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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Posted by Irish in Review1 Comment

Publisher: Harper Teen

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 04 Jan 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN:  0061996165
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 435
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Unearthly Series Order
Book 1: Unearthly
Book 2: Hallowed (17 Jan 2012)
Book 3:  Untitled (~Jan 2013)
First Line: In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees.
I am always wary of books that are over-hyped for all to often I’ll pick up a book that everyone seems to be raving about only to find that I don’t care much for it. This was the case of Unearthly by Cynthia Hand….the over-hyped part not the not caring for it. Because I did like Unearthly but I didn’t love it as much as other people seem to have. For me, Clara wasn’t the most likeable of characters and I really didn’t like how she was obsessed with Christian. I get that teens do become obsessive sometimes with the boys around them but for most of the book Christian had a girlfriend and so I didn’t care for that.

I did enjoy the angel lore in the book as it was different form anything I had read before. But it was just awfully convenient that so many angels just happened to be in the same small town in the middle of small town America. That had me rolling my eyes and getting a little exasperated. There were also several other cliches that happen throughout the book that also had me rolling my eyes and as a result I didn’t totally love the story. I thought that there was a lot of excess of set up as well and the beginning dragged a bit for me but it wasn’t so slow that I got frustrated and stopped reading. I also thought that once events started to unfold that many of the secondary characters were underutilized and often forgotten.

Unearthly also contained a love triangle and I am not a fan of those. The parts that I enjoyed most where in the middle of the book when Clara forgot about Christian (who was conveniently away for the summer) and spent time with Tucker. It was during those scenes in which I felt we got to know the real character and it was then that I actually liked her. I was glad that at the same time her friend Angela was also out of town but I missed Wendy. Angela was often abrasive and got on my nerves and Wendy was often underused as a character. I do hope that we get to see more of Wendy in Book 2 and get a little less of Christian and Angela. I also hope to see more of Jeffrey, Clara’s younger brother, who was barely mentioned in this book though there was lots of set up for a future storyline involving his character. 
I wasn’t overly thrilled with this book but I felt like it has potential and so am curious to see where things go in the next book in this series.

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