Google+ Reading Teen: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand Review

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand Review

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (January 4, 2011)
Language: English
Author's Website:  http://cynthiahandbooks.com/
Source:  ARC Harper Teen and Netgalley

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.

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.


Review:

Unearthly releases today!!  GO BUY THIS BOOK!!

I read UNEARTHLY a while ago, and have been DYING for it to release!!  I can't wait to hold that beautiful hardback copy in my hand!  It is not a book that is good enough just to have read it......I have to own it, I have to share it.  I have to force it on my daughter and all my friends.  Seriously, it's that good!  

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.  And I'm so glad that's all I knew.  So, I don't want to give too much away.  There's a pretty big spoiler in the book description (which I took out) that I wish wasn't there because I just want people to experience it without knowing what's coming.  It's so much better that way!!  So, if you haven't read the book description, don't read it!!

I absolutely loved Cynthia's writing style.  I flew through this book without even realizing that I was through it!  It was almost like reading two different stories in one.  Like there's this incredible book, with an extra amazing story placed in the middle of it.  I felt like I was transported!  And the setting was just compelling!  I wanted to go to Wyoming and go skiing and hiking and swing on rope swings into dangerous rivers.  Everything about it just made me smile and sigh and wish it were me there living that life!  Amazing!

Clara is an fantastic character!  I just loved her!  And 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 orange hair and her playful banter.  I felt like she was a really relatable character.....even if she is an Angel!

And the romance.....sigh....the romance.  I just can't tell you how well done it was.  I so hope that you don't read a lot of reviews about this book that spoil the romance.  It was just perfect!  Tension, desire, betrayal, confusion, love that takes time to grow.....it was all just so right!

I also loved the mystery in the book.  I found everything so mysterious!  From Clara, to her mother, to Clara's friend, to her brother, and even the boy she's supposed to save.  I feel like we're just glimpsing the tip of the iceberg in this book, and I can't wait to see what unravels in the following books!  Which brings me to the cliffhanger.  The book does have some resolution, but there is also so much that is left unresolved.  Normally this drives me crazy, but when a book is this amazing, and this well written, I just want it to go on and on.  I can't wait for the next book!

Wow, it only Jan. 4 and I already have a favorites of 2011 pick.....well done!

Unearthly is our Reading Clean Spotlight pick for January, so that means a giveaway!!  Make sure you go and enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the book!  Click here to enter.


I'll read it forever!









You may want to know:  Unearthly has a minor amount of profanity, and a lot of kisses!  For more details, check it out on Parental Book Reviews!

87 comments:

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  2. I just finished this book last night, and it was really great! I loved it too! I reeeeally wanna go to Wyoming now haha. I loved Clara, and you're so right, she is really relatable; she is doing what most of us have done/are doing: trying to figure out her purpose. I loved the little quirks & references too, and I loved the relationship between her & her mom. I'm glad I'm not the only one who is now a Cynthia Hand fan :)

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  3. Your enthusiasm for this books is making me want to read it really badly!

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  4. Wow, who knew a book could be packed with so much awesome sounding things! You're making me want it right now!!

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  5. Can't wait to buy it today! Yeeeeee!!! Thanks for your review!

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  6. This is the 3rd review I've read raving about this book but confirming my worst feat - cliff hanger endings. What is with YA fantasy and the cliff hanger endings, lately? It's making me bonkers, and honestly it's really making me think twice about reading this book. I hate it when authors force me into reading the follow up book by not finishing up the story. It's fine to have unresolved issues and even if the bad guy is still at large, but enough with the more questions than answer endings. Ugh! I'm on the fence on this book now. Thanks for the honest review.
    Megan @ Read It, See It

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  7. What a beautiful book trailer! This is the next book I will be reading so I am really glad to be reading all of the positive reviews for it!

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  8. Everyone!! Yes, you must read this one!! It is awesome!

    Megan, I totally know what you mean about cliffhanger endings, I even wrote a post about it http://www.readingteen.net/2010/09/new-epidemic-is-sweeping-globe.html

    I want every book to have its own arc and resolution. But....I still liked this one. ^_^

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  9. Aylee- I love your AVATAR!!!

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  10. Andye, I agree with you wholeheartedly about putting this one on the best of 2011 list. It almost made my best of 2010 list, since I finished the ARC in Dec, but I didn't think that would be fair.

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  11. I have one word for you: TUCKER!

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  12. Before: UNEARTHLY was just another book on my to-read list.

    After: UNEARTHLY is a must-have!

    Thanks for the review!

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  13. Madeleine

    Best comment ever!!! I hope you love it!!!

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  14. I didn't expect a lot of this book but your review made me want to read it!

