“I’ve learned that a storm isn’t always just bad weather, and a fire can be the start of something. I’ve found out that there are a lot more shades of gray in this world than I ever knew about. I’ve learned that sometimes, when you´re afraid but you keep on moving forward, that’s the biggest kind of courage there is. And finally, I’ve learned that life isn’t really about failure and success. It’s about being present, in the moment when big things happen, when everything changes, including myself.” ~ Clara
(Excerpt from the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand)
Being 16 and navigating through high school is hard enough, but can you imagine learning that you’re only “part human” and that you are put on this earth to complete a mission or a “purpose”? Such is the premise of the Unearthly series of books by Cynthia Hand.
Clara Gardiner thinks she’s a typical teenager until the day her mother reveals to her that she’s part angel, complete with wings that can be summoned on command and the ability to fly. Furthermore, she’s been put on this earth to fulfill a purpose which will be sent to her in the form of visions or dreams, and her one goal in life – the reason she was born – is to fulfill that purpose.
Shortly after her 16th birthday, Clara’s visions begin. In a recurring daydream, Clara is transported to a forest fire where she sees in the distance a boy she feels destined to save. The visions continue until she and her mother are able to conclude that her purpose is connected to this boy and the forest fire, and the family uproots and leaves everything they’ve known to begin the quest to fulfill Clara’s purpose.
What happens, however, when Clara gets thrown a curve ball and the purpose she feels meant to fulfill seems less important than the direction that her own free-will wants her to go? Will she follow her purpose, or will she choose a different path? And what happens if she doesn’t fulfill her purpose?
Cynthia Hand has created wonderful page-turners in her first two books in the Unearthly Series, Unearthly and Hallowed. In Unearthly, we’re introduced to Clara and her family, and Clara’s friends in her new school. Strangely, this new town where her family has moved to seems to be a hotspot for “angel-bloods” – those who are part human and part angel. For the first time, Clara can freely discuss with her close friends her visions and challenges, and she quickly learns that her new friends and their own purposes are deeply intertwined with her own.
Unearthly and Hallowed are an outstanding beginning to a new series of books target toward young adult readers, but the storyline is interesting and mature enough to appeal to even adult readers. And, they’re this week’s FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY! This week, we are giving away gently-used copies of BOTH BOOKS to one lucky winner. Simply complete the entry form below and click “submit” to enter.
This contest begins today and will end on midnight on Friday, June 15th. The contest winner will be announced on Monday, June 18th. Please remember that this contest is open only to Rochester-area residents, and you must be able to pick up your winning copies within 10 business days of winning notification. Please note that no copies will be mailed.
For more information about this series of books, visit the author’s website at http://www.cynthiahandbooks.com.
CONTEST ENTRY FORM