Friday, January 25, 2013

*Review* Boundless by Cynthia Hand: a couple teasers & a *Spoiler-Free*review!

*Spoiler-Free* REVIEW: Boundless by Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published On: January 22, 2013
Audience: Young Adult

*Please note, this is the last book of a trilogy. So while this review may be spoiler-free, it may contain information pertaining to the prior installments. 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 fulfil 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:
I only discovered Cynthia Hand's Unearthly series this past November. In a way, I couldn't believe how much I had been missing, yet, simultaneously, I was so glad that I wouldn't have to suffer an agonizingly long wait for the next installment. Those two months were quite long enough, thank you very much! Patience: it is not my strong suit.

What first drew me in to these novels were Hand's flowing narrative and the voice her characters. The books were beautifully written, from their characters to the settings, and everything in between. The characters, although most are of a divine nature, are so very real. I found myself caring for nearly each and every one.

At the lead, is Clara Gardner. Though she is part angel, she is also, at the heart of her being, a very normal girl. She makes mistakes, she falls in love, she just tries to find her way in the world. She also has a strength of character and an almost tangible ability to love and care for others that I find admirable.

“We’re all on Team Clara,...ev­ery sin­gle one of us in your cor­ner...”

Speaking of love and Teams? I'm not often a fan of the love triangle, but my dear Cynthia Hand, she knows how to do a love triangle right! I was just as torn as Clara (and quite envious. By the way, how perfect are the names of Tucker Avery and Christian Prescott? *sigh*, but I digress...) throughout the entire series and by the end, I would have been happy to have her end up with either guy. I don't feel that Clara's choices and the paths that she took were a cop out in any way and felt a deep sense of contentment as I finished the last page.

Though it wasn't always easy to get to that point....see a little teaser:

I won­der if it’ll make him feel any bet­ter to know that my con­ver­sa­tion with Tuck­er that night didn’t go much bet­ter than my con­ver­sa­tion with him.
He opens his eyes. “It might.”
Good grief. Men.

The Final Verdict:

Boundless is one of the best final installments that I have read. It effortlessly balances humor and a depth of emotion that I had come to expect from previous installments. With unexpected twists and turns at every corner, Hand kept me guessing and fully engaged until the very end. Beautifully written characters pulled me in and made me a part of their world, one in which I wish I could stay forever. I take solace in the fact that I will be able to revisit any time I wish, something I fully intend to do. Do yourself a favor and pick up this series from the beginning, if you have not already done so!

Rating: Delightfully,

About the Author:

Cynthia Hand is a native of southeastern Idaho and currently lives with her husband and two small children in Southern California, where she teaches writing at Pepperdine University. She has graduate degrees in creative writing from Boise State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Instead of a muse, Cynthia has a guardian angel named Buster. He wears a Stetson in place of a halo, prefers a beat-up pickup truck to flying, and loves to correct Cynthia's grammar.

Where to purchase & learn more:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Author's Website

Have you read Boundless? What did you think? Planning to read it? Comment below!

Also, for the fans, be sure to check on the Boundless Blog Tour hosted by the lovely MundieMoms!

all the best, dear readers!


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