Saturday, June 22, 2013

Novella Review: Radiant (Unearthly 2.5)

Release Date: December 4, 2012
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen Impulse
Length: 94 pages

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 a mysterious guy in Italy 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.


Protagonists: This story is told from both Clara and Angela's perspectives, as Angela struggles with following her heart, Clara tries to look out for Angela's best interests. While this is a novella and we don't get to see too much character development, there is just enough to truly see a bit of change in both Clara and Angela. This change comes towards the end and in an attempt to avoid spoilers I won't say what brought it about, but I will say that it isn't a change that I would have expected.

Romance: One of the big reveals of this novella, is Angela's mysterious Italian boyfriend whom she was packing to go see in Unearthly when we first learned about him. While the romance isn't the most conventional, it does work in many ways. I think that both she and her love interest have a lot in common even though it would be hard for them to work out.

World-Building: Unfortunately, given it's size this novella doesn't have too much world-building. We get a glimpse at Angela's past, her family in Italy, and her brief relationship so far with Mystery Boy and we learn a bit about him as well, but other than that there isn't too much we get to see.

Predictability: Sadly, I decided to read this novella after reading Boundless, and while you don't need to read this novella to understand Boundless, if you plan on reading this novella you should probably read it before diving into Boundless. That being said there was a moment or two that did catch me off guard, which shocked me even more because I was coasting through the story thinking I knew everything and then, BAM! twist I didn't see coming. However, for the best chance of getting caught off guard read this before Boundless.

Ending: The ending wasn't anything spectacular. It did show some change in our characters and we got to see how they handled what happened in this story and how it affected their friendship. I was hard to really get a grasp on the ending and really have any sort of strong feeling for it, while it ends with a sort of cliffhanger, it's nothing that would have made me crazy waiting for the final installment.


While this was a fun and chilled out read, it really didn't grasp me in the way that other stories have and I can't help but wonder if I would have like it more if I had read it before I read Boundless.

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1 comment:

  1. I agree that people should pick it up before Boundless. I think it gives a better insight into Angela and how she acts in Boundless. Glad you enjoyed it!