Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins (The Sweet Trilogy #4)

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“Sweet Temptation” by Wendy Higgins

5 out of 5 stars.

Having everything at your fingertips can be fun. Being able to party, take what he wants without consequences, and a dad rich enough to change the rules when he breaks them makes it seem as if rich, bad boy Kaidan Rowe has it all. But appearances in the world can be deceiving, especially when you’re the son of a fallen angel.

Kaidan’s purpose as a Nephilim is to darken the world by making mankind give into temptation, and Kaidan has never been bother by his “job” too much. Sure, he has experienced momentary guilt, but that is a feeling that has to be stamped out and ignored, because to survive in his world, you have to be willing break people and cause them stumble, otherwise a Duke with come for the disobedient Nephilim. Kaidan’s fear of death has always been stronger than his desire to do good, so he has chosen to survive in the only way he knew how. But that all changes when he meets Anna Whitt.

Kaidan has always known his place in the Neph world, but after meeting Anna, something within him begins to shift. Getting to know her and choosing to help her discover why she is different from him and the other Neph begins to matter more to Kaidan than obeying his awful father, and through knowing her, Kaidan realizes that he wants to do more than just survive his life sentence. But after eighteen years spent doing wrong and hurting people, Kaidan wonders if someone as broken as he is can hope to have a better future?

I had heard great things about Wendy Heggins’s “Sweet Trilogy” from my sister, as well as other readers and bloggers, and last fall, just after the release of  “Sweet Temptation,” I had been experiencing a dry spell in reading material and had decided to pick up the first book in Wendy’s trilogy, “Sweet Evil.” After reading and enjoying the first book, I kept going with this trilogy and ended up discovering that “Sweet Temptation,” a companion novel to the “Sweet Trilogy,” was my favorite of the four books.

 The first three books of the “Sweet Series” were pretty good, especially “Sweet Peril,” and I had loved Anna as a heroine because of her sweetness and dedication to doing what was right in the face of great obstacles. Anna was a wonderful protagonist and I enjoyed her perspective a lot, but there was just something about reading from Kaidan’s point of view that really rounded out this entire trilogy for me. Three books were crammed into just “Sweet Temptation,” and it filled in the parts of this the “Sweet Trilogy” where Kai was absent, as well as some other really key scenes, which could have ended up being too much for one novel. But while reading this book, I never felt like it was rushed, or as if random things were put into it to link up with the other books; “Sweet Temptation” actually felt like it was more rounded out and far more complete than “Sweet Reckoning,” which I personally thought read like it was rushed. While reading “Sweet Evil” and “Sweet Peril,” I always wanted to know where Kaidan really stood, what he was thinking and doing during important moments in Wendy’s series, but I could only get so much from Anna point of view. I wanted to understand Kai for myself, instead of through Anna’s perception of him, and with Sweet Temptation,” I got that and so much more. I loved how this book made the rest of the series come together and feel more whole and complete, and as great as Anna was, Kai’s perspective was a hundred times better!

Kaidan Rowe…

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Yeah, I kind of loved reading this boy’s perspective, and I thought that Wendy Higgins did such a good job of writing this complex and dynamic character. I feel that sometimes certain authors lose the feeling and connection formed between a reader and a beloved character when they write from a different character’s perspective, and it’s an awful feeling when a voice switches and the character who you knew so well feels like an entirely different person. Wendy, however, did a fabulous job of taking the Kaidan I knew from the first three books through Anna’s eyes and giving him his own voice. Kai still seemed like Kai, and I felt like I got the chance to not only grow to love this character even more than I already did, but to also understand him so much better.

