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Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
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Nov 23, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, lived-up-to-the-hype, paranormal-stuff, faves-of-2011, i-had-no-idea-i-would-love-this-so, i-own, love-triangle, rainy-day-comfort-reads, swoon
Read 2 times. Last read February 15, 2011.

4.5 and a definite favourite of mine :)

My review: which I RAVE about a paranormal YA (!)

Mate, how much did I LOVE this book?

So... when I read Unearthly ~ it was just the perfect book for the mood I was in:

seamless, well-written prose that's easy to sink into (the pages fly by ~ OKAY, so I got addicted and couldn't put it down...). A main character to love, a couple of fictional boys whom I was oh-so-delighted to be introduced to, and a story that kept me charmed the whole way through.

You know when you read a book and then later emerge from the pages and feel like you have literally been transported to another place and time? That was me and Unearthly ~ the setting was LOVELY ~ I just soaked it up. It was so easy to become immersed in it: the small town vibe, the high school halls and the forest ~ all beautiful.

The characters are REAL, man. Like contemp characters: fleshed out and interesting and Clara is an MC you will fall in love with. She's spunky and fun, and also a little unsure of herself. I LOVED her brother and her mum and the family dynamic. I liked the semi-complicated girl friendships, and I ADORED the two boys in Clara's life

I LOVE a convincing and anti-melodramatic love triangle. Hand has NAILED it in Unearthly. She has all the right components that make it a compelling, non-cliche, tangled-up swoon-y triangle. AND, the LOVE STORY that emerges in the second half of the book would rival some of your favourite YA couples ~ it has so many funny, fun, genuine, butterflies in your tummy moments. Sigh... I LOVE that feeling of swooning along with the MC and I would DARE you not to swoon in this book :) Young TUCKER has leapt on to my literary crush list ~ what a guy ;)

The whole VIBE of the book was just refreshing. It's a book you could happily pass on to younger YA readers (the angle lore was done really well, it felt good and clean and intriguing) ~ yet will also appeal to anyone who enjoys a GOOD coming-of age. There was nothing tacky or cringe-worthy about it.

Unearthly also features a pretty STUNNING kind-of twist in the climax ~ which has me SO hanging out for the sequel ~ yet it didn't leave me with a painful cliff-hanger. Perfectly done.

Recommended: why, yes, yes, yes. You know when Anna and the French Kiss came out ~ and non-contemp readers were falling all over it and in love? Unearthly is (for me) it's paranormal equivalent. I have fallen in love with it ~ I couldn't put it down. I swooned, I found it utterly compelling with gorgeous prose and charming characters. It's a definite favourite of mine. <3 <3 <3
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Hardcover Edition)
November 23, 2010 – Shelved
February 15, 2011 – Started Reading
February 15, 2011 –
page 57
13.19% "paranormals is not really my thing but I'm really digging this so far ~ yeah :)"
February 15, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011
February 15, 2011 – Shelved as: lived-up-to-the-hype
February 15, 2011 – Shelved as: paranormal-stuff
February 15, 2011 – Finished Reading
February 16, 2011 – Shelved as: faves-of-2011
June 28, 2011 – Shelved as: i-had-no-idea-i-would-love-this-so
June 28, 2011 – Shelved as: i-own
June 28, 2011 – Shelved as: love-triangle
June 28, 2011 – Shelved as: rainy-day-comfort-reads
June 28, 2011 – Shelved as: swoon
March 24, 2013 – Shelved as: kindle (Hardcover Edition)
March 24, 2013 – Shelved (Hardcover Edition)

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Giselle I truly enjoyed the love triangle as well I found it to be the best one in all of YA yet.

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