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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  125,977 ratings  ·  7,901 reviews
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, th
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by HarperTeen
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Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Honestly, after reading at least one of the following books - Hush, Hush, Halo, Fallen - do you really believe there is a good paranormal YA romance about angels out there? A book about proms, love triangles, hawt boys, that doesn't make you want to hurl? No? Neither did I before reading Unearthly.

I was very much impressed by this novel. I was cautious and not trusting of positive reviews of it, and it ended up exceeding my expectations. The book never even once made me roll my eyes - something
Cynthia Hand
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Got to rate a 5 for my own book!
Steph Sinclair

It's been a few months since I finished this book and I'm still swooning. You shall be read again soon my precioussssss...

Actual rating: Teetering on 4.5 stars

Hush, Hush, who? Halo, what? Fallen, huh?

After reading the catastrophe Hush, Hush, I had pretty much given up on reading any more books involving angels. As far as I was concerned it would be my first and last angel book. I resisted the urge (mostly thanks to my dear Goodreads friend's reviews) to pick up Halo and Fallen, even though they
Wendy Darling
4.5 out of 5 stars Finally, a well-written angel series! Clara's physical appearance, the wings, the flying, the "glory"--make angels sound impossibly beautiful. The descriptions are so well done that you can really picture and feel what it would like to be in the presence of one. The supernatural aspects are well-balanced by a solid grounding in Clara's day to day life as a teenager with excellent descriptions of school projects, relationships with her friends and her brother, and especially he ...more
Emily May
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2011, pnr

I always feel a little bad when I disagree with the majority about a book, like there must be something I'm missing or I obviously didn't 'get' it. I do understand why a lot of people enjoyed Unearthly and there were parts I liked too... but I still wasn't blown away. As far as young adult stories about angels go, this is probably one of the best - only, that's not really saying much. I found the book okay in many ways, I don't have a huge rant to make about girls who are obsessed with boys

Thanks for the push, Jess! Tetons and Yellowstone, cowboys, log houses, swimming in rivers, boy/girl twins! NOMNOMNOM. I didn't even give a crap that this book is about angels. I loved it:)
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: why-the-hype
Rating: 2.5 Stars

I just want to let you all know that while I'm writing this, I am also building a fort. Yes, a fort to protect me from all the boulders and bombs that will most likely be thrown my way for highly disliking this novel. It doesn't matter that my fort is made of pillows or that it contains highly flammable books inside it - the point is, I have a fort. Thus, I hope you won't attack me since...well...I have a fort!

Part 1: In Which I "Get It"

I get it. I seriously do. I get wh
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
“I'm looking at you. Why are you always trying to hide how pretty you are?”

I've been thinking about my rating of this book for two hours, and it's precariously between 1 and 2 stars since the moment I finished it. I know you're wanting to beat the crap out of me right now for giving this book just two stars. How dare I ? Please, just let me explain, and if you're not satisfied with the answers after that, you can slap my face as hard as you want. I'll let you.

“Hey, Carrots," he says.”

Jennifer Armentrout
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Sigh. I like Tucker and his cowboy hat. Having images of Kevin Bacon in his Footloose days for some reason while reading this.
I did a bad thing. I ruined breakfast. The waffle and the sausage may never forgive me.

For those of you who are wondering "What the fuck? Has she finally lost it?" the answer is 'no'. You see, I was supposed to buddy read this with Rose and Ellis in October but after reading a book that left me questioning my faith in humanity I decided to pick this up and just skim the first chapter, you know, "Just the tip, just for a second, just to see how it feels". We all know how that goes. Eight hours l
When I saw that one of my favorite goodreaders, Tatiana, gave this book four stars I thought she'd gone insane. I mean, it's a YA book featuring angels for crying out loud! Surely it can't be good let alone worthy of four whole stars from Tatiana, so clearly she lost her mind. But I purchased the audiobook anyway because it was January 13th and I was anxiously awaiting the release of Shadowfever which was still five days away at the time. Plus it didn't hurt that this audiobook was reasonably pr ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Is this a revolutionary, earth-shattering book that will change the face of YA fantasy? No. Is this a book that will forever change the way people look at angels? No. Is this a riveting, un-put-downable read that will make it to the top of the bestseller lists? No. Should people read this book? Absolutely. Now, I know you're thinking I'm bonkers, but let me tell you why 'Unearthly', despite it's girl-next-door appearance, should be winning Miss America.

