Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen (USA) Egmont (UK)
Published: Jan 2011
ISBN: 978 0061996160
Rating: 5/5 with merits
The cover on this is haunting yet graceful, I adore the swirl detail on the title.
First off - I'm *so* glad this is a trilogy! I really don't think I could bear not knowing what happens next, as it's left fairly open ended with a jaw dropping unexpected twist.
Unearthly is a really gracefully told story. I love the exploration which unfolds for Clara as she tries out her powers. I thoroughly enjoyed Clara's mum, even though she's frustrating at times as she doesn't give Clara more info than needed. As Clara realises what her purpose is she is almost stalker like in her obsession with Christian, but she doesn't know what she should be doing, so just like Clara, I was running through different scenarios for her purpose to try and see what fitted. Angela turns out to be a totally amazing friend, although I have my reservations about her for the next in the trilogy....Tucker is the hidden gem in this up to a point, he's so sweet and into Clara it's heart lifting and so goey ;)
I must admit, I envy the characters their absolute clarity that their life has a specific purpose! In turn this gives them a passion for life, especially when Clara's love life takes off. At points in this I was completely taken off my feet and devastated by the storyline...thankfully it ends up with a double whammy which I won't spoil.....but I can't wait to read the next in the series - I want more!
Clara has known she is part-angel since she turned fourteen two years ago. But only now, through fragmented visions of a terrifying bush fire, is her Purpose - the crucial rite of passage for every part-angel - becoming clear to her. When Clara meets Christian, the boy in her visions, he is everything she could wish for - so why does she also have feelings for her enigmatic classmate, Tucker? Clara discovers that her Purpose is only a small part of a titanic struggle between angels and their destructive counterparts, the Black Wings. And when the fire of her vision erupts and both Christian and Tucker are in danger, who will she choose to save?
Source - NetGalley