Review: Radiant (novella) by Cynthia Hand

Posted May 8, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Title: Radiant

Series: Unearthly #2.5
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publish Date: December 4, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of pages: 94
Buy:  Amazon | B&N
Source: Bought
Book Description:
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.

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.

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
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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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