23 February 2012


by Cynthia Hand

Harper Collins. Young Adult, Fantasy. Paperback RRP $24.99
Reviewer - Barbara Brown

When Clara turned fourteen her mother told her that she was special. The angel blood that runs through her makes her smarter, stronger and faster than humans. She is on this earth to fulfil a purpose and that she will have to follow her destiny.
Clara is now sixteen and has a dream that comes to her any time, day or night, sleeping or awake - a dream of a forest fire and a boy. This boy and the fire are Clara’s purpose. But what does she have to do? Does she have to save the boy from the fire?
Clara’s purpose leads her and her family to Wyoming. Here she meets the boy of her visions, Christian. He is the most popular boy in school and is dating the most popular girl. Others see Clara as infatuated with Christian, as are all the girls in the school.
The purpose, Clara soon realises, is only a small part of being an angel, or part-angel and she finds there are good and bad angels and that she has a bigger fight on her hand.
Then she meets Tucker. A boy who tugs at her heart. When the time comes and the forest fire starts Clara realises that both Christian and Tucker are in danger. Who does she choose? And will her decision change the purpose she is destined for?

Unearthly is the first book in a trilogy. It is a captivating story that dragged me along and had me reading it within 24 hours. Now to find out what happens in Hallowed due out in early 2012.

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