Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Review of Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Title/Author: Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand
Publisher/Date published: HarperTeen, January 22nd 2013
How I got this book: bought the beautiful finished hardcover!
Buy this book at: The Book Depository

Goodreads summary: 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


Oh man, how do I even BEGIN to review this book?? I mean, OMG, I just finished it like 15 minutes ago and my feelings are ALL OVER THE PLACE and I just have SO MANY OF THEM!!

So excuse me while I continue to now fangirl all over Boundless!!

Because THIS BOOK! THIS BOOK YOU GUYS! I already knew that I was very much in love with the series and Cynthia Hand's take on angel-lore and Clara and Tucker and even Christian a little, though not as much as Tucker. Did I mention Tucker? I must have, because OMG THAT BOY!
But we'll get to the boy later.

I know that I tend to fangirl over the boys in books, but really, I do very much love Clara and she is what makes this series have such special place in my heart. I love how she's grown and how she's trying so hard to protect everyone and make everyone happy even if it may not always be exactly what makes HER happy. I love how she's standing up to her friends when she feels it's necessary and Angela definitely needed it at one point. And I really enjoyed seeing her develop her powers further with the help of her dad, who is one totally cool angel and who better to be trained by for combat than Michael?

And guys, much as I'm not a fan of Christian, I did like him in Boundless. Though it's hard to root for him when my heart belongs to another boy. I felt like he was just trying SO hard and at one point I felt myself wanting to tell him all Mean Girl style: stop trying to make fetch happen. Or rather: stop trying to make this epic lovestory with Clara happen, ok?
*hides while Team Christian gets their pitchforks ready*
But I do seriously want good things for Christian. I do, he's a good guy and he is really good to Clara and he hasn't had it easy and some pretty heavy stuff happens to him in this book, so wanted to give him a good old hug.

But now let's talk about my boy: TUCKER. That boy. My heart. Just. I just can't. I'm not even sure how to be coherent when I talk about him. He's just such a good guy and it seems that along with pirates, I have a thing for cowboys as well. Or at least for this one cowboy. He is so honest and my heart just wishes he was real. I mean, all the best moments for me were the ones that he was in. It was heartbreaking and amazing and AAAAH JUST ALL THE FEELINGS!!! Tucker, you will always hold a place in my heart, truly. I think I'll make you my man of the month for the next Book Banging post.

I was so, so scared to pick up this book, because I'm terrified of reading the last book in a series and with the whole love triangle, SO MUCH WAS AT STAKE HERE. And also, you know, with the whole Black Wings being after Clara and her Nephilim friends, that too. But I am SO insanely happy that I picked it up, because for me it was the perfect ending to this series! There was a heartstopping moment near the end that had me CRYING SO HARD, man, Cynthia Hand certainly knows how to yank ALL my heartstrings, but now I'm ok again and smiling and hugging the book and just GAH SO MUCH LOVE!

So bottom line: please if you haven't read this series yet, PLEASE give it a try! I absolutely loved it and Cynthia Hand makes the angel lore work! And Boundless is a very satisfying ending to the series, though it's such a bittersweet thing to say goodbye to all these characters that have become my friends over the past 2,5 years!

Also: TUCKER!!

My rating: 5+ stars

Made me crave: seriously, just hand me some chocolate and nobody gets hurt

1 comment:

  1. I basically sobbed through most of this book, because all the emotions hit me SO HARD when I was reading it last year. I love the way Hand wrote this story, and I love that she had me falling in love with each of her characters. While I do think it wrapped up a wee bit too neatly for my tastes, I did really enjoy it!