Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

About the Book
Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly, #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publishing Date: January 1, 2011
Pages: 435 (hardcover)

Goodreads Summary:
In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Clara Gardner: Main protagonist and narrator of Unearthly. Part angel - known as angel-bloods - which makes her smarter, stronger and faster than humans. It also means she has a purpose, something she was put on earth to do. After dreaming of a guy in a forest fire that she seems destined to save, Clara and her family move from California to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where Clara realizes that the boy from her visions is Christian Prescott.  

Christian Prescott: A fellow angel-blood with a similar vision to Clara, of a forest-fire and a girl he seemed destined to save. He develops feelings for Clara, but leaves for the summer before truly being able to act on his feelings.

Tucker Avery: A golden-haired, blue-eyed, bronzed skin country boy, Tucker starts off as an annoying classmate but is quickly escalated into Clara's full-blown love interest. He drives a truck called Bluebell, and used to call Clara "Carrots".  

Wendy Avery: Tucker's twin sister, and a good friend to Clara.  

Angela Zerbino: Another angel-blood, who quickly befriends Clara and works with her to decipher her visions.

Margaret (Maggie) Gardner: Clara's mom and fellow angel-blood.

Jeffrey Gardner: Clara's younger brother. He's super into sports and is on the wrestling team.  

Samjeeza: The Black Wing responsible for the forest fire in Clara and Christina's visions.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Where The Book Left Off
After an encounter with Samjeeza, where both Clara and her mother use Glory to fight him off, Clara realizes he is responsible for the forest fire from her vision and heads off to where she's supposed to meet Christina and fulfill her purpose. With a phone call from Wendy telling Clara she can't get a hold of Tucker and that she's worried about him, Clara realizes she has a decision to make: stay in the spot from her vision, or, save Tucker. Clara races off to find Tucker, finding him near his patch of land in Palisades. Flying him to safety, Clara runs into her mother who orders her to go after Christian. Reaching the spot from her vision, she can tell she's too late - the land is scorched and Christian is nowhere to be found. When she finally finds Christian he apologizes for not saving her - and Clara realizes that he's a fellow angel-blood. They almost kiss, before Clara says her heart belongs to Tucker and that she can't. They both question having failed their purposes, but reach no definitive conclusions about the consequences. When they return to Clara's home, Jeffrey isn't far behind them. He shows up, carrying a backpack, with wings "nearly black, the color of lead." He refuses to explain his absence, says something about Clara not being the only person with a purpose, and his dark wings are left unanswered. Before flying Tucker home, Clara shares a passionate kiss with him, solidifying that she has chosen Tucker over Christian.

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