February 11, 2013

Latest Read: Boundless

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Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand
Publication date: Jan 22, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Category: Young Adult - Paranormal
Source: Bought

Summary: From the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone she loves, the one thing part-angel Clara Gardner can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life. She's determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her even if it means breaking both their hearts. So she leaves town for college in California, along with Christian Prescott, the boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place. As Clara makes her way in a new world, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must decide her fate once and for all. (Adapted goodreads.com
My thoughts…
The good: It's been a while since I've reached the end of a series and I approached Boundless feeling sad, nervous and excited. I had no idea what was going to happen. But I surprised myself because as soon as I opened the book to read the first page, I actually picked a side in the whole love triangle thing. I know, Clara is battling fallen Black Wing angels and my mind immediately jumps to which guy she should choose. I can't help it! As I said before, this is one of the most well-done love triangles and at the end of Hallowed, I felt as undecided as Clara. But turns out, I'm Team Christian after all. (But Tucker, I love you too. And this is a not a spoiler. You'll have to read it yourself to find out who Clara chooses.)

Anyway, back to the actual story. What I loved about the plot in this book (and the series really) is the progression of the angel mythology. With each installment, we delve deeper into what it means to be an angel or fallen. To fight for good or evil. Even the adults (meaning Clara, Christian and Angela's ancestry) all play a role in what unfolds here. I thought everything we've learned along the way about each character and their purpose came together beautifully. And Clara, for all her uncertainty, truly came into her own. She's not a damsel-in-distress. She's fearless when it comes to protecting someone she loves. But she's still a girl, starting college and on her own for the first time. As always, I appreciated the balance between her angel side and her every day experiences as a "normal" young woman. Also, expect a lot more of Christian and Angela. We get to know and understand them better, which I enjoyed a lot. 

(Super minor) reservations: I am very happy overall with how the series turned out but I did want a little more from the epilogue. Even though technically it did wrap up all the loose ends of our characters, I just had this feeling of needing more closure. And to bring up the love triangle again - I wanted her to evaluate her potential futures with each guy. She thinks a lot about her history with Christian and Tucker but I wanted to tell her to look at the present because that's what I was personally caught up in.   

Do I recommend?: This is one of my favorite paranormal series so yes, I highly recommend. Even if you're wary or tired of angels, give this one a shot! You won't regret it. And if you're Team Christian, we definitely need to chat. 

Happy reading!

3 comments:

  1. I liked the last book for the most part, but I was kind of disappointed in Clara and some of the big things that came up at the end of the book. I loved the love triangle in this for the previous two books, but I thought the whole thing fell into some of the big love triangle traps in the last. Clara just seemed so wishy-washy, and I just waned her to make up her mind and not hurt both people! Ugh. Clearly I still have feelings on this one hah! But I totally agree that progression of the angel mythology was great! Definitely one of my favorite things about this series :)

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  2. Great review! I agree that I wanted a bit more out of the ending. I felt like it was little rushed and too perfect and happy, but I did still enjoy it.

    Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

    PS. I was Team Tucker from book one. :P

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  3. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series! Honestly, I wish I'd brought it to the Philippines with me since I wanted more of it! It sounds like it's going to be a pretty good ending :)

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