Review and Giveaway: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.

Posted January 4, 2011 by Rowena in Giveaways, Reviews | 44 Comments

Main Character: Clara Gardner
Love Interest: Tucker
Series: Unearthly, Book 1 (I don’t know what the series is called yet)
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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 placeβ€”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 makeβ€”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.

Ever since I read the blurb for this book, I wanted it. I wanted to devour it and the first chance that I got, I did exactly that.

I devoured this book in one work day and I was not feeling bad about it. It’s hard to feel bad about blowing off work when you have such an awesome book to read and this book was fantastic. I enjoyed it from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. For me, there wasn’t that beginning hump where there’s a big ol’ info dump where the author is setting the book up and it takes a little bit for the book to pick up and keep your interest. Right from the beginning, I wanted to keep turning the pages.

This story follows Clara Gardner from California to Wyoming where she meets Christian, the guy from her visions, the guy who has something to do with her purpose in this world. Every angel blood has a purpose and Christian is tied to Clara’s purpose and it’s because of this that Clara and her family pack up their bags and move to the wilds of Wyoming to help Clara figure out what she’s supposed to do to fulfill her purpose.

Hand did a phenomenal job of building a world of characters that I wanted to know more about. There wasn’t a character in this book that I didn’t find interesting. For me, what makes a book spectacular is my ability to connect with the characters and Hand did a wonderful job of making me connect with each and every single one of her characters. From Clara to Christian to Tucker to Maggie and Jeffrey to Angela and Wendy, I wanted to know more about each of them. Hand’s writing made me feel as if I was a part of the story and I could see everything come to life through her words. I could see Clara’s wings as clearly as if she showed herself right before my very eyes and I could feel Clara’s frustration surrounding her visions and her purpose. Everything was just so real to me.

So much happens in this book that I’m anxious for more. I have so many questions about this series and after stalking Cynthia Hand’s blog, I’m happy to see that there will be a sequel. This makes me so happy because I want to know more. I want to see what happens with Clara. I want to know more about Christian. I want to know more about Angela. I want know what Jeffrey was doing while everything was going down and I want to know more about the colors of everyone’s wings. I want to know what Maggie’s purpose was, I want to know more about Wendy and Tucker. I just want so much more and I’m glad that we’re going to get it (in the form of another book).

If you’re looking for a book with great characters and a storyline that will keep you turning the pages faster than you can blink then this is the book for you. Cynthia Hand introduces a world that will make a lot of YA readers happy and I think this is a winner of a series and I’m so very anxious for more.

Read this book!

Giveaway Alert: Because I loved this book so much, I’m offering up three copies of this book to three lucky winners. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post letting me know why you want to read this book and I’ll throw your name into the drawing for a chance to win a copy of this book. Three winners will be chosen and the winners will be announced, three weeks from today to give people a chance to get their entries in. Good luck!

Giveaway ends January 25, 2011 and winners will be announced shortly after.

..and that’s your scoop!

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44 responses to “Review and Giveaway: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.

  1. I keep seeing how amazing this book is, and for once, I can’t help but fall for the hype! I totally need to read this one. Please enter me!


    PS…I put your contest in my sidebar πŸ™‚

  2. Ivy

    I would love to read this book because the cover looks amazing and the story sounds interesting! πŸ™‚

    GFC: Ivy

  3. Great review! It’s awesome to hear another person say how much they love this book because it only makes me even more excited to read it!

    I want to read this book because it has fallen angels, a love triangle that seems to be done right, and the cover is pretty! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  4. I want to read UNEARTHLY because I hear it finally does angels right and I have been so disappointed so far with all the YA paranormal takes on them. Would love to read a great one!

    angiegirl (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. The story sounds really good and fairly unique. Also I have been reading many great things about it. Looking forward to reading it for myself.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  6. I read The Story Siren’s review for this and have had it on my to-read list for months now. I put a little more faith in angel books than I do vampire books nowadays. XD It looks unique and worth the read.

    Would love a copy of this. πŸ™‚ Great review. πŸ™‚

    The Authoress
    inspirationamelia at gmail dot com

  7. I would love to read this book because I’ve heard great things about it and I love books with a paranormal theme.


  8. I totally want to read this book because all the great reviews it has been given. And the plot sounds amazing! The cover is also dreamy!
    Great review. Thanks for the giveaway!


