Saturday, August 31, 2013


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 Phen 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.

Author: Cynthia Hand (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Publisher: HarperTeen/HarperCollins
Buy online: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

**Ebook borrowed from the national library**
(Actual) Rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this book because for one, it becomes much clearer to me now that when I read Radiant and everything that happened to Clara and Angela's Italy trip. I get to know more too, about the characters - the most is Angela.

I liked how it was linked to Boundless. Although I went ahead reading Boundless - I actually thought Radiant would only be based on Angela's points of view. Not that I didn't want Clara's perspective.

Angela's thoughts were a little shocking to me because I didn't really see her as the type of girl who is jealous of anybody - be it other people's strengths, beauty, etc. I actually look up to her because I find her confidence inspiring. Or perhaps, she really is good at hiding her facial expressions. Especially, keeping her feelings well hidden or blocked, so Clara will not read/know her emotions or of how she truly feels when she's around Clara. She felt pretty insecure. I felt that from Angela - the time when Phen wanted to meet Clara and she agreed she would brought Clara with her for him to meet.

I like Phen who is mysterious, secretive, distant, and I think he's quite selfish too for not telling Angela to know more about him while she went talking beyond what is obvious about herself. Also, a few worth Tucker mentions and flashbacks from Clara was indeed wonderful!! Ah. What a feeling!! It felt like extra bonus for me after suffering from book hangover from reading and finishing Boundless.

Clara and Angela are different but both has great potential and unique in their own way. Their outlook on situations at hand is different as well. I liked Angela while reading Radiant because of how she has her way to things she wanted to do and achieve. Nothing wrong with going the way you are happy about. She's always chasing after what she wants, though mistakes are inevitable at times.

It went from well to great to I-cannot-stop-I-want-more!! That's how I'm craving for more! Sadly, I guess this is it - no more. I'm missing this trilogy so bad! Go read it!!! *hugs, hugs*

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