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A decent read. That's what YA authors miss about angels; they have a reason for living, and they're not there just to hang around and look pretty. I seriously do. For example: So, I've decided to do my own little comparison through a visual story. Christian, well he was okay. Milk and Cookies:
In addition, the ending of this novel was nowhere near as shocking as other readers had extolled. It was not such a major plot twist and I, for one, was unimpressed by it. It leaves a lot of loose threads hanging, makes the reader question what exactly even happened during those last thirty-five pages of action, and wonder whether picking up the sequel is even worth it.
What were the other Pages devoted to? High School. Teen Angst. Just your usual, run-of-the-mill, dramatic teenage novel. In conclusion, while there is a lot to love about this book, its execution falls flat. Its characters are way too perfect, its romance is both convenient and not love even though it claims it is, the action its premises promises is miniscule, it throws in random sub-plots that only serve to make the reader confused and need to pick up the sequel in annoyance, and the few characters who are not perfect are simply annoying, irritating, or serve no purpose to the story.
Now, the million dollar question is I think… no. While it probably will be a quick read, much like Unearthly was for me, I don't think I'm up for another dose of this world. I simply don't care for the characters enough and while some readers claim the sequel is better, most lowered their ratings ever-so-slightly, which means I will probably wind up giving Hallowed One Star. I think I'd rather just avoid writing that snarky review, thank you very much. Would I recommend Unearthly?
I, however, was disappointed and extremely unimpressed by this one. With that, I am off to hide under my impenetrable fort - let the boulder-throwing begin! You can read this review and more on my blog, Ivy Book Bindings.
Jan 27, P rated it it was ok Shelves: Why are you always trying to hide how pretty you are? I know you're wanting to beat the crap out of me right now for giving this book just two stars. How dare I? Please, just let me explain, and if you're not satisfied with the answers after that, you can slap my face as hard as you want.
I'll let you.
The book starts off with a great premise and a strong lead famale character. Although I didn't like Clara, for her voice being flat and quite boring when she tries to narrate her own story in each chapter. She's just rambling and going on and on with her routine, which I didn't want to know. I blamed myself because I couldn't get into the story and the world-building that was easily to fall in love with.
I just couldn't feel that connection to the characters and the story through this book. I'm so sorry. Still I don't know about this world where angels exist and the fine line between Black and White. I nodded and nodded through the book, but I didn't even know how it could be like that. The whole story is wrapped up after excruciate pain I have endured, it kept pushing me away from liking the book wholeheartedly. The harder I tried, the more it kicked me in my butt. This was my expectation before I read Unearthly And this is what I get from it I keep wondering I read the same book that everyone liked so much and why I felt absolutely nothing for the ending that were supposed to be mind-blowing and another cliffhanger of my life.
Now I'm unsure whether I should read the next one or not for what pains me seriously in this book, I think I can't do it again. Christian felt weird for me, his feeling towards Clara wasn't exploding and sounded strange even when the truth of his was revealed.
I was shocked as much as Kristen Stewart when she found out Edward was a vampire. View all 17 comments. Feb 18, Kiki rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, well, well. It's angels again.
Angelology is back-breaking work. I have a trunked angel work that I will one day revisit. I've worked too hard to drop it. And I mean that sincerely. I began writing it two years ago, and I am still not finished with the research.
I still have stacks and stacks of angel-related references lying around, from fiction to dictionary-format archives, from endless websites to spin-off scripture, from links to Renaissance artwork to holy books. I've read both the To Well, well, well. I've read both the Torah and the Bible, and I'm working on the Qur'an.
I've watched movie after movie, and not enjoyed any of them. How can I, when I spend the whole two hours writing notes and spotting mythology farts? Perhaps this sounds a huge complaint. I can assure you, it isn't. Research is endless work, but endless fun too. It's learning in its most accessible form.
There's no better way to educate yourself than to study topics that fascinate and interest you. It's just good sense. I feel some kind of spiritual connection to this Cynthia Hand. She has her research in the bag. In Unearthly , the mythos and the obviously meticulous research that went into it was what carried it for me.
