Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand

  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Source: ARC sent from the publisher for review
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*This is the third and final book of the series. My review is spoiler free for this book, but it's possible there may be spoilers for the previous books if you haven't read them. Proceed at your own risk.
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

As most of you know, I am not a big fan of angel books, but yet this series has had me sucked in right from the very first book. Then the second one solidified my love for this series and I thought I would go insane waiting for the third and final book in the series. This book had my emotions all over the place just as with the first two. I have grown to love these characters and became invested in their story and what would happen. I knew this book would be emotional and bittersweet. I always hate to let go of the characters when a series ends, but Cynthia Hand wrapped up the story well. I wasn't totally happy with the ending, but I was satisfied enough. I can't say more about it than that.

Clara is a character that I have always loved. She comes across as very real to me. She's a tough girl, but she's also gentle, caring, and smart. Does she make some really bad decisions? Of course, but she's just an 18 year old girl, she's allowed to make mistakes. She's also a bit hurt and confused and things are getting bad around her. She holds it together well, and she fights when she needs to fight. I was a bit bothered by her being hung up on the boys when there is so much more going on, but I get that you can't turn your heart off. I liked that the environment is so different with them being adults and off at college. I love her dedication to Angela and her need to do what is right, even when it hurts. Like in the first two books, I found her to be very selfless most of the time, and that is such an awesome trait to have. 

The romance in this is more underlying than right out there. It's feelings and emotions, and not the physical stuff. I love both Christian and Tucker and think that they both would be good for Clara in different ways. I wouldn't say that I am torn between them though. I have always had my favorite and I always have chosen him. As for who Clara ends up with I obviously won't say. In the end either one would have made me happy since they are both great guys. Both of them have some lines that brought me to tears, and my heart was breaking for all of them at one point or another.

The danger is much worse in this than in the previous two. Samjeeza is still pretty scary, but they have way bigger things to worry about. Besides the Dark Wings and the danger that comes with being a triplare, they have some major personal things going on. Things with Clara's brother are tense, Angela has things going on, and Clara and Christian are trying to work through their visions and try to figure it all out before it's too late. This had plenty of action to keep the adventurous side of me happy, and the emotional ride it took me on satisfied my love for being torn apart by books lol. I wish there had been a bit more romance, but the bits that there was in this were very charged up and made me feel it to my core. I think this was a fantastic end to the series.


  1. Great review! Good to hear you enjoyed this one and thought it was a good ending to the series. I'm excited about there being more danger. I love this series a lot and I'm totally scared to pick this one up still. Might pick up a copy next week though because I can't wait that much longer. :)

  2. I didn't read your review, because I just got this! Can't wait to read it! Looks like you loved it. YAY

    1. Can't wait to hear what you think!

  3. Eeep! I skimmed this b/c I still haven't even started Unearthly. Everyone is going nuts for Boundless, though. I must get started soon. So happy the ending was perfect for you!

    1. You really need to read this series. Cynthia Hand is a master at characters!! I totally fell in love with them right away.

  4. I am so curious about what you were unhappy about with the end--if only there a way to spoiler discuss on blogger! Bleh. I'm so glad you loved it, though--and I agree, it's really hard to say goodbye to this series. *sigh* Great review!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    1. Oh I will DM you on twitter and tell you why. :)

  5. I've only read book one in this series. I'm glad you liked this, though. I want to finish this one soon.


  6. Ahhhhh I can't wait to get into this series. I'm like you I'm not big on Angel books but I've heard nothing but RAVE comments about the series as a whole! At least I have book 1 in my possession to get me started :D Great review hun!

    PS - not sure if I've said this before, but HOT profile pic haha!

  7. I'm not a big angel fan either, but totally dig this series! I'm glad that it ends well. I can't wait to read it!

  8. AHHHH this one looks SO amazing! :D And I so agree! Clara's such a strong character throughout this entire thingymabobber! I'm like DYING to find out who Clara ends up with, because everybody keeps saying "I can't tell you WHO Clara ended up with, but I was really satisfied with the ending" so now I'm like totally dying ;P

    Amazing review as always! I'm so glad you liked it!

  9. I am definitely going to read this soon! I love this series so much! This love triangle is one of the few that actually doesn't go too much into the girl seeming to two-timing both guys. Definitely cannot wait to see who Clara ends up with!

    Loved this review, you said everything I need to know that I need this book ASAP!

    Angie @ YA Novelties

  10. Ok, I just skimmed through your review and didn't want to spoil it but ahhhhhh! So glad you liked it. I know that I will enjoy this book!

  11. OMG, I feel like I missed out on an awesome series! I will have to read Unearthly ASAP, it sounds awesome!!


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