Unearthly, book #1. Harper Teen. 2011. 435 pp.
Those of you who have been following my blog for the past year and a half know how much I dislike series books. It seems like it’s impossible to find a stand alone book these days, with publishers pushing authors to come up with books that can get subdivided into parts 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 and more. It is definitely a money making scheme, resulting in many shoddily written books as authors strive to keep dragging out or inventing action that could have easily ended with book #1. I hate having to wait years and years for sequels, so have banned myself from reading series books unless they meet the criteria I’ll mention a little later in this post.
On the other hand, there are well written books readers love to see continued, as we get involved with the characters and want to read more about them. Those kinds of books are few and far between but when they come they are great reads. However, it still frustrates me when authors wait 2 or more years to write a sequel. If an author insists on writing a series, the least they could do is to publish a sequel every year and then end it in a reasonable time, rather than drag it on ad nauseam.
Thus, I reached a compromise on series books that works for me. I refuse to start reading a new series, for the reasons mentioned above, but can be convinced to read an older series as long as I have ALL the books in front of me. The “Unearthly” series blurb caught my eye when I was at the library the other day. With books #1 and #2 readily available, and book #3 coming on interlibrary loan, I decided to give “Unearthly” a whirl.
Sixteen-year-old Clara, her younger brother and mother relocate to Wyoming from California because of her visions. In them, she is saving someone from a forest fire. Since the vision keeps repeating itself, her mother is convinced it’s her Purpose in life to save this stranger, thence their relocation. Normal people wouldn’t relocate for such a strange reason, but Clara and her family aren’t normal. They’re angels. She’s just a quarter angel, still figuring out how to fly, but an angel nonetheless.
The person she’s supposed to be saving turns out to be Christian, one of the hottest guys at school. Clara is sure she’s found her place in life until she starts to fall for Tucker, her friend’s brother. Now she’s totally confused and not sure what her Purpose really means. Time is running out, and Clara will have to make a decision that will affect the rest of her life.
I loved the action in “Unearthly,” and felt Clara’s pain as she was torn between the two loves of her life. The angel feud between good and bad hinted at by the author shows there’s going to be lots afoot in the sequel besides the obvious love triangle. I am totally Team Tucker, and can’t wait to see what happens next in book #2 “Hallowed.”