Series Review: Unearthly

These Reviews May Contain Spoilers

before i start the proper reviews… HOW GORGEOUS ARE THESE COVERS.

Series Rating 4.5 Stars

Unearthly ~ Cynthia Hand

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Rating 4 Stars

Blurb

Clara has known she was part-angel ever since she turned fourteen two years ago, but only now is her Purpose – the crucial rite of passage for every part-angel – becoming clear to her. Clara′s Purpose leads her family to Wyoming, where, amidst terrifying scenes of a bush inferno, she finds the boy of her visions, Christian. He is everything she could wish for – so why does she also have feelings for her enigmatic classmate Tucker?

Clara discovers that her Purpose is only a small part of a titanic struggle between angels and their destructive counterparts, the Black Wings. And when the fire of her visions erupts and both Christian and Tucker are in danger, who will she choose to save?

Review

I have had this book sitting on my shelf unread for 2 years… and that is one thing i really regret. when i bought it i am pretty sure it was in a 3 for the price of 1 sale and there were 2 other books that i really wanted so i chose the book with a pretty cover and then never looked at it again. fast forward 2 years and the 3rd book has just come out and i keep getting recommendations for it so i dutifully pull it off my shelf and start reading… and then don’t stop until i realize i am out of pages. having not even read the blurb before reading this i had no idea what i was getting myself into but i managed to stumble across a brilliant piece of Angel law unlike anything i have read before. not only is it a nice original story with a killer love triangle but unlike most Angel books it does not come off as overly preachy. the characters are not overly deep or anything but they were sweet and believable. The book ended in such a way that while i am can’t wait to read Hallowed. there was not a huge ugly evil cliff hanger, although i really want to know about poor Jeffery. this is one book i am defiantly glad that i judged on its cover.

Quotes

“So often we only do what we think is expected of us, when we are capable of so much more.”

“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.”

“And what he was really saying then, what would have come through loud and clear if I hadn’t been so blind was, why don’t you see me?”

“So I’m in love. That crazy, forget to eat, float around in a daze, talk on the phone all night and bounce out of bed every morning hoping to see him kind of love.”

Hallowed ~ Cynthia Hand

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Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb

Clara Gardner knew that as a part angel she would one day have to fulfill her purpose, rescuing Christian from a forest fire…what she never considered was what might happen if she were to fail.

Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend Tucker, Clara must deal with the repercussions of what happened the day of the fire as the two boys vie for her heart. And, as she is drawn further into the world of angels and part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain after a shocking revelation, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning…

Review

I don’t know how she does it. just like in the first book the ending is given away in the beginning of the book and yet for the most part the book is not spoiled. i must admit i gathered most of the twists in this book before they were told to us directly unlike in the first book still that being said that was probably because the book was so well written that nothing just comes out of nowhere… i just picked up on the clues this time. this book had a real sence of finality to it and yet there is still another book in this series so maybe things are not as final as they seem. there are still some loose ends such as the identity of Angela’s secret Italian boyfriend, where exactly Jeffery is and what happens when the quarter angels have babies (1/16th angel?).

Quotes

“There’s nothing more inspiring than the complexity and beauty of the human heart.”

“Before I moved here, I never got the whole love-triangle thing. You know, in movies or romance novels or whatnot, where there’s one chick that all the guys are drooling over, even though you can’t see anything particularly special about her. But oh, no, they both must have her. And she’s like, oh dear, however will I choose? William is so sensitive, he understands me, he swept me off my feet, oh misery, blubber, blubber, but how can I go on living without Rafe and his devil-may-care ways and his dark and only-a-little-abusive love? Upchuck.”

“I sneaked out to his house a couple times in the middle of the night to watch over him while he slept, just in case, I don’t know, his comic book collection decided to spontaneously combust. This was dumb and admittedly creepy in an Edward Cullen kind of way”

“Our purpose on this earth is not one single event, an accomplishment we can check off a list. There is no test. No passing or failing. There’s only us, each moment shaping who we are, into what we will become.”

“I’m having an argument with myself. And I’m losing. So not good.”

Radiant ~ Cynthia Hand

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Rating 2 Stars

Blurb

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. . . .

For as long as she can remember, Angela has been told that love is dangerous, that she must always guard her heart. But when she met a mysterious guy in Italy two years ago she was determined to be with him, no matter the costs. Now she must decide whether she can trust Clara with her secret, or if telling her the truth will risk everything she cares about.

Alternating between Angela and Clara’s perspectives, Radiant chronicles the unforgettable summer that will test the bounds of their friendship and change their lives forever.

Review

ehh this book was ok but after really enjoying the last two books in the series i was really hoping for more. maybe part of the problem was that it was only a (very) short novella and she writes the longer stories better. maybe it is simply that i never enjoy these novellas quite as much as the proper books. or maybe like happens with all authors this was merely a dud. that being said it did answer some questions and the last sentence geared me right up to read Boundless.

(After reading Boundless I must say i Highly Suggest reading this book first despite only being a novella what happens in this book is referenced so much it is almost more important to the story than the first two books)

Quotes

“Humans fear death so much, but there is no death,” he whispers. “There is only the illusion of it. We can never cease to be. We must stay like this. Forever.”

“My mother always says that love is like a snakebite, a venom slowly spreading through your veins”

“If this is foolish, I don’t want to be wise.”

Boundless ~ Cynthia Hand

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Rating 5 Stars

Blurb

The past few years held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner ever could have anticipated. Yet through the dizzying high of first love to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she could no longer deny was that she was never meant to have a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seemed like the best option, so she’s headed back to California—and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must choose her fate once and for all.

Review

WOW what an ending. I think this would have to be my favorite book of the set despite the odd pacing at the start. While there was not as much Tucker in this book as I would have liked Christian started to grow on me a little as he was given a little bit more depth, him and Clara however are defiantly missing that spark that I hope for in a romantic interest. So much happens in this book that you may not suspect having read the first two but it is all perfectly foreshadowed and although at first it failed to capture my attention by the end I could not put it down. This book was better balanced than the first two books with a wonderful mix of romance, action, angel lore and everyday drama. While there were some flaws in logic (mainly in wing colour) it managed to wrap this series off in a neat little bow, although leaving room for a spinoff and just enough loose strings to make it feel as if the characters live on after the last page.
Only recommendation left to give is to keep a box of tissues handy.

Quotes

“I can’t stop thinking about how much better she’d be for him than I am. But I also kind of want to tear her hair out.”

“I’m ready to stop saying good-bye to things. I’m going to start saying hello.”

“If we can send one man to the moon, why can’t we send them all there?”

“I love you,” he murmurs. “Can you feel that? You. Not some destiny I think I’m called to. You. I’m with you. My strength. My soul. My heart. Feel it.”

“Love is a many-splendored thing,” she says. “But it is also a pain in the ass.”

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