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Unearthly Paperback – November 1, 2011
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Grade 7–10—Clara Gardner is a quarter-angel. She lives with her mom and brother in California, until she starts to receive visions of her divine purpose involving a handsome young man, a forest fire, and sadness. The teen and her mom slowly piece together her visions and realize that the fire is near Jackson, WY. Clara's family packs up and moves there so that she can fulfill her destiny. She meets the boy from her vision, Christian, but he already has a girlfriend and a popular set of friends. She tries to get closer to him, but is distracted by friends, trying to learn to fly, and a cute, but annoying cowboy. Despite her brief visions, Clara doesn't know much about her angelic nature. She meets Angela, who is also an angel, and guesses that Clara is too. Clara learns that fallen angels have dark wings and will try to take her powers. The day of her purpose comes and she must make an impossible choice—do what she is supposed to do or save the boy she loves. Although the book is lengthy, the plot moves quickly and should appeal to reluctant readers. Hand does an excellent job of creating and sustaining the mood of teenage angst mixed with first love. A gentle, paranormal romance that is sure to appeal to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005) fans. First book in a projected trilogy.—Samantha Larsen Hastings, Riverton Library, UT
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As if adolescence isn’t enough, California girl Clara has recently begun to come into her powers as a Quartarius, a quarter-angel. Her half-angel single mother lends support, helping to puzzle through visions that reveal tantalizing portions of Clara’s “purpose.” The visions’ clues—a forest fire, license plate, and boy in a black fleece jacket—lead the family to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There, on Clara’s first day of school, she meets her destiny: A-list football player Christian, the boy of the vision. She also makes friends with two very different girls: easygoing, horse-crazy Wendy, and intense loner Angela. It’s Wendy’s twin brother, Tucker, though, who begins to drive the plot, unwittingly seeming to change Clara’s purpose. If some of this series starter seems overly familiar—the rural setting, the two love interests, the dark powers at work—the details about angels make up for it. The dynamics of flying, the intense shining of “glory,” and an unplanned trip to hell are all creatively addressed. Grades 7-10. --Karen Cruze --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's severe like. Not love. But I totally get the adoration for this series.
I have a few wishes, though. Wishes that, if came true, would have made this a five star read. Wishes like: Clara not being a clutz. It's so cliche at this point. What, her brother's this amazing athlete who can do anything perfectly the first time, he's years younger and not as in tune with his angel side as Clara, but she's the one who falls skiing, can't seem to fly right and basically faints at the drop of a hat? Nope. Not getting it. Another wish: maybe something more clearly defined with these characters, like, oh I don't know, a bit more development? Okay, so I wouldn't call it insta-love, but a week with Tucker and you're all weepy in love? *Sigh* And another wish: I think I was supposed to have feels for Christian in some way, but I didn't. Was I supposed to feel sorry for him? I'm not sure. Maybe I was supposed to empathize when he had to break-up with Kay to (obviously) fulfill his purpose. Only, Kay was a rancid A-Hole and I didn't feel sorry for him at all. Perhaps if Kay was more likeable then, yeah, I would have had the feels. She wasn't, however, and I really couldn't have cared less for that particular arc.
Now, onto the good stuff. The premise was good. I appreciate that this angel novel delved into the lore and explored the juxtaposition between the black and white, good and evil thing. I appreciate that there seems to be some grey in there too and I'm looking forward to seeing how that all works out. I also really liked Clara, aside from the falling like an idiot stuff. She seemed real and relateable. I TOTALLY appreciate that she had a real mother, not some cookie cutter absentee parent like so many PNRs have these days. I'd like to know more about her dad, but I understand why that was not deeply explored. I suspect he'll pop up and I have some theories about why he's absent. Time will tell.
I also really liked Tucker (GO TUCK!) as a love interest and called it as soon as he stepped onto the page. It was clear from the onset that these two were a pair in the making. What I loved and what garnered a standing ovation from me was that he was terrified of Clara at first, because, duh, who wouldn't be. I also appreciated his trepidation, because, duh, who wouldn't be hesitant. And, I appreciated that he wasn't a total jerk, like most PNR love interests are. He was immature. Just like a sixteen year old boy should be portrayed because, well, they're immature. But when he opened up, he was genuine and charming and kind. Total bonus points for that.
Peripheral characters were also fleshed out. I really liked Angela and her inquisitive ways and I'm looking forward to getting to know Wendy more. Jeffrey too was a strong character and I hope he's given more time and depth in the next installment.
So there it is. I really did enjoy this novel. It wasn't perfect, but it was a solid start. I hope it maintains the momentum and I will find out shortly as I'm off to read Hallowed right now. Squee!
I really liked Cynthia Hands writing, it flowed very nicely. I also liked how she made the angels have a "purpose" that was a little different and I found it interesting. As far as the characters I really enjoyed all of them, they were all very fleshed out and they seemed real. I liked Clara who is a quarter angel but is still a teenage girl who is seriously just trying to find herself. And I was also curious about her mom because for whatever reason she will not tell Clara what her purpose was and yet she expects Clara to tell her everything that goes on with her.
There were two love interests Tucker and Christian and okay yes I adored Tucker but in the end it really doesn't matter to me who she ends up with. Maybe my feelings will change after I read Hallowed...just have to wait and see.
Overall I regret not picking Unearthly up when all the hype was surrounding it. It really is an enjoyable read and rather refreshing compared to some of the other Angel books that are out there.