Boundless

Boundless

Book rating: 04 Hardback Unearthly Trilogy (Hardcover)

By (author) Cynthia Hand

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  • Publisher: Harper Teen
  • Format: Hardback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 35mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 23 January 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0061996203
  • ISBN 13: 9780061996207
  • Sales rank: 19,269

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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.

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By MissPageTurner 28 Nov 2013 4

BOUNDLESS, the last book in the UNEARTHLY trilogy, takes us to California. To protect the boy she loves, Clara has to leave her old life behind and leave town to attend a college thousands of miles away from Tucker. The best about going away is that Clara's friends Christian and Angela will be joining her as Stanford students. Most of the story is set on campus, which was a really welcome change of scene. Our favourite angel-bloods start thinking about their future, even though it seems heaven has already made that decision for them.
Christian or Tucker? In BOUNDLESS the question, that has been dragged through UNEARTHLY and HALLOWED, will be finally answered. And Cynthia Hand surely takes her time to let Clara and the reader know who's best for Clara in the end. Whereas Christian is a very prominent part of Clara's life, a small complaint has to be uttered concerning the frequency of Tucker's appearances. We don't see Tucker as often as I would have liked to and some of their original bickering felt just missing from the story. So romantically this book wasn't a highlight.
Angela's and Jeffrey's fates are of high interest, too since Clara is constantly concerned about their wellbeing as Angela is distancing herself from her former life and Jeffrey is living his own life out of Clara's reach.
In BOUNDLESS the story didn't flow as easily as in the previous two books. And the ending battle against the evil souls that threaten to enslave all angel-bloods, could have been a lot more like a final battle between the forces of heaven and hell in their true forms. It wasn't as pugnacious as I'd imagined it to be. However the ending of the story itself was very surprising and made me hold my breath for a few pages.


4/5 **** BOUNDLESS �??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?�?????�????�???�??�?�¬�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? The conclusion to a noteworthy and angelic trilogy!

The last book in the UNEARTHLY series might not have been as explosive and eventful as I would have liked to see it. Nevertheless this angel series is one I would always recommend to any reader meaning to explore the angelic side of YA books.

By Kim 21 Aug 2013 5

Boundless begins not long after Clara and Angela have returned from Italy. They are enrolled as freshman at Stanford University, strangely normal for two angel girls. So much has changed for Clara... in love, life, and for her divine purpose. I think this was my favorite book of the series. It was a perfect finale to a wonderful series!

Like the others, the writing is beautiful, sweeping you right along with our beloved characters. They have changed and have grown and are dealing with very adult problems. There is so much depth in these books, and in this one in particular. There is so much emotion mixed with sadness and unexpected moments of joy and humor. There were a lot of heart-stopping moments in this book: fear, happiness, sadness, romance.

The love triangle really came to a head in Boundless, with so much back and forth by Clara that at times, I got a little annoyed with it. Because of that, it was a little hard to celebrate the choice she makes because with that choice came pain. And, loving both Christian and Tucker, that made it difficult to be as satisfied with the ending as I think I should have been. There was also some predictability in the "bad guy" but getting there was still just as much fun!

It's hard to say goodbye to some series, after getting to know the characters and falling in love with them. This was definitely one of those series. There was such a wide range of emotions that came with the series as a whole and, as a reader, I became connected to the characters. Unearthly was mysterious as we were introduced to the angels. Hallowed was more than a little depressing (but in a good way, if that's possible). Radiant gave us insight into Angela and left us wondering. This one, for much of it, was rather grim. There were times when I wondered just how Angela or Clara would find their way out of their own personal pits of hell. But these are the things that kept me reading!

Things to love about Boundless...

--The tone of the writing. The author does a great job capturing the voice of teenagers, without that stilted quality that can come with adults writing YA.
--The twisting, turning plot lines. There was a lot more to this book, both in Clara's own stories and those of the other characters.
--Angela's part in it all. She had so much more to do with it all than I ever expected and I liked that twist.

Things I wanted more of...

--Jeffrey. I wanted to understand his divine purpose and I just didn't get it.

My recommendation: A fantastic end to a great series, so read, read, READ!

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Hand debuts with an engrossing take on the angel mythos... an engaging and romantic tale with solid backstory.--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on UNEARTHLY

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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.