Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly #3

Author: Cynthia Hand

Publication Date: January 22, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy



The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life. 

 Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place. 

 As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal. 

 In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

My Thoughts: I have enjoyed this series since the beginning and Boundless certainly kept up the greatness of the previous two books.  I'll admit, for most of the series I was kind of hoping that she could have her cake and eat it too, as the saying goes, with Tucker and Christian.  Unfortunately, at the end of the series a choice had to be made.

In the last novel of the Unearthly Series we find Clara and her best friend, Angela, finally going off to the college,  Not just any college though, the one that Angela has seen in her angelic visions since she can remember.  There, Clara once again runs into Christian Prescott - who just happens to be attending the same university as her.  When she realizes that the fallen angel, Samjeeza, is still following her with his drowning sorrow Clara is determined to find out why and put a stop to it.

So much went on in this novel in regards to plot it really is hard to nail down an exact summary without giving too much away.  I was super excited to see Clara warming up to Christian a bit more.  Since Angela goes a little AWOL during their time in college for a while, Clara and Christian end up spending a lot of time together.  As a reader, this made me super happy because, despite all of the Tucker lovers, I was and still am firmly on Team Christian.

Clara seems more sure of herself in some ways in this book.  She has finally wholly accepted what she is and seems to have embraced it more fully.  So, when her dad shows up and starts training her with a sword in preparation of a battle to come, and knowing that Christian had seen a vision of himself fighting with a sword, Clara jumps headlong into the training.  However, every time she tries to "jump" places using her glory, somehow she always ends up in Tucker Avery's barn the whole way across the country.

Christian just made me root for him more and more throughout this book.  We get to see him a lot more than any of the previous books and really get some alone time between him and Clara without Tucker in the middle of it.  I always felt that these two have a deep connection and if Tucker had never been there, despite their rocky start, they could have had something awesome.  Now that Tucker is the whole way across the country, you can really see the tension and sparks between Clara and Christian.

Tucker wasn't really in much of the novel, except for when Clara unexpectedly pops into his barn and again near the end.  I was both sad that I didn't get to see more of him, but also enthralled in what was happening back at college in California.

Overall, I think that this book was an excellent wrap up on a series I really liked.  It wrapped up all of the loose ends that I could think of and, though part of the end was a little unbelievable for me, I felt like the story was completed - which is always a good feeling at the end of a series.


  1. I really need to read this series! I've heard so many amazing things about it and the covers are just gorgeous. The only thing really holding me back is that it's about angels and I'm not too into angel books. I'll have to see if my library has these!

    1. Jenn, one of our other reviewers, isn't too into angel books either :) I pretty much love them. I don't remember if she has read this series or not, but I would check her reviews page and see if she has and what she had to say about it!

    2. I'll have to ask her! I've only read a handful of angel books, but I wasn't too terribly impressed. Maybe this series will change my mind!

  2. I'm happy you liked this book much more than I did. I hated it. I didn't like Christian (from the beginning) so I hated how much time he got in this book. I wanted more from Tucker! And I felt that the love-triangle was useless, because it overshadowed the real story..


    1. Ha ha ha, You are the exact opposite of me :P I love Christian and I felt Tucker should have just stayed out of the picture lol. Ah well, to each their own fangirling :D

  3. I'm really glad that you liked this book. I have only read the first one, so it is nice to hear that the other books in the series are as good as the first. I'm looking forward to finishing this series.

    1. I enjoyed this series, although it took me a while to refresh my memory for this book because unfortunately it didn't stand out to me as a series. It was good, just not one of my tops. I hope you like them!!


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