Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

41dc7-51hx3-ibqllUnearthly by Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Released Date: January 4, 2011
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 256 (e-ARC)
Source: NetGalley*

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.

If you’re looking for a refreshing and powerful read, look no further! Unearthly is here! This is definitely one of the books that really caught my attention. Wow.

There’s a huge hype about this book and after reading it, I knew why. This is a kind of the book I’ve never read before. The writing was genuine and almost real. Cynthia will make you feel as if you’re really standing on Clara’s shoes. Cynthia has her own way of conveying her message from her words straight to her audience’s hearts and imagination.

Speaking of characters, the characterization is just spectacular! Clara is such a worthy of a protagonist. Definitely one of my favorite heroine. Ever. She’s just like any other girl except for the wings and the hair-color-changing-thing. She’s funny, tough and she has a strong faith on her own convictions in life which is my favorite thing about her. Another reason why she’s perfect is because she’s flawed, she’s insecure and self-centered. I think she’s the real reason why I love the book, Clara, herself. I also enjoyed other characters like Angela, she’s weird and hilarious, my ideal bestfriend.

The plot was just fantastic. The twists and turns and the unexpected surprises thrown here and there is what makes the book a page turner.

Another reason why I love this book is the Christian-Clara-Tucker love triangle. It definitely adds a certain tasteful flavor into the story. Now, if I were to choose between Christian and Tucker…I’m on Team Christian. Although, the first book obviously focused on Tucker and Clara, those brief but cute moments of Clara and Christian is one of my favorites! Honestly, the chemistry between Tucker and Clara did not make a certain impact on me, but what I really like about their relationship was it did not happen instantly. Their relationship has gist. However, I’m still hoping that the second book will focus a little bit more about Christian, especially, after that twist about him towards the end.

Overall, I loved this book. I recommend this to those who loves Paranormal romance with an engrossing twist! I’m very excited for the second one.

By the way, here’s the Australian book cover of Unearthly. A definite drool-worthy. I think I like this better than the US version. Which ones your favorite?


*I received this free e-galley from publisher, HarperTeen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!




  1. Marrion

    January 17, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Ohhh… Mia, love the review! I was intrigued about Clara… Hair changing, hehehe… cute! By the way, I like the Australian cover than the US, I love the orange hair! Hehehe… ^^

  2. Cheree

    January 17, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Great review. I loved this book (Especially Tucker). Being Australian, I am really pleased with our cover and thought it was better. You can really see Clara in the burning forest.

  3. Melissa (i swim for oceans)

    January 17, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Every review I see for this book is positive. I'm beginning to think maybe I need to buy it after all haha Great review! 🙂

  4. Nina B.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    I like your review 😀 I think the Australian cover is very eye-catching because of the bright colors but I like the US cover better because it does look unearthly, with that monochromatic thing going on, it looks real and unreal at the same time.

    By the way thanks for dropping by my blog, and may I suggest that you read The Wild Swans as well. The original Little Mermaid version is beautiful, although there's no happy ending in the way we want it to be, but still worth reading.

    Have a great new week!

    Brush Up On Your Reading

  5. Chachic

    January 18, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    Hi, I'm sorry if my comment seems out of place but I just wanted to say that I hope you join Filipino Book Bloggers (, instructions on how to join are in the sidebar. 🙂

  6. Lauren

    January 18, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    Great review! I really enjoyed this one as well, especially the whole Christian-Clara-Tucker love triangle. Though, unlike you, I'm on team Tucker but that will probably change as the series continues.

  7. Reading Lassie

    January 19, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    I loved this book! And I totally agree with everything you have said about it! The twists are shocking, I still cannot believe that Christian has angel blood running through him! And I HEART Tucker so much! Go Tucker! Haha.

  8. Belgie

    February 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Put on Earth to fufill an unclear heavenly purpose, she soon finds that life is full of challenges even for a girl who has powerful unearthly talents. In the end Clara must choose between love and duty as she searches for the answer of why she exists.

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