Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

The basics

Title: Unearthly


Series: Unearthly #1

- Unearthly (January 2011)
- Hallowed (January 2012)
- Boundless (January 2013)

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Goodreads 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?
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In short

A teen girl named Clara living in California starts having crazy visions and is like, what the hell is happening to me?? So her mom explains to her that they aren’t just humans, but angels! These visions define her purpose in life! They follow the visions, move to Wyoming and Clara is forced to deal with a battle between her destiny and free will!

What happened in Unearthly?

  • Claras vision:  fire, silver truck, flying hottie with a body Christian to safety, and sorrow, she feels deep sorrow!
  • Clara meets Christian– the boy she sees in her vision– a REALLY HOT BOY– so she does all that she can to get to know him and figure out how it is she will save his life.
  • Clara trains to use her angel skills– summoning her wings, flying, containing and using glory, etc.  Clara’s brother Jeffrey, also an angel is starting to have visions of his own.
  • She meets a nice girl at school named Wendy who quickly becomes her BFF and also has a dreamy cowboy twin brother named Tucker that has the hots for Clara.  
  • She also meets a girl named Angela, who turns out to be an angel as well– only her daddy is a Black Wing– aka EVIL ANGEL!  
  • Christian is in love with a girl at school named Kay.  This makes Clara sad, but they break up and Christian goes to prom with her!! Yay!! Only he ends up being a dick and leaves her at the prom to take home his distraught ex-girlfriend.
  • Everyone (Angela, Wendy, Christian) goes away for the summer leaving Clara on her own.  Wendy pushes Tucker toward Clara as a birthday surprise.  They fall for each other and after lighting up a barn with her feels, she tells Tucker what she is.  He gets over it and is like… so what, I still want you!  This throws a wrench in Clara’s purpose.
  • It’s vision day!  Clara feels the sorrow.  Enter Black Wing Samjeeza who takes Clara and her Mom to Hell.  Clara goes hardcore angel and uses her glory to not only bring them back to earth, but also burn off Samjeeza’s ear.

how did it end?

Clara races to save Christian from the fire, but finds out Tucker is stuck in a fire too.  Oh no!!  She chooses to save Tucker instead!  She ends up being late to save Christian, but it turns out he is just fine because….   BAM!  He is an angel too!!  His purpose was to save Clara!  They were having the same visions and they don’t know what that means.  Jeffrey comes home after the fire behaving kinda creepy and won’t tell anyone where he was. Clara is worried she will be punished for going against her purpose.

anything else

Intangre: full blooded angel
Triplare: 3/4 blooded angel
Dimidius: half blooded angel (Maggie – Clara’s mother), Angela
Quartarius: 1/4 blooded angel  (Clara, Jeffrey, Christian)

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