I loved and hated seeing Kai struggle and suffer as a Nephilim. I hated seeing little pieces of his soul be chipped away due to his “inheritance” as a Neph, but I loved the opportunity to understand and uncover who this boy was firsthand; it was heartbreaking and sad to read, but I loved seeing him and the environment he was raised in, because it helped me to understand why he responded the way he did in certain situations. Kaidan was broken when Anna first met him, and he hated himself and the life that he lived, despite the persona he had shaped for himself. He acted like a bad boy and was wicked on occasion, but he had a good heart and just needed someone to show him that there was a way out of that kind of life, and seeing Anna do that for him from Kai’s perspective made this trilogy even better.

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Besides just loving “Sweet Temptation” because I could see and feel what Kai went through during the “Sweet Trilogy,” this book also made me like Anna and Kai’s relationship all the more.

Yes, Anna and Kai’s romance was definitely swoony in the previous books, but I loved them together even more after reading “Sweet Temptation” because I could see through Kai’s eyes how much he loved Anna, and how hard he fought to protect her and tried to change to be worthy of her. Obviously Anna loved Kaidan long before he ever started to turn his life around, but seeing him fighting against all that he had ever known and struggling with how ashamed he felt because of his history…well, it made my heart hurt for him.

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Kai was very good at being a Duke’s son, and for a while he liked being wicked, but underneath all of that was a thick layer of guilt and self-hatred, which always seemed to eat at him. Throughout this trilogy, he struggled with the actions of his past, and in “Sweet Temptation” it was painfully evident how much he regretted most of the things in his life. This book was fairly heavy and gritty because it dealt with a ton of different issues that plague the world like addiction and human trafficking, but I appreciated the fast that Wendy Higgins did not sugar coat the topics that were in this book. I loved that Wendy wrote such an amazing story of overcoming for her characters, and it was wonderful to see firsthand the growth that Kai experienced over the course of the “Sweet” books, how he eventually conquered his fears and addictions and helped Anna stay strong, too. Kai’s story was beautiful, amazing, and heart wrenching, and I loved seeing and experiencing his journey through his eyes. Oh, gosh, and the epilogue of the “Sweet Trilogy” from Kai’s perspective was SO beautiful that I might have cried.

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I loved how amazingly well paced “Sweet Temptation” felt despite how condensed it was, and if you’ve read the other books in Wend Higgins’s “Sweet Trilogy” and enjoyed them, then heartily recommend “Sweet Temptation” to you. Kaidan’s perspective, although much darker than Anna’s, was amazing to read from because it helped to round out this entire series and made me understand and love Kaidan even more as a character. Without a doubt, Kai’s book was by far my favorite “Sweet” book, and I can’t wait to see what Wendy Higgins writes next!

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The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins (Sweet Trilogy #1-3)

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“Sweet Evil”–4 out of 5 stars. “Sweet Peril”–4 out of 5 stars. “Sweet Reckoning”–3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Anna Whitt is a good girl to the core. She’s responsible, a good student, respectful, and a great friend. Addictions to substances, however, have always been a struggle for her, and resisting their dark lure has not been easy to resist all these years.

Despite the fact that dark desires aren’t uncommon among the human population, being able to see other peoples’ guardian angels and their emotional auras is definitely a little out of the scope of an average teenagers abilities, and ever since she was a little girl, Anna has known that “different” was just a small part of who she is. Anna’s adoptive mother has always been there for her, helping her when she struggled with her unique gifts, but despite her mother’s dedication, Anna has always felt that there was something more to who she was than just being special.

Years of wondering what had made her able to know and see things that others couldn’t come to an end when a very attractive and very bad drummer named Kaidan Rowe swaggers into her life, giving her the answer, as unexpected as it is, that she has been seeking for: she is a Nephilim. Anna now knows what she is, but there is so much more to who she is, and even Kaidan is stumped as to why this seemingly unsuspecting teenage girl is so different from the other Nephilim he knows. With a change in heart, Kai begins to help Anna in her search for answers to questions as old as time, and the more times he spends with her, the more Kai wonders if there is something more to life than just surviving it.

