Radiant (Unearthly)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2013
Novellas, a rather new concept, seem to be all the rage these days. I've read a couple for Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series, but they all were released after the predecessor *book* was out. Radiant is the first novella I've read that truly attaches one book to another. At the recent Pitch Dark Days signing I went to, Cynthia Hand talked about how Radiant was originally part of Boundless and how the publicists encouraged her to take it out. She said they felt like the story in Boundless doesn't really begin until after the events in Radiant occur. I agree. Well... I haven't read Boundless yet, but I agree that it would have dragged the plot.

So I think, making a novella with the original first chunk of Boundless - was genius, especially because of what we find out.

Angela has always been an iffy character for me. I don't know if it's how Hand writes her, or the fact that she's very bottled up and sometimes mysterious, but I just can't wrap my mind around her character. I can't figure out which line she's on. She strikes me as one of those characters who walks down the line of good and evil, precariously close to either side. In Radiant, although we get some Clara-POV, the story mainly focuses on Angela.

Finally we get to meet Angela's mystery guy. I'm not going to go into details because since Radiant is so small, there's only so much new info we learn. I will say that I am even more intrigued by mystery guy and his role in the final book. I definitely feel like he's going to take at least a semi-important role in Boundless, which is why if we didn't get this section in the beginning of Boundless, it was absolutely essential to have in some form or another, before the final book comes out.

Overall I was pleased with Radiant. I thought that it gave us some new tidbits to stew over and a nice connection between Hallowed and Boundless. I'll definitely be reading more novellas in the future, especially because a lot of "Imprint" novellas seem essential to their corresponding series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2013
This, I believe, is going to be something very important for readers to read. Even before Boundless. It's not only something to tie us over until Boundless is released but I have a feeling all of this is going to play a big part in the final installment.

We take our journey overseas to Italy, which is just awesome. Not only does it sound like the perfect vacation, especially for Clara, but we get to see Angela around her mystery guy. Turns out this guy is a lot more than meets the eye...but Clara can't figure out if that's a good thing or bad thing. Honestly, the reader is right there with her. Sure, this guy is hot (Orlando Bloom hot) but since when are looks what define a person?

Angela has a memory of her first kiss and I believe you'll be shocked to find out who the boy was she first kissed. Spin the bottle, of course...she was expecting fireworks and actually felt the complete opposite. Clara is still dreaming of and thinking of Tucker almost every breathing moment while she should be enjoying herself in Italy. It shows you who her heart is truly with...we'll just have to see if things turn out for her or not.

All I know is this novella was exciting and delicious but I'm so ready for the main course. I am ready to read Boundless and I cannot wait until January 22. If you've read Unearthy & Hallowed, you MUST read this...it's one you do not nor should not miss out on reading.

Reviewed by Jessica @StepIntoFiction
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Radiant is a quick read, a short novella chronologically set between Hallowed and Boundless, the next book in the series. The majority of this one is centered on Angela, a character that I have been wanting more of. She has more angel blood than Clara, but often seems to be less of an angel. It didn't really progress the main story line of Clara, but it definitely explained a lot about Angela and why she is the way she is.

There has always been a bit of an oddness about Angela, something that just seemed suspicious. This novella didn't change that feeling for me, but instead deepened it. I am not quite sure on which side she falls and she keeps me guessing! I am betting that is frustrating a lot of fans, but I like the mystery it provides the story as a series.

I think you could probably read Boundless without having read this and not miss anything essential. But there is one pivotal scene in Radiant that is later referenced in Boundless. But it is explained and described well enough in the book that it is completely understandable, even if you hadn't read this novella.

Things to love about Radiant...

--The focus on Angela. We learn a lot about her. She may still be mysterious, but she also seems a lot more human in this novella. Ironic, I know, since she is an angel!

My recommendation: Not absolutely essential to the series, but worth the read!
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VINE VOICEon December 4, 2012
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When given the choice between studying for a math final I'm eighty percent sure I'll bomb (which I define here as getting a B on it; girl's gotta keep an A- average to keep her scholarship) and reading Radiant, the first thing I did upon getting up this morning was boot up my Kindle and start reading this novella set in Hand's Unearthly universe. No regrets! Not yet, at least; the final is Thursday.

