Sunday, January 20, 2013

Review: Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand!

Boundless (Unearthly #3)
Release Date: January 22, 2013
From Harper Teen
448 pages

Summary from 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 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.

***ARC received by Harper Teen in exchange for review***
“He loves you.  Not because of me.  Or because God told him to.  Because of you.”

It’s pretty much impossible to write a review of this without spoiling anything.  (Don’t worry, I find a way)  I’ve made it very clear in the past my love for Tucker and my intense feelings of hate towards Christian.  So if I say: “OMG, I loved this book!”  You will probably assume that I loved it because she ends up with Tucker.  Or if I say: “I freaking HATED this book!”  You will probably assume I hate it because she ends up with Christian.  Or because Tucker dies.  But what if I said that after reading Boundless, I no longer hate Christian?  Or if I say that I loved the ending because she ended up with the person she belonged with, even if I agree with it or not.  Both of these statements are true.  Believe me; no one is more shocked than I am that Cynthia Hand made it possible for me to stop hating Christian so much (Because I did hate him.  So much) But she somehow accomplished it beautifully.

I had a love/hate relationship with this book.  Some parts I loved so much…and other parts I hated. Not because it was bad, because the whole book was beautiful, but because I was frustrated with some of the events.  What I hated the most was how very little of Tucker we get to see.  But, the parts we do see of him are amazing.  It was very frustrating to me to have to sit through and read all the parts about Clara and Christian and their damn purposes and their visions.  Especially when all I wanted for Christian to go away and for Tucker to come back.  I felt a total case of déjà vu of when I was reading New Moon and I just wanted to skip all the Jacob parts and get to Edward and tell Jacob “She still loves Edward!  Go away!”  But then, a weird thing started happening and all of a sudden Christian wasn’t bothering me so much and I started thinking maybe he was a good person after all.  Maybe he really loves Clara and they really do belong together.  But then Cynthia Hand would give me one little glimpse of Tucker and I was a goner.

So, after reading Boundless am I still Team Tucker?  Or did I cross over to the dark side and am I now Team Christian?  Well, I’m not going to tell you because it would probably giveaway the ending.  But I guess you can say that I am Team Clara.  The book ended like it should have no matter who she ended up with.  In the meantime, for those of you who just can’t wait to find out who Clara picks click HERE.  This book drained me!  It left me emotionally drained, speechless and a total sobbing mess.  I swear my heart stopped several times and I may have screamed: “WHAT!!!!???” and “OMGOMGOMGOMG” more times than I can count.  Cynthia Hand did a brilliant job which this ending.  This is the end of a series so they may have been a few people that don’t make it to the end.  There are also so many moments that completely shocked me and I never saw coming.  I've never seen such a divide between teams and I think it's safe to say that it doesn't matter if you are Team Tucker or Team Christian or a little bit undecided, you will still love the ending to this amazing, captivating and epic series.  The Unearthly series will always be one of my favorite series and I am eagerly anticipating what stories Cynthia Hand has for us next.

And just because I am curious (and maybe just a little bit mean) I want to know if any of you actually clicked the spoiler link...

5 out of 5 sparkly stars!
(Even though the ending frustrated and shocked me)

Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Boundless:
-“Don’t do what?”
“I know you’re mad at me, and I understand why you would be, I get it, I do, but you don’t have to be like that.  You’re like the kindest, sweetest, most decent guy that I know.  Don’t be a jerk because of me.”

-There’s always this moment at the end of our times hanging out together, as we’re saying good-bye, when I know he wants to ask me out again.  To try again.  To woo me.  Because he thinks that’s part of his purpose.
But he’s decided to let me make the first move, this time.  The ball’s in my court.

-“ I should have fought for you, Clara, even if I would have had to fight you to fight for you.  I should have never let you go.”

-His lips brush mine for an instant, and an emotion like victory tears though him, but then he pulls away and glances toward the front door.  Groans.
Christian is standing in the doorway.

-I hang on to him for dear life, kissing him like the world's about to end, and I guess in a way it is. I kiss him like I probably should be embarrassed to do it in a place like heaven, which feels like church, a place where God is looking at you, but I don't stop. I give him my whole heart through my lips. I love him. I open up my mind and show him how much I love him.

(Is this a Christian or Tucker quote?  You'll have to wait and find out when you read the book)

PS-The spoiler link is a joke.  Of course I'm not gonna tell you who she ends up with!

About the Author
Cynthia Hand grew up in southeast Idaho (very near the Wyoming border). Currently she lives in southern California with her husband and two small children. She teaches courses in creative writing at Pepperdine University. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series with HarperTeen: UNEARTHLY, published in 2011, HALLOWED published January 17, 2012, and BOUNDLESS, due out in January 2013.

1 comment:

  1. My copy is on back order and i want to read this NOW! It's probably better that way though since I really should be doing my edits.