November 2010 Indie Next List
“Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is the setting for this story of half-angel Clara and her family, her high school friends, and her mission. Clara seeks to fulfill her vision and to come to terms with her calling, but she must still deal with typical teenage problems. Romance, suspense, and the beauty of nature are integral to this tale. Readers will come to love Clara as she contends with occupying both earthly and unearthly worlds.”
— Paula Primavera, Covered Treasures Bookstore, Monument, CO
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.
Utterly captivating. One of the most addictive books I’ve read in a while.
-Richelle Mead, bestselling author of Vampire Academy
“A divine supernatural romance.”
“Hand debuts with an engrossing take on the angel mythos... an engaging and romantic tale with solid backstory.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Hand has crafted a story of angels among us that is intriguing and believable while appealing to those interested in the paranormal.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)