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text 2016-09-18 23:08
Unearthly - update: 2/435 pages.
Unearthly - Cynthia Hand

"The first time, November 6 to be exact, I wake up at two a.m. with a tingling in my head like tiny fireflies dancing behind my eyes."

 

"I have the vision again two days later."

 

"That night when Mom gets home she finds me slouched on the couch watching reruns of I Love Lucy."

 

I can't even find the words to express how ragey this use of first-person, present tense makes me. IF THE NARRATOR IS TELLING THE STORY FROM WITHIN THE MOMENT THEN IT MAKES NO SENSE TO PROVIDE PERSPECTIVE THAT THE ACTOR WOULD HAVE WHEN LOOKING BACK TO EVENTS IN THE PAST. 

 

Fuck this shit. Fuck all these books using this stupid writing style. I refuse to read any of it. 

 

And it's really too bad, because I've read enough of this book to tell that the author is a really talented writer. It's as if she originally wrote the book using past tense and some stupid editor told her to change everything to present tense because that's the trendy thing in YA supernatural romance. 

 

This was supposed to be my Supernatural square for Halloween Bingo but I guess I'll have to find something else for it. 

 

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review 2016-03-17 16:42
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Unearthly - Cynthia Hand
“I didn’t ever think you were a freak. I think . . . I thought you were magic or something. I thought that you were too perfect to be real.”


Some of my friends say that the toughest reviews to write are the ones for books they loved. Another group of friends says it's the ones they hated. For me, it's the one in the middle. Books that are neither bad nor great, but the once that, once you've finished them, leaves you feeling nothing, more or less. Unearthly is one of those books.

Clara, we learn, is part angel. Because of this she has apurpose in life. She learns what it is by visions, each a fragment of what she's supposed to do. For years she's seen herself in a forest fire, heading toward a young man facing away from her. Then she learns where her vision takes place. A town in Wyoming. As expected, Clara, her mother, and her brother moves there so she can fulfill her purpose. Soon she meets the guy from her visions, Christian, a student at the high school Clara has enrolled at. But meeting him doesn't make her purpose any clearer.

Unearthly is, for a great part of the book, like any contemporary YA romance. Girl moves to new town, tries to fit in and make friends, finds herself crushing on a guy (who of course has a girlfriend that must be a bitch, or something close to it). It's mindlessly dull. Add that Clara is essentially perfect in every singe way. Her most common complaint is that, when her mother dyed her hair to cover up the glowing it does at times, it turns out a bad shade of orange. Such hardship. Everything Clara tries, she excels at (which is a treat shared by all part-angels.) This in particular makes it a difficulty to connect to her character. That and the fact that her voice isn't quite as engaging as you'd wish for.

Still, there's nothing necessarily wrong with any of this. The story moves, albeit a bit slow, along. We learn a little more about what it means to be part-angel. Again, though, it's not quite enough. The world building doesn't measure up, and what little there is, the reader is supposed to swallow up whole without questioning the details. Mostly, it's based on Christian myths/stories about angels.

In the end, Unearthly is a little too tame. Clara's tame personality isn't engaging enough and the plot never reaches a powerful climax. Still, there is absolutely nothing wrong or bad about Unearthly. It's a perfectly fine YA paranormal book. Maybe it's just me, getting older and wanting my paranormal/fantasy gritter and with a darker touch to it.

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review 2015-10-13 15:12
Spannung pur !
Unearthly. Dunkle Flammen - Cynthia Hand
Buchinfo:
 Titel:Unearthly- Dunkle Flammen
Autor: Cynthia Hand
Seiten:432
Buchart : TB
Verlag:Rowohlt
Kosten : €9,99
Alter: ab 14 Jahren
Genre:Jugendbuch
Vorgängerbände:-
Folgebände:Heiliges Feuer
Himmelsbrand
Verfilmung:ja
 
 
Inhalt:
«Am Anfang ist da ein Junge, mitten im Wald. So alt wie ich, um die sechzehn, siebzehn. Dabei sehe ich ihn nur von hinten. Ein orangefarbenes Licht erhellt den Himmel. Die Luft ist voller Rauch. Als ich auf ihn zugehe, knackt ein Ast unter meinen Füßen. Er hört mich, wendet sich langsam um. In einer Sekunde werde ich sein Gesicht sehen. Genau da verschwimmt die Vision. Ich blinzle, und er ist weg.»
 
