Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly - Cynthia Hand

This book was so good! I didn't really have high expectations, YA angel books seem to go awry very frequently. But I am so glad I read this one.


This book is about a girl named Clara who is one-quarter angel. With this comes certain abilities and each part angel has a purpose. Clara starts having visions of her purpose and they involve a boy about her age. She and her family relocate to the town from her vision and she meets that boy along with another boy.


I hate love triangles. But this love triangle wasn't so bad because Clara never even really gets involved with one said guys. Given the way this one ended I'm not sure if that will remain true in future books, but I'm cautiously optimistic.


I can't say too much about this book without spoilers. But I will say that one of the reasons I tend to avoid angel-type book series (other than the fact that they generally suck), is that they are always bogged down with religious mythology, motifs, references, etc.. That was not the case here. Sure God's existence would be a given if there are angels involved. But it isn't thrown in the reader's face constantly like some other series I've read. Again, not sure if this will remain true in future books. But it was nice approaching the subject from a sole perspective of them having abilities and trying to figure out what they can do, are meant to do, and so on. There wasn't the rehashing of the fallen angels and the other Angels who reproduced with humans and shouldn't have, we've all read the series that review this story and it gets pretty tired. So I think that was well done.


I definitely recommend this one if you're looking for a YA paranormal romance series.