For the most part, at least. The Black Wings, though not entirely how I have formulated them in my mind, were fascinating. Grief and sorrow are perfect emotions to pin on them, and the way they were described was brilliantly creepy. His actions, words and appearance struck a chord with me. Like Sammael, he's a big character of mine, and I've grown attached to him. Again, sue me.
If I were less grabby and selfish, I'd say that he's the perfect pick for a fallen angel villain in a book dealing with Nephilim, being the leader of the Grigori. Again, I'm slightly biased and possessive here, only because I work with Nephilim too.
Hers are impossibly beautiful, with strong ties to their angel ancestors. Remember the kids from Torment? Yeah, they're not like that. They actually get shit done. They also feel like supernatural beings, not just a bunch of pointless Mary-Sues. The thing about Unearthly 's mythology is that the author is quiet and subtle about it. For example, flies drop down Clara's shirt. Clear satanic symbolism there, foreshadowing the Black Wings.
Angela's ties to Italy. Never shoved in your face, but they're there. In many YA angel novels, it's obvious that the author is simply trying to show off about how much they know which, ironically, often ends in epic mythology farts and logic fails.
Not so with Unearthly. It's all low-key, but quietly brilliant. The writing was beautiful. Not consistently; the climax was a little sloppy.
In one paragraph, for example, we have: That's pretty darn sparkly. For the most part, though, the writing is elegant and lovely. The romantic scenes between Clara and Tucker are beautiful, smooth and never clunky.
I also LOVE the pacing. Months go by in the space of a paragraph. I like that. It's annoying when a heroine finds true love and best friends and absolution in the space of about three days.
Not realistic, and just silly, basically. But no; we see almost a whole year go by throughout Unearthly. That's cool for me. No, the pacing was not perfect all the time. Large chunks of the book went by, and nothing happened. It started to annoy me, really. Granted, it was all about development; Clara growing into her skin, learning to fly and piecing together the mythos, working out her purpose is which, to my delight, reminds me of the Focus from Final Fantasy XIII.
The purpose is perfect. That's what YA authors miss about angels; they have a reason for living, and they're not there just to hang around and look pretty.
They have a reason and a focus, and this is exactly what Cynthia gave us. Bravo, darling. The climax Was it well-written? Not quite as flawless as the rest of the book, but I know how it is. You get all excited writing the climax, you stay up till three a. So whatever. Was it a good, satisfying end? Was it fitting, did it make sense, and did it round off the book nicely? It sure did. So what the hell is my beef? Me [to Sister]: What the fuck, man?
The power of love beats the bad guy? Are you serious? Hell to the no. I did not accept this from Halo , and I shall darn well wax about it in Unearthly.
I'm on the phone! What the hell? Look, seriously. Yeah, Clara saved her mom, yadda yadda, it was all fine and good, but The power of love? Come on, now. This is just lame. Clara saving Tucker did remedy this a little. I loved how she saved him, and not the other way round, as it always is in YA. Though the horse made me sad. It got burnded up. Poor thing. I could go on about how awesome it is that even though Christian is a god and he's gorgeous and everything Clara doesn't fall in love with him, but then I'd be bypassing what I really want to say: Christian is a fail.
Sorry, but he is. First of all: You're in an angel book, and your name is Christian. How trite. I kind of saw it coming. Are you for real? Do we really need to keep on perpetuating the mean cheerleader wears-short-skirts-and-lip-gloss-and-flirts-audaciously-with-guys-therefore-must-be-evil stereotype?
Come now, Cynthia. Don't let yourself down. At times, the plot felt nebulous. The fapping over hot boys. The endless stretches of time where nothing happened. It frustrated me, and distanced me from the characters, which I normally loved. No one was TSTL, and though Tucker and I had our ups and downs and ended on kind of a "we're okay" note I thought he was a pretty decent, wholesome love interest.
Clara was funny, multi-dimensional, and believable as a heroine. She and Tucker's relationship was healthy and their closeness was cute, which is a rarity in this genre, where creepy, stalky over-obsessive relationships are commonplace and it's not weird at all to watch your victim lover sleep.
