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Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

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Boundless (Unearthly #3)
    by: Cynthia Hand

Publication Date: Jan. 22, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Paranormal
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Purchased for Nook
Page Count: 448 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

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.

After the events that transpired in Hallowed, I admit I was a mess. It's no secret this trilogy has a love triangle and it seems like my ship has sailed. Then I read Boundless and found myself conflicted over the love triangle. I have never been a Christian fan and I always felt his character lacked depth, until this book. I found myself surprisingly connecting to Christian and we really see that he does genuinely love Clara and it's not just because of the visions. My heart broke for him, as Clara is not completely over Tucker and whenever her and Chris get close, it seems Tuck always finds his way to the forefront of her thoughts.
Tucker is not a central character in this novel though, which makes some of the things that happened a bit confusing for me. Maybe if we had seen more scenes with him and Clara, I wouldn't have been as confused. I would have felt more at ease had we gotten more build up between them.
The story started off a bit slow for me though. I'm not sure if it's because it's been so long since I read the previous two books or what, but I just found myself struggling to get back into Clara's world. I did worry I would forget everything that happened, but was pleasantly surprised that it was not the case at all. Clara is now in college with Christian and Angela, and craves a normal life. However, with Clara being who she is, she realizes that is not meant to be. She has had to push away people she cares about for their own safety and protection and it seems she will have to continue to do so with the new threat that is looming above their heads.
Even though the story started off slower for me, I found about midway through, I was completely engaged and the pages were starting to fly by. Angela really becomes a central character in this book. We know something is up once we start to see her withdraw into herself and avoid Clara and Christian. Clara is a dedicated friend though and won't give up on Angela or accept her dropping off the grid. Clara, Christian, and Angela all are having visions that will eventually interconnect and lead up to the grand finale.
I never thought I would be torn over my 'team', but wow was I ever. I feel Clara made the right choice, but I still had plenty of conflicting thoughts over it. There's a reason why she ends up where she does when she closes her eyes and envisions the place she wants to go- the place she can see more clearly than all the others. That's what made me feel a bit more settled about her choice in the end.
I'm glad I can say I finally concluded this series, as it's one of the better YA nephilim series in my opinion.

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  1. Oh man, this is a series I have been meaning to start forever now. Michele has been pushing me to read it lol. Hopefully I can get to it soon. it is deff close to the top of my "me" pile. Great review!

    1. I really enjoy this series! It's not a 5 star series by any stretch, but it's still really enjoyable!

  2. YAAAAAS. I loved this series ender. It was everything I could have hoped it would be. I was like you...SO SO SO TORN on who she should pick. I just have to say though that final scene kind of made me sad that he wasn't there. SIGH. I get toooo involved. This series was SO good! One of the few I've actually finished because I REALLY suck at finishing series.

    1. I was really saddened by that too because I kinda hoped they would be able to get past it and be friends! I found I'm really bad at finishing series too! I think it's the whole never wanting them to end part! LOL.


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