During their journey to discovering how to take down the Dukes and stop their reign of destruction on the earth, Kaidan, Anna, and their friends find that there is always hope even in the darkest hours of their lives. And with that hope, they rediscover who they are and that second chances do exist. But facing up against the Dukes in their most dangerous encounter yet, Anna and Kai’s group of reformed Nephilim wonder if they will live to see that second chance…

Last September I was low on books and school was a bit stressful, so upon the suggestion of my older sister, I borrowed her copies of Wendy Higgins’s “The Sweet Trilogy” to take a breather and walk away from the work and anxiety of college for a little bit. I had expected to enjoy Wendy’s books, but dang, they were really interesting and fun to read, and I ended up loving this trilogy and the characters in it!

Anna had a really sweet and good voice, and I enjoyed reading from her perspective. I hate it when sometimes I’m reading a book and I love the style of writing, the secondary characters, and the plot, but I don’t care for the protagonist’s voice, which ends up stopping me from loving the book. Those are the times when I beg for third person rather than first person perspectives, but I was so happy while reading the “The Sweet Trilogy,” because Anna was such a kind person with a pleasant voice that endeared her and these books to me. It was refreshing to have a female character who wasn’t overly wild or rebellious, and I appreciated that fact because it made Wendy’s books stand out from the other paranormal and contemporary novels that have flooded the YA market the past few years. I also loved seeing Anna go from a sophomore in high school to being college age, and it was great seeing her growth as an individual and determination to do what was right in the face of great obstacles. Anna was the kind person who lived by the motto “kill them with kindness,” and it was nice to have a character female who was strong, as well as kind and compassionate towards others. And in the tradition of most great stories, the bad ass heroine had an equally amazing hero to stand by her side.

I fell for Kaidan Rowe. Wendy Higgins did such a great job of writing this character, how the awful world he’d lived in had shaped him into a person who could be very, very bad, but who also had immense depth and potential to do good. Anna was the one person who came into his life and expected nothing of him, and she gave him the tool he needed to turn his life around: love. I liked him in “Sweet Evil” a lot, but it was “Sweet Peril” that made me really love both Kaidan and Anna as individuals, as well as a couple.

“Sweet Peril” was the book where I got to see how much both of them had changed and how they had become stronger because of the things they went through, and I loved their unwavering determination to keep traveling down a better path for themselves. Kaidan  made my heart hurt throughout this trilogy, because for most of it, he was prone to pushing away the people he loved due to the environment that he had been born into and the life he had lived. Whenever Kaidan had a moment of revealing his heart, Wendy did such an amazing job of writing a character who had not let anyone get close to him in a long time and was just beginning to feel again. It was surprisingly emotional to read about, and I may or may not have been drowning in my own feels during the moments when the walls that Kai had built around his heart started to crumble.

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I adored Kaidan, and I think that his journey was really beautiful.

Another thing that I loved about this trilogy was that, although its characters were amazing and interesting, they weren’t the only things that kept me reading these books. I really appreciated the fact that I enjoyed a little bit of everything that made up the “Sweet” books, including the dynamic that Wendy Higgins’s paranormal/supernatural aspects created. I found Wendy’s take on the Nephilim to be quite interesting, and I felt like she did a good job of laying it out well for her readers, which added a lot to the story this trilogy tells.

I guess at times you could say that Wendy Higgins’s books were pretty content heavy because of the issues presented in them, but I didn’t necessarily find these books overly heavy or despairing due to how well Wendy dealt with different situations. The various Dukes and their children represented the deadly, and not-so-deadly, sins that we all know exist in the world; this trilogy was brutal at times because the children of the Dukes all struggled with a specific vice more than the humans, and they had to take that predisposed sin and perfect it to use against mankind. Anna’s proverbial thorn in the flesh was substance abuse and Kaidan’s was lust, and they both struggled and fought to overcome their issues while not being murdered by the Dukes for failing to fulfill their “purpose” as Nephilim. It was interesting, as well as heartbreaking, to watch Anna and Kai’s journey, and I really appreciated that Wendy did not shy away from or attempt to sugar coat the heavy issues within her books. Wendy Higgins dealt with the issues her characters encountered and participated in really well, and she did not pass over them as if they, in some forms, were acceptable. Despite how heavy some of the content was, I never felt like Wendy Higgins’s books got gross or seedy, because at no point did she ever hail the destructive tendencies, nor she did not dwell on them more than was necessary to make me as a reader understand what was going on.

