Saturday, March 3, 2012

[BOOK REVIEW] Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Title: Unearthly

Author:  Cynthia Hand

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Year Published: 2011

Number of Pages: 435 pages

Date Read: 3/2/2012

Series: Unearthly #1   

Publisher:  HarperTeen

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 15+ (Some Language)

I have been reading many paranormal romance novels for teens, the main one being Richelle Mead’s “Vampire Academy.”  Now, I have stumbled upon this new paranormal romance book called “Unearthly” by Cynthia Hand and man, was it an excellent ride!  “Unearthly” is one teen paranormal romance novel that is filled with drama, forbidden love, destiny and some hot loving that teens will definitely get a thrill out of!

Clara Gardner was just a normal teenaged girl who does normal teenage things like talking to her friends and being involved in sports.  But one day, when Clara receives a vision that includes her saving a boy in Wyoming who is involved in a forest fire, she and her family, her mother and her younger brother Jeffrey, leave their hometown in California and move to Wyoming so that way, Clara can fulfill her purpose in saving the young man.  While at her new school, Clara meets an attractive boy named Christian Prescott who she immediately falls in love with and just when she thought that she might have a future with Christian, Clara meets another boy named Tucker Avery who at first she does not get along with, but she starts to develop feelings for him.  Unfortunately, when Clara gets closer to fulfilling her purpose, who will she choose?

Wow! This book was just so amazing that I have actually stayed up late so many nights just to get through this book!  This was the first book I have read by Cynthia Hand and I am already hooked on her work!  Cynthia Hand has done a brilliant job at writing this story as it is filled with drama and forbidden romance that really got me hooked the moment I started reading this book!  What I loved the most about this book was how Cynthia Hand wrote each of the characters as they felt so real to me, especially with the characters, Clara Gardner, Tucker Avery and Christian Prescott.  Before I get into what I loved about the heroes in this book, I would like to declare my love for the main heroine Clara Gardner.  Clara Gardner is such an interesting character as she is an angel-blood and I loved the way that she is always exploring with her powers as an angel such as performing an impressive stunt called “glory” where she glows and being able to fly with her huge white wings.  I also loved Clara Gardner’s character as she is extremely kind hearted yet she is always curious about her heritage and what kind of secrets it holds. Now, this was definitely the first romance novel I have come across that has two heroes in the story and they were Tucker Avery and Christian Prescott.  I enjoyed both heroes, but I am definitely leaning more towards Tucker Avery.  While it is true that Tucker Avery and Clara Gardner did not get off on a good start, when they started getting together, it was just magic between these two.  It was awesome seeing that Tucker Avery is not the rude boy that he was presented as in the beginning of this book, but is a truly caring and honest person and that really made me fall head over heels in love with him!  Christian Prescott was a truly great hero of this story as he has a kind nature and seems to care about Clara also.  The only thing that sort of bothers me about Christian Prescott’s character is that we do not know much about him like we know Tucker Avery and he seems to be a plot device used in Clara’s need to be in Wyoming.  I loved the way that Clara and Tucker’s relationship was moving along slowly where they try to get to know each other instead of falling instantly in love with each other because it shows how real their relationship is and how they have so much in common with each other.

The only problem with this book is that there is some language in this book, but it is not too bad and it is extremely few in between.  For anyone who might be offended by profanity, you might want to skip over the scenes that contain the offending language.

Overall, “Unearthly” is clearly a brilliant book about choosing what you want, despite destiny having a way into your life and because of this book; I am more interested than ever in reading the sequel, “Hallowed!”

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