“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.”
Right now, the big thing in Young Adult literature has been vampires and angels. The thing about the angel books is that the angel is always a cute, heroic boy. That all changes in the book Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. The heroine is a girl, a quarter-blood angel named Clara.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It caught my attention from the beginning and I wanted to see if Clara would be able to fulfill her mission of saving the mysterious boy in her dreams. Ms. Hand developed very likable characters in this story. I liked that the story took place in Wyoming. I could relate more because that is an area I am familiar with. I loved the storyline of this book and the ending was so surprising! I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
“The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found. Violet can sense the echoes of those who’ve been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life. As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she’d turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike’s tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.”
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting is the sequel to her novel The Body Finder. I absolutely love these books. This book is my favorite of Harper Teen’s Dark Days of Supernatural. I could not put it down! What I love about this book is the fact that I was so involved in the story. I wanted to know who was behind all of the murders in the story. I love the character of Violet in this book. She has the ability to do amazing things with her ability of finding dead things but it is definitely a talent you would never want to have. Ms. Derting has made it possible for you to understand what a burden it can be to have such an ability. I also love the relationship between Violet and her boyfriend Jay. It is so cute!
My only warning with this book is that it does say the ‘f-word’ a few times. There is also some sexual content in this book. If these things do not bother you, I definitely recommend this book! Just make sure you read The Body Finder first.
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**I received copies of Unearthly and Desires of the Dead for this review.