Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Boundless (Unearthly, #3) by Cynthia Hand
Boundless by Cynthia Hand
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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Immediately upon close, I was all… my heart just can’t take it. Who they end up with whom and the lead up to that? Minor things all of them… the biggest and best thing about BOUNDLESS is how she’s not just simple part blood angel lead in this one. She’s girl-conflicted, friend-ever-present then big sister who wants to be there.
Then there’s the humor that shouldn’t have come as a surprise given how the first books went. But yes… the humor in this one sneaked up on me, so that I found myself cracking up out of the blue, despite some of the heavier stuff that had me sad-sighing on their behalf. Point is it’s funny in a smart subtle way perhaps because the funny isn’t laid on too thick as tends to happen with other lead similarly situated to Clara. In fact, not one thing one breaches my “too much” limit:
Take how those bits of funny pepper a book that’s full of feels that vary, from the sweet, the expectant, then the bitter. Basically there’s heavy then the not so heavy stuff, but there’s a mixing of things in just the right quantity that it all comes out feeling just right for me. Yes, sure there are moments that had me choking up (most especially in the book’s second half and where Christian then Tucker.. heck where all of them were concerned,) but there were points too that weren’t all about who was with whom and why. The part that’s about them getting to be their age, figuring things out, and and not so much about the life-death direness of things? That bit had things feeling lighter, and more real and grounded somehow.
Solid end here, with a girl who starts out funny and awkward and now this: strong but not afraid to be unsure. She’s part angel, part Buffy so bad ass in one big way, that is not backing down even in moments that have her doubting herself all the while wanting what’s best for those around her. And yes, admittedly I was a bit iffy on my stand on Unearthly, but swayed by Hallowed and by this ending as well, I do have to say: this has been one of the better angel stories I’ve come across. Perhaps because they aren’t justangels stories..
..with more than one smart lead all of whom are authentically likeable especially as none of them behave in perfect a manner
…in a story that’s got angels and prophecies but doesn’t limit itself to those things
… as well as a romance that’s not simplified but delves into who they all are making clear to all that there are choice available to them an not just on this front either.
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