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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

MICHELLE'S REVIEW: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Title: Boundless
Author: Cynthia Hand
Format Acquired: Hardcover
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
Publishing House: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780061996207
Source of Copy: Purchased from Fully Booked


The past few years held more surprises that part-angel Clara Gardner ever could have anticipated. Yet through the dizzying high of first love to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she could no longer deny was that she was never meant to have 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 seemed 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 the Unearthly series, Clara must choose her fate once and for all.

 (Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)


Okay, I must admit I wasn't really a huge fan of Unearthly. I continued the trilogy with Hallowed because I wanted to know what happens with Clara and Tucker's relationship, so you could only imagine how excited I was for book three (I have a soft spot for cowboys, shh.) And my excitement was justified because Boundless has got to be the best book in the trilogy.

Clara, Christian, and Angela are in Stanford, trying to live their college lives as normally as any teenage angels can. Despite the new environment, classmates, and love-related complications, Clara is trying to figure out the cryptic visions they've been getting ever since they've arrived. When Angela finds herself in a situation that finally enlightens them with regards to their purpose, Clara and her gang will find out that what they're dealing with might not be of a different caliber from what they've expected, even if it takes them to hell and back - literally.

First things first, let me just say that I absolutely love the new setting. Being a college girl myself, I was getting a bit tired of the high school setting and craved for a paranormal situation that I could now easily envision, and Boundless gave me just that. Set against the backdrop of a more relaxed environment, Clara can finally focus more on the visions and deal with the more "normal" college nuances at the same time. But as the visions that Clara piece together only makes her wary of the future, it seems that her past isn't quite done with her yet - she keeps popping up somehow at a particular someone's barn at the oddest times.

Boundless was unexpectedly good. I actually did find myself thumbing through the pages excitedly, and the fact that I was Tucker-hunting couldn't hurt either. The battle scenes were pretty epic, and I did like the fact that the visions had less to do with Clara, and focused more on someone else playing a very important role. This I found to be quite rare with YA and I couldn't help but be impressed. I imagine that juggling the dynamics between the main protagonist and the actual "heroine" was a bit tricky, and Hand sure has kept me interested with this factor. Toss in the fact that some relationships are handled quite delicately and superbly, like Clara's strained relationship with her brother, and you've got a sure crowd-pleaser.

I could not actually divulge more without warranting a spoiler alert, so I just have to say that fans of the series will definitely not be disappointed with Boundless. In fact, it's one of the few series that only got better as the story progressed. 



  1. Michelle! Finally! Haha! I didn't really love Unearthly as well, I only gave it three stars. I remember feeling disappointed then because I bought it because of all of the raves. I've been hearing ever since that Hallowed was infinitely better but I have no money yet to buy it. Hahaha! But now that I know that the trilogy's good, gotta catch up soon!

    1. Boundless definitely surprised me. :) Hope you enjoy!