Review – Unearthly
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  • October 18, 2010


I was a bit apprehensive about reading Unearthly by Cynthia Hand for one very, distinct reason – I don’t believe in God. Not only do I not believe in God but any mythos I hear about Angels, Demons, and the like I consider to be only that… mythos. Interesting to read about, but please don’t preach to me. I’m not an easy convert.

That said, I really enjoyed reading this book because Hand achieved a magnificent thing… she wrote a realistic, wonderful, heavenly good Angel book that did not turn me off in the first fifty pages, and this is a very, very hard thing to do. Squee.

This is Hand’s debut novel, the first of a planned trilogy. The premise surrounds Clara, a sixteen year old Californian girl with a secret – she’s a quarter Angel, a Quartarius. Angels are on earth to fulfill purposes, purposes that come as visions, and Clara has just had her first vision. She finds herself in Wyoming, trying to locate a young man in her vision, a young man that she is destined to save.

The idea is fun, the telling is better. Hand spends a lot of time in the book fleshing out Clara, her mother, her pissed off brother, who is aggravated at being pulled from his life in CA. Her family and friends end up being entertaining to read. Clara’s adventures in finding Christian, the boy in her vision, make the reader laugh and moan and facepalm all at the right moments. She’s an engaging heroine, and that makes for a great read.

There are a few things I would have liked to have seen tightened up, grammar things and the like. I’m hoping they are cleaned up in the final versions. However, that said, 4.5 stars from this heathen non-believer. I never thought I would like a book about goody two-shoes angels this much.

– BP

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