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Radiant (Unearthly #2.5)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  4,734 ratings  ·  504 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand comes a riveting original novella (available only as an ebook) set in the world of the Unearthly series.

Clara is desperate to get away—from the memories that haunt her in Wyoming and the visions of a future she isn't ready to face—and spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, Angela, should be the perfect escape....more
ebook, 94 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by HarperTeen
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Cynthia Hand
Oct 24, 2012 Cynthia Hand rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
As always, got to rate a five for my own book. And it's pretty dear to my heart. Love writing Angela.
Zemira Warner
Originally posted onYA Fanatic.

I'm torn between giving 4 or 5 stars. I loved it so much. First Destroy Me and now Radiant! You people are trying to kill me! I want,I need Unravel Me and Boundless. Since Unravel Me is pre-ordered I only need to find some money to get Boundless too. Tucker and Warner! All I need to say to you is


*clears throat*

This is mostly Angela’s story but we also have Clara’s POV. We get to see how they spent their summer in Italy before heading out to college. I liked Ange...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Update Note : I'm in the middle of book 3 at the moment and can finally confirm that it is not completely necessary to have read this short story before reading book 3. However, there is a huge tie-in of one particular instance which happens in Radiant with something that will take place in Boundless. The situation is explained enough in book 3 to where you can get by if you skip this story, but I liked knowing what happened in Radiant first.

Angel books are probably even worse than vampire book...more
Radiant was an amazing novella. A lot of times novellas can be disappointing and short, but this isn’t the case here. I highly recommend reading this before reading Boundless, as I think it will be an important piece in the story.

Don’t read this if you haven’t read Hallowed, as it would spoil major plot points.

This takes place just a few short weeks after the events in Hallowed. Clara and Angela are spending the summer in Italy, staying with Angela’s family. Clara is still heartbroken over he...more
Wendy Darling
So, is Angela eeeeevil or not? :D Let's hope this answers it.
curious little beastie
This review is also available over at my blog.


The first time I heard about Radiant, I was like FINALLY. Because it was about damn time we get to see what's inside Angela's head, and find out who that guy she met was and what really happened between them. So, naturally, I rushed to get this novella on the very day it came out.

Even though this was only a novella and was very short, I still enjoyed it very much. I may be biased because I'm so in love with this series, but I wou...more
Radiant, or how Angela (view spoiler) Something about this whole thing is tacky.
Anatea Oroz
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf

Since we still have a little more than a month until Boundless, Book #3 comes out, I was sooo happy when I found out about Radiant!
I love being back in this world! This is more Angela's story, but we also have Clara's POV. I really enjoyed Radiant because it focuses on Angela and her mystery guy *squeel*, even though I kinda missed having Tucker and Christian in here.

Angela and Clara are spending their summer in Italy before they go to c...more
This was an enjoyable novella telling the tale of Clara and Angela's summer trip to Italy. While there Clara experiences the first of her new visions. We also get to meet Angela's mystery boy, Phen.

The Angela/Phen relationship was intriguing and definitely the best part of this novella. Phen is a fascinating character. I'm dying to learn more about him. Clara's reaction to the romance is also quite interesting.

I loved that this switched between Clara and Angela's POV. It was great to learn mor...more
As this fantastic series is coming to an end, I decided I would actually go ahead and read its novellas as well--a rarity for me, which is a good sign you need to read this series if you haven't yet! Plus, I kind of don't want it to end, so I'm doing all I can to stretch it out.

A far as novellas go, Radiant was a gratifying journey into Angela's love life. Angela is a character I both adored and questioned in the previous book, thus I was excited to learn this novella would bring us into her lif...more
This short story is quite confusing.
I always liked Angela (I still do) but now I am not sure about her anymore.

I liked her optimism and her pretty white wings were suposed to reflect her pure soul.
I wonder what will happen that will change things.. because I am sure that things will drastically change.
Also I didn't see all that jealousy coming, maybe because I liked her so much. Yes, she had this all mystery around her, knowing things that others didn't, pushing for finding out secrets, but st...more
 Athena Ivashkova ~♥~
UGH!!!!!!! Why is this only in ebook form? I demand a hardcover! :'(

Update 12/4/12:

Before reading Radiant, I've always been wary of Angela. She seemed like a nice enough person but since Unearthly I always felt that there was something sketchy about her; that there was something off about her.

Now, after reading a book partially told in Angela's point of view, I'm still not so sure about Angela's motivations and motives. If anything, I'm even more suspicious of her now than I was before.
Her jealousy of Clara doesn't bode well for a friendship and Clara and Angela's relationshi...more
…”She sends you so that you might learn history, and understand the world. So that you will learn about family.”

-Angela’s Grandmother

Oh how I wish this novella was about Angela researching history and connecting with her Italian family! Instead, almost the entirety of this novella focuses on her forbidden romance with a guy named Phen. Don’t get me wrong- Phen’s neutral stance on on good and evil makes him interesting but the romance turned unbelievably cheesy. I know Cynthia Hand can write roma...more
Three Stars: A short novella that gives more insight into Angela.

Angela and Clara are spending the summer in Italy. For Clara, it is a chance to get away from Tucker and Christian and her grief. Angela returns to spend the summer with her Italian family, but she longs to see the one man who set her heart a fire two summers ago. Except the one who has her heart isn't a man, he is an angel and he ended up breaking her heart. Paths led back to Phen and Angela finds herself once again enamored with...more
OMG, WHAT? That was so so good! I can't wait for the last book to come out. Im really, reaaaaaaally, hoping that she ends up with Christian, because honestly guys Tucker is great but Christian is PERFECT for her. He belongs to same world than her, he understands her, and he is cute and funny. He kind of messed up a bit at first, but if it wasn't for that short summer she wouldn't have gotten involved with Tucker! *cries*

That Prologue and the first chapter of next book...