Anna’s struggle with addiction felt real the way Wendy wrote it, and her learning to overcome her addictions and fears made for a very compelling story. During these books, Anna had to pretend that she was serving her purpose as a Nephilim, influencing humans to give into their addictions in order to keep the Dukes from discovering that she had her own plans concerning the Dukes’ children. Despite participating in that kind of dark life, Anna was strong enough to be true to herself and to not give into things just because it was  easier than fighting against her own addictions. I admired Anna and thought that her evolution in this series was really great. I really enjoyed this trilogy as a whole, and I loved watching Anna and Kaidan grow individually and as a couple, but I definitely played the favorite card with two of the books in Wendy’s series.

“Sweet Evil” was a great start to Wendy’s “The Sweet Trilogy,” but my favorite of the first three books was definitely “Sweet Peril.” I loved seeing how Anna began to change and grow as a person, and it was admirable how she stepped up to the plate in order to stop the Dukes from terrorizing her Nephilim friends and her family. As much as it hurt me as a reader, I also really liked that Kai and Anna were apart for a little while between the end of “Sweet Evil” and for most of “Sweet Peril.” I liked that there was a fair amount of distance between them geographically and emotionally because it gave them the chance to grow as individuals, so that when they got back together, they were stronger than before due to what they had endured while apart. Another reason why I really loved “Sweet Peril” was that there were a lot more interactions between the secondary characters like Ginger, Marna, Anna’s mom, Jay, and a couple of other Nephilim in it, and all of them added a lot to the story.

I ended up caring a lot about the character that Wendy Higgins had written in “The Sweet Trilogy,” and their journey together in these books was heart-wrenching at times, but it also beautiful. I loved how this trilogy managed to be extremely entertaining while still being full of emotional and spiritual depth, and I thought that Wendy did a great job of showing the grittiness of the darkness that is in the world and balancing it with the power and truth that love and hope possess. I would not recommend the “The Sweet Trilogy” to people looking for a light read, but I think that if you’re up for a trying and emotional journey and you like books about angels, then Wendy’s trilogy could be a great read for you.

P.S. Keep your eyes out for a separate review of “Sweet Temptation,” which is a companion novel to the “The Sweet Trilogy” that is from Kai’s perspective. It is also my favorite of the “Sweet” books.

Fangirl Friday #10…Things I’m Fangirling Over

Okay, so today I had to scrape together a slightly haphazard post because I was in class this morning and the need to study for an exam got the better of me, but I do have something to share with you! Alright, here are a few things that I have been fangirling over this week!

60a9a28e5939a6deb9353547a348dc72“The Sweet Trilogy” by Wendy Higgins. It’s not included in the picture, but my favorite book in this trilogy was actually “Sweet Temptation,” Kaidan’s companion novel, and my second favorite book was definitely “Sweet Peril.” I loved the character growth that happened in these books!

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“Handwritten” by Shawn Mendes. My sister recommended this CD to me and it is amazing, and “Handwritten” also went really well with Wendy’s book, “Sweet Temptation”! *happy sigh*

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“Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo. I read it last week and ended up really liking it, and I have a review for it in the works!

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“A Mad Zombie Party” by Gena Showalter is the prettiest book in this series, and I am really looking forward to reading my copy this coming week!

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I pre-orded the limited edition signed poster and signed copy of “Their Fractured Light” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner with my sisters, and we are SUPER excited for them to come!

pushing daisiesOh, yeah, and Barnes and Noble had a coupon this week, so I bought a couple more books that I don’t have space for but still wanted. I just cannot resist the pull of that store!

