Patrick Pasques Pasques itibaren Kashitu, Zambiya
The life of a part angel is not easy for 16-year-old Clara. Ever since her mother revealed her supernatural identity to her, she has had to cope with issues surrounding both her human and angel sides. Plus, she’s naturally smarter and faster than her human peers, which makes her feel like she’s somehow cheating. Being an angel blood also comes with a purpose, which is suddenly thrust upon her one morning. The vision she sees of a teenage boy in a forest fire, forces her family to uproot their lives from California to Wyoming in order to fulfil her destiny. Clara must work out the intricate details of her vision and the role she plays before the upcoming fire season, whilst avoiding dangers she never before knew existed. I absolutely adored Unearthly. It was one of those books where you are so immersed in its pages that you keep telling yourself “just five more minutes”, and ignore your usual responsibilities in order to get to the end of the book. It’s hard to not get caught up in the world that Cynthia Hand presents us with, as much love has gone into its creation, from the amazing and complex characters, to the gorgeous setting you want to visit right this minute. Even the unexpected twists and turns added to the pleasurable ride. The setting of the novel was mostly in Teton County, Wyoming, specifically in Jackson Hole, and as the novel drifts through the seasons, the author sells us on the unique beauty of this mountainous region. “The sky’s bathed in a mix of gray and pale yellow, with a tangle of bright pink clouds hanging right above where the Tetons jut into the sky, pure purple mountain majesty, standing like kings on the edge of the horizon. Below them is Jackson Lake, so clear it looks like two sets of mountains and two skies, perfectly replicated.” You can tell that a lot of time and research went into this novel, as the author refers to various angel mythologies such as the Angels of Mons, and the Nephilim in Genesis throughout. She also incorporates her own spin on the existing myth by introducing new and exciting aspects to her angels. There is no disrespect for religion in her interpretation either, nor is religion forced on the reader. The novel is told from Clara’s point of view, which was a pleasure to read, as she’s not your typical meek YA heroine. Clara is independent and intelligent, and she’s the one swooping in and doing all the saving. She also doesn’t take herself too seriously, as she injects sarcasm and makes fun of her not-so-smart decisions. The following lines best describe why I loved this character so much, as she responds to the poor treatment she received from one of the love interests: “I feel like Cinderella sitting in the middle of the road with a pumpkin and a couple of mice, while Prince Charming charges off to rescue some other chick.” “I won’t be that girl who lets the guy treat her like crap and still fawns all over him.” I even found the side characters a joy to read, as they weren’t just one-dimensional characters, but instead had their own individual purposes and backgrounds. Clara’s friends aren’t just sidekicks devoting their lives to her and her goal. They are characters with their own lives and complexities, who don’t accept poor treatment from their friend. Even the villain has more to him than meets the eye, which I imagine will be further explored later in this series. I especially loved the relationship between Clara and her mother. Although her mother is not forthcoming with information, I still really enjoyed their best-friend-type bond, which was refreshing to read between a parent and teenager. Another aspect about the characters I thought was really well done was the realistic reaction they have to the supernatural. It’s always frustrating when I read a book where characters react to the paranormal without any concerns, as fear is usually the first reaction one has to things they do not understand. The love triangle presented in this book is not the average one, as I was genuinely conflicted over the two love interests by the end of the novel. It’s great that the author didn’t take the easy route by making one of the characters more flawed than the other, as they are both choices that would be perfect for Clara in different ways. I think the difficulty of this decision is more realistic as well, because in the real world those types of choices are rarely that simple. Unearthly is a really beautiful story about first love. The relationship is really well-developed, not love-at-first-sight, but the slow build version developed over a period of friendship. As the novel progresses over the months, they fall in love through getting to know each other, and not just because of physical appearances. It doesn’t wax poetic about how perfect and attractive the other is, as it’s about more than that between them, which makes it a really sweet courtship to read. If you want to read a sweet story about first love, destiny and family, then this is the book for you. It’s guaranteed to leave a smile on your face, and perhaps make you reminisce about your own past. It’s a gorgeous well-written story, with fantastic mythology incorporated that I highly recommend reading. Enjoy! :-) More reviews at Nic's Bookshelf.