Review: THE UNEARTHLY (Unearthly Series, #1) by Laura Thalassa

unearthlyAuthor: Laura Thalassa
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Pages: 296
ISBN #: 9780989206426
FTC Disclaimer: Book was received from the author for the purpose of an honest review.
Vampires, seers, sirens, soulmates, shapeshifters, Satan… save for ghouls and Wendigos, I think Laura Thalassa put every supernatural creature into her debut YA novel The Unearthly. As soon as I saw the blurb about this book I was excited to read and review it, knowing it would be different from your typical YA paranormal novels of “girl meets supernatural boy, they fall in love, blahblahblah”. I was right.

The Unearthly centers on sixteen-year-old Gabrielle Fiori, an orphan whose last memory of her parents is her father carrying her to safety from a house fire where he perished, passing her on to her nanny, Cecilia. In the memory (more like a dream now), Gabrielle sees a man in black, haunting her. He has haunted her dreams and waking life ever since that night (Gabrielle’s mother was believed to have committed suicide before the fire that killed her father) her father died.
The problem is…no one can see him but her.
Gabrielle is accepted into a prestigious academy in the British Isles, Peel Academy, and she doesn’t know anything about why she was accepted except that they told her she had a “legacy” at the school, which meant an ancestor must’ve gone there. She desires to find out more about her biological parents, but that is a wish she should never have entertained when she finds out what sort of legacy the academy’s students leave behind.
They are all supernaturals, and they have gone to the school to “Awaken” their true powers. Gabrielle is a new kind of creature: she is a siren (the last of them, as her mother died a decade ago), a soulmate and…a vampire? Vampires aren’t born, but Gabrielle was, and her Awakening was the catalyst that set in motion a series of unfortunate events that threaten her life…and the lives of every coven member in the vampire clan.
Gabrielle must work with the vampire king, sexy celebrity Andre de Leon, to try and save the entire clan…or destroy it. All she really wants is to be normal, but her legacy left her this school, these friends (Caleb, a shifter; Oliver, a fairy; Leanne, a seer) and a cryptic note from her father, written before his death.
To top it off, aside from trying to save her race, she has to fight off the feelings she has for the sexy Andre and try to figure out who (or what) the man in black is.
From the first page the reader is taken on a journey inside Gabrielle’s life, dreams and hopes for her future. They are thrust from Gabrielle’s recurring nightmare to Los Angeles International Airport and on to the Isle of Man and the strange castle where students study History Of The Supernatural instead of American History and initiations are being taken to underground chambers instead of drinking a keg or two without stopping.
I liked the plot, and I really liked the characters. Gabrielle is a spitfire with a heart of gold trying to prove that, just because she is a vampire, she is not evil. Andre is sexy and enigmatic, the perfect vampire. As supporting characters, Oliver and Leanne (and even the awful Doris) are so realistic and read perfectly into the story. Even the dead characters, like Gabrielle’s parents, are as perfect as can be.
The novel is a quick read because you want to know what happens next and will leave you in a tantalizing cliffhanger which you must endure until the second book comes out in 2014.
Ms. Thalassa wrote a great book with few flaws. I recommend it for all readers, not just teens!
4/5, wonderful!
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