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  15. I totally, totally agree. Clara is already one of my favorite heroines of the year. She just felt SO real and fun and funny and strong and just perfect as a heroine! I really loved the romance too =) Totally subverted my expectations -- I love it!

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  16. I loved it as much as you did! It was a real page turner! :D Some parts were mysterious thats why its soo good! Thanks for the review! :D

    My Review

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  17. Great review! I can't wait to read this book. All the reviews I have read have been positive.

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  18. I am really looking forward to reading this book. I have heard so many good things. I actually heard of it through Richelle Mead (my fave author).

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  19. I love your review and the trailer!! I've heard so much great things about this book and everyone loves it.

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  20. This book is definitely up high on my tbr list! The cover is gorgeous and the story itself looks so well crafted. Thank you for reviewing this book!

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  21. I didn't really want to read this book until now. Excellent review! It's not often that one review will make me want a book I hadn't even considered before. =D

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  22. SOLD! I am so ready to read this book. Your enthusiasm is CONTAGIOUS! I love your review. THANK YOU for no spoilers. I REALLY appreciate that. This books sounds like a great happy feel good book that is AMAZING! Def to the top of my TBR pile!!

    Thanks!

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  23. I've really been looking forward to reading this book, especially after all the rave reviews I've seen on it!

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  24. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. I wanted it before I read your review, but now I want to read it even more! Some book about angels I just can't take, but this one sounds good! Thanks for the review. :)

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  25. I'm dying to read this book! I'm from Jackson Hole, WY and it is always fun to read about a topic you can relate to!
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  26. This sounds like something I would totally love :D

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  27. Just finished reading this! I can't wait for the sequel!

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  28. I want to read this book so bad! the cover is so beautiful!

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  29. OMG I Cannot WAIT to read it :) I've heard so much about it, and I cannot wait to get a copy!!

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  30. Thank you for this review! I've heard great things about Unearthly. I'm glad you loved it too! :) It's been in my wishlist for some time now.

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  31. I'm curious about the spoiler that you took out of the book description...I thinking about googling it but..then again I don't to to ruin it! It's refreshing to read great reviews about Unearthly which is one of my most anticipated books of the year but at the same time, it's mkaes to sad becuase I don't have my own copy YET! :)

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  32. WOW, this book sounds awesome! Great review, you shared how much you loved this book, without posting any spoilers - thank you for that!

    Already a 2011 favourite? I have to get my hands on this book! :)

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  33. I so have to read this book. During this year. Heard so much good about it :)
    And I just love the cover, its so pretty.. Great review and thanks for putting a trailer in to. Thats awesome :)

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  34. I read this book a few weeks back, in December, and absolutely loved it! The romance interests completely blew me!

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  35. I've also heard only good things about this book and LOVE cliffhangers! That's was series books are for. Unfortunately, both of the last two "Angel" books were failures for me even though most others loved them. So maybe I'll give this one a chance.

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  36. I WANNA READ IT SOOOO BAD NOW!!!!!!!!!! it's not available here only!!! *sigh*

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  37. Great review! I cannot wait to pick up this book and read it! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  38. WOW! I had read very positives of this book but I still didn't know whether to buy it or not. In the end I decided to get it but I wasn't that exited about it. Now I can't wait for it to arrive^^
    Reading the review reminded me of how I felt when I read hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

    Awesome review!

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  39. Thanks for the review. My copy is in route and I can't wait till it gets here. I am excited that it sounds like a book that I won't have to put on the "can't read quite yet" for my daughter shelf. I really enjoy reading your blog.

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  40. Unearthly sounds amazing. I've heard so many great reviews about it and they all say the same thing about the cliff hanger.I can't wait to read it though :)

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  41. Thank you for telling me NOT to read the book jacket. I usually try not to read it and rely mostly on reviews, suggestions, etc. I love the thrill of a book unfolding on its own. From everything I've heard about Unearthly I have to have it. I can't wait to read it!

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  42. I want to read this book really bad! Awesome review!

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  43. So I got to read this one and I LOVED it. It was so addicting. And it's so pretty! I need to go buy my own copy so the pretty-ness can be on my bookshelf.

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  44. Now I want to read this book even more, but my local library hasn't ordered it yet D:

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  45. Now I'm really curious about this book. Thanks for the great review (spoiler free :D).

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  46. Thanks for the great review. This book sounds really good.
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

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  47. I really want to read this book! I can't believe I still haven't picked it up.

    iLiveiLaughiLoveBooks@gmail.com

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  48. I loved this book, too! I love that she wasn't Perfect, but more like a normal girl with a big responsibility. I can't wait to see what the consequences are.

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  49. I loved this book too. :) I really enjoyed the romance, it was perfect! Thanks for your reivew!

