Genre: Urban Fantasy

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Posted March 11, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia HandUnearthly by cynthia hand
Series: Unearthly #1
Published by Harper Teen on January 4, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 435
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
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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.

Hello, Darlings!

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 🙂

four-stars
Lizzie
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Clockwork Angel [Review]

Posted February 3, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

Clockwork Angel [Review]Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry on August 31st 2010
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Steampunk, Romance
Pages: 479
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk, Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical
Pages: 479
Published By: Simon & Schuster on August 31, 2010
Challenges: 2016 TBR Pile, 2016 Steampunk Reading Challenge, 2016 Flights of Fantasy

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In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
(Goodreads)

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.

“You know,” Gabriel said, “there was a time I thought we could be friends, Will.”

“There was a time I thought I was a ferret,” Will said, “but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that effect? Because I didn’t.”

“They ate it too,” Will reminisced. “Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”

It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.

I loved the first book of this series MORE than The Mortal Instruments! This series I think will end up being so much better than The Mortal Instruments and as much as I love Clary from TMI, I love this book so much more!

Cassandra Clare’s writing is easy to read and easy to understand. There are beautiful moments and then there are just average moments. But it’s the beautiful moments that really captivate you and keep you wanting to read more.

I think I loved William Herondale more than I loved Jace Wayland. Will has so many great lines and I think he is just spectacular. Tessa is great in my book as well. I love how literary she is and I love how she is great at being an individual!

The first half of the book can be a little slow. But it’s all building up to the amazing and action packed ending. I cannot wait to dive back into this world and finish off this series!

Let’s talk about it!
Did you read Clockwork Angel? Or do you want to?
 Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

 

five-stars
Stephanie
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Sanguine Mountain [Review]

Sanguine Mountain [Review]

Posted June 6, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

I’m so glad that Jennifer contacted me to see if I wanted to read this book for a review! I was pleasantly surprised with it. Jennifer’s writing is beautiful. It’s very well done. And even though she self-published, it looks and feels like it was published by a big time publisher! I loved that! And that […]

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The Summoning [Review]

The Summoning [Review]

Posted March 30, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

Simon: Anyone ever tell you your sense of timing really sucks? Derek: That’s why I don’t play the drums. “I’m behind you.” I spun to see Derek. “I can’t win,” he said. “You’re as skittish as a kitten.” “Oh, for God’s sake. Save your piss. Don’t save your piss. It’s all the same to me.” […]

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