Okay, it was strange how Tucker managed to just dump Clara on her ass over the course of maybe two paragraphs, and then three days went by where Clara lay in her bed doing nothing, but this was quickly swept under the carpet and I could easily forget about any annoyance I may have had over it. All in all: On the whole? A decent read. Good fun, well-written, and brilliantly researched. Lovely characters, some good pacing, and though the climax was kind of irritating, all in all it was pretty darn enjoyable.
I award it three and a half stars. I liked it, and I'll be reading the sequel for sure. It feels like time for a rather enjoyable, very tame Drinking Game! Fill a cup up to the halfway with Kahlua. Every time someone pimps out their wings, pour in a ladel of hot cocoa.
When you're done, stir up that bad boy, cover it with with a big squirt of whipped cream, take a gulp and enjoy not being drunk for a change. I love you all. View all 18 comments. Aug 11, Penny rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to Penny by: When I saw that one of my favorite goodreaders, Tatiana , gave this book four stars I thought she'd gone insane.
I mean, it's a YA book featuring angels for crying out loud! Surely it can't be good let alone worthy of four whole stars from Tatiana, so clearly she lost her mind. But I purchased the audiobook anyway because it was January 13th and I was anxiously awaiting the release of Shadowfever which was still five days away at the time. Plus it didn't hurt that this audiobook was reasonably pr When I saw that one of my favorite goodreaders, Tatiana , gave this book four stars I thought she'd gone insane.
Plus it didn't hurt that this audiobook was reasonably priced. Initially I was a little irritated with Unearthly. But I kept with it because I paid for it, dangit! Fortunately it didn't take too long for my initial irritation to wear off--I'd say no longer then the first few chapters. For the next several chapters I didn't have much of an opinion. Not that the book was bad, because it wasn't. The writing was fine, good even, but I refused to make an official judgment call. Too many times I've fallen in love with a book only, in the end, to hate it more than poison.
I wasn't going to get burned. Not me. Not again. Now all is said and done I'm going to go ahead and say Tatiana isn't crazy. This book is good. In fact I'm going to go ahead and give this book four stars because I really like it.
Though, in my heart, it will always be a five-star read because it's one of few YA paranormal romances that doesn't make me want to go on a stabbing spree. I know the last few sentences make me seem violent beyond all reason, but believe me I have plenty of reason. Just read every other YA paranormal romance featuring angels and you'll agree. And when I say: Moving on Seeing as most publishers have been saturating the market with badly written, ill-plotted out, basically retarded series about some supernatural something falling in love--twuuuuu wuvvvvv--with a vapid human I'd begun to believe there was no such thing as a good, or even great, YA paranormal romance.
Especially when angels are involved. But Cynthia Hand changed my mind with her debut novel, Unearthly. It's funny, but Unearthly doesn't contain some magical new concept or some amazing innovative plot twist that will make your head explode. It's just good. That's it. Turns out Cynthia Hand's "secret" is actually no secret at all. She employs the method of showing her audience, not telling.
That's right, Cynthia Hand doesn't assume her audience is mentally-challenged. Her main character, Clara Gardener, doesn't have the mental capacity of a boy-crazed, unmedicated ADHD 'tween hopped up on pixie stix. She's normal.
And by normal I mean Clara's just a regular, well-adjusted, non-angry, non-emo, non-cutting teen. Although, yeah, she has angel blood pumping through her veins, but she's incredibly easy to relate to nonetheless. What I love: Clara doesn't do what every other protagonist in this genre does: She's better than that.
She has a healthy yet realistic relationship with her mother. They actually talk to each other and are, for the most part, honest with one another. It's quite refreshing actually. Clara isn't the the world's only, most speshul angel-blood evuh. She's actually one of many, though at first she doesn't know of any others beside her mother and her younger brother. She also isn't super good at everything she does.
Clara doesn't have every boy falling for her, at least no more then your average teenage girl. And like all teenagers she manages to make a fool of herself every once in a while. Like I said: What I really love skip this if you plan on reading this book as it is sort of spoiler-y, albeit hardly: It's a real more importantly healthy teenage romance wherein the characters actually talk to one another, get to know one another before falling in love, or even liking each other for that matter.
