Sunday, April 15, 2012

Book Review- Unearthly

(From Goodreads) 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.
Okay, so I really liked this book. But I don't like the cover! Its pretty, don't get me wrong, but its another boring picture of a girl in a dress. And its all one color! (except for the words of course, but purple is also my favorite color).
One of my biggest favorite about the book was the characters, hands down. Her family is more than just a family, its a real family. Clara doesn't hate her family for stupid reasons and her family isn't stupid. You can tell they honestly care and love another. They have fights, they make up, and they stick together and make sacrifices for one another. And her family is so real despite everything that happens and the fact that they're all part angel. 
And her friends were real people too. They honestly cared about her and loved her and were cool people. There weren't really any stupid people who hated each just for the sake of adding something to the plot. People were realistic! 
And the romance! Clara and Tucker's relationship was real. It wasn't one of those stupid "insta-love". No they actually took their sweet time learning to love one another. And they had doubts about each other and they fought like a real couple and then broke up but made up like real people seem to do. And Tucker was cute. He reminds me of one of those hill-billy guys (who isn't really my type) but he was sweet and caring! Yay realistic couples!
Then, there's the angels! They weren't your stupid, normal angels who randomly fall in love with humans and feel like they're above the consequences. These fallen angels make sense. They're evil, they suffer, and they're always having to deal with the trouble and pain that comes from disobeying God. And the "good" angels, like Clara, they had an actual purpose. And they full filled those purposes! They are messengers and beings who help us. Plus the wings. I loved the wings and how the angels can change them to however they wanted them to look. And the explanation made sense! Yay! 
Clara also wasn't one of those stupid teen girls you seen in novels. She had flaws and admitted to them, she knew she wasn't perfect and despite those flaws, she conquered her fears and worked to become a better person. She had doubts and fear, hates, loves, was awkward, and didn't always know what the right thing to do was. She also realized that she couldn't do everything on her own and that sometimes, that's okay. But she also knew how great of a person she was and didn't let what others thought of her define her life. And she didn't throw away her life's purpose for some stupid boy. Also, her actions had consequences, and she dealed with them! Like normal people!
But really the only thing that bothered me alot about this story was the end. Oh gosh! I am still and was SO CONFUSED. I have no idea if she actually fell or not. Or did she even complete her mission? Due to major spoliers, I won't say what happened, only that I'm really and totally confused. The ending was too open for me. And not enough was explained. SO CONFUSING. GAH. 
Anyways, it was a fantastic book. I give it five stars, but because of the ending, it might require four and a half. Mostly because I hate endings like this. With some books, its okay, but others, NO. I'll read the next one, but still. There shouldn't be stupid confusing endings like this. 
Website: Cynthia Hand

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