Review: Unearthly and Hallowed by Cynthia Hand, and Die For Me by Amy Plum

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Clara has a purpose and, like all humans with angel blood, her purpose comes in the form of a vision. Now Clara and her family must uproot their life to go to the place of her purpose and she must do what is required. The only problem is, the visions give little details and she is not left with much to go on. As fire season nears, can Clara fulfill her purpose in time?

The characters were well developed and believable. Tucker was my favorite and though he changed from the bratty teen that constantly teased and bugged Clara to the sweet cowboy that showed her the country life in her new home, he was consistently Tucker through the book. Also Hand has a nice and easy to read writing style. It was a quick read and enjoyable to keep you reading on.

This book seemed like more of a prologue and set-up of a story. There was no resolution and tons of questions (well most of the secrets I would say) were left unexplained. I plan to read the next one and hope it does better as I liked her writing, just did not understand what this book was even about besides introducing us to the main characters. I will wait to pass judgment on the series until I read the next. Personally I feel this was just an intro to the real story and am hoping for more in the next one as it was a good read from what we were told thus far.

 

Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Clara failed to fulfill her purpose, if her purpose was actually done. Turns out it is not. Now Clara is left to make life decisions but still not fully knowing her purpose. She has choices to make and her life is not making any of it easy.

Tucker: Sorry, but I always seem to like the guy the girl does not choose. In this case, she does choose him, but fate might not let them be together. Maybe I have a thing for the underdog, or maybe I think he really is the better choice (the way even Clara describes him makes you think- duh- why would you leave him. I liked this one better than the first because you already know the characters. I really felt this one could have been combined with the first and it would have been a complete book.

 

Review: Die For Me by Amy Plum

Kate moves off to Paris with her sister to live with their grandparents after the death of their parents . In the city of lights she discovers more than all that was lost with her parents death- a love she is not prepared for. To make matters worse, he is not exactly human or living for that matter.

I like that the author spent the first part of the book letting both the main character and her sister deal with the grief of losing their parents and each in their own way. A lot of books skip over this part in novels to not have to deal with something that is so messy. Also the idea that is new to YA, not vampires, werewolves, angels or faeries. That was appreciated as I have read way too much of those four catergories this past year. I like trying to learn about a new paranormal- though I could classify them as zombies, which I have read some, they would be very weird zombies since they don’t eat people.

I will probably read the next book to see if it can be something different than Twilight. I feel there are too many knock-offs right now as publishers expect that is what everyone wants. Most do not, so here’s to hoping the next will get more original.

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