Monday, 24 June 2013

Boundless (Unearthly, #3) by Cynthia Hand

Boundless by Cynthia Hand
Released January 22nd 2013
Published by Harper Teen
Hardback, 432 Pages 
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:
After waiting almost a year since Hallowed I was eager to delve into the world of Clara Gardner for one more time. I didn't know what to expect of this finale especially as I have been disappointed with quite a few series endings in the past. However I had my hopes set high that Cynthia Hand wouldn't let me down and my oh my she hasn't. 

What a wondrous finale to an amazing series, it had everything I hoped for and more. Claras character had to overcome a lot of challenges throughout this book, she made decisions which would effectively change her future but in the end she got the main thing that she’s wanted right from the start. I was rooting for an alternative ending but hey you can’t always get what you want! A girl can dream though… 

I don’t want to say too much in this review without giving away a lot to the people who haven’t read the series yet so I’ll try to summarise my feelings briefly. 

In this book we see Clara, Christian and Angela head to Stanford University. I thought that this was going to be great and we’d see the gang have a lot of epic adventures however it was apparent that we wouldn’t get this right from the offset. I understand that angel-bloods don’t get to live a “normal” human life but it would’ve been nice to see them let their hair down and have a little fun every now and then. With Clara and Christian trying to figure out their visions and Angela off getting herself into a whole other kind of trouble we don’t really get to see much of their university life. However it was nice to see Clara settle down into this new life without letting the events of the previous book take over her.

We are greeted by familiar faces throughout the book, some of which more welcome than others but it was nice to see them regardless of who they are. However what I liked the most was the development of Clara’s relationship with Samjeeza. I’ve found myself thoroughly disliking him in the previous books but with this one we get to see him in a different light. With the death of Claras mother, the love of his life looming over his shoulders we learn that all he wants from Clara is a story about his love. There’s another side to his character we didn’t know about until now and we see this shine through as he helps Clara through some tough times. Seeing this new side of his character really helped me understand why he’s as sinister as he is. It also made reading the scenes with him in quite enjoyable, as at times they were amusing. 

I really liked the development of both Clara and Christian’s characters throughout this final book as it was nice to see them grow stronger as a pair. However I did feel sorry for Christian as you could see that he loved Clara deeply and it pained him to see her still hung up on someone else. Regardless I feel that they made an awesome team and I loved every minute that they were together!

The book was fast paced with something always going on, this is great as it meant that I was sat on the edge of my seat for the majority of it. There was never a dull moment in this book and everything that happens throughout the story all builds up to the main event. I really enjoyed the world building in this book as a lot of the time I felt like I was in the scene with the characters. I was able to imagine what everything would look like and how I would feel if I was there too.

Like the books before this it was beautifully written, Cynthia Hand has the ability to write such a dark plot-line and make it seem lovely. You can tell that the author has carefully researched the subject that the book is focused around as she goes into a lot of depth when it comes to the plot-line and world development. I feel that the book ended abruptly which was a shame as I would’ve liked to have known what happened to a few of the characters once they got a little bit of freedom. But with it already being 432 pages long I can see that she didn’t want to drag it out  much longer. This series has kept me thoroughly entertained and I can’t wait to see more from this author in the future.

1 comment:

  1. Great review. I read it now so long ago as well, so it's still fresh in my mind.


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