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.
- I am like the last person on earth to read this book. I kept putting it off, because of all the hype, and also because angel books and I haven’t gotten along so well in the past. But this one was good. Honestly I’m not sure I get the hype, though. It was good, not great.
- Portions of this book seemed to move REALLY slowly. There’s a lot of setup to get the reader understanding the plot, and there’s a little angel mythology thrown in but not a lot (because Clara doesn’t really know a whole lot about angels herself, even though she is one). The story also seemed to move fairly slowly, which I guess worked in terms of the romance, but also made for parts that I admittedly skimmed.
- Tucker Avery is amazing. Once he was introduced as a major player, the book really picked up. I found him charming, funny, and all-around awesome. I really enjoyed the time he and Clara spent together.
- Being the first in a trilogy, there are still some major questions left to be answered. I can’t help thinking that something major is up with Clara’s mom, and am also wondering a bit about her brother as well.
- I liked the female friendships Clara makes in this book. Angela and Wendy were both awesome in their own rights, and I liked that Clara spent time with them as well as the boys. (Side note: there IS a bit of a love triangle, but it’s more on the part of one of the boys than anything else. Once Clara and Tucker get together she’s pretty singleminded in her devotion.)
FINAL VERDICT: This was an intriguing start to the series, and sold me just enough that I bought the last two books. Best angel book ever? No. But there’s definitely still time to convince me!