But before I begin, may I just say how str
So... I was wired on Christmas Stocking candy while writing this. I'll warn you once. Only read the underlined parts:

Unearthly's all about earth stuff. Just Kidding. It's not. Just Kidding. It is. Just Kidding. It's not... It's about UN-earth stuff. Like angels. Just Kidding. It's about devils. Just Kidding. I'm evil like a devil. Just Kidding. I am evil like a G6. Just kidding. I'm actually fly like a G6. Just Kidding. I don't even know what a G6 is. Just Kidding. Of course, I do. It's a cybern
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Clara Gardner is a Quartarious angel-blood. This means that one quarter of her blood is that of an angel's. This gives her wings that she's not yet learned how to use and abilities that are still developing. Lately strange visions of a mysterious boy and fire have been plaguing her, and that's just one aspect in the myriad of things she's yet to understand about her place on this earth. Believing that these visions are tied to her "purpose"---the one thing all angel-bloods are charged with accom ...more
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, is one of the most cliched, over-ranted YA books I'd ever read. No kidding.

There're a lot of five stars reviews for Unearthly, first book of Miss Hand's paranormal series about...surprise, surprise: angels and angel-bloods. (hybrid between humans and angels/Nephilim) There are also handful of famous YA novelists e.g. Richelle Mead and Melissa Marr giving their recommendations, that sounds promising isn't it? Even the cover artwork looks kind of good! But Unearthly had
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I feel it only fair to warn you guys that I am involved in a one-sided fictional relationship with Cynthia Hand. In which we spend our evenings sipping martinis and laughing hysterically at the craptasticness of all the recent angel novels, while Jericho Barrons kneels at my side sporting a Galactica flight suit and feeding me chocolate-dipped cherries.

(Apparently, my fantasies have a knack for getting out of control at times. Just roll with it).

Anyhoodle, Unearthly is a delicious cheese-filled
Brigid ✩
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review is also featured on Tasty Books!

A typical conversation I have with my friends/family:

Me (Reading something): UGH I HATE THIS SHIT SO MUCH.
Friend/Family member: Then why don't you stop reading it?
Me: Because ... what if it spontaneously becomes awesome or something? I know, it never really happens, but WHAT IF.

And it's true. It hardly happens. It's very rare that I start off hating a book, and then end up really liking it. I can only think of a handful of times it has happened. ... We
I have been keeping an eye on this series for a long time. As soon as I started the first book in this series, I found myself completely lost in the story. In my opinion, it's a brilliantly written book with the mind-blowing concept which was so engaging that I finished the whole book in 1 night. Now I'm quite excited to devour the next book. ...more
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've been burned so many times by angel books; Hush, Hush, Fallen, Angelfire, and what have you, so I was quite set to hate this book. I thought, "let's just give it a chapter" and then what do you know. That one chapter turned into five and then ten and all of a sudden I just could not stop reading. I *had* to know what happened next and my god the amount of times I screamed at the book for the girl to HOOK UP WITH THE GUY was so mind boggling. I could not put this book down. It had an uber str ...more
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book back in October.... and I've been dying for it to be released to other people could bask in it's fabulousness!! I have to say that in the midst of all the 'angel' themed book hitting the YA market right now. This one is my favorite! (of the ones I've read so far....)

Let's talk about how wonderful this book is, shall we?

