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Review {28} Boundless by Cynthia Hand

BOUNDLESS
SERIES: Unearthly #3 | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Unearthly #1; Hallowed #2
AUTHOR: Cynthia Hand
ACQUIRED: Borrowed | Library
EDITION: Hardcover, 438 pages
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: January 22nd 2013 by HarperTeen
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Paranormal, Angels, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, Romance, 3 Stars, Cynthia Hand, HarperTeen, 2013 Release, 2013 Read, Review
RATING: 3.00/5.00 | GOODREADS RATING: 4.18/5.00
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: 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.

MY THOUGHTS: I enjoyed the first two books in this series – didn’t love them, definitely didn’t hate them; so I guess I just plain liked them. I picked up the third book in the trilogy when I saw it at the library the last time I was there, since I hadn’t purchased either of the other two books (and didn’t need to purchase #3 to complete my set) I decided to grab it. 
I was immediately transported back to Wyoming, and into the life of Clara Gardner, her brother Jeffrey, her “aunt” Billy, her friend Angela, and her two love interests, Tucker Avery and Christian Prescott. I had remembered pretty much everything from Unearthly and Hallowed (Which is a miracle!) and what I had forgotten about was triggered when mentioned or referred to in Boundless.
I felt that this final installment in the series was slow paced, and a little boring at times. I remember in writing my review for Hallowed, saying how I felt that time went by too quickly. It did again in Boundless, each chapter sometimes being weeks or months in the future, yet still dealing with the actions of the previous chapter. I found that it felt a little disjointed to me. Also, the characters seemed to accomplish little in these large gaps of time. I think that the characters themselves remained true to who they were in the previous books, but each has grown and changed in their own ways – which I enjoyed reading about.
One thing that I absolutely hate when a series ends, is when it feels too “Happily Ever After” at the end. Sure, the characters suffered over the course of the three books, but I feel like when I closed Boundless, I was like, “Oh, okay. So that’s how it ends.” I wasn’t happy, or sad, I really didn’t feel anything. It just is what it is. Which kind of disappoints me just a bit. I love endings where you feel these crazy rush of emotions, but this one just didn’t do it for me. 
I believe that Hand has interesting concepts of angels, Hell, the hierarchy of the angels, and basically her  ideals of what the contrast between Heaven/Hell, God and Fallen Angels are. Religion is one of those topics for me that is so touchy and so easily boundaries can be overstepped and turn either preachy or overly-religious to just unbelievable. I think that Hand did a good job keeping a decent balance to where I think the book is enjoyable by those looking for the angel/religion theme and those that enjoy reading about Good/Evil and angels without the religious aspect, like me.
Overall, I think the series told a good story with likable characters and creative themes and ideas that added up to three decent books that I would definitely recommend for it’s enjoyment factor. It may not have wowed me, but I still enjoyed the ride.
SIMILAR READS: Everbound by Brodi Ashton | Asunder by Jodi Meadows | If I Should Die by Amy Plum | Shadows in the Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton | Goddess by Josephine Angelini
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Review {25} The Prince: A Selection Novella

AUTHOR: Kiera Cass
SERIES: The Selection #0.5 | OTHER BOOKS INTHE SERIES: The Selection #1; The Elite #2

PUBLISHED: March 5th 2013 by HarperTeen
ACQUIRED: Own
EDITