The Resource Unearthly, Cynthia Hand

Unearthly, Cynthia Hand

Label
Unearthly
Title
Unearthly
Statement of responsibility
Cynthia Hand
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sixteen-year-old Clara Gardner's purpose as an angel-blood begins to manifest itself, forcing her family to pull up stakes and move to Jackson, Wyoming, where she learns that danger and heartbreak come with her powers
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Tone
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Review
  • Grades 7-10 As if adolescence isn’t enough, California girl Clara has recently begun to come into her powers as a Quartarius, a quarter-angel. Her half-angel single mother lends support, helping to puzzle through visions that reveal tantalizing portions of Clara’s “purpose.” The visions’ clues—a forest fire, license plate, and boy in a black fleece jacket—lead the family to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There, on Clara’s first day of school, she meets her destiny: A-list football player Christian, the boy of the vision. She also makes friends with two very different girls: easygoing, horse-crazy Wendy, and intense loner Angela. It’s Wendy’s twin brother, Tucker, though, who begins to drive the plot, unwittingly seeming to change Clara’s purpose. If some of this series starter seems overly familiar—the rural setting, the two love interests, the dark powers at work—the details about angels make up for it. The dynamics of flying, the intense shining of “glory,” and an unplanned trip to hell are all creatively addressed. -- Cruze, Karen (Reviewed 12-01-2010) (Booklist, vol 107, number 7, p55)
  • Gr 7 – 10 — Clara Gardner is a quarter-angel. She lives with her mom and brother in California, until she starts to receive visions of her divine purpose involving a handsome young man, a forest fire, and sadness. The teen and her mom slowly piece together her visions and realize that the fire is near Jackson, WY. Clara's family packs up and moves there so that she can fulfill her destiny. She meets the boy from her vision, Christian, but he already has a girlfriend and a popular set of friends. She tries to get closer to him, but is distracted by friends, trying to learn to fly, and a cute, but annoying cowboy. Despite her brief visions, Clara doesn't know much about her angelic nature. She meets Angela, who is also an angel, and guesses that Clara is too. Clara learns that fallen angels have dark wings and will try to take her powers. The day of her purpose comes and she must make an impossible choice—do what she is supposed to do or save the boy she loves. Although the book is lengthy, the plot moves quickly and should appeal to reluctant readers. Hand does an excellent job of creating and sustaining the mood of teenage angst mixed with first love. A gentle, paranormal romance that is sure to appeal to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005) fans. First book in a projected trilogy.—Samantha Larsen Hastings, Riverton Library, UT --Samantha Larsen Hastings (Reviewed January 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 1, p106)
  • /* Starred Review */ Hand debuts with an engrossing take on the angel mythos that centers on human/angel hybrids living modern lives. All semihuman descendants of angels have a "purpose," something they were put on Earth to do, and 16-year-old Clara is no exception. Following the clues in her visions, Clara and her family move from California to Wyoming to find the boy she believes she's destined to save from a forest fire. Locating Christian is fairly easy; figuring out why and how she's supposed to get close to him isn't. As Clara negotiates high school cliques and homework, learns to use her wings, and suffers oddly stimulating arguments with her best friend's brother, she finds she will have to make decisions that could break her heart or deny her very purpose. Hand avoids overt discussion of religion while telling an engaging and romantic tale with solid backstory. Her characters deal realistically with the uncertainty of being on the cusp of maturity without wrapping themselves in angst. While the exciting climax satisfactorily concludes many of the story's threads, some questions are left to the next book of the trilogy. Ages 12–up. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 15, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 45, p)
  • After receiving visions of saving a teenage boy from a forest fire, 16-year-old Clara Gardner (one-quarter angel-blood), her half-angel mother and her younger brother relocate from their suburban California home to Teton County, Wyo., so Clara can find this mysterious boy and realize her angel purpose. Despite the ever-growing surge of angel stories and its hefty length, this solid debut novel stands out with even pacing, fully developed characters, vivid descriptions of the West's rugged beauty and Clara's independent spirit. As she learns more about her gifts and angel lore—particularly fallen angels known as Black Wings—from her evasive mother and a fellow angel-blood classmate, Clara struggles with her mother's expectations of her purpose (is she just a heavenly puppet?) and her desire to acknowledge her human side (does she have any control of her own life?), as well as her feelings for both Christian, the boy from her visions, and rodeo star Tucker. The cliffhanger ending, with an unexpected twist, leaves plenty to ponder until the sequel. A divine supernatural romance. (Paranormal romance. YA)(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2010)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
382426
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1978-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hand, Cynthia
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 012-017
  • HL660L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG+
LC call number
PZ7.N35
LC item number
Une 2011
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 10
Reading level
4.2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Neely, Cynthia
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Unearthly trilogy
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Angels
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Moving, Household
  • Families
  • Angels
  • Supernatural
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Moving, Household
  • Family life
  • Young adult fiction
  • Jackson (Wyo.)
  • Jackson (Wyo.)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Unearthly, Cynthia Hand
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
803929
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
435 pages
Isbn
9780061996160
Lccn
2010017849
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780061996160
Label
Unearthly, Cynthia Hand
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
803929
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
435 pages
Isbn
9780061996160
Lccn
2010017849
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780061996160

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