Review : Unearthly, Cynthia Hand

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly #1)

January, 4th 2011 (US)
Harper Teen



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?

My review


Clara is a teenager almost like the others but she is a blood-angel thanks to her mother. In addition to new powers she has to know and to control, she has a purpose to reach, which she discovers through her dreams and her visions. When she understands she must save a boy in a forest in flames, she moves with her mother and her young brother in the town where this boy lives. His name is Christian, he has his age and he is gorgeous. Will Clara succeed to fulfill her purpose without ignoring her own desires?


Clara has a normal behavior, she has her own feelings, she can be brave and she can be distressed as everyone can be. Despite her supernatural identity, she looks like every girl of her age and this why she is sympathetic for us. She is curious about her angelic nature which makes her feel different but she would like also to be a normal human girl and not have these heavy responsibilities. She discovers her new powers and has to control them, sometimes in a amusing way, sometimes in a difficult way. I really like the evolution of her feelings, in particularly about her love life, even if one transition is a bit fast explained. I love Tucker, he’s a typical false bad boy which has problems with Clara in the beginning but is actually really cute.


We think we have already expect the entire story but not at all! After a quiet beginning, the author takes a first, then a second unexpected path. I was really surprised by some events, I didn’t expect some things, even if I have read the end before! It’s very rare and I’m was happy about this. The ending is unexpected too but it’s not well explained if we think about the construction of the story since the beginning of the book. But it’s not very important, I’m curious about the sequel.


The whole mythology about angels has been built in this first book, with Nephilims, Black Wings, and so on… I think this part of the story will be more important in the next book, with a more real and dangerous threat.


This debut novel is a success, but it’s no a surprise because Richelle Mead has recommend it! 🙂



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alizea
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 18:13:42

    Beautiful cover and already on my DAC shelf, but I’m gonna wait for the paperback in May.
    I actually like Angel stories and in this story I think it’s quite interesting that the heroine already know at the beginning she is part angel. Yep, a really good thing!!


    • Francesca
      Jan 23, 2011 @ 18:43:21

      I’m happy we have the point of view of the supernatural character and that the story is not the discover of these identity. I’m sure you will like this book. 😉


  2. Lisa
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 20:40:31

    I see that now your reviews both in french and in english !^^ Congrats, it’s a lot of work but you’re doing it perfectly. 😉


    • Francesca
      Jan 24, 2011 @ 09:45:23

      Yeah, thank you, the review was originally written for the American publisher, but as the book was already released, I’ve translated it in French for my other blog and my French readers.


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