Review: Boundless, Cynthia Hand

October 4, 2013 Reviews 1 ★★★★½

Review: Boundless, Cynthia HandBoundless by Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly #3
Published by HarperTEEN on January 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: ebook
Source: My copy
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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.


“How did you do that?”

I shrug.  “I click my heels three times and say, ‘There’s no place like home.’”

“Uh-huh. So … you think this is your home? My barn? His tone is playful, but the look he’s giving me is dead serious. A question.

“Haven’t you guessed by now?” I say, my heart hammering. “My home is you”

This was a wonderful trilogy and I am both happy and sad to see it come to a close.  Happy because the series was resolved well with all the loose ends tied up but sad because it means that there is no room for any additional stories around this world and the awesome characters in it! This book really was a rollercoaster, in fact the entire series was so if you haven’t read them I urge you to go pick up Unearthly (book #1) ASAP!

The story starts with Clara, Angela and Christian off to Stanford and I really loved seeing Clara grow into the college lifestyle and discover what she wants to do with her life outside of the whole angel purpose. The book really balances life and relationships well focusing on Clara’s purpose and visions but also adding layers to the relationships she has both with Angela and of course her 2 male love interests Christian and Tucker.

I was incredibly worried going into this book how I was going to feel at the end as I love both Tucker and Christian and I knew I was going to be sad either way as someone was going to be left alone.  And while the book was completely tied up with no plot holes I have to admit that I wasn’t 100% happy with how the romantic triangle finished up it just seemed a little too perfect and sudden.  Then again I think if the series had finished with her and the alternate gentleman I probably wouldn’t be happy either – Hand just simply created 2 guys that were just too special to be left jilted :)

The writing was wonderful, the romance and some of the lines were just so quote worthy it was hard just choosing one for the top of this review. I spent a good portion of this book sighing and I did my fair share of crying at the end.  I loved that she put in a beautiful scene with Clara’s mother – she really does the mother/daughter relationship well and I wish more Young Adult books would incorporate the parents a little bit more – they really don’t have to be absent or completely clueless of their children! I also loved seeing Clara be a bit free and less bogged down in portions of this book like when she takes Christian out to simply fly for the pure thrill and exhilaration of flying.

The Angel books I’ve read this year have just been simply phenomenal with both the Violet Eden Chapters and Unearthly series being completely unputdownable I sincerely hope that the rest of the year continues to bring on such great reads!

four-half-stars – Beautiful ending to a brilliant series!


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Email | Goodreads | | Twitter | Instagram Philippa lives in Brisbane, Australia with her partner and two daughters. She is an avid reader and reviewer of Young Adult literature as well as being a student midwife, closet geek, procrastibaker and coffee addict.

One Response to “Review: Boundless, Cynthia Hand”

  1. naila be

    this was such a wonderfull ending to an equally awesome story
    I loved that quote about Tucker being her home (starry eyes!!)

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