Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Release date: January 4th 2011
Summary (from Goodreads): 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?
My review: Everyone out there is saying that Unearthly isn't just another angel book, and I must say that I agree with them. When I think YA angels, I think fallen and creepy, like in Fallen and Hush, Hush. However, in Unearthly, it isn't like that at all.
The best thing was probably that the girl was the angel, rather than the mysterious guy. Another bonus was that she wasn't a fallen angel. Clara was only half-angel, which was a fresh change on the classic stories. Everything in the book was original and so unlike any other book that I have ever read.
The plot was amazing. I think that it was made interesting by the way it makes you certain that Clara is meant to be with Christian, but it's actually got another twist to come. In the start, I didn't like Tucker. He was rude to Clara, and openly despised her. However, as I got farther into the book, I grew to like him more, because of the way he spent more time with Clara. I began to understand him a little more, and I went onto Team Tucker rather than Team Christian. :)
There's not much to say about Unearthly. It was simply. . . Astounding.
In total, Bubbles!