Clara ist anders als all die anderen Mädchen auf der Highschool: Ihre Mutter gehört zu den Nephilim. Auch in Claras Venen fließt Engelsblut. Mit übernatürlichen Kräften ausgestattet, wird sie selbst zu einem Schutzengel werden. Vorausgesetzt, sie besteht ihre Bewährungsprobe. Doch die ist schwieriger als erwartet: Clara muss sich entscheiden – zwischen Himmel und Hölle, zwischen Christian und Tucker ...
 
 
Meine Meinung:
Clara ist anders wie die anderen Jugendlichen in Iren Alter. Sie hat Visionen  wo sie einen jungen sieht den sie retten muss. Clara ist ein Engel und hat nun Ihre heilige Aufgabe bekommen, genau diesen jungen zu retten. Sie zieht mit ihrer Mutter und Iren Bruder um , um den jungen zu finden der in ihren Vision immer wieder auftaucht. An ihrer neuen Schule findet sie den jungen und das ist Christian und sie ist hin und weg von ihm, aber er hat eine Freundin.  Clara lernt auch Wendy und Angela kennen.aber auch ein 2 junge spielt eine Rolle und zwar Tucker.  Ihre Visionen werden immer klarer wo es passiert , was sie an hat usw. Aber auch so genannte Schwarzflügler außen auf, gefallene Engel.  Und so versucht Clara heraus zu finden was ihre Vision auf sich hat und wann es diese erledigen kann.
Ich hab das Buch recht schnell durch, es war super spannend.
Die Engel werden hier toll beschrieben, auch die Flügel die bei jeden anders aussehen kann man sich bei der Beschreibung toll vorstellen.
Clara war Mr total sympathisch , sie schlägt sich mit den  ovalen Problem Rum, Jungs, Freunde, aussehen usw und genau darinnen dann die ganze Engel Sache.
Christian der ist nicht so mein Fall  zu glatt der Typ.  Auch das er Clara beim Ball stehen läßt macht es nicht besser.
Tucker ach ja den finde ich toll. Er ist nicht gleich der sich jeder um den Hals schmeißt. Er nimmt viele Joy an um über die runden zu kommen und unterstützt sie Schwester Wendy wo es nur geht.
Maggie ist Clara Mama an ihr stört mich das sie echt vieles über die Engel verschweigt wo Clara sie immer wieder ausfragen aber keine Antwort erhält.
das Buch ist flüssig zu lesen und es macht Spass. Ich freue mich auf den zweiten Teil und hoffe noch einiges über die Autorin zu lesen.
 
 
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Autoreninfo:
Cynthia Hand unterrichtet Kreatives Schreiben an der Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. Sie lebt mit ihrem Mann und zwei kleinen Kindern in Südkalifornien. ‹Unearthly - Himmelsbrand› ist der letzte Teil der großen Trilogie um Clara, die so gern ein normales High-School-Girl sein möchte. Besuchen Sie die Autorin online unter: www.cynthiahand.blogspot.com
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text 2015-09-08 06:05
Top Ten Tuesday: Complete Series I Have Yet to Finish
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Cobble Cavern - Erik Olsen
Froi of the Exiles - Melina Marchetta
Unearthly - Cynthia Hand
Angelfall - Susan Ee
Manifest - Artist Arthur
Cold Fire (The Spiritwalker Trilogy) - Kate Elliott
All Our Pretty Songs [Paperback] - Sarah McCarry
Prep School Confidential - Kara Taylor
The Golden Lily - Richelle Mead

This is my first time participating in a blog theme that's hosted by another blog, so I'm excited and nervous at the same time.  If you're curious, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

 

This post will be cross-posted on my main blog "Writing Through Rose-Tinted Glasses", as will be future posts on this topic.

 

So, this week's topic is "Ten Finished Series I've Yet to Finish".   Oh boy.  This is hard.  I'm rather compulsive about finishing series, but I'll admit in at least the last year, there have been a number of series that I've been meaning to finish that I just haven't gotten around to.  That's probably (and conveniently) what gives me fuel for this post. I don't know whether to be thankful or start kicking myself to the curb about it.  

