Title(s): Unearthly (book #1), Hallowed (book #2), and Boundless (book #3)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: YA Paranormal
Pages: 435, 403, and 448
Dates Read: July 7, 2020 – December 17, 2020
Editions Read: Paperback for Unearthly, Kindle ebook for Hallowed and Boundless
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?
For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.
Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.
The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live 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 seems 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.
Another series review, but this should be the last one hopefully.
This series was really fun. I love when an author takes a familiar mythological creature (in this case angels) and does something new and interesting with them. Clara and her family are angel-bloods – or part angel, part human – and this gives them certain powers. There was a definite sense of urgency throughout the book which kept me turning the pages, for sure. First with Clara’s purpose, and then with all the questions that followed.
There is a slight love triangle here between Clara, Tucker and Christian, but it doesn’t take up the entire story. I don’t usually enjoy love triangles if they are used instead of other plot elements, but the triangle is not the focal point. Speaking of the characters, I really loved Clara as she navigated trying to learn to control her angelic powers, figure out her mission from God, figure out what her relationship with God and the angels even was, and with all of that, still be a normal high school girl. My favorite character was Angela, a quirky misfit student at school who turns out to also be an angel-blood and has an almost compulsive drive to study everything she can to figure out everything. There was always the threat of the Watchers hanging over everything, fallen angels, one of which had a certain relationship with Clara’s mother, which makes everything even more complicated.
Overall, this was a fun YA paranormal story, with adventure and romance and lots of twists and turns.
GoodReads rating: 4 stars for the first two books, 5 stars for book #3
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