Radiant is wholly Angela's story. Her insecurities, her life, her love, the petty jealousies she had in her friendship with Clara and gets over for the most part--we may get a taste of Clara's grief over everything that happened toward the end of Hallowed, but we're taken away from the Clara-centric world of the full novels to see Angela's personal nuances. Hints of all this that were present in Unearthly and Hallowed are fully explored here. If only she was allowed to carry full narration duties instead of sharing them with Clara... I understand the decision to have them share it, though. Clara, despite most of her POV adding little, does see one thing Angela doesn't and that readers need to. I'm looking forward to Boundless so I can see how the events of the novella affect their friendship in the long run!

This might have been a five-star had Angela not referred to a powerful woman trying to seduce the guy she has a crush on as a "jewel-bedecked Italian broad running her slutty hands all over him". Policy is policy and subtracting "slutty" halves the offensiveness without doing anything to the effect the line gives, so off goes a star.

The novella also has the prologue and first chapter of Boundless attached to it and though they aren't intriguing on their own, I'm not bothered by it; the first chapters of the previous two book weren't terribly grabbing either, but I still fell for them. Who do I have to kill around here to get a copy of that book for review? I'll do it. I've got my weapons, burial spot, and getaway car ready. Just tell me who and I'll do it. For serious. (No, not really.) Still, Radiant is everything a reader can ask of a novella: a work that gives us a new point of view entirely instead of restating what we already know.
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on June 12, 2015
I enjoyed this short novel for many reasons, first of all, it gives quite a lot of insight on Angela, as half of the book is from Angels’s POV. We get to see a big part of friendship between Angela and Clara. In the beginning you just want to drag Angela and give her a big of your thoughts about all her secrecy. I mean, she wants to know everything about everyone else, but when the time comes to open up to Clara, she just clamps up. I think the author wished to show us Angela from another side. And even if that side frustrates you a lot, you still love Angela.

If you haven’t read the series yet, this is your chance to start it. It is absolutely amazing. Hope you enjoy it to its fullest and don’t forget to share your thoughts below!
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on May 10, 2015
I read this short story a while ago and I think it should be read if we wish to know more about the character Angela, but it is not essential to the plot.

This book is set in Italy, after the events of Hallowed. It’s really about Angela, a Dimitrus, and her mysterious boyfriend we have never met in the first two books. I found it really interesting and it’s a fun read. However, it was really short and I would have loved to know more about the character Phen. Essentially, it’s Angela and Phen story.

Although it’s not an essential read, fans of this trilogy will definitely love this!
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on March 15, 2014
This little novella introduces us to Angela's secret guy. Clara doesn't approve and you'll know why. Can't wait until Boundless.
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on March 7, 2014
It didn't make sense. It wasn't like the other books. It sorta ruined my last impression on the series. It was only Clara and Ange. No Christen or Tucker. It was weird.
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on March 4, 2014
As much as I critiqued the books, this novella is pretty good as a companion to them. I enjoyed the pace, the scenarios, and the way the author portrays Italy as fluid and ethereal as it should be, specially when talking about angels.

the way Clara steps behind Angela here makes the novella so much more interesting. it shows a different point of view of the angelic situation and puts a lot of emotion up front.

I think the novella is, for lack of a better word, juicy and flavory. I liked it way better than any of the books.
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on February 22, 2014
(Spoiler alert if you haven't read Unearthly.) These stories have a way of making you interested in the love triangle that is Tucker, Clara, and Christian. I like the concept that is there but what I've written next explains why I feel that it is failing to be as exciting as I had hoped. At first I didn't like Tucker's character and at times still don't. I'm on Hallowed now and so far Clara and Tucker are still together. I want more details about Christian! He doesn't have to be with Clara, even though they have such a strong connection but he has too much that has been left out. I would've liked to have read more about him by now. Maybe that's still to come, but hopefully it is done in a way that I'm still interested in reading that late in the books. Good reads though and I would suggest them to someone else.
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