like Unearthly was for me I don't think I'm up for another dose of this world I simply don't care for the characters enough and while some readers claim the seuel is better most lowered their ratings ever so slightly which means I will probably wind up giving Hallowed One Star I think I'd rather just avoid writing that snarky review thank you very much Would I recommend Unearthly If you haven’t read Angelfall or Daughter of Smoke and Bone then yes I would For you it’ll be a uniue and utterly compelling read I however was disappointed and extremely unimpressed by this one With that I am off to hide under my impenetrable fort let the boulder throwing beginYou can read this review and on my blog Ivy Book Bindings Thanks for the push Jess Tetons and Yellowstone cowboys log houses swimming in rivers boygirl twins NOMNOMNOM I didn't even give a crap that this book is about angels I loved it In the beginning there's a boy standing in the treesClara 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 easyHer 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 sideAs 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 destinyUnearthly is a moving tale of love and fate and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart “I'm looking at you Why are you always trying to hide how pretty you are” I've been thinking about my rating of this book for two hours and it's precariously between 1 and 2 stars since the moment I finished it I know you're wanting to beat the crap out of me right now for giving this book just two stars How dare IPlease just let me explain and if you're not satisfied with the answers after that you can slap my face as hard as you want I'll let you “Hey Carrots he says” Unearthly is not an awful book by all means The book starts off with a great premise and a strong lead famale character Although I didn't like Clara for her voice being flat and uite boring when she tries to narrate her own story in each chapter She's just rambling and going on and on with her routine which I didn't want to know I wanted to tell her to shut the fck up and rearrange her thought when her story started spinning out of its way “I think he seriously believes that deflowering an angel could mean an eternity in fiery hell” The setting of Unearthly is weak in my opinion and I didn't blame the author for this I blamed myself because I couldn't get into the story and the world building that was easily to fall in love with I just couldn't feel that connection to the characters and the story through this book I'm so sorry Still I don't know about this world where angels exist and the fine line between Black and White I nodded and nodded through the book but I didn't even know how it could be like thatThe first 80% should have been substituted with the last few chapters of this book The whole story is wrapped up after excruciate pain I have endured it kept pushing me away from liking the book wholeheartedly The harder I tried the it kicked me in my butt This was my expectation before I read Unearthly And this is what I get from it I keep wondering I read the same book that everyone liked so much and why I felt absolutely nothing for the ending that were supposed to be mind blowing and another cliffhanger of my life Now I'm unsure whether I should read the next one or not for what pains me seriously in this book I think I can't do it again “So often we only do what we think is expected of us when we are capable of so much ” Tucker is my ship and I think I chose right didn't ILol Christian felt weird for me his feeling towards Clara wasn't exploding and sounded strange even when the truth of his was revealed I was shocked as much as Kristen Stewart when she found out Edward was a vampirehttpsgooglTvjfhG When I saw that one of my favorite goodreaders Tatiana gave this book four stars I thought she'd gone insane I mean it's a YA book featuring angels for crying out loud Surely it can't be good let alone worthy of four whole stars from Tatiana so clearly she lost her mind But I purchased the audiobook anyway because it was January 13th and I was anxiously awaiting the release of Shadowfever which was still five days away at the time Plus it didn't hurt that this audiobook was reasonably priced Initially I was a little irritated with Unearthly It starts out with a dreamvision that the main character has is it just me or do too many of these books start out the exact same way But I kept with it because I paid for it dangit Fortunately it didn't take too long for my initial irritation to wear off I'd say no longer then the first few chapters For the next several chapters I didn't have much of an opinion Not that the book was bad because it wasn't The writing was fine good even but I refused to make an official judgment call Too many times I've fallen in love with a book only in the end to hate it than poison I wasn't going to get burned Nope Not me Not again Now all is said and done I'm going to go ahead and say Tatiana isn't crazy This book is good In fact I'm going to go