Publisher: HarperTeen (January 2011)
In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel
blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and
faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to
her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a
new school in a new town. 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. Because there's another guy,
Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
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. When the fire from her
vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
I wasn't sure what to expect with Unearthly...maybe just an YA angel book that would inevitably have a love triangle and would be a trilogy. I must say, that I was very pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this book and I couldn't put it down. I had to find out if Clara was going to carry out her purpose or not. I also had to know who she would chose, Christian or Tucker. Would she follow destiny or her heart?
I really liked Clara. She has known she is a quarter angel for 2 years. Her mother is half angel. There was no surprise as to her identity, so there was not the usual, "what is happening to me" angst. Clara is a strong willed teen who does has a sense of responsibility as to her "purpose". The thing that appealed to me most about this book is that the boy she falls for isn't who you expect her to. The one she must save isn't someone that she is hopelessly in love with. That was refreshing. Between you and me, I'm team Tucker!
While there is some resolution, the ending of the book leaves a lot of unanswered questions, that I hope will be addressed in the next book. I think this is a great book for YA's, maybe 14 and up. There is some kissing, but other than that, nothing serious. I look forward to the next book, Hallowed, which is projected to come out in January 2012.