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.
Her 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?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.
©2011 Cynthia Hand (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
I found this story well-written, with a fresh, novel voice for this genre. Not all the dialogue and characters are "what you might expect". (Examples: I really enjoyed the way Clara's inner life, her thoughts and sense of humor are written, and the love-story aspect of it is not drowned in cliche'). The characters become very real because they are warm-hearted, engaging and compelling. The heroine and other main characters are quite believable. To me the narration was pretty much perfectly suited to Clara and the other characters throughout. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes the difference between a story that does draw you in and feels truly heartfelt and one that does not, but this story definitely has it, and I highly recommend it. My only minor complaint is that, after a lot of anticipation, I found the very end just a bit lackluster. Evidently, that was how the author felt she wanted to segue to a sequel at the time, but after the two most dramatic scenes toward the end, I felt it lacked the punch it could have had. Having said that, the characters have won me over and I will definitely be on board for the next installment!
Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.
GREAT story, the ending is compelling! It's hard to stop reading/listening. However, I must say the narrator is NOT my favorite. She confuses character voices frequently. She even confused male/female voices a couple times!! Ugh. And, she also had a hard time pulling out of the character voice back to the narrator tone. I found it all very distracting and annoying! So I gave it 4 stars. Story deserves 5 stars, but narrator flaws lowered it.
I loved how the whole story caught and held my attention. And the only part of the plot that's comparable to other novels is the love triangle! But that just made the story even greater!
Definitely Clara! She was such a "special" girl but evenstill she stayed humble and never let all the power she had go to her head. How many teens can u say that about these days?
I like how she had each character's voice differentiated so skillfully. Not too many narrators hv mastered that particular skill.
Not particularly bc the entire story was AMAZING in my opinion!
Yes. I know some ppl aren't too into YA novels, but this one is SO worth the time and credit/$. But dnt tk my word for it-LISTEN FOR YOURSELF!
I am a passionate devourer of chocolate and books. I also listen to audiobooks and drink chocolate. When I die, I don't want to be embalmed!
My daughter and I listened to this book, which was narrated by Samantha Quan and we really enjoyed it.
Although the synopsis says that Clara recently learned she’s part angel, I think it should have been Clara, who is part angel, just recently started having visions about her purpose. Every Angelblood has a purpose on earth, a task they must do, but they aren’t told exactly what the task is or what they are supposed to do about it. They are given little bits and pieces through visions and they have to figure it out themselves.
As the time for her purpose gets closer and closer, Clara’s angel powers will begin to grow and she should become more focused on her purpose. But that is what she should be doing, not what she is doing. What could distract this little angel from her purpose? Real life and love. How can she choose what might be for what is? What happens if she falls in love and doesn’t complete her purpose?
My daughter and I were right on the edge of our seats at the end of this book! So many things all coming together as the big day finally approaches. So many twists and turns. If the second book was already out, we would have downloaded it immediately!
The narrator Samantha Quan did an excellent job with this book. Her voice was age appropriate and easy to listen to. I hope she narrates the second book also.
Great plot and sensitive writing, particularly the internal dialog of teen angel and the smooth transition into ambiguous ending. Excellent reader, with minimal lapses of designated character Voices.
The layers of excellence: innovative plot, mother-daughter relationship details, character development, fullness of the Angel blood culture/history that unfolds as the plot does.
The Voice she gives Clara. A wonderful example is when Clara is bringing forth Glory @ her mother's request, and she recalls the fish joke: Samantha Quan's inflection of "Damn!" has such an emotional punch.
High school proms didn't begin to be in "full swing" within the first hour of starting. At least, not when I was in high school. Nor even when my 20-year old daughter was! In fact, the prom scene was the most discordant to my experience.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
Those two boys. Who wouldn't love to have two studs fighting for your attention!
Not as much memorable, as SO SAD! The part where Tucker has to make a choice between himself and his horse. I sobbed. I own horses and they are my everything. Hit home and made me a mess.
What's your purpose?
I had a hard time getting into it at first, but I did enjoy it.
J.F., CA. I am a voracious "bookaholic" who enjoys many different genres. I am often listening to/reading multiple books at the same time.
Plot - believable, not at all far-fetch and refreshingly different.
Character development - satisfactory. The main characters are multidimensional and likeable and have you supporting them.
Pace - also satisfactory. This is not a story that have your adrenaline going crazy but advances at a pace that is just right to allow for character development without having the story dragging.
Boring factor - none really. This book kept me engaged the entire time.
Narrator - Her voice was pleasing and appropriate.
Any weak area - maybe the ending. I felt like it was a slight bit of a let down until I realize that there is a follow-up book, which I will also get.
For the first 3 chapters that narrator was almost too annoying to continue...very monotoned and not diverse with her character dialogue...but then the story saved the narrator. I thought it was going to be a rehashed plot...but it held my interest and got better as the book went on. The author developed characters more realistically than throwing in a romance that was so "deep". Good on you, author. I will buy another audiobook because I have a long drive coming up...I can only hope that narrator worked on being interesting like the story is.
Samantha is a good reader
not sure of the name but I read a book many years ago similar to this
she has a pleasant voice to listen too. and has enough voice change in the characters to make it interesting
it was a little long and may of been able to shorten of few areas up. but overall I think it was a pretty good book
I think I liked the Tucker/Clara dynamic the most. They just clicked so well. I was rooting for them from the start.
Well it's about angels and nephilim, but it's nothing like The Mortal Instruments or the Sweet Evil series. It really made podunk Montana sound lovely.
I haven't heard her before, but I enjoyed her, to be sure.
It made me laugh. But I was ready to rage quit if [spoiler] died.
I'm not swooning over Christian, and I'm worried about Jeffery. Also Angela; I just don't trust her.
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