I mean, WHAT? The waitin...more
I have a feeling that Phen is going to play an important role in Book 3, so it was good to be introduced to him and learn about how he found out about Clara. I think makes me not dislike him as much as Clara does.

BUT, the reason I'm giving it 2 stars instead of 3 stars is because 1) Angela infuriates me and 2) I still have leftover animosity for Clara and her decision at the end of Book 2. And the way she was brooding about it in this novella just made me want to tear her hair out - not mine sin...more
Lisa (Fic Talk)

Angela & Clara! I need this novella in my life, like, now.

✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
Angela and Clara are spending the summer in Italy with Angela's family. Clara has been having more visions and Angela is sneaking out to meet with a mysterious stranger.

Okay...I was really hoping to get more answers with this novella (especially about Angela) but all I'm left with is more questions!! I did like getting both Angela's and Clara's POV and I guess it did help a bit to get into what they were thinking.

Angela's mysterious stranger is quite intriguing in several different ways. I lik...more
Wow, I really didn't like Angela in this. She's one of THOSE friends. You know the type...the girl that's jealous of her supposed best friend and acts in petty ways to undermine her friend. I always preferred Wendy over Angela as a friend for Clara, but after reading Angela's point of view? WOW, she's a terrible friend to Clara. And the whole (view spoiler)

I'm still beyond excited for Boundless, but this lac...more

This was great to ease my anxiety towards Boundless, but I think now I want book 3 even more!!

So excited!! The release date can´t come soon enough!

Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I can't say enough great things about Cynthia Hand's fabulous writing, but I will say that if you're already two books deep into this series, you MUST read this novella. Radiantis split between both Clara and Angela's (!) points-of-view, and it is done with such ease that it's almost as if you're having a conversation with the two girls. But what you really take away from this short story is a little better insight into Angela's character, as well as the introduction of a new character who may...more

I thought this novella would only be in Angela's POV, unfortunately Clara also narrated some chapters..Ugh.
Anyway, Angela and Clara are on holiday in Italy or Canada (I forgot). I was expecting the two of them to get up to all sorts but naturally they can't have some good old fashioned fun girly time or crazy mad adventure together, instead they both spend their holiday obsessed and swooning over their respective guys. Clara spent most of her holiday moaning about Tucker and how much she...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I enjoyed being back in this world! I loved Hallowed and I didn't realize how much I really missed this series until I read this novella. The end of Hallowed left me wanting Boundless, and now that I've read Radiant I'm dying to get my hands on the last installment in this series. This isn't a story that centers on Tucker or Christian. Yes, these two are mentioned through out the story, but this storyline focuses on Clara and Angela's visit to Italy, which takes place between Hallowed and Boundl...more
Jen at Reading Lark
Radiant is a good addition to the Unearthly series. It takes place after the events of Hallowed and bridges to the next release, Boundless. In Radiant, Clara and Angela are spending the summer in Rome, with Angela’s extended family. Clara is still very much recovering from the traumas she suffered at the end of Hallowed, and Jeffrey is nowhere to be seen. She is grieving and needs something to take her mind off her troubles.

Angela comes through with a very strange reaction to a mysterious man o...more
♥ Sarah ♥
It's been awhile since I read Unearthly and Hallowed so I can't say for sure how I felt during those two books, but Radiant made me positively despise Angela. Getting her point of view was like a slap in the face.

Boy is she a bitch.

I'm sorry, but she is. She's spiteful and jealous of Clary on so many levels and when her friend is trying to be a friend she pushes her away because she apparently knows better. (view spoiler)...more
2.5 stars

In Radiant Clara and Angela are spending the summer before college in Italy with Angela's family. While Clara is being plagued by visions that she doesn't understand, Angela is dealing with a guy she loves being back in her life. It's times for us to finally find out about the guy Angela fell in love with a few summers ago.

This novella was just okay for me. I only read it to refresh my memory about where the characters stand after Hallowed, a book I've read more than two years ago. The...more
Amazing. A lot of times novellas can be annoying and disappointing but it wasn't the case here. I kinda like Angela before but now I am not sure anymore.
Jennifer at BookShelfery
Originally posted at The Bawdy Book Blog

I figured I needed to read Radiant before I get to Boundless, because you know these authors love to include little tidbits in their novellas. I didn’t want to feel left behind!

Radiant is told in alternating first-person, between Angela and Clara. They’ve taken off for Rome for the summer after their graduation, to stay with Angela’s Italian family. Angela manages to deftly avoid questions about the Italian boy she’s been seeing during her summers there; m...more
I liked it a lot but it's not like you know, amazing. Clara's continued visions are troubling ones. It's been so long since I read Hallowed that I was able to quickly get back into the story. We find out more about Angela's secret boyfriend while she and Clara are spending the summer in Italy. His name is Phen. He says he's an ambivalent angel. He's neither good or bad but that he doesn't take sides in the fight. He's odd; at least Clara thinks so. Where Angela would readily take his side no mat...more
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Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series with HarperTeen: UNEARTHLY, HALLOWED, RADIANT (an enovella) and BOUNDLESS. Currently she lives in southern California with her husband and two small children. She teaches courses in creative writing at Pepperdine University. Her next book, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, will be released in February 2015.
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