Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly Book Three)

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THE DETAILS:
Pages: 448
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Release Date: 01/02/2013
Publisher: Harper Collins
I bought it with my own money.

THE DESCRIPTION:
The past few years held more surprises than 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 fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

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

THE REVIEW:
'Boundless' by Cynthia Hand is the third and final book in the 'Unearthly' trilogy. If you have not read any of the books in this series I suggest that you Click Here to read my review of the first novel 'Unearthly'. I really enjoyed the first two books of the trilogy, so as you can guess I had pretty big expectations for this one. This book turned out so much differently than what I could have ever imagined and I really enjoyed it too.

It has been so long since I read the second book 'Hallowed' that I almost couldn't remember what had happened. I was quite a few chapters in (I'm thinking somewhere between a third and a quarter of the way) when I finally remembered everything that had happened. I had received the first two books in the series as free review copies from the publisher and I wasn't able to get the third copy from them because of a shortage, so I waited for it to come out. Then I put off purchasing the novel (I like to wait for things to go on sale), And I put off reading it because I decided to ditch my fantasy TBR in favor of contemporary books and tv shows. In between reading 'Hallowed' and 'Reading 'Boundless' I managed to watch all of the seasons of Charmed and Gilmore Girls. I also discovered the Stephanie Plum book series and I added a heap more Variety to my blog. Long story short; A lot of stuff happened between now and then, And I am glad that I have still been able to read this book and figure it out.

At the start Clara is off to college. She has already been on holiday to Europe. She doesn't have a clue what she wants to do when she leaves. I really liked that Clara was undecided because I like that someone who is mostly angel, has a realistic human problem to deal with. I think a lot of people will be able to relate and I appreciate a fantasy character that can deal with multiple issues that aren't all romance/fantasy related.

In this novel the angelic characters all delve further into the idea of their purpose and focusing on their vision. They all continue to question the idea of their purpose, And debate how much being part-angel should affect their lives. Christian and Clara both seem convinced that they should be together because of what they see in their visions, but Clara still can't get over Tucker. I am not going to tell you who she chooses. No spoilers here.

There was more information about the characters "world" in this story which I always enjoy. I am kind of hoping for a spin-off or something because I want to learn more about the Triplare and the limits of their powers and the black wings and the grey wings... I really think the ideas behind this series are just so intriguing and original. Not that I have read many angel books to compare it to.

I predicted one thing that would happen in the novel. Everything else seemed to surprise me. I just had to keep reading to find out what would happen and when I got closer to the end I thought there wouldn't be enough pages to fit an ending. I got closer to the end and I was fairly sure it was over and I didn't like what was happening. I couldn't believe I had read three books, just to end it there. And, then unexpectedly the ending changed in a BIG way.

Overall, I think this book deserves 5 out of 5 stars, but not a favourite. I really enjoyed the story and I felt like everything turned out the way it should have in the end. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys young adult fantasy, but isn't a fan of those typical paranormal romances (like Twilight). This book has definitely made me want to read more in the Angel sub-genre.


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1 comment:

Jessica Cangiano said...

Lovely review, dear gal. I'm struck by what gorgeous cover art this book has. I'm a firm believer in not judging a book by its cover, but that doesn't mean that one can't appreciate the beauty of it, when applicable, and such is certainly the case here for me.

Big hugs & tons of happy February wishes!
♥ Jessica