Radiant – Cynthia Hand (Unearthly #2.5)

Title: Radiant (Unearthly #2.5)

Author: Cynthia Hand

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban-Fantasy

Rating: 3 / 5

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In this novella set between Hallowed and Boundless in the Unearthly series, we see Angela and Clara in Italy for their summer break before they attend Stanford in the fall. Told from Clara and Angela’s alternating perspectives, we get a quick look at their time in Italy, as Clara is dealing with grief and heartbreak, and as Angela engages in her secret relationship.

This novella had a lot of potential, although unfortunately it didn’t deliver for me. Being set in Italy, I would love to have seen more angel mythology incorporated, as well as Clara and Angela just generally doing more touristy stuff in this beautiful part of the world. What we get instead is Clara always being miserable, and Angela going stupid over a guy. Angela. Yes, you heard right. What we see is this usually awesome, intelligent, and independent girl, getting lovesick and losing her common sense over her secret lover. That in itself frustrated me. I loved Angela for her sass and intellect, but in this novella she has a complete personality change, which was disappointing.

Overall, the limited pages and the changing point of views made it a little too rushed to get caught up in Angela’s relationship, or even Clara’s depressive perspective as she pines for Tucker, which I thought to be the least of her upsets considering the recent death. Although this novel sits between Hallowed and Boundless, I don’t think it is necessary to read to know what was going on in Boundless. If you want to get a bit more perspective on Angela’s relationship that is discussed in the final book, then give this a go. It’s a quick read, and the little bits of sightseeing and mythology included made it worthwhile, despite my slight annoyances with it.


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