Book Review: Boundless

Boundless CoverBook Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Published January 2012|Published by HarperCollins|448 pages

E-book|Purchased from the Nook store

Series: Unearthly #3

Genre: YA/Paranormal- Angels

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Summary: 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 fulfill 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.

I absolutely loved Boundless!  I was so looking forward to it, and yet sad to see it go, but it was also worth the wait to see what happened to the characters I’ve come to love.

So, Clara goes off to Stanford with Angela and Christian, still heart-broken over Tucker but determined to protect him.  It seemed like Clara and Christian would end up together, so anyone who’s Team Christian will be disappointed…and those who love Tucker and Clara (myself included as far as Team Tucker goes) will be very, very happy.  But before that happiness, there were some tears that were preceded by me wanting to know WTF just happened!  I’m really glad I didn’t read that particular part of the book in public…because I’m pretty sure people would have thought I was insane.

We finally learn Angela’s purpose, which is to tell her former boyfriend, Phen, that the 7th is ours…meaning her child is the 7th Triplare belongs to the good guys.  7 is pretty important because there are only 7 on earth at any given time, meaning 3 are on the side of black wings and the other 3 aren’t…meaning Angela’s son is super-important!  And we learn that Clara’s purpose- for the entire series- was to come to Wyoming so she could meet Angela and save her son from the clutches of the Black Wings.  Looking back, it was never about her ending up with Christian, but with her meeting Angela.  And it’s honestly cool that the entire series has built up to her real purpose, instead of a different one each book- we just thought it was incomplete or a different purpose each one because we didn’t know how things were going to turn out!

There was an epic battle, and as was expected, it turned out fairly well for Clara, Angela and Christian.  Okay, so maybe Angela ended up in hell, and Christian and Clara had to go save her (with the help of Sam) and maybe Jeffrey ended up in hell too, with Clara needing to save him too.  That was a pretty intriguing part of the book, because it mirrored Palo Alto.  It felt much more like an alternate reality than anything else, but still intriguing all the same.

So…there was definitely a point where I was all “OH MY GOD, THAT DID NOT HAPPEN, PLEASE TELL THAT’S NOT REALLY JUST WHAT HAPPENED, PLEASE LET EVERYTHING BE OKAY, YOU NOT JUST JUST DO THAT TO ME!”  And then there were sad tears, and then I was all, “OH THANK GOD EVERYTHING WORKED OUT,” which was followed by happy tears.  So Kleenex is a must if you haven’t read Boundless yet, because you’ll need it!

And because I have this need to go back to Tucker and Clara…I am so, so happy they ended up together!  They seriously belong together.  There was quite a bit of squeeing when they got back together!

It really is good I didn’t finish this book in public…but acting like a total fangirl can be so much fun!

What else am I missing?  Oh, this was such a great ending to this trilogy, and I really can’t imagine a better way to end it.  Everything really fell into place in Boundless.  Angela and Jeffrey did get some rolling of the eyes (and their fair share of my shaking my head at them) and while Jeffrey’s thing was never completely resolved, Angela’s storyline made a lot of sense, especially because it’s so connected to Clara’s story.

Final Thoughts:

It really should be obvious that I LOVED Boundless.  Do I wish there was a bit more resolution to Jeffrey’s storyline?  Yes, but overall, this was such a great ending to the series.  I wasn’t disappointed at all, and be sure to have some Kleenex handy if you just happen to read it.  Like, I just couldn’t put it down, because I read it in a day…that is how much I loved it.  Boundless gets 5 stars.

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