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Erin Bowman

Coffee addict, type nerd, Harry Potter enthusiast. I also write books for teens. Taken is out now, and Frozen releases 4/15/14.

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On Writing
Stephen King
The Dream Thieves
Maggie Stiefvater
In Time (The Darkest Minds, #1.5)
Alexandra Bracken
Unearthly - Cynthia Hand I don't read a lot of paranormal romance, but I heard so many good things about this novel that I finally picked it up. And I loved it.

Even though this novel centers around angels (both good and fallen), this novel was somehow very rooted in reality. I think that's what I loved most about it. Clara is just a normal girl. She goes to school. She crushes on a guy. She has a healthy relationship with her mother and brother. So much of this novel felt like a contemporary YA. Except for the pieces that didn't...

Clara is a quarter angel and has just received her purposeā€“visuals that hint to a certain task she is destined to complete (saving a boy from a forest fire). This leads her and her family to a new school, where she seeks out said boy. Along the way she makes friends, one of which includes Tucker, an outdoorsy, down-to-earth guy that begins distracting her from her purpose and the boy she should be focused on.

Love triangles are hard to do right, for many reason, but this novel excels. The boys that Clara is caught between is handled so expertly that I feel everyone writing a love triangle should read this book as research. (I also appreciated the natural and sweet relationship that slowly bloomed between Clara and Tucker. I'm rooting for him.)

I read this on my iPad while traveling, but promptly ordered a finished copy for my bookshelf when I got home. (Along with the sequel, HALLOWED, because gosh darnnit, I'm anxious to know what happens next!)

Originally reviewed here.