The guy in this book? Is normal. He acts like a normal teenage guy. He's not unintentionally feminine or too-good-to-be-true. But he's not over-the-top alpha male either. He's just that one guy you went to school with. You know, the guy everyone liked not because he was the hottest or richest, in fact he probably wasn't, but because he was funny, charismatic and just overall likable despite his flaws though, yeah, it didn't hurt that he was good looking.
That guy. And when Clara gets together with him, well, they aren't obnoxious. No gazing into one another's eyes talking about how unworthy they feel. No waxing-poetic about perfect Adonis-like bodies and angel-like faces. Their relationship contains actual substance. This book contains a love triangle. Sort of. I mean it's hardly even present. And the protagonist isn't playing both guys for all they're worth. And there isn't any cheating going on, not even in Clara's heart.
BUT it's still a love triangle of sorts and I'm afraid it might end badly for all involved because of various reasons I won't go into here. That said, even if over the course of this series the triangle does play out the way I don't want it to, I think I'll be okay. Clara has free will and I am confident she will take the time to think things through rationally. In fact she pretty much makes her decision in this book. So yeah, I recommend Unearthly.
I would never actually hunt down and assault any author. I could go on. There are times in which I am sorely tempted to but I wouldn't. I'm passionate about literature but NOT insane. View all 10 comments. Aug 04, Jennifer Armentrout rated it it was amazing. I like Tucker and his cowboy hat. Having images of Kevin Bacon in his Footloose days for some reason while reading this. View all 7 comments.
Jan 17, Vinaya rated it really liked it Shelves: Is this a revolutionary, earth-shattering book that will change the face of YA fantasy? Is this a book that will forever change the way people look at angels?
Is this a riveting, un-put-downable read that will make it to the top of the bestseller lists? Should people read this book? Now, I know you're thinking I'm bonkers, but let me tell you why 'Unearthly', despite it's girl-next-door appearance, should be winning Miss America. But before I begin, may I just say how str Is this a revolutionary, earth-shattering book that will change the face of YA fantasy?
But before I begin, may I just say how strongly I feel that whoever wrote the blurb for this book ought to be fired. Read this blurb. 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. 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.
Now, if you're like me, and have read too many terrible YA PNRs to count, this blurb pretty much represents your worst nightmare. It's got all the ingredients necessary for a horrible cliched story that reminds you of every other story of this sort you have ever read. Love triangle, check. Boy of your dreams literally! Small town school with dark mysterious beings in the woods, check. And so on. So you read the blurb, and you shudder at the prospect of reading this book, and you move on like I did.
Then someone whose taste you trust writes a review and says, this is a fabulous book, you should read it. And you read it, and like it, and then you get to the point I started out from, which is, the death of the blurb-writer. Unearthly is a book that is absolutely worth reading. When I first started it, I was like, why are people recommending this book to me?! There were prophetic dreams of hot boys and now Clara what a horrible name, btw was moving across the country to get to said hot boy.
Obviously she was going to meet him, and he was going to fall for her super-specialness, that he managed to divine by glancing at her boobs and she was going to fall for his pretty face, since fate had decreed it so. Welcome to the Twilight Zone pun intended.
But I was SO wrong. Cynthia Hand twists her story very, very cleverly. SO much so that you're feeling all smug and superior for more than half of the book because all your expectations of shitty YA fantasy have come true.
And then, halfway through, all your expectations are shattered and you're no longer reading about some stereotypical names-on-a-page, They have actually become real people with real problems, and everyday emotions.
So Clara ends up falling not for some guy she's only seen in her dreams, but for an actual person with whom she has spent time, someone with flaws, someone who gets her, and whom she gets.
And more importantly, once they have fallen in love, it is not all smooth sailing. It's not like "Oh, you're angel, that's great, I have no issues with the fact that you start going out with me without giving me some pertinent details about your life.
If you lie to them, they get angry, and they want you to go away. Becca Fitzpatrick, take note! I also like that all the other female characters in this book aren't bitchy wanna-bes who pale in comparison to the heroine. Even Dream Boy's bitchy-seeming girlfriend has a core of humanity; Clara's best friend is not some milk-and-water miss but a dark girl with bite and an actual personality. Clara's mom is a little annoying, but Hand does a good job with making her convincingly secretive.