Thanks for joining me for my random Fangirl Friday post this week! Have a good weekend!

Boundless by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly #3)

This post contains spoilers. If you haven’t read “Unearthly” or “Hallowed” yet, do not read this review.

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“Boundless” by Cynthia Hand

5 out of 5 stars.

It’s Clara’s first semester of college, and everything that has happened in the past several months has been a bit overwhelming. I mean, who wouldn’t be stressed if their brother ran away from home, you went on summer vacation to Italy with your friend only to meet another angel-blood (a shady one at that), and eventually decide to break up with your longtime boyfriend to pursue a dream you’re not even sure is your’s. Yeah, there is a lot going on in Clara’s life right now, but maybe college is exactly what she needs to bring purpose to it. Out with the old, in with the new, right?

Things seem to be shaping up quite nicely at Standford for Clara, and with Christian and Angela close by, she feels a modicum of normalcy beginning to set in;  a strange thing for an angel-blood to feel among a bunch of full-blooded humans. Despite the uncommoness of it in her life, normal is exactly what Clara needs right now to figure out her next move. After a roommate gets injured, Clara discovers that her next move is becoming a doctor. Clara has a gift the of healing so why not put it to good use? Everything finally seems to be fitting into place for Clara. All except one pesky vision that has been hovering at the back of her mind.

With the newest version of her vision, Clara realizes that everything before now was just the calm before the storm. Nothing could have ever prepared Clara for what is to come, the darkness that she must overcome to save herself and those she loves. Is she really strong enough, like her mother had once said, to beat the darkness closing in, or is she just as much a screw-up now as she was back in high school?

The plot of “Boundless” unfolded very differently than I had originally thought it would (I knew the gist of the book, but not ALL of it), and although my favorite is still “Unearthly”, I feel that this is a close second because of how Cynthia wrapped her series up. Most authors that I have read so far have disappointed me with their final installments, such as Tahereh Mafi (I was shocked with myself too for disliking it), Lauren DeStefano, Lauren Oliver (ick!), Sarah J. Mass, and others like them. I guess that I don’t have a right to be disappointed in them, but I am. These authors in particular compromised the integrity of their story lines and/or characters at one point or another, and that bothers me. I do mind losing (because it hurts), but allow me to lose with dignity and grace, with the knowledge that my character was himself/herself until the end. Instead, these authors decided it would be easier for a reader to except their defeat by ruining their favorite character(s), turning them into something they were not so the loss wasn’t as great. Trust me, authors, it does not make it easier. There is nothing worse than a cop-out.

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Despite my terrible track record with authors like that, I finally found one who didn’t do that to me. Cynthia Hand did a fantastic job of not compromising her characters’ integrity, while still making them change and evolve as people. She is now one of my favorite authors because of that, and I cannot wait to see what she does next. But before then, let’s talk about this book.

I really liked Christian in this book. He is a great guy character and I loved him as Clara’s FRIEND. Love ya, boy, but you need to stay in the friend zone. He and Clara are great and I love how they work together, but whenever something romantic starts to brew between them, I’m like: BACK AWAY!!!!!

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Other than those moments, though, I really liked Christian. Cynthia developed him even more as a lead character in “Boundless”, which was good and bad for me. Good for the fact that I really started liking him as a person, but also bad because I started liking him.

Clara got on my nerves a bit in this book because of her indecisiveness about her own future, her relationship with Christian, her unresolved feelings about Tucker, and her brother. I totally get what Cynthia was doing, but Clara still irritated me a bit. Clara, luckily, makes up her mind about her future and begins to see her brother again, and what I did like, was that she started to realize just how selfish she had been in the past. She had hurt a lot of people over the past few years, especially her little brother, and so I was happy to see her finally understand that the world doesn’t revolve around her and her issues. Yay! Some character growth. By the end of the book I was happy with where her character had ended up; she knew where she wanted to go and who she wanted to be in the future, which was good.