 

Here they are, in descending order:

 

Cobble Cavern - Erik Olsen 

 

10. Flin's Destiny series by Erik Olsen

 

This is a series that pretty much flies right by many of my reading friends, and I never really knew the reason why, because I really love this middle grade fantasy series.  I started reading Cobble Cavern as a recommended NetGalley read back when I was really getting into the swing of book blogging and something about the rather mischevious but well meaning Flin traversing with his friends on a school trip that went horribly wrong, leading them into an underground otherworld clicked with me.  I've purchased all the books in the series as a result.  Why I haven't finished reading it?  Because I read them out of order for one (I read the first and third book as galleys, didn't realize it until later, ended up purchasing the second and fourth books.  The fourth I believe is the last book in the series), and I have yet to write proper reviews for any but the first book.  Urgh.  That's a fault on my part for time and such.

 

Froi of the Exiles - Melina Marchetta

 

9. Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

 

I adore Melina Marchetta.  I really do. Some of the books I've read by her have torn my heart to bits. (See my review of "The Piper's Son" for one.)  But I'll admit I was less than impressed with "Finnikin of the Rock" the first time I read it.  Then I read "Froi of the Exiles" as a galley from NetGalley and despite how much I didn't like Froi in the first book (there are reasons, and there are some of my reader friends who won't pick up this series because of what said character did, which I totally understand), I still ended up liking the second book quite a bit.  "Quintana" is the last book in the series, finished for a while - and I have it as a galley. I have yet to pick it up.  Reasons?  There are a few:

 

  1. Large ARC stacks, just haven't gotten around to it.

  2. It's Melina Marchetta, I imagine there will be feels and I might have some anxiety over what happens for events, but we'll see.

  3.  I have yet to properly review "Froi of the Exiles".  I've read this book twice, and it's a thick book.  I still don't know how to reflect on it.

 

I'm making it a point to finish this series by the end of the year.  

 

Unearthly - Cynthia Hand 

 

8. Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand

 

I hate myself for forgetting to remember (contradiction much?) to read this series, because I really liked the first book a lot.   I haven't read very many angel books in YA (you guys might not be surprised by what follows this entry as another unfinished series in this vein), but for a beginning, it was good.  And I really like Tucker (*cough*).  I think the only reason why I haven't finished this series is because my library didn't have all the books available and I just had too many in my stack to tackle at the time.  I hope to finish it eventually now that all the books are released.

 

Angelfall - Susan Ee 

 

7. Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee 

 

I feel like I'm listing this book slightly ahead of "Unearthly" only because I remember when Angelfall was released and virtually EVERYONE I knew was talking/reading/discussing it.  I made it a point to read the second book in the series as soon as it came out because I liked the first, even with a few caveats in the mix of things.

 

And yet I didn't.  One reason was because I found myself reading other books around that time and I think I'd steered clear of reading many paranormal/supernatural books for a while (probably to vary up my reading palette at the time).  Another was that my reading stack was just too high and never came back to it. I'm happy to say that I have the second book as a galley and will be reading it probably within the next few months, and I own the third book. But I'll admit I'm nervous about the third book.  It's had mixed reactions, but I figure I've made it this far, might as well jump feet first into the experience. 

 

Manifest - Artist Arthur 

 

6. Mystyx series by Artist Authur

 

I think the only reason I haven't read this series in full is because the first book I read in the series ended up being the fourth book.  I actually really liked "Mesmerize", too, considering it's a series that features prominent characters of color and supernatural battles, but the experience felt incomplete for me because I started in the middle.  I wish I'd started it from the very beginning.  I want to read it in full eventually.

 

Cold Fire (The Spiritwalker Trilogy) - Kate Elliott 

 

5. Spiritwalker series by Kate Elliot

 

I hate myself so much for not picking up this series sooner.  The first book was awesome (I have yet to write a review for it though, so bear with me).  I have the third book as a galley.  I think the only reason I haven't been able to finish this series is because of availability.  I searched for it in my local bookstores and library, couldn't find it for the longest time.  Ended up footing the bill on the first and second book.  When I do write a review for this series, it'll be after a marathon read in which I'll start with the first book again, and I bet the experience will be epic.