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  50. Wow, I love the content rating! This sounds pretty good, even though I'm not so sure about the whole angel subgenre on a whole. I am glad to hear that the fallen angels are actually evil in this one, though, because, hello people!, a fallen angel is a demon!

    Do i need to say anything about being entered in the second hand saturday contest? Because it is my wish to be included in tht, please. :)

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  51. Sounds good! Can't wait to read it.

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  52. Great review. Really makes me want to read it now.
    Sue B

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  53. I was semi-impressed with this book. It was the cover that I thought was really neat. Hopefully the sequel will be as good or better.

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  54. Thanks for the great review! Just received from Amazon... It better be good!

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  55. Not usually into the whole angel-saving-human storylines, but this review has got me interested! :)

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  56. wow! I'm not used to read this kind of books, but now I want to read it and soon!
    Thank you very much for your review!

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  57. Wow, I didn't think it was possible to become even more excited to read this book.... but you've just proven me wrong!! Unearthly sounds amazing. I've been lusting over the cover for ages and every review I've read has just gushed over how fantastic the story is. I have a copy on hold at the library, but methinks I should go buy my own!

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  58. Can't wait to read this. It keeps getting pushed aside. sigh. No more. Thanks for the review. I hate it when they are so good and you don't want to give too much away in the review it just makes them hard to explain the awesomeness.

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  59. I'm excited to read this, I really hope it won't disappoint like Fallen kinda did for me.

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  60. I love a mystery, and can't wait to read this! I don't like when the book ends with a big ol' cliffhanger though! Thanks for the great review!

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  61. Hm ... thanks so much for the review! I like a book with a strong female lead - so I definitely have to pick this up solely for that. Add in the enthusiasm and thrill of your review ... I have to go get it, like, now.

    Thanks so much! :)
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  62. This review just makes me want to get up and go buy the book even though its one in the morning! Sounds amazing and I can not wait to read it!
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  63. I've had this book on my "to buy" for a long time. After reading your review, I've moved it to the top of the list. I really appreciate that you didn't include any spoilers. The book sounds wonderful! Thank you!

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  64. Wow, very positive review! I have been debating whether or not to read this one when it comes out but now I am definitely going to read it :)

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  65. This has been on my TBR list forever, and it's next on my TBB (to be bought) list. I love all the books about angels coming out right now. I've loved angels since I was little, and reading the different mythologies and books about them is so fascinating.

    Elisquared @ Eli to the nth

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  66. I haven't read many books with angels, but those I've read had boys as main characters, so it would be interesting to read about a girl who's an angel for once.


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  67. I'm reading this book too, and it is really amazing! I'm loving it too! :D Mainly because of the cowboys, even through they didn't appear too much XDD

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  68. I also can't wait to read this one. Personally I've been trying to find the Australian copy for purchase since I love the cover of that one so much better! But as soon as I do, I want to buy it so I can read it. Sounds great! I wish there wasn't so much of a cliffhanger though. That's always so frustrating.

    Vivien
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  69. I FREAKIN' loved Unearthly!!!! It was awesome! Clara is soooo sweet.

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  70. I want to read this so much!!!
    It's too bad nobody bought the rights to publish it where I'm from...

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  71. I have got to read this! I don't know why I keep putting it off. Thanks for the review. :)

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  72. I HAVE to read this book, it looks so good!

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  73. Thiss book looks sooooo good!

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  74. I am SOOO looking forward to reading this book. I cannot wait!

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  75. Ever since I saw the cover of this book, I've had it on my wish list. : ) I can't wait to read it! Your review has convinced me to move it from my wish list to my hands!
    ambience.of.rain (at) gmail (dot) com

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  76. Though I haven't read this one yet I put it in my To-read list as soon as I've read your review. It's very captivating and mind-blogging. Great!

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  77. I've been wanting to read this book since forever but its not coming here. 'cries'

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  78. I picked this up in the bookstore but put it back... Completely regretting my decision now! Awesome review, can't wait to read this!

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  79. The book sounds like a must read based on your review. I enjoy reading about angels and am glad that like you said, this book has a girl angel who saves the boy. It's good to know that the book has a nice romance and mystery to it. Thanks for the review!

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  80. I've heard great things about this book. I'm glad to hear it's as good as it sounds. I can't wait to read it.

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  81. Wow! It seems like an incredible read! I want to read this one so much. And the cover? OMG, it is just beautiful!

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  82. I want to read this so bad! :D I hate spoilers in the sinopsis so thanks for leaving that out
    Great review!
    Thanks! :)

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  83. hello, thank you for giving the link to your review, i am really greatful for it and i will try and put it on my must but list, or borrow, wish me luck!
    from the one and many anonamous

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