Monday, December 20, 2010

Day Twenty - All About Unearthly + Giveaway

I was too busy watching Vampire Diaries ( Just started and it's kinda scary) that I almost forgot to post this. I really should start scheduling...

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Name - Unearthly  ( Goodreads )
Author - Cynthia Hand ( Profile )
Release Date - 4th Jan 2011
Genre - Paranormal
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 it 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?

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Book Review, originally from Bibliophilic Monologues
HERE <--- Original

Move over, vampires (and werewolves). I think the Angelic Age is here. Corny? Sorry. I couldn’t help myself.

I wasn’t sure whether I would like the novel. The cover is totally gorgeous but I was still hesitant and I am so glad to report to all of you that I was wholly, totally blown away by it. I have even decided to get the book in hard copy once it is out (and let me tell you, it is really difficult for a starving college student to find extra money for books) – that’s how much I love it.

I felt discombobulated when I started reading it but it was only for an instant until I realized what was going on. I know the synopsis makes it sound as though Clara has a sudden epiphany, a voice thundering in her mind – “Child, Thou Art Half an Angel!” but that’s not really what happens. I’ll leave you to find out what does but suffice it to say that it’s such a relief that the novel is one which avoids the too common “Main character is a supernatural/has powers/is magical and then main characters leads to freaking out/disbelieving/crying.” Yeah, those? Happen way too often.

Anyway, my point is, this is doesn’t happen in Unearthly and I am eternally grateful for it.

I love the way Ms. Hand takes the supernatural, dare I say divine and juxtaposes it with the mundane. You see, even angels (half as they may be) go through puberty and face the hallowed hell that is high school. Ms. Hand’s mythos is definitely engaging and the details are intricate enough to convince even the most hardened cynic (I am not one of them.)

But I think the greatest feat is her characterization. I love Clara and you know how important liking the heroine and, you know, weird as it might be, original. At the same time, it twists again so you are left utterly confused by the end of the novel. I still don’t know who I like better.

As for the technical bits, the writing is exquisite and there’s nothing that distracts you from the pace of the story. The plot is addictive and while I know the sequel is probably swirling in Ms. Hand’s mind right now, I’m dying (dying, do hear?) to find out what happens next.

So, read this! It’s about as awesome as it gets.

And here’s my favorite blurb of the book, by SQUEEE! Richelle Mead:



"Utterly captivating. Cynthia Hand has brilliantly spun the magic of angel mythology into a modern world of romance and suspense, creating one of the most addictive books I've read in a while. UNEARTHLY had me lying awake at night, wondering what would happen next." – Richelle Mead, bestselling author of Vampire Academyof a novel is. Especially for me. If I don’t like her (or love to hate her) I will not read the book. Clara is parts gawky, parts magical and parts human. An interesting mix in all. The love triangle is intriguing

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Giveaway Time !!!

Cynthia has kindly offered ONE (1) Pre-order of Unearthly to one of you! All you have to do is fill out the form. Um, comments are VERY VERY VERY much appreciated. It's the least you can do do make an author happy :)

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40 comments:

  1. Ohh I have been looking forward to Unearthly for like ever it seems haha!! This is great!!

    Kristen H
    My Bookish Fairy Tale

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  2. Love the book review! Thanks for posting, gotta add this to my Christmas reading list.

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  3. This one has been on my wishlist for a while! Great review! It sounds like something new and unique and I can't wait to read it for myself.

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  4. Great review! I definitely must get this one --your review definitely has me excited. THanks for the awesome giveaway as well!

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  5. Awesome! I can't wait for this one! Thanks, Cynthia!!

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  6. Never heard of this book before - that's why I love my FeedDemon. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Holidays!

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  7. This book sounds great! I can't wait to read it!

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  8. I think you are right about the Age of the Angels, and it sounds like this book may set the pace!! I'm very excited to read it.

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  9. I read Unearthly on Netgalley and really enjoyed it- though it ended on too huge a cliffie to leave me entirely satisfied!

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  10. I can't wait for this book to come out! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. Alright...that's it! Your review has me fully convinced that I MUST read this as soon as possible!

    Great review! I'm signing up for your giveaway and crossing my fingers :D
    ♥Isalys

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  12. I have heard so many amazing things about this book!! I can't wait.

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  13. I cannot WAIT to read this book!

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  14. I really want to read this novel! It's been one of my most anticipated for a while now. Glad to read it so wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Unearthly looks so good! Great review!

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  16. Thanks for the book review! I really enjoyed Unearthly, too (I read it via an ARC tour). I felt like it was one of the best angel books out there!

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  17. This books sounds really good ! I can't wait to read it !

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  18. been wanting to read this book!!!

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  19. Hee, I didn't even know that you used my review for this. I don't mind but could you, if in the future this happens again, leave me a comment to say that you did so? Thanks.

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  20. Thanks soo much for the giveaway!
    i cant wait to read this!

    jessica b

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  21. Thanks for the great giveaway and being the host of such a fun event! I've heard such great things about Unearthly!

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  22. Sounds great. Looking forward to it.

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  23. Thanks for the review and giveaway. You've now made me even more interested and eager to read this book. :)

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  24. Good, a likeable heroine! I can't enjoy a book if I don't like it's main characters no matter how good its other aspects may be! And I love angels!

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  25. This book looks so good! I have had my eye on it for a while! Thanks for the contest! :D

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  26. Bring on the angelic age lol. How can one not love angels?

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  27. I've really been looking forward to this one ever since I saw the cover! Thanks.

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  28. Dude, if Richelle Mead loves it, I'm pretty sure I will too!

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  29. Wow it sounds like an amazing book!!

    c4casey(at)comcast(dot)net

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  30. I have fallen in love with the cover of this book!

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  31. the cover of the book looks amazing. would love to read this book. thanks for the giveaway

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  32. Unearthly sounds amazing! Please enter me!

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  33. So Happy you got such a wonderful review from Richelle, I have been wanting to read Unearthly for like forever now or it seems like it lol.

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  34. Love the cover, can't wait to read!

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  35. I can't wait until this book comes out, but I guess I have too:(. I fell in love with Unearthly. At first I was kind of skeptical about it but it didn't take long for me get into the story. I have high expectations for this book. I don't think I'm going to be disappointed.

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