ahead and give this book four stars because I really like it Though in my heart it will always be a five star read because it's one of few YA paranormal romances that doesn't make me want to go on a stabbing spree Also Unearthly is the only published YA novel featuring angels that doesn't make me want to hunt down the author so I can punch himher in the face repeatedly I know the last few sentences make me seem violent beyond all reason but believe me I have plenty of reason Just read every other YA paranormal romance featuring angels and you'll agree And anyway when I say 'stabbing spree' I really mean 'write a scathing review andor weep for all the trees destroyed in order to publish such atrocities' And when I say 'hunt down the author so I can punch himher in the face' well I actually mean that Moving onSeeing as most publishers have been saturating the market with badly written ill plotted out basically retarded series about some supernatural something falling in love twuuuuu wuvvvvv with a vapid human I'd begun to believe there was no such thing as a good or even great YA paranormal romance Especially when angels are involved But Cynthia Hand changed my mind with her debut novel Unearthly It's funny but Unearthly doesn't contain some magical new concept or some amazing innovative plot twist that will make your head explode It's just good That's it Turns out Cynthia Hand's secret is actually no secret at all She employs the method of showing her audience not telling That's right Cynthia Hand doesn't assume her audience is mentally challenged Also Her main character Clara Gardener doesn't have the mental capacity of a boy crazed unmedicated ADHD 'tween hopped up on pixie stix She's normal And by normal I mean Clara's just a regular well adjusted non angry non emo non cutting teen Although yeah she has angel blood pumping through her veins but she's incredibly easy to relate to nonetheless What I love Clara doesn't do what every other protagonist in this genre does inform you she's super intelligent 'cuz she likes calculus n stuff only to prove otherwise as she dithers about like a blind slack jawed yokel the duration of the novel She's better than that Also She has a healthy yet realistic relationship with her mother They actually talk to each other and are for the most part honest with one another It's uite refreshing actually Clara isn't the the world's only most speshul angel blood evuh She's actually one of many though at first she doesn't know of any others beside her mother and her younger brother She also isn't super good at everything she does Clara doesn't have every boy falling for her at least no then your average teenage girl And like all teenagers she manages to make a fool of herself every once in a while Like I said refreshing What I really love skip this if you plan on reading this book as it is sort of spoiler y albeit hardly view spoilerthe romance It's a real importantly healthy teenage romance wherein the characters actually talk to one another get to know one another before falling in love or even liking each other for that matter The guy in this book Is normal He acts like a normal teenage guy He's not unintentionally feminine or too good to be true But he's not over the top alpha male either He's just that one guy you went to school with You know the guy everyone liked not because he was the hottest or richest in fact he probably wasn't but because he was funny charismatic and just overall likable despite his flaws though yeah it didn't hurt that he was good looking Yeah That guy And when Clara gets together with him well they aren't obnoxious No gazing into one another's eyes talking about how unworthy they feel No waxing poetic about perfect Adonis like bodies and angel like faces Their relationship contains actual substance hide spoiler I did a bad thing I ruined breakfast The waffle and the sausage may never forgive me For those of you who are wondering What the fuck Has she finally lost it the answer is 'no' You see I was supposed to buddy read this with Rose and Ellis in October but after reading a book that left me uestioning my faith in humanity I decided to pick this up and just skim the first chapter you know Just the tip just for a second just to see how it feels We all know how that goes Eight hours later it was two am and I'd finished it So ladies I'm sorry I've been wanting to tell you for a week but as I'm a coward I waited until the day I'm leaving for vacation so I wouldn't have to deal with any potential fallout

  • Hardcover
  • 435 pages
  • Unearthly
  • Cynthia Hand
  • English
  • 05 August 2014
  • 9780061996160

About the Author: Cynthia Hand

Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens including the UNEARTHLY trilogy THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE MY LADY JANE and MY PLAIN JANE with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE and the upcoming novels THE HOW AND THE WHY and MY CALAMITY JANE also with Ashton and Meadows Before turning to writing for young adults