Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Summary: 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?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Review: This is another book I can't believe I just haven't read yet. I liked how different it was from most YA paranormal stories. Instead of the teenage girl finding out she's part-whatever and has to deal without the help of her parents, Clara only knows she's part-angel because her mom told her. Another thing I like is the summary on the flap clearly states how Christian is this super important male character so the natural assumption is that Clara will fall in love with him, but Tucker also has a fighting chance which is awesome. I'm hoping to read some really great scenes with both guys so we can see the strengths and weaknesses of both. And the big twist at the end? Oh I can't even spill on that. It was pretty amazing. I am very much looking forward to Cynthia's next book.

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