Clara has a believable love-hate relationship with her brother. There are a lot of open-ended plotlines in the book that I am looking forward to exploring in the next book. I actually like Clara and Christian and Tucker, none of whom are too good to be true, and I'm looking forward to seeing what their story is going to be. Unearthly does a great job stirring up interest for the series, and it is a relief to read about teens with healthy relationships who can be counted on to behave like normal people.
Glory be! View all 16 comments. Jul 29, Navessa rated it really liked it Shelves: I did a bad thing.
I ruined breakfast. The waffle and the sausage may never forgive me. For those of you who are wondering "What the fuck? Has she finally lost it? You see, I was supposed to buddy read this with Rose and Ellis in October but after reading a book that left me questioning my faith in humanity I decided to pick this up and just skim the first chapter, you know, "Just the tip, just for a second, just to see how it feels".
We all know how that goes. Eight hours l I did a bad thing. Eight hours later it was two a. So ladies, I'm sorry. I've been wanting to tell you for a week but as I'm a coward I waited until the day I'm leaving for vacation so I wouldn't have to deal with any potential fallout. View all 43 comments. Oct 29, Lyndsey rated it really liked it Shelves: I was wired on Christmas Stocking candy while writing this.
I'll warn you once. Only read the underlined parts: Unearthly's all about earth stuff. Just Kidding. It's not. It is. It's not It's about UN-earth stuff. Like angels. It's about devils. I'm evil like a devil. I am evil like a G6. Just kidding. I'm actually fly like a G6.
I don't even know what a G6 is. Of course, I do. It's a cybern So It's a cybernetic butterfly. But wouldn't a cybernetic butterfly be cool?
This book was about cybernetic butterflies. It's about Clara Gardner. And if you don't already know that you must be living under a rock. Why would be living under a rock? Unless you are a worm. I know a worm.
No really, I do. There are no worms in this book but Clara Gardner is part angel! There's also a really hot guy named Tucker. Maybe he knows where to find some worms. Not really because He's a cowboy. Cowboys should know something about worms.
There's another really hot guy named Christian, and Clara has a strange connection to him. They're actually Siamese twins.
They're not. They are. No really, they are. I know: I'm evil. Not really. Angels can't be evil. Yes, angels can definitely be evil. Exactly like this review. You should read Unearthly because I said so. But really You should read this book. Well, too bad. No really. That's all I got. No seriously. Dec 15, Lora rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Clara Gardner is a Quartarious angel-blood. This means that one quarter of her blood is that of an angel's. This gives her wings that she's not yet learned how to use and abilities that are still developing.
Lately strange visions of a mysterious boy and fire have been plaguing her, and that's just one aspect in the myriad of things she's yet to understand about her place on this earth. Believing that these visions are tied to her "purpose"the one thing all angel-bloods are charged with accom Clara Gardner is a Quartarious angel-blood. Believing that these visions are tied to her "purpose"the one thing all angel-bloods are charged with accomplishing while on this earthshe goes in search of this unknown boy with her family and this leads her to Teton County, Wyoming, the place where she believes she'll find her charge and fulfill her purpose.
I'd have to say that one of my favorite things about Unearthly is its writing. For being a debut author, Ms. Hand sure knows her craft. Normally authors get better with time and experience, but Ms. Hand writes as if she's been doing it for years. Despite the fact that Unearthly is over four hundred pages, I managed to read it effortlessly within the span of forty-eight hours Need I mention that I'm not a very fast reader?
But the writing isn't the only thing Unearthly has going for it. The characters are very smart, funny, and likable, as well.
I'm very particular when it comes to female characters, but Clara may very well end up being one of my favorites of the year. I know that may seem overkill since this is only January, but, as I said, the heroines of the novels I read are usually the most unsatisfactory and least intriguing aspect for me. Fortunately, that was not the case with Unearthly: Clara is smart, sarcastic, and confident; yet, because of the weight that is on her shoulders, she has a certain level of insecurity that I found quite endearing.
