Book Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Posted January 28, 2013 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: Boundless by Cynthia HandBoundless by Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly #3
Published by HarperTeen on January 22nd, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Angels & Demons
Pages: 438
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.

4 Stars

The biggest challenge, in writing this review, is to not spoil anything. But I am trying my hardest. Boundless is an action-packed, stunning ending to a beautiful series. Questions are finally answered, the mythology becomes an intricate, beautiful web, characters grow (sometimes together, sometimes apart), heart strings are pulled, and finally the curtain falls.

Clara going off to college brings quite a change. Understandably, the cast of secondary characters I grew so fond of in Hallowed was no longer present. However, Clara once again shows tremendous growth and becomes even stronger than she was in Hallowed. Logical, I suppose, but I really like how in every novel you see her progress, and I feel like in every novel I start to like her that much more.

Questions are answered. Jeffrey? Samjeeza? The Black Wings? Angela’s purpose? Clara’s overarching purpose? Don’t worry guys, you will find the answers. While reading I finally got a sense of just how many character arcs were still open-ended after Hallowed, but Cynthia Hand takes good care to address all of them. No plot holes to be seen. The mythology of the angels and the characters in general begin to form an intricate web. It’s like all the puzzle pieces do finally fall together and they fit. It really is a beautiful creation.

The plot now packs a powerful, action-filled punch. Seriously, for about the last quarter of the book, my heart was just pounding the entire time. So many twists, reveals… woah. It was definitely creative and original, there were some things I never saw coming. I mean, here’s your warning: keep a tissue box close. You’ll most likely need it.

The ending. I’m not going to spoil it for you guys. But to me, it was a bit disappointing. While it was overall a nice way to wrap up the story, it almost felt a bit Disney-like, with the perfectly wrapped up happy ending (all things considered). There was a bit of a deus ex machina at a certain point, and that’s when I just started frowning a bit. It might just be me. I’m actually really curious as to how other people feel about it. You can probably just pass this off as my unpopular opinion though.

Summing Up:

In any case, this was a nice ending to a wonderful series that will stay with me for a while. Was it my favorite series ever? No. (I mean, with Harry Potter and The Hunger Games around, how could I say that?) However, it was greatly enjoyable, light, funny, packed with drool-worthy romance, and raises some insightful questions about destiny and fate. It’s subtly beautiful. Any time I feel disheartened about paranormal romance again, I’ll just come back for a re-read. Yep, it’s that good.

Recommended To:

Paranormal romance fans.

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6 responses to “Book Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

  1. I’ve SO been wanting to read this series, especially after I see everyone reviewing this book. Disappointed about your feelings with the endings though and I’ll keep my eye out to see if anyone else feels the same 🙂 Great review!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

    • Haha, I just series binged on this whole thing basically because everyone was reading Boundless. I think it’s mostly just me. The gripes with the ending that I’ve seen from other bloggers relate to something else (which admittedly I agree with) but is less big than my reason. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Wow, you read the Unearthly series straight in a row! I’m planning on doing that too, especially since I have all the books in my hands now. Great spoil-free review! (:

    • Haha, yeah, Epic Reads was hosting their The End is Here event and encouraged series binging, and it sounded like a great idea – I had the free time anyway. It was definitely a series worthy of a binge read. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂 And thanks!