Tucker, Tucker, Tucker…Have I told you already that I love this boy? Ah, yes I have! Countless times, too, from what I remember, but here I am, saying it again: I. Love. Tucker. Avery.

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I will warn you, though, that my beloved Tucker is a bit of a wounded puppy in this book. Clara has basically put him through the ringer, so he’s angry (rightfully so), and then she keeps showing up in his barn unexpectedly, which is like salt on an open wound. Steel yourselves (if you are a fan) whenever Clara sees him because he usually goes on high defense mode and acts like a jerk, but a couple of times you get to see the sweet charming Tucker that we all know and love from the first two books. I was prepared for the attitude, so him acting that way didn’t surprise me, but it did make me sad that he acted that way because, as a reader, you know he’s goning regret it the moment Clara leaves again. Ahhhhh, but those two or three scenes where she pops up in his barn are just awesome, and I went into full fangirl mode whenever they happened!

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I loved them even though they hurt me!

I think that the only thing I really didn’t like about this book was Angela. For some reason I REALLY disliked her, and all of the junk that happens in this book is pretty much her fault, including the end that made me weep like a baby despite knowing what would happen. I was like this until the last page, and then I wept a little more.

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The thing that MADE this book for me was the ending. There is just something about it that is absolute wonderful and beautiful and heartbreaking about it, and I loved it! It was bittersweet and made me cry enough that I had to stop reading and blink so I could actually read the page I was on. Cynthia definitely brought the waterworks (again), and that makes me love her as an author even more.

As I said before, nothing went down in “Boundless” the way I had expected it would, but I was sooooooo satisfied at the end that I didn’t even care about my previous expectations/theories. The series/trilogy enders that I have read recently had left me very dissatisfied with them; I felt empty and wanting afterwards, and I hate that feeling. You shouldn’t feel that way when you finish a good series by a beloved author (at least that’s my opinion). Cynthia Hand, however, ended her “Unearthly” series in such a way that I felt satisfied, like it was a whole and complete story and that nothing needed to be added to it. I think that is the reason why I loved this book so much, and why I respect Cynthia as an author. She wrote a book that respected her readers (that’s a first for me!) while still ending it the way she wanted it to, and the way it needed to be ended.

Before I start crying because of how beautiful the ending of this book is, I am going to finish this post with a description of how I felt after finishing “Boundless”:

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Well done, indeed!

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly #1)

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“Unearthly” by Cynthia Hand

5 out of 5 stars.

Clara Gardener is an angel blood, which makes her life infinitely more complicated than your average teenager’s. Ever since she found out, her life has never been the same; she had always known she was different from other kids her age, but, really, an angel? Adding to the weight of this burden is that all angel-bloods have a certain purpose (or purposes) that they have to fulfill, and bad things happen when an angel-blood decides not to complete it. At least that is what Clara’s mother says. Clara has decides to follow her calling, which leads her and the rest of her family to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Traveling to Jackson Hole was even more unglamorous than expected, and Clara is now experiencing the full-fledged fury of an angry teenage boy. The more time goes by, the more Clara wonders about her purpose. Is this really what she is meant for? Did she somehow misinterpret something and uproot her family for some teenage fantasy? And even if she is on the right track, how can she really fulfill her life’s calling when the boy she is supposed to protect won’t allow her to get close enough to actually help him?

Nothing is made easy for Clara, but she is determined to finish it! Nothing and no one is going to get in the way of protecting the boy from her visions, but life throws her yet another curveball, and Clara doesn’t know quite how to deal with it, with him. Can she finish what she started, or was she doomed to fail from the start?

I was really surprised by this book. My sister had read it last summer and she had enjoyed it quite a bit; I, however, did not read it because I was drowning in new books at the time, and I was a bit wary of the angel aspect of this series. Well, here I am seven or eight months later and in love with a new series that I was originally pooh, pooh on. Yeah, I am eating crow, and just so you know, it tastes delicious.