It's safe to say that I was very impressed with her character. Her only flaw was her almost instantaneous attraction to Christian. While I do understand that he's supposed to be the one she has to save, I didn't understand why this means that she's destined to be with him.
Which brings me to one of my only problems with this novel: I realize that he is needed for the love triangle, but the boy is completely flat. In my opinion, he has no real character or personality whatsoever. And it's not until over two hundred and fifty pages into the novel that his character has to leave and go to New York for the summer.
I have to say that this fact had me jumping up and down metaphorically. Because this fact made way for Tucker, a character who you only get to see a few glimpses of until this point in the novel. And it also gives Clara a chance to really see Tucker for whom he really is: There's a specific passage that I'd like to share with you where Clara realizes this: And what he was really saying then, what would have come through loud and clear if I hadn't been so blind was, Why don't you see me?
Another thing that I really liked about this novel is that the romance aspect isn't rushed like in most YA novels you read today. Clara and Tucker actually spend time getting to know one another before declaring their feelings for each other.
I was very glad to see this because quite frankly I'm beginning to feel a little jaded with all of the instant love declarations being writen in YA literature today. He's got the perfect mix of wit and boyish charm to make any girl swoon. And I also loved the fact that in this novel it's the girl who has the supernatural qualities.
This book reminds you that it doesn't take special abilites or brooding to make a male character intriguing. Tucker's just himself and I loved him for that. Well, I could go on and on about my feelings for this novel, but my suggestion for you is to stop reading this and go buy Unearthly and read it if you haven't already. Because, in the plethora of angel themed YA novels being published, Unearthly not only stands out but it ranks at the top.
I feel it only fair to warn you guys that I am involved in a one-sided fictional relationship with Cynthia Hand. In which we spend our evenings sipping martinis and laughing hysterically at the craptasticness of all the recent angel novels, while Jericho Barrons kneels at my side sporting a Galactica flight suit and feeding me chocolate-dipped cherries.
Apparently, my fantasies have a knack for getting out of control at times. Just roll with it. Anyhoodle, Unearthly is a delicious cheese-filled I feel it only fair to warn you guys that I am involved in a one-sided fictional relationship with Cynthia Hand.
Anyhoodle, Unearthly is a delicious cheese-filled Happy Meal remaining afloat in a sea of unwashed goat carcasses, Fallen , Hush, Hush Sure, there are far better YA novels.
But what makes it unique is the WTF curve-ball she hurls at you at the end. Having said that, give me a month or two and I will probably forget it was ever written. And I will choose a new author with whom to share my fangirl daydreams. Or whatever the hell she does to keep ahead of her game.
View all 9 comments. This review is also featured on Tasty Books! Me Reading something: Then why don't you stop reading it? And it's true. It hardly happens.
It's very rare that I start off hating a book, and then end up really liking it. I can only think of a handful of times it has happened. We This review is also featured on Tasty Books! Well, Unearthly was one of those rare books. I did not really expect to like this book. I probably wouldn't have picked it up, except I couldn't find much at the library that I wanted to read——plus, I had seen some glowing reviews of it.
So I said to myself, Ah what the heck. It's summer. I can stand to read something fluffy, even if it isn't that good. When I opened this book, I quickly realized it was a book about angels. And that made me nervous. You get the idea. Not only that, but the front page had a blurb from Alexandra Adornetto herself. So I'm like: Oh God, what have I gotten myself into this time?
And as I started this book, I strongly disliked it. The beginning was very rough for me, which is part of why I knocked off a star.
It really felt like the beginning to every other paranormal romance out there: Oh noez! She decides it is her destiny to save him because the idea is that every angel has a special "purpose" that they have to carry out. Clara figured out where he lived based on the license plate on a car she sees in the recurring vision of him. I'm like, Oh boy.
And then she'll save him from a fire, and they're going to fall in insta-love and be making out with each other every five seconds.
And I'll be like: Not to mention, Clara was a total pain in the ass for the first fourth of the book or so. I mean, she was just such an asshole.