  9. I really want to read this book beacause here recently I’ve been really into Angel books. This one sounds like it will be really good. Thanks for the chance!


  10. I want to read the book because –

    a) My Mother won’t believe me that Angels aren’t all fat and chubby and the size of a toddler

    b) Futher proving my point that judging a book by it’s cover actually works ( I read your review and I think you can back me up on this one :P)

    c) PLEASE?????? PRETTY PLEASE, I REALLY badly want to read this BOOK!

    d) All of the above.

    *fingers croseed*

    Yours Sincerly,


  11. Nazifa Jan

    hmm….great review! U r just killin me here more! I have been waiting for this book ever since i knew it was about angels! I read Hush Hush by becca fitzpatrick and i loved loved loved it! And im sure that i will love this too! I wanna read this book also coz i have been following the authors blog and i rlly like her and to me liking author means loving books! She worked rlly hard for it n im sure her book will rock! I also love the love triangle between clara,christian n tucker! I love the cover! I love angels! I love the plot! I love love triangles! I love books! I love angels! Hehe i already said dat! I have been waiting for dis book for so long! And i would seriously cry if i win! And i will hug u! Hehe! πŸ™‚
    i love this book jst reading the summary n if i finish da book i will faint of happiness! Hehe
    well i luv dis book naturally so i hope i win! Fingers crossed***
    my email is

  12. To be honest what got me was the cover, I love it!! If theres one thing I enjoy it’s reading books that deal with angels/fallen angels especially when theres a love triangle to it or just a love story period I’m on board. The plot explanation is great along with your review so props! Good to know that theres gonna be a sequel. Count me in for this I’m stoked! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! πŸ™‚

    Vanessa Martinez

  13. Thanks for the giveaway! I want to read this book because of the love triangle and of course because of the pretty cover!

    jessica b

  14. Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to read Unearthly because of the gorgeous cover and because the plot sounds awesome!


  15. I would honestly love to read this because I keep seeing really good reviews for it. Thanks for the great giveaway πŸ™‚

    mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

  16. All the reviews for this book are great! The story sounds interesting and the cover is great. Can’t wait to get my hands on it! Thanks for the giveaway. πŸ™‚

    chellie83 at gmail dot com

  17. I would love to read this book because I haven’t read enough books about angels, and this one sounds like a great story. Your review is also quite encouraging.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  18. I’ve been dying to read Unearthly for sooo long because it sound promising! And I’ve read a lot of angel books, but none of them were fantastic and I’ve heard so many good thinks about Unearthly, so I’m hoping this will be the one to take my breath away!

    Great giveaway! =)
    Count me in if it’s international!


  19. Great Review. I want to read this book so bad, b/c well, for one thing it is about angels and I am always looking for a new angel book. And also the cover and description has caught my attention =D

    Thanks for the Giveaway =D

  20. I want to read this book so bad, because a) I love these type of books and b) I haven’t been able to read so much Paranormal stuff lately. I’ve heard amazing things about Unearthly and I’m dying to read it!

    Please count me in if this is international! Thanks so much for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

    I’m a new follower btw!

  21. This book sounds just so amazing! And the cover is just gorgeous! If this awesome giveaway is International please enter me in the contest πŸ™‚
    nata92 (at) hotmail (dot) de
    have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  22. I’ve read so many great reviews about this book, I can’t wait to read it! I haven’t found many “Angel” books that I really liked, so I’m hoping this one will turn things around for me in that category! The cover is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the contest!


  23. I am late to the party but I am always late for everything! Better late than never though, right?

    I want to read this book because i have read so many amazing reviews on it! To find out your part angel can only take you on an incredible journey! (and the cover is INCREDIBLE too)!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  24. I really enjoyed this book, but borrowed a copy from someone, and now I find myself wanting to reread parts, and I know I’ll want to reread it before the sequel comes out! I’d love to win!

    basicallyamazingbooks [at]

  25. The plot sounds so intriguing. And your review made me want to read it even more. I’ve also never read a book on angels before. πŸ™‚ It’s always been vampires, faeries, etc.


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