Thursday, February 7, 2013

Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: January 22, 2013
Source: Epic Reads (as part of the "The End is Here" promo)
Others in the Series: Unearthly and Hallowed
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.
Heart-stopping suspense as well as tear-inducing emotion abound in this fascinating conclusion to the Unearthly trilogy.

Boundless is, as its name and position in the series suggest, the most all-encompassing of the three books. Like many series finales, its plot includes obstacles that appear to be almost unreachable as well as problems that may have vastly widespread outcomes, and, as a result, Clara and those close to her have immeasurable responsibility handed to them. This only opens the door for more of Clara's progression as a person and angel-related discoveries that make the action more surprising, both of which I discussed in my review of Hallowed and are even more prominent when set against stakes that could change the whole world.

And yet, the smaller-scale but no less important personal problems these characters experience are stronger than expected and are not at all dwarfed by the impending threat of black wings. These issues, from wild and unexpected changes in family dynamics to the inevitable love triangle drama, are the ones that really spark emotions, keeping this tale about angels at least slightly grounded in reality.

The only thing with which I take issue is the way the ideas of Clara and Jeffery's respective purposes play out. I was expecting something to happen in Boundless that would tie everything together and clarify the reason for the missions they completed in the first book, but when I turned the final page, it still seemed to me that they exist primarily to orchestrate romantic relationships. The concept of a purpose is important to the plot, but the fact that romance is such a large factor in the aftermath of something that spurs an entire story sent a message with somewhat negative connotations.

However, because Hand otherwise does a wonderful job shifting the focus away from the characters' love interests and towards an action-driven story with its share of twists, this is something most readers should be able to ignore or easily forgive. All else aside, the final book in the Unearthly trilogy serves as a sturdy ending to a series that is far better than your average paranormal romance. With a female lead who continues to put rational and required tasks before boys and a plot that could affect the future of humans as well as angels, this is one conclusion that truly is boundless.

6 comments:

  1. I need to finish this series! Just the synopsis makes me want to get this book!

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  2. Hi Emily. It was nice getting to know you over on Sunny's blog. Great review! I still need to start this series.

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  3. I've been seeing such positive reviews for this books, but then a couple not-so-positive. First off, I really have to read this series. Secondly, I love your review. I'm giddy with excitement that it's not the average paranormal series in which the MC is rational and puts tasks before boys. I'm not sure how I'll feel about the romance being the main factor for the plot, but I understand the negative feelings towards it.

    Great review!

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  4. Hmm... I guess I can agree with you that romance made up a large part of this trilogy but I feel like I either wasn't focusing on the romance part in this last book or it was about Clara more. I thought the romance was a side part compared to the other books. She didn't really spend much time with them which is why I completely agree with you that there was this good shift to romance to action in this last book. The purpose I don't think was about love but I do think the author made it seem that way by having this epic trilogy. Lovely review (:

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  5. I SO AGREE WITH YOU. I had really hoped Clara and Jeffrey's purpose kind of came together. He was just supposed to start a fire? lol

    I was really pleased with the balance of action, growth and romance in this one. It was a great conclusion except for even as a Team Tucker person..I was kind of not happy how it ended. Just because I felt like he deserved more than that..not to just be cast aside!

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