 

By Sarah McCarry All Our Pretty Songs [Paperback] - Sarah McCarry 

 

4. Metamorphoses by Sarah McCarry

 

I'm actually not sure if this series is complete or not, but the third book was released two months ago.  I remember being the odd one out of my friends in saying that I liked (with caveats) the start to this series with "All Our Pretty Songs".  (And I'll admit I was captivated by cover lust.  I mean, LOOK AT THE COVER.  The other covers are just as pretty).  But McCarry's first entry in this series was defined by very dense prose and sluggish momentum.  Even with the super cool music references (I was surprised that Jesus and Mary Chain was even featured in a YA book.  Props, man), there was always going to be the fact that this series was a hard sell with everything that goes on within it, despite some beautiful and intriguing points that you don't normally see in a YA series. (Prominent girl-girl relationships, sensuality, etc.)

 

Nonetheless, I have galleys to all three of these books, and I will be reading the second and third books in this series when I have the chance.  The unfortunate thing is that I haven't gotten around to it because of my large ARC stack.

 

Prep School Confidential - Kara Taylor 

 

3. Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

 

I've read the first two books in this series and absolutely loved them.  I adore Anne Dowling and think she's kick-awesome.  The only reason I haven't finished this series is just a lack of time and a growing ARC stack (and yeah, I was introduced to this series via NetGalley as well.)  It's since become one of my favorite YA series, since I love the humor, the mystery, and the characters within.

 

The Golden Lily - Richelle Mead 

 

2.  The Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

 

I'm definitely kicking myself over not finishing this particular series considering I liked Vampire Academy quite a bit.  I'm actually surprised I liked Vampire Academy as much as I did with the sheer amount of vampire series that were somewhat in flux around the time it was released, but I totally rooted for Rose (and not just because she has my namesake. Heheh...) I really liked Sydney's character and I thought "Ooooh, she's got her own spinoff series!  And Adrian's supposed to be a major character, too? Ermahgerd! (Or some other non-sensical squeeing phrase)

 

Unfortunately, the only reason I haven't touched this series is because I wanted to wait until all the books had been released before getting through it, and - well - somehow I missed the date of release for the last book.  I expect the book marathon of this to be quite eventful and full of feels...I think.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré 

 

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

 

I know what you're thinking.  "Rose, what's wrong with you?"  But I've read all but one of the Harry Potter books, and you know why I haven't touched the last book in the series yet?  It was spoiled for me.  Mercilessly around the time the last book was released.  I was so upset I knew I had to put the brakes on reading it for a while, just to clear my head and be able to read it from something of a fresh perspective.  Unfortunately, I never got around to finishing it, and I've been meaning to actually read the book series from the beginning.  I wanted to actually to a reboot read last year, but I never got around to doing it for personal, professional, and other reasons.  Still, I want to do a full series re-read (and the final book) when I have the opportunity.  Count on it.  I expect it to be epic.

 

That's all for this entry.  Until next time, same book place, same book channel. :)

 

~Rose

 

(Note: I'm featuring some of my favorite covers from the series mentioned above, so I know some of them are not the first books in the series. I figure the cover love was worth the feature.)

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review 2015-03-27 00:51
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Unearthly - Cynthia Hand

This book was so good! I didn't really have high expectations, YA angel books seem to go awry very frequently. But I am so glad I read this one.

 

This book is about a girl named Clara who is one-quarter angel. With this comes certain abilities and each part angel has a purpose. Clara starts having visions of her purpose and they involve a boy about her age. She and her family relocate to the town from her vision and she meets that boy along with another boy.

 

I hate love triangles. But this love triangle wasn't so bad because Clara never even really gets involved with one said guys. Given the way this one ended I'm not sure if that will remain true in future books, but I'm cautiously optimistic.

 

I can't say too much about this book without spoilers. But I will say that one of the reasons I tend to avoid angel-type book series (other than the fact that they generally suck), is that they are always bogged down with religious mythology, motifs, references, etc.. That was not the case here. Sure God's existence would be a given if there are angels involved. But it isn't thrown in the reader's face constantly like some other series I've read. Again, not sure if this will remain true in future books. But it was nice approaching the subject from a sole perspective of them having abilities and trying to figure out what they can do, are meant to do, and so on. There wasn't the rehashing of the fallen angels and the other Angels who reproduced with humans and shouldn't have, we've all read the series that review this story and it gets pretty tired. So I think that was well done.

 

I definitely recommend this one if you're looking for a YA paranormal romance series.

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