Series: Unearthly #1
Published by Harper Teen on January 4, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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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.
So, recently I’ve been a big re-read/read my long standing TBR kick. Feels good to reread some of my old loves, and is really helping me figure out which books I want to keep/give away for my upcoming clean out. I just finished this baby, and omigosh – I forgot how good this book is. I don’t know why this series doesn’t get too much attention anymore! Hand’s writing is really easy to read, but not too easy. She created a really interesting urban fantasy world – and put it in one of my favorite settings: the South. I loved this series so much when I was in high school. It has romance, kick ass angel lore, a femme fetal lead, and an even more swoon worthy love interest. If this is a book that you have had sitting on your shelves for forever, or you’re looking for something to help you out of a book slump, seriously consider grabbing this one.
I think one of my favorite aspects of this story was the mother-daughter relationship between Clara and her mom. I feel like in most YA urban fantasies, the parents are always absent or something awful happens to them. But in this one, Clara has her mom. They have such great chemistry and it always makes me wish that I could go laugh and watch movies with my mom. Clara’s relationship with her brother as well is wonderful to read. They behave as every classic set of siblings, but he is wonderfully supportive of her. Again something that I find as a rarity in this genre.
Along with great family relationships and dynamics, this series showcases one of my favorite book boyfriends ever – Tucker. Tucker is the sweetest cowboy this side of Urban Fantasy. His and Clara’s interactions always left me feeling ultra mushy and winded. I think Hand did a great job introducing a believable set of character traits, allowing for a natural progression of events, but also making you glued to the pages. Their interactions and how Tucker helps when things get a little risky is to die for. I loved every second with him in it.
To avoid giving any spoilers, the main conflict in this book was so good. It came a little out of no where, but also left me feeling pleasantly surprised. Hand created a fantasy world with a LOT of layers, some that I honestly never saw coming. It was so different from how I feel these are normally set up, the conflict was obvious once you saw it – but initially I just felt along for the ride. By the end, I could not figure out where it was going, or remember how it was resolved the first time I read this series. Full of suspense, action, and lots of Clara being an ultimate bad ass.
Overall, I feel like this is such a great easy beach read. The story doesn’t highlight any heavy topics, but it is still so enjoyable to read. The conflict is complex, yet nothing short of suspensfull. It could easily be devoured in one sitting if you have a free afternoon. Go check this out my darlings! You won’t regret it, if anything, Tucker will be your new book boyfriend by the end.
So, what do you think??
Have you read this one? Thoughts? Love Tucker?? Let me know down in the comments or find me on Twitter @nerddelizzie 🙂