Radiant by Cynthia Hand

Rating: 2.5/5

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Dear friends,
I really didn’t see what was the point of this novella.
Money?
Fan recruiting?
A procrastination excuse while writing Boundless?

Yeah, I’m quite lost.

Radiant basically talks us through Angela and Clara’s summer in Italy, and switches between their POVs. We meet Angela’s mysterious Italian boyfriend that is mention briefly in Hallowed, but their relationship is so rocky (and looks pretty moot to be honest) that I’m led to believe that he’s going to play a big part in Boundless (which I haven’t read yet so please, please no spoilers!).

I abhor Angela. I really do.
She’s annoying, cocky, mean, and she does something in Radiant that is so ridiculously backstabbing that she’d give the Mean Girls a run for their money.
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She’s so dead to me.

But I guess she does have a point sometimes- she makes me look at Clara in a different way, but not enough to make me hate her. Just enough to maybe notice a little of the annoying things she does, like quote Angela, the “wearing her heart on her sleeve” thing.

The only reason I picked up Radiant instead of going straight to Boundless was because I thought it was compulsory for book three, which apparently is not the case.

It breaks my heart to give an Unearthly book a rating as low as 2.5 because it makes the series sound bad, which it really isn’t because Cynthia Hand undoubtedly rocked all the other books. On the other hand, I don’t regret it either, since I was so shocked by the ending- not because it was a cruel, cruel cliffhanger, but because I didn’t see it coming (the book felt unusually short, even for a novella, and it was a little like she cut the plot off in the middle just when it was getting a little interesting) and I had no idea what the point was of adding 94 pages of Angela into the Unearthly family.

This was just a dry, dry novella, and by the time I got to the Boundless excerpt so stealthily hidden at the end, it wasn’t even enough to cheer me up because I was so pissed off at
a) Angela lusting over some angel tool, even though she hasn’t seen said guy in like 2+ years, so I guess apparently she doesn’t possess the ability to move on.
b) Clara spending the whole holiday zoning out while daydreaming about Tucker, which also annoys me (I think I’m just biased now… maybe I’ve gotten used to heroines who kick ass) because it’s such a stereotypical YA i-can’t-live-without-you heroine move.

Obviously, I’ll still be sticking around for Boundless because Unearthly has such an unusual twist to the whole Angel thing (e.g. Hush, Hush, Fallen) and I’ll have to slog through a whole lotta mediocre angel books just to find another one as good as Unearthly.
Plus, I’m a sucker for Christian so I’m all for Clara, Angela and Christian being Stanford buddies.

Love always,
The Permanent Monday

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2 thoughts on “Radiant by Cynthia Hand

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