Published: January 4th 2011 by HarperTeen
Series: Unearthly #1
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.(Goodreads)
I found this debut novel for Cynthia Hand to be a one of a kind. Basically, Angels exist and each Angel gets a purpose and when that happens there other Angel abilities start to manifest. Clara is starting to get visions of her purpose but she has no idea what they mean or how she is involved in each one. I loved the originality of the book because of all the Fallen Angel type books that are out I was a little apprehensive about picking this up but the premise for the novel beats out all the rest.
I enjoyed all of the characters and I felt like each one was very real to me at the end of the novel. There was a great cliffhanger at the end of the novel (what an oxymoron right... great and cliffhanger together doesn't make much sense). I can't wait for the sequel to come out called Hallowed. I appreciated the love triangle because I felt like it added to the novel instead of being everything that the novel is about.
I can't think of very many things I didn't like about this book which I hope is a good thing. I hope I don't go back a read it and realize Oh yeah! That's what I didn't like! : P