Mini Review – Radiant by Cynthia Hand

  • Title: Radiant
  • Author: Cynthia Hand
  • Series: Unearthly #2.5
  • Previous Book: Hallowed
  • Next Book: Boundless (releasing 1/22/13)
  • Source: Personal Purchase

Description from Goodreads:

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.


This novella, set between Hallowed (book 2) and Boundless (book 3) was a quick, but interesting read. For the first time, the story is told from 2 perspectives, Clara’s (as usual) and Angela’s. It takes place during their summer in Italy.

I really enjoyed this novella. Because it takes place in Italy and is half told through Angela’s perspective, we get to learn more about her back story and to actually understand some of how she feels about herself and Clara. We also get to see Clara struggle with knowing how to handle a certain situation between herself and Angela and the tension that this causes.

A new character is introduced, and it’s really hard to know how to feel about him. He’s very mysterious. I got a bad feeling from him, but we’ll see if that proves to be right in the last installment, I hope.

My favorite part, by far, was the ending. It left on such a cliffhanger that I absolutely can’t wait for the last book! Good thing it comes out this month, or I’d be going crazy!

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2 thoughts on “Mini Review – Radiant by Cynthia Hand

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