Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)Unearthly (Unearthly #1)
By Cynthia Hand
Released Date: January 4th, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Paperback, 435 pages
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Goodreads Summary: 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.
Cindy's Review: Yes, Unearthly is another one of those angel books, but it's unique. You know, in all of those angel books I've read, all angels are boys. Well, officially, all angels are boys. But Nephilims (half-angel, half-human) was also all guys. In Unearthly, the main character is a quarter angel. Her mother was a half-angel, half-human while her dad is a full on human.
The Cover:
Yes, there is a dress in this book, but it's not the most important thing. The dress is quite simple, it doesn't fit in my dress category, but there are other things that have caused me to look at the cover. I've read like purple covers three times in a row, and they are like fully purple too.Not just part. The third book I read that has a purple color (which isn't even out yet) even has the purple color name in its title. 

The Characters:
Clara Gardner learned that she is part angel. Or actually quarter angel. Her mother had been a half-angel. Clara moves to a new school because of the vision she has. Every angel (including part angels) gets their lifetime visions and has to complete it. In this case, Clara's vision is about Christian.

Christian is the most popular boy in the school. I think Clara may be falling in love with him. I really don't like his name though. I totally agree with Clara's younger brother, Jeffrey about the name Christian. LOL. Jeffrey sounds hot btw. I'm so random. So anyways, Clara visions that Christian would be in a forest that is burning down quickly from a forest fire.  

Then there's Tucker. Tucker is Clara's new best friend, Wendy 's brother. Tucker has it bad for Clara. Now Clara is like falling for Tucker. I have nothing against Tucker. I mean, if Clara actually ended up with Tucker, I won't scream, laugh, or cry. So yeah. 

Plot/Concept:
What can I say. it's another one of those angel books with a different concept. There's still the romance, but the girl's actually the angel now. Or is it? Well. I can't spoil it all for you. All I can say is, READ THE BOOK!

The Ending:
Of course, Clara doesn't end up with Tucker or Christian yet. It has to go on a series, so I guess, you can kinda call it a cliffhanger?

Rate: (1-10) 8.6
It was a pretty good read, that had kept me interested throughout the whole book.

Time for Quotes:
"So with my luck, I;ll never make it in time to save the boy in the forest becasue my hair will have snagged on a tree branch a mile back."
LOL. Such crazy hair she has.

"Jeffrey is still in a food coma upstairs."
I like the author's choice of words. Food coma. Lmao.

"That's ironic, because I always thought you were the ugliest of all the angels."
Ouch. Seriously though, he totally deserved that.
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Vocabulary: 

I actually got some vocab this time.

1. tranquil

tran·quil/ˈtraNGkwəl/
Adjective:
Free from disturbance; calm: "her tranquil gaze"; "the sea was tranquil"

2. derivative

de·riv·a·tive/diˈrivətiv/
Adjective:
(typically of an artist or work of art) Imitative of the work of another person, and usually disapproved of for that reason.
Noun:
Something that is based on another source.

3. epilepsy
ep·i·lep·sy/ˈepəˌlepsē/
Noun:
A neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated...
Synonyms:
falling sickness

4. adequate
ad·e·quate/ˈadikwit/
Adjective:
Satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity.
Synonyms:
sufficient - enough - suitable - appropriate - fit

5. delinquent
de·lin·quent/diˈliNGkwənt/
Adjective:
(typically of a young person or that person's behavior) Showing or characterized by a tendency to commit crime, particularly minor crime.
Noun:
A delinquent person: "young delinquents".

6. gyrating
gyratingpresent participle of gy·rate (Verb)
Verb:
Move or cause to move in a circle or spiral, esp. quickly.
Dance in a wild or suggestive manner.

7. cryptic
cryp·tic/ˈkriptik/
Adjective:
Having a meaning that is mysterious or obscure.
(of a crossword) Having difficult clues that indicate the solutions indirectly.


I don't exactly have ten vocab words this time, but I hope you enjoy them. :)

Happy Reading~

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review! I tend to shy away from angel books, but I've read SO many great things about this series that I went ahead and got this book a few weeks ago! Reading your review got me even more excited to get into it...hopefully soon! Thanks for sharing :)

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