UNEARTHLY, a Bookanista Review by V

From goodreads:
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?
What I thought:
Cynthia Hand really drew me in with this story. There's some solid writing and Clara, the protagonist, is easy to like, as are all the supporting characters. UNEARTHLY kept me interested from the start, but it really hits its stride when Tucker comes into the picture. (There is absolutely nothing wrong with cute cowboys who take you fly-fishing and swinging off rope swings in the summertime. Nothing at all.) It ended up being one of those I-need-to-know-what-happens books that kept me up past my bedtime. I've already contacted my editor, asking her to pull some strings to get me the follow-up when it's ready. Cross your fingers for me ; )
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* A final thought to this post. Yesterday, YA author LK Madigan passed away. The community of YA writers can feel very small sometimes, and while the YA Muses didn't know Lisa personally, our hearts go out to all those who are in mourning right now, and in particular to her family.


I'll cross my fingers for you! If you do find out, let me know what happens! Don't you just love these sorts of love triangles?

And in a very awkward transition--I'm so saddened the untimely passing of LK Madigan. It's a difficult thing to understand, but it also sort of puts things into perspective, re-prioritizing what's important in my life.

I'll admit that I like me some cowboys, so this book really held me as a sucker for Tucker. I swear I didn't mean for that to rhyme...

I'll let you know, Carol! And E, I have to say, I'm wishin' for Christian. (Ok, that was bad.) (And I WAS trying to rhyme.)

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