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I Belong


Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Title: Boundless

Author: Cynthia Hand

GenreYA Paranormal

SeriesUnearthly Series (Book 3)

Publication DateJanuary 22, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 448 Pages

ISBN-10: 0061996203 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0061996207 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis

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.

Quick & Dirty: Amazing YA Paranormal book with sweet romance, good action, fun characters, and just an overall fantastic story.  This was the perfect ending to one of my favorite series!

Opening Sentence: The first thing I’m aware of is the dark.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

Clara is set to start at Stanford in the fall and she’s not sure she made the right choice.  She chooses to go to Stanford partly to get away, and partly because she felt it was where she needed to be this year.  After the loss of her mother she has questioned so many things when it comes to being an angel-blood.  She is still getting visions, but of course she has no idea what they really mean.  All she knows is that she will have to fight someone and Christian is there with her.  She doesn’t know if either of them are going to survive, and she is worried.  Clara is getting tired of being a pawn in the games that the Angels seem to be playing.  At times she wishes that she could just live a normal life, but with her parentage that will never be possible.

Christian and Angela are also going to be at Stanford.  Clara spent the summer with Angela, but ever since they got to school Angela has been really distant.  Clara tries to reach out to her, but nothing seems to be working, and she starts to get so busy that she stops noticing Angela’s absence.  She has been studying so much and she keeps trying to figure out her vision.  She starts to spend a lot more time with Christian.  They soon become really good friends and Clara really relies on him a lot.  It also seems that their friendship might finally turn into something more, but Tucker is always there at the back of her mind.  She broke up with Tucker because she felt that he deserved a life without all the dangers that come with being what she is, but for some reason her heart just can’t seem to let him go.  How do you choose between love and destiny? Clara soon realizes that something big is about to go down with the Black Wings and she needs to do everything she can to prepare, so she can protect everyone she cares about.

I think Clara is the ideal character.  She has a great voice throughout all the books.  She grows so much as a person from the beginning to the end.  Clara finally realizes that she may have a destiny planned out for her, but ultimately the decision is hers to make.  Because Clara is a good person she will always try to do what’s best for her and those she cares about.  Will she make mistakes, of course she will, she is still partly human after all, but she will always try to do what is right. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind and be honest.  I loved watching Clara grow into a wonderful young woman who finally finds her place in the world.  I am sad to see her story end.

Christian is such a great guy.  I have to admit that I have been team Tucker since the first book, but after reading Boundless I really did fall for Christian.  He was so sweet and patient with Clara.  He is totally in love with her, but he knows that she still has to figure out her feelings for him. He always tries to be there for her when she needs help, or just someone to talk to.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that he is absolutely gorgeous as well.  At first I felt a big disconnect between Clara and Christian, but now I can really see their chemistry.  Honestly, I really loved Christian, but I just can’t resist Tucker Avery.

Now onto my book boyfriend!  Honestly, I think Tucker is just the perfect guy.  He is a gentleman, a sexy cowboy, sweet, charming, and just a man you can’t help but fall in love with.  That being said he really isn’t in Boundless all that much and honestly the parts he’s in he is kind of a jerk.  He has been so hurt by Clara that he has put up a wall to try and protect himself.  But underneath that he really is just hurting because he is still so in love with her.  I love Clara and Tucker’s romance.  I think they have the forever kind of love.  I honestly didn’t envy Clara’s choice between the two boys, but in the end I think she ended up with the right one.

This was a great ending to an amazing series.  The story was wonderful, the characters were awesome, the romance was so sweet, and the action was fantastic.  I really think that Cynthia Hand did an amazing job finishing off the series.  I really had a hard time putting the book down.  There was a little bit more action in this book than the other two, which I really enjoyed.  I am super sad to see the end of the series, but I am super excited to read whatever Hand comes out with next because I have become a fan of hers for life.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone, especially if you are a fan of YA Paranormal books.

Notable Scene:

My heart starts beating fast. “Training me? For what?”

Something in his jaw works as he considers how much to disclose. “I don’t know if you know this about me, but I am a soldier.”

Or the leader of God’s army, but okay, let’s be modest. “Yeah, I kind of did know that.”

“And swordplay is a specialty of mine.”

“Swordplay?” I say this too loudly, and the people walking by flash us alarmed looks. I lower my voice. “You’re going to train me to use a sword? Like … a flaming sword?”

Unearthly Series:

1. Unearthly

2. Hallowed

2.5 Radiant

3. Boundless

FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Boundless. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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