Radiant (Unearthly Series)

Radiant (Unearthly Series)

by Cynthia Hand

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Radiant (Unearthly Series) by Cynthia Hand

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand comes a riveting original novella (available only as an ebook) set in the world of the Unearthly series.

Clara is desperate to get away—from the memories that haunt her in Wyoming and the visions of a future she isn't ready to face—and spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, Angela, should be the perfect escape. . . .

For as long as she can remember, Angela has been told that love is dangerous, that she must always guard her heart. But when she met Phen two years ago she was determined to be with him, no matter the costs. Now she must decide whether she can trust Clara with her secret, or if telling her the truth will risk everything she cares about.

Alternating between Angela and Clara's perspectives, Radiant chronicles the unforgettable summer that will test the bounds of their friendship and change their lives forever.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062258571
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Series: Unearthly Series
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 94
Sales rank: 180,913
File size: 365 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the Unearthly trilogy, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, The Afterlife of Holly Chase, and My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows). Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an MFA and a PhD in fiction writing (although please don’t refer to her as “Dr. Hand,” as that’s the name of a cartoon super villain). She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with her husband, who loves typewriters as much as she does, two cats, two kids, one crazy dog, and a mountain of books.

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Radiant 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting novella giving the reader an in-depth look at Angela’s thoughts and feelings as it’s told from the perspective of both Angela and Clara. Whereas we’ve learned a lot about Clara in the previous two novels, Angela’s story and background has only really been touched upon, but it is within this novella that we learn much more about Angela and the mysterious lover of hers. There is much foreboding within this novella as it seems Angela hasn’t been 100% truthful. In fact, she’s been keeping secrets, which is exactly what she made Clara promise never to do. I have a very bad feeling things are going to get much worse in the upcoming third novel, Boundless, before they’re going to get better for Clara, especially upon finding out the true identity of Angela’s lover. I haven’t yet read Boundless, though it is now out, but I have a feeling this mystery man is going to play a huge part in the novel. So, if you haven’t yet read this novella, I highly suggest you do. While it’s not exactly up to par with Hand’s full novels in the trilogy, in my opinion, it still gives a lot of insight and will leave readers with a new outlook on the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read that set the next book up perfectly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't really get this book. It was super short. Only 76 pages, including a preview of Boundless, the next book in the series. It was pretty much just a short story to me. Took me only about an hour or so to read. I will be looking forward to when the next book comes out though. XD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We're talking angels here, people! That in and of itself is a reason for it to leave you feel good. The way the end ends up might upset a few (like me) but you will realize that sometime down the road it will end up how you wanted it too. The series is a teen series, but I'm no teen and I loved the storyline. The main character finds out she is an angel, that she needs to find her purpose, and how to make sure she can handle it.
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
3.5 This novella is told from Angela and Clara's POV. It was nice getting a peek into Angela's head. I liked her a lot before this novella, but now she kind of grates on my nerves. She's selfish, and only thinks of herself. She drove me batty. Clara only tries to her BFF, but Angela doesn't see it that way. She acts like a complete drama queen. But like I said, it was nice getting into her head. We also get to meet the mysterious Italian boyfriend. And wow, that took me by surprise. I will say I think this summer trip is going to put a small rift in their friendship, but hopefully it's something they can completely overcome. And there is a moment of foreshadowing. I wonder if this angel has anything to do with plot of Boundless. I really hope not, and that Angela has better judgement about people. But I have a nagging feeling, her trust is going to put her and her friends in danger. 1/2 Favorite Quotes: "Does it make me a bad person that I find it funny, the way she stares off into space, a single strand of spaghetti stuck to her chin?" - Kindle Location 34-36 "'I never fit in with the others,' he says after a thought pause. 'Never." ~ Kindle Location 941-942 (So sad that even an angel can feel left out.) "Trust an angel to make eternity sound like a huge bummer." ~ Kindle Location 959-960
