Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 it 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 deciet, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
My Take: I have decided that I am a hopeless romantic and root for the strong protagonist. Unfortunately, if I tell you why Clara is strong, I might ruin the conflict. On the other hand, there is much more to like about this book.
This is clearly a trilogy of some sort since there are many aspects not resolved. The book introduces the reader to interesting characters like Maggie, Clara's mother who is half angel and has secrets nobody knows. Jeffrey, Clara's brother, who plays a minor role but there are hints at the end he will become more prominant. Angela, whose angelic roots are mysterious. Christian who is a pretty face and supposedly Clara's destiny but I didn't care about him in anyway. But then nobody asked me. Wendy, Clara's best friend and Tucker, Wendy's twin and my personal favorite.
On top of these interesting characters, the Dark Wing is introduced. Dark Wings are bad angels. Very bad. Pretty sure they are going to play a prominant role in future conflict
Clean read. Really, really liked it. I can't wait for the next one!