See my first few statuses, and you can see how I felt about her. She spent a lot of time talking about how she was naturally beautiful due to her angel blood——and then she kept criticizing other girls' looks. For example: Definitely not pretty people, all wearing T-shirts and jeans, braids and ponytails, not a lot of makeup.
But nice. I really did not like her. I thought she was another Mary-Sue-ish bitchface. Yet, somehow about halfway through this book I found myself like this: So, now you're probably wondering why I liked this book so much. And, well, I'm still trying to put my thoughts together and explain. Basically——yes, this book has the setup of pretty much every other paranormal romance out there. But instead of making it crappy and predictable, Cynthia Hand actually made it work.
Not only that, but the book actually had twists I did not expect at all. You're probably thinking: But, it's true. Here, lemme explain why this book was actually pretty great. Clara is not a whiney, boy-obsessed idiot. She may have started off annoying, but by the end of the book I respected Clara.
I'm still not crazy about her, but she had some admirable traits. As I said, I expected her to become entirely infatuated with Christian, and talk and think about nothing but him, and cry over him constantly, etc.
But no! Clara actually spent time with friends like a normal teenager——instead of spending all her time stalking a boy or being stalked by a boy. And her friends were not just cardboard dummies, either. Well, Wendy kind of was. But Angela I loved Angela. She was supa cool. But what was most important was, Clara realized that she had to fulfill her "purpose" no matter what, and that was her main focus. She realized that, even if Christian did not like her in a romantic way, it was still her duty to save his ass from that fire——and she was going to do it, dammit.
And she didn't just sit around waiting for it to happen, either. She actually practiced her flying, practiced lifting heavy duffel bags because she knew she'd have to lift Christian out of the fire and all.
So, go Clara! The romance was actually well-developed. So if you don't want any spoilers at all, maybe you should skip this section. Anyway, believe it or not, Clara did not actually fall in love with Christian. Nope, none of that insta-love, soul-mate crap. She fell in love with Tucker——a guy who she actually got to know and developed feelings for over an extended period of time. And I imagine she'll get to know him better and he may end up being a conflict But still, I liked that she didn't totally lust after him, and when he asked her out she didn't dump Tucker or anything stupid like that.
So, YES. This is paranormal romance done correctly! Clara's mom is a frickin' badass. You're probably like But seriously, when was the last time you saw a really awesome mom in a YA book? A lot of YA books suffer from "Disappearing Parent Syndrome" in which the parents are painfully absent or clueless during the whole story.
Either that, or the parents are really awful and constantly arguing with their angsty teen child. And sure, Clara and her mom have some arguments. But over all, they have more of a Gilmore Girls -esque relationship. Clara even said so herself. And that was something refreshing. As a teenage girl who thinks my mom is awesome, it was nice to read a book in which the mother and daughter were actually friends——and in which the mom actually played a significant role in both her daughter's life and in the story.
The ending blew my mind. Once I started getting to the end of this book, I had no idea how Ms. Hand was going to finish it. But no. Clara ended up having to make a really tough decision between what she wanted for herself, and what her greater purpose was. Like, my stomach actually hurt a bit when I tried to imagine myself in her place.
And then suddenly, this HUGE plot twist came out of nowhere. Normally I hate really big plot twists like that, but in this case I actually really liked it. I thought it added quite a bit of intrigue to the story, and I'm eager to see what happens with it in the next book. This book was a pretty crazy journey for me. And then she died. Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge--as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.
Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable. But this year, everything is about to change. Cynthia Hand. The Afterlife of Holly Chase 1 of 5. The Afterlife of Holly Chase 2 of 5.
The Afterlife of Holly Chase 3 of 5. The Afterlife of Holly Chase 4 of 5. The Afterlife of Holly Chase 5 of 5. Dana Al-Basha. I adore her books!. Emma Dash. A wonderful sense of humor, to be sure. Mary Oneson. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life. As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move.
With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all. Boundless 1 of 6. Boundless 2 of 6. Boundless 3 of 6. Boundless 4 of 6.
Boundless 5 of 6. Boundless 6 of 6. Boundless - Cynthia Hand. Melanie Alvez. Norowareta Shojo. The first audio doesn't work And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.
Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning. In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.
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