Daisy44 More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting and deeper look at Angela. I have always felt wary of her and her relationship with (and influence over) Clara; this did not change that feeling. In fact, the wariness grew. Getting to know more about Phen was interesting. My senses are tingling about him now as well. Now, I kind of wish we knew more about Angela's mother. Nonna's comments to Angela peaked my interest. All in all a good, quick read.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Radiant is a quick read, a short novella chronologically set between Hallowed and Boundless, the next book in the series.  The majority of this one is centered on Angela, a character that I have been wanting more of.  She has more angel blood than Clara, but often seems to be less of an angel.  It didn't really progress the main story line of Clara, but it definitely explained a lot about Angela and why she is the way she is. There has always been a bit of an oddness about Angela, something that just seemed suspicious.  This novella didn't change that feeling for me, but instead deepened it.  I am not quite sure on which side she falls and she keeps me guessing!  I am betting that is frustrating a lot of fans, but I like the mystery it provides the story as a series. I think you could probably read Boundless without having read this and not miss anything essential.  But there is one pivotal scene in Radiant that is later referenced in Boundless.  But it is explained and described well enough in the book that it is completely understandable, even if you hadn't read this novella. Things to love about Radiant...    --The focus on Angela.  We learn a lot about her.  She may still be mysterious, but she also seems a lot more human in this novella.  Ironic, I know, since she is an angel! My recommendation:  Not absolutely essential to the series, but worth the read!
Some_Reading_Required More than 1 year ago
Novellas, a rather new concept, seem to be all the rage these days. I’ve read a couple for Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series, but they all were released after the predecessor *book* was out. Radiant is the first novella I’ve read that truly attaches one book to another. At the recent Pitch Dark Days signing I went to, Cynthia Hand talked about how Radiant was originally part of Boundless and how the publicists encouraged her to take it out. She said they felt like the story in Boundless doesn’t really begin until after the events in Radiant occur. I agree. Well… I haven’t read Boundless yet, but I agree that it would have dragged the plot. So I think, making a novella with the original first chunk of Boundless - was genius, especially because of what we find out. Angela has always been an iffy character for me. I don’t know if it’s how Hand writes her, or the fact that she’s very bottled up and sometimes mysterious, but I just can’t wrap my mind around her character. I can’t figure out which line she’s on. She strikes me as one of those characters who walks down the line of good and evil, precariously close to either side. In Radiant, although we get some Clara-POV, the story mainly focuses on Angela. Finally we get to meet Angela’s mystery guy. I’m not going to go into details because since Radiant is so small, there’s only so much new info we learn. I will say that I am even more intrigued by mystery guy and his role in the final book. I definitely feel like he’s going to take at least a semi-important role in Boundless, which is why if we didn’t get this section in the beginning of Boundless, it was absolutely essential to have in some form or another, before the final book comes out. Overall I was pleased with Radiant. I thought that it gave us some new tidbits to stew over and a nice connection between Hallowed and Boundless. I’ll definitely be reading more novellas in the future, especially because a lot of ”Imprint” novellas seem essential to their corresponding series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A vital piece to the puzzle of Unearthly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great inbetween story. I really enjoyed it. Cannot wait for the next book full book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is one of the best thank you so much Cynthia Hand for makeing this series love Riley
Katieulis More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this short novel for many reasons, first of all, it gives quite a lot of insight on Angela, as half of the book is from Angels’s POV. We get to see a big part of friendship between Angela and Clara. In the beginning you just want to drag Angela and give her a big of your thoughts about all her secrecy. I mean, she wants to know everything about everyone else, but when the time comes to open up to Clara, she just clamps up. I think the author wished to show us Angela from another side. And even if that side frustrates you a lot, you still love Angela. If you haven’t read the series yet, this is your chance to start it. It is absolutely amazing. Hope you enjoy it to its fullest and don’t forget to share your thoughts below!
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In this book, it is told from Angela and Clara's point of view. It also tells you more about Phen. I really enjoyed this book.
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KirstyTheWorsty More than 1 year ago
Okay book. I like that you got to get inside the head of quiet Angela and see what Italy did for her over the past few summers. I didn't find writing this book was completely necessary but it was still okay.
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