Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: Radiant by Cynthia Hand

Radiant (Unearthly #2.5) by Cynthia Hand
Publication Date: December 4, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Number of Pages: 94
Format: Ebook
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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.

This short story takes place between Hallowed and Boundless, to get away from everything Clara has joined Angela on her summer trip to Italy. It was very short and sweet, alternating between Clara and Angela POV. The book wasn't what I was expecting.

We finally get to meet Angela's mysterious Italian boyfriend. I always had a feeling he was some kind of an angel, neither a good or bad angel having no allegiance to either side. Clara can see inside him and tell that he's isn't good enough for Angela. But Angela isn't hearing any of it. She's already madly in love with Phen.

The book doesn't have any new information, and isn't really necessary to read before Boundless. But it's nice to know this backstory, and Phen's character shows back up again. I do wish we got to see more of Clara and Angela friendship and finding out more angel stuff.

Rating: 3/5

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