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The month of February has been good and bad for me; I was a bit overwhelmed with all the FEELS that certain books gave me, and it was a lot to process in such a short period of time.

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I really just wanted something enjoyable to read that was interesting while still being lighthearted, and this book came to mind. I am so glad it did because it panned out so well, and I had a blast reading “Unearthly” by Cynthia Hand.

“Unearthly” takes place in Wyoming, and I just loved that! Me and my family used to travel through the midwest to come and see extended family. So the setting of this book was familiar, but still new and I loved that about this book. I felt like I was actually there and I could really get into this book because of that. Beside the setting being absolutely beautiful, I ended up really enjoyed the characters in “Unearthly.”

I like the struggle that Clara went through trying to figure out who she was and who she needed to become to fulfill  her purpose. I think that this is very relatable for anyone who is alive; we are all just trying to find out who we truly are and what we’re meant for in this life, angel or not. That aspect of this book really intrigued me and it caused me to think about my life’s purpose, and, whether the author intended to or not, I felt like I came out at the end of the book knowing a little bit more about myself than I had before, and it has gotten me thinking about my future and who I want to be.

Purpose aside, Clara also had a lot of other things she had to deal with; family, friends, and possible romantic relationships. I thought it was interesting how Cynthia Hand dealt with all those things in “Unearthly.” I admired that, even when Clara was avidly pursuing Christian so she could get to know him, Cynthia never made it too obsessive; it was a bit of insta-love with them, but I could deal with it, which says a lot. While reading this book I felt like it had a more realistic approach to romantic relationships, and that the characters were more mature in the fact that they didn’t become super obsessive, and that they didn’t just drop everything because they thought they were going to be together “forever.” Instead of falling prey to the Edward/Bella syndrome, said couple still lived their lives, but enjoyed being with each other, and I really liked that about this book. It is very rare in teen fiction to see that kind of relationship; granted, it is still fictional, but I thought it was still a much better approach to that kind of relationship than is commonly written these days. Okay, with Clara out of the way, let’s talk about some of the other characters.

Christian Prescott, the boy Clara is supposed to save, was a very good character. I thought that he was well written and I didn’t mind him at all. With that said, I thought him to be a bit too perfect (my sister and I discussed this after I had finished “Unearthly”)…I don’t know why but I still feel that way. He was super nice, popular, attractive, and seemed like perfect boyfriend material. What’s wrong with him to make me not be in love with him? I can honestly say, I don’t know! He is a great character and he and Clara have some really sweet moments together, but he just wasn’t my romantic cup of tea. I would like him to be good friend to Clara, just not a romantic interest for her. But alas, he is one, so I have to deal with it if I am to read the rest of this series and enjoy it!

The last character I want to talk about is Tucker Avery: A.K.A amazing Wyoming farm boy.

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Cynthia Hand did a number on this character (in a good way). Tucker is a very minor character in “Unearthly” for the first three-quarters, but then he really arrived with a BANG! At first he’s just the brother of Clara’s new friend, Wendy, and quite the jerk at first; he has issues with people from California, apparently. But as the story goes on, you discover that he is actually a really, really good guy. He reminded me a lot of Logan from “Defiance” and “Deception” by C.J. Redwine.

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If you enjoyed that character, I think you might really like Tucker. Besides the fact that he reminded me of another one of my favorite characters, I just LOVED Tucker. I loved the way Clara’s and his relationship turned into a kind of truce and then turned into a sort of friendship. There was no insta-love involved here. Yay! I just get a big old smile on my face whenever I think of Tucker or one of his and Clara’s sweet moments.

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Cynthia Hand did a fantastic job of creating a genuinely good guy character, while still making him dynamic and fun to read about. He didn’t have to be a bad boy to be interesting, which was refreshing.

Overall, this is a great read! I am very excited to have found a new series to read, and I look forward to future works of Cynthia Hand’s. Well done!