Thursday, August 30, 2012

Unearthly: Review

After reading Existence trilogy, I can finally move on to Unearthly! Check out the summary:
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.

I must say, Cynthia Hand is a great author. She can put plot twists in the right places and make the book interesting. When I first started the book, I thought it would be like Fallen or Hush, Hush or other paranormal novels that's about angels. And I've really gotten used to that kind of romance. But Unearthly is very different from Fallen and Hush, Hush. The angel-bloods have to fulfill their destinies. They can't escape their fate. Not that it's all new to YA world. But at least it is new to angels' world.

Clara is a fairly pure character in Unearthly. She is naive and she just wanna finish her job and go back to California. Well, at least that's what she wants at first. Pure is good. I love her responsibility and her attitude to her folks. But her thoughts make her too...unprepared. I think if Clara can grow up a little bit, she will be a perfect character. Maybe she will be more mature in the following books. I hope that will be true.

Christian, on the other hand, is a fairly complicated character throughout the book. No one knows exactly what he wants. I can't tell if he wants Kay or Clara or somebody else. He is a big mystery even to readers like me. I always like mysterious characters (like Jace in City of Bones). But for some reason I don't really like him. In some ways I even think of him as an intruder between Tucker and Clara. I don't know why I have this kind of thoughts.

Tucker is definitely the best part of the book. He can definitely keep a fairly stable and healthy relationship with Clara, and that's one of many things that I love about him. I have to say there is no stable relationship in Fallen and Hush, Hush. And I kind of loathe love triangles. In this book there is no obvious love triangles. Tucker does a good job here. He is real fun. I can never imagine that his tease leads to his liking for Clara. Maybe I am the one who is naive. But seeing Tucker and Clara together is the best thing in Unearthly. Hope that they will stick together throughout the series.

Angela, another mysterious character. Turns out she's a good guy in the book. I know that she has pure white wings, which means she is a good guy. But throughout the book I can't shove of the feeling that she is using Clara for some reason. But maybe after Unearthly I will change my mind about her and accept the fact that she is a nice person.

There are no stupidity among the characters. Not that they are super smart. But for once I'd never rolled my eyes when I read this book. The romance is not driven by paranormal reasons or character's stupidity. It's like a breath of fresh air. I hate blind romance, always defending their love even though they do wrong things. Cynthia Hand should continue her style of writing. I love fresh air. And this is the book of giving new ideas out.

In conclusion, I think YA novels don't have to make love triangles, blind romance, paranormal reasons, and epic good guys to make the book worth reading. Unearthly is a great example. If you want a breath of fresh air and to avoid hot guys and all those stuff for a while, Unearthly is a good choice for you.

Rating: 8.5/10

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