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?
Okay, this book was great. I really enjoyed it. But I'm kind of torn about it, too. Why? Well, because there were parts that I just found myself wanting more. And waiting until the sequel is going to kill me! At this point, I can't even find a release date for Hallowed *sigh*. But that's okay. I'll wait. I think. Anyhow, I loved the build up in this book with Clara's relationship with Tucker. That was great. I felt that there were a few parts that were forced in a way (which I will avoid due to their spoilery nature), but it wasn't terrible. I really wanted to read more about Clara's mother, whom I found to be utterly interesting in so many ways. (To the point I kind of wished she had her own book--maybe somewhere down the line Hand will do that--hint hint!) Anyhow, the writing was pretty good throughout the book (not incredible, but definitely readable and enjoyable), and the plot kept me going. My main issue is not really with the book, even, just that I find myself in a bit of a funk thinking about trunking my books and the myriad of similarities between Unearthly and my own work. Ugh. Not such a fun thing to dwell on today. (And on a completely different note--what is it with PhD's writing so much YA? This is yet another author with a doctorate writing in this field. I'm seriously going to start keeping track!)