I was so glad that Clara knew she was angel. This isn't a story of a girl discovering an she's part angel... even though I initially thought it was because the sy
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Lovely!! I really, really enjoyed this. It's a YA novel, but somehow it felt very different. For once, it wasn't just about the paranormal aspect, or the exciting new world the protagonist is thrown in. It was about finding oneself. Trying to fit in. Finding love. Life (with wings!)!! Everything I was hoping for while going into this.

Clara is part angel, and she has just received a hint of what her purpose on earth is. After finding out the location, they pack up and move there. It's quite a bi
Andrea Cremer
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lovely, original, engaging. The last 50 pages had my heart racing!
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Edit: This is how I imagine Tucker http://irresistiblereads.blogspot.com...

Favourite Quote: "He seems to gaze right into me, like he's seeing me for who I truly am. And in that moment, I want to tell him the truth. Crazy, I know. Stupid. Wrong. I try to take a step back, but my foot slips and I almost go headfirst into the river but he catches me."

Wow! Surprisingly I loved it! I have been having a bad run with angel books lately. But this is exactly what I have been looking for. Unearthly has an
Trina (Between Chapters)
Maybe it was because I had low expectations, or because I don't read this genre very often, or maybe I just like angel books, but I kind of loved this?? It stumbles a few times (love interest perpetuates the idea that "if a boy is mean to you that means he actually likes you!" and there's some slut shaming) but I want to continue the series.

Things that may sway whether you would like this or not:
-Love triangle.
-Lots of Twilight vibes. No watching people sleep, but it's a new kid in school is a p
3 1/2 stars

This is a real stand-out in the recent crop of young adult paranormal romances. And that makes me a bit sad, because the characteristics that make it so notable are the healthy romances, supportive friends, and present parents. This book doesn’t stand out for its mythology, which is rather hazy and unremarkable (and completely unobjectionable – to the religious and non-religious alike), or its heroine, who straddles the line between awkward girl and extraordinary being almost perfectl
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-y-a, br, angels
4.5 stars!

I am really surprised by how much I loved this one. I was even prepared to round up to 5 stars, but then I saw that my friends who have read it loved the subsequent books even more, so I decided to leave room for improvement! I read and loved a book by Cynthia Hand a couple of weeks ago, and had many friends tell me that I had to try this series, and I'm so glad I did. I desperately needed a genre switch, and this turned out to be such a fun read.

"What do you see in a guy like Chr
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
** 3,5 "VERY CUTE" stars ! **

Finally finished this first book that I had been wanting to read for a long time, and this was such a fun, easy and cute read, though a bit weak on the paranormal aspect !

The world building :
I thought the angel mythology in this book was quite interesting and intriguing, but unfortunately it wasn’t as well developed and as original as I was hoping it would be and compared to some other books about angels I read in the past (namely the Sweet trilogy or the Penryn a
Komal Mikaelson
Initial Reaction After Completion

This reaction is due to that what-the-fuck ending

This was a fun, enjoyable read. Among the disastrous Angel PNR novels out there, this one is much better.
And I liked it. No scratch that. I really, really liked it.
There are, undoubtedly, better books out there, but so are worse. I will confess, I won't remember the plot or the characters verbatim in the days to come, because it just wasn't that good. And I'm definitely not going to reread it.

But it was en
Finally...an angel story we paranormal fans can get behind. Today's angel stories are riddled with weak heroines, obsessive "love interests", and shoddy mythology (Fallen and Halo, anyone?). With its strong characters, swoon-worthy guys, and unique angel lore, Unearthly is now my gold-star standard for angel books.

I grew up on a ranch near where this story takes place, so reading Unearthly felt like coming home. Cynthia Hand creates a vivid setting and characters that spoke to me. She perfectly
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This book has been on my to-read list for a while now and I was on the fence whether I wanted to read it or not. I decided to give it a try even though I wasn't really sure if I'd want to read another angel book because most of them are kind of predictable. Since I needed a book to read and this had been one of the first on my want to read shelves, I decided to give it a try. Unearthly was unlike the other angel books I've read and it was very good and a worthy read.

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