Monday, June 3, 2013

Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Title: Boundless

Author: Cynthia Hand

Series: Unearthly #3

ISBN: 9780061996207

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
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 sacrifice and betrayal.

In this riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

Why, Cynthia, why?! Why did you have to break Tucker and Clara up? You broke my heart, ma’am! But… I digress.

I knew at the conclusion of “Hallowed” that Tucker and Clara were caputes and I was none too happy. I was even less happy by the fact that her attempts to escape Wyoming and go back to California included her little puppy dog stalker, Christian. I mean, really, does the guy never take the hint? The love I found for Christian in “Hallowed” was short lived and almost nonexistent in “Boundless”. Scoffing every time he came into a scene was not the highlight of my reading experience.

I did find the non-Christian scenes to be interesting. The surprise pregnancy of one of the characters was a shocker. With the flat “almost” sex scene in “Hallowed” I never expected one of the characters to wind up a teen mother. Gasp! I did suspect if this was to occur that the details of the tryst would not be discussed… I was not wrong.

Again, Clara struggles with her purpose and the visions that seem to always involve Christian (why no visions of Tucker, Cynthia? GOSH!). This vision of Clara’s seemed a little more action packed so I was intrigued. I wondered if there was going to be a big showdown between the Black Wings and Clara’s little posse of angel-bloods. The results of that query were enthralling to say the least.

While the angel parts of the story were fun to watch, the attempt at romance between Christian and Clara was not. I ended up shaking my book and screaming at the fictional character Christian, “she doesn’t want you, man! Clucker all the way!” The indecisive air to Christian and Clara seems to have disappeared. Although they still feel connected I didn’t get any of the excited “romantic touchy-feely” vibe from the pair anymore. I just saw Christian as more of a best friend/brother-type now to Clara… despite their “we belong together” motto.

The action in this book was more prevalent and took up more of the book than the romance as the other two books were. This showcased the battle between good and evil more than the battle between the jock and the redneck for Clara’s affections. But it also showed that not all the good characters were completely good and vice versa.

One character I came to grow fond of was Samjeeza. He was kind of pathetic in “Hallowed” with his sorrow over losing Clara’s mom, but he seemed a bit more lighthearted in “Boundless” (as lighthearted as a Black Wing could be). I almost came to wonder if maybe he was actually going to turn up as some sort of family to Clara so that they could have a stronger role in each other’s lives.

“Boundless” was the perfect ending to a series I had hoped never would. I especially liked that the author did a flash forward in the epilogue so show what happened overtime with the characters. I hate when a book trials off and doesn’t show how the characters turn out as they grow older. I was glad to see things worked out the way they did but again this book made me choked up and openly sob on several occasions. The sign of a truly good book in my opinion. If a book can illicit emotion that strongly from its readers then it has got someone special within its pages.

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