16 January 2011

Unearthly; Cynthia Hand

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So, you're not completely comfortable with the whole vampire/werewolf/zombie craze, but you want to write (or read) a book about supernatural forces? Angels fit the bill. So, books like Halo and Unearthly get written. Correction: trilogies starting with books like Halo and Unearthly get written.

That's not necessarily a good thing. More and more trilogies are being written, with thinly stretched plots that, with serious editing and tightening, could make one decent book. But as a trilogy? Not so much. Particularly not when there's nothing really new or special about the plot, as is the case here.

Clara is part-angel (one quarter, through her half-blood mother). Angels are here on earth for a purpose, and she's learning what hers is... something to do with saving a boy (named Christian) from a fire in Wyoming. Problem is, she's also falling in love with Tucker (her new friend Wendy's twin) and learning all she can about angels from Angela (her other new friend) and trying to fly. And then there's Mom, 100+ and still going strong, except that something about Wyoming doesn't quite agree with her. And let's not forget Jeffrey, her younger (also angelic) brother who isn't quite trying to fit in.

Sigh. Relatively predictable if you're read any of these trilogies. Equally predictable is what will happen in Books Two and Three. But if angel books, even predictable ones, are your thing, this is the series for you.

ARC provided by publisher.

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