Published by Harper Teen on 1/22/2013
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Boundless by Cynthia Hand was the perfect ending to a wonderful series that left the warm fuzzies in my heart. Some would say it’s too perfect, but I thought it was just right. 😉
Clara and Angela have returned from Italy and are starting their first year at Stanford, with Christian in tow, because Stanford is where Angela knows her vision is supposed to come to life. Clara is still mourning the loss of her relationship with the cowboy hottie, Tucker; Christian is biding his time before he makes a move on Clara; and Angela is determined to work out more details of her vision, while maintaining her fabulous grades. It’s a damn shame life doesn’t go according to your plans, even when you’re an angelblood. The plot in Boundless is darker now, after everything that transpired in Hallowed. The Dark Wings are after Clara, and really, the Triplare. Sam is stalking Clara, but, he doesn’t seem like the typical Dark Wing to me. Something about him appeals to my sympathy, like he wants to be redeemable. He always has actually. Perhaps his sorrow reached through the pages to me! Angela is determined to complete her vision, if she could just understand it. She strikes me as selfish in Boundless, because her focus starts to be solely on herself, and I was frustrated with her. But I didn’t love her any less. The love triangle is in full effect. Clara loves Tucker but they aren’t together anymore. Add to that he’s human, and she is confident they can’t be together ever, because how would that even work? She’s always liked and been attracted to Christian, who likes and is attracted to her right back, but patiently waits for her to get over Tucker, before making a move. Tucker spends his time like any dumped cowboy: pissed off and missing his girl. Only one person is actually right for her, and I’m not spilling the beans! Here’s the thing: I never really expected to like the Unearthly series as much as I did. Truth be told, it’s kind of sweet for my tastes, but somehow I still love it to itty bitty pieces. I could go between the books and forget about the characters, but that didn’t mean they were forgettable; as soon as I cracked open those pages, I was lost to the Unearthly world once again, and it just doesn’t let me go once that happens. It’s become one of my favorite series. Boundless is a fabulous conclusion. It’s the kind of ending that you want for a series like this. Yes, it could be considered too tidy, because somehow everything works out but I liked that about it. I wanted all my favorite characters to be happy and satisfied for a change, not get a bittersweet ending where compromises are to be had. And I suppose compromises are had here, because not everyone gets their ultimate HEA (there is a love triangle after all!). Hand leaves enough open that she could potentially write a spinoff series and if she does, well…..Hand, you’ve made a believer in me. And…I am sad that it is over.
Don’t you find it a little silly that you’re quoting the Bible to somebody like me, who receives divine instructions straight from the source?