Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

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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 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?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

 

About Cynthia Hand

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Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly trilogy. A native of southeastern Idaho, she has graduate degrees in creative writing from Boise State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently lives with her husband and two small children in Southern California, where she teaches writing at Pepperdine University.
 
Published April 19, 2011 by HarperTeen. 453 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult. Fiction

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After receiving visions of saving a teenage boy from a forest fire, 16-year-old Clara Gardner (one-quarter angel-blood), her half-angel mother and her younger brother relocate from their suburban California home to Teton County, Wyo., so Clara can find this mysterious boy and realize her angel pu...

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BC Books

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Cynthia Hand puts together a wonderful insightful story, full of fun and danger.

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BC Books

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Because it is her first vision, it is only a taste of her purpose which will get stronger as the time for her to act gets closer.

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Continue After receiving visions of saving a teenage boy from a forest fire, 16-year-old Clara Gardner (one-quarter angel-blood), her half-angel mother ...

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Examiner

Clara is an angel-blood who missed her chance to fulfill her purpose at the end of “Unearthly.” The book picks up a little bit after “Unearthly.” In this book, Clara begins having another vision of her purpose.

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Examiner

Throughout the book, Clara has visions that are the result of what is to become her purpose in life.

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Suite 101

Often confused with fantasy literature, magical realism has its own defining characteristics that sets it apart as a separate and popular genre.

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The Bookbag

The moral dilemma of Clara going against her Purpose, her mission from God, to pursue her interest in the other boy, the fact that she moved clear across the country to find Christian in the new high school: it all adds up to a very interesting book that had me turning the pages long after I told...

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SF Site

Hand's storyline gives readers glimpses of Clara's every-day life as well as focusing in on important events, and she's able to weave both together without letting one outshine the other.

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Gather Books

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel.

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Open Book Society

I blink, and it’s gone.” Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel.

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Deseret News

"Boundless," which is the final book in the Unearthly trilogy, is by Cynthia Hand.

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The Overflowing Library

Clara moves across the country to be closer to the mysterious gorgeous boy she is "destined" to save but in the meantime she meets someone else who she very quickly (in a way only teenagers do) falls hopelessly in love with him which refocuses her attention somewhat.

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Grave Tells

Your purpose could be anything from saving someone from a potentially life threatening incident to passing a message along to someone and Clara learns that it isn’t as easy as she thought it would be.She’s known since she was fourteen years old what she was, and that someday she would have to ful...

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The Young Folks

But if you love LOVE and want a pretty cool story to accompany it, then get to reading about Clara, angels and company!

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Geek Speak

and Clara's angel mom tells her about the angel war and the bad blackwing angels guys who are fallen and bad and Clara thinks that one of them may be following her which would be bad but she still has to fulfill her angel purpose!

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