Book Review: The Unearthly by Laura Thalassa

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favoriteTitle: The Unearthly
Author: Laura Thalassa
Published: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Lavabrook Publishing Group
ASIN: B00DMT6VTA
Format: Kindle edition
Series: The Unearthly Series #1
Acquisition: FREE Download on Amazon

Purchase at: Amazon

The first time I was declared dead, I lost my past. The second time, I lost my humanity. Now I’m being hunted, and if I die again, my soul is up for forfeit.
After enrolling in Peel Academy, an elite supernatural boarding school on the British Isles, the last of the sirens, Gabrielle Fiori, only wants to fit in. Instead, the elixir meant to awaken her supernatural abilities kills her.
When Gabrielle wakes up in the morgue twelve hours later, something wicked is awakened in her, something even the supernatural community has never seen before. Now the only person who can help her is Andre de Leon, the community’s infamous bad boy and the king of vampires.
Yet even his help can’t prevent the repeated attempts on Gabrielle’s life. Someone is after her, and they will stop at nothing to end her short existence. Only Gabrielle cannot let that happen now that her soul hangs in the balance, because she may have met the devil. And he wants her. Bad.

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This was part of my Random Reads, so I had no expectations for this book. And let me just begin by saying that I do not read vampire novels at all so I don’t really know much about them. I’ve seen a couple of movies though so I guess I’m not that informed about them. However, I simply loved the whole concept that Laura Thalassa wrote in The Unearthly. I will admit that I was afraid to read this because I might not like it, but I actually loved it. This book has been on my mind for days~

Gabrielle Fiori was orphaned at the age of 5, and she knew nothing about her parents. When she found out about a legacy at Peel Academy, she instantly accepted the offer to study there even if it’s miles away from home so that she can find out about her parents. However, the legacy that she was looking forward to knowing about was far from what she was expecting. She finds out that her mother was a siren, and that she is the last of their kind. But she cannot even begin to believe that she was thrust into a school with supernatural beings, and to add to that, she also had to take all these weird classes on magic, powers, creatures, and the like.

And that’s not even the worst of it. During the Awakening of her power, not only 1 or 2, but 3 paranormal traits surfaced, and she even dies during the ritual. However, Gabrielle is surely special. She awoke 12 hours later in the morgue, feeling better and more powerful than ever. But she must learn to control her abilities, and Andre is sure to help. She also meets an amazing set of friends, Oliver and Leanne, to help her through school and emotional incidents. But wait, there’s more! A man in a suit follows her everywhere and only she can see him, and there are continuous attempts to murder her.

I love Gabrielle as the narrator of the story. She sometimes has a funny way of processing her thoughts, and I was very much entertained. There are some instances though where there is another narrator when Gabrielle isn’t around or awake to tell the tale, which I think is very helpful. The shifting of narrators is pretty clear too so it didn’t bother me at all. In a place where people were afraid of her disparity and unknowns trying to kill her, Gabrielle definitely stood strong. It was always just so difficult to know who to trust.

Andre is the king of vampires, and he is not used to being treated as an equal. He always gets what we wants. But since Gabrielle knows nothing about his reputation, she doesn’t hesitate on denying his wishes. She also speaks out her mind or acts however she wants to. Andre has a reputation of being feared or loved by many, and he’s seen as a bad boy. But I think there is much more to him than meets the eye. I was honestly not expecting to like him because he’s so pushy, but once I learned more about him, I definitely liked it when Gabrielle started feeling something more for him.

I think that Gabrielle found really awesome friends at Peel – Oliver and Leanne. They were so loving and caring, and they took good care of Gabrielle. I like how they are trustworthy enough to be told everything Gabrielle had to undergo. They were very accepting. And I LOVE Oliver. He’s my favorite character. He’s just so funny and lively, but also perceptive and kind. Leanne was more of the emotional friend who stressed herself out over Gabrielle’s situations. I really like their characters, and I think I would have been lucky to be Gabrielle if they were my friends.

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OVERALL, I really loved this (if I haven’t emphasized that enough). I love the whole idea of the boarding school for the supernaturals, and how they are only allowed to hone their abilities once they have turned into a responsible age. I think that following Gabrielle Fiori’s encounters very exciting and gripping. Also, there were some moments that made me swoon and fall in love, even though I probably shouldn’t have. I loved the characters, and all the supernatural abilities. This was a really great read. The Unearthly is simply beautiful inside and out. And I really really want the next book right now! This is a 4.5 for me.

RATING:

4.5-star

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own any of the images I use, but some may be subject to editing.
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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Unearthly by Laura Thalassa

  1. Hmmmmmm. I’ve seen this one around Goodreads and really liked the cover but I’m so over vampire series that I just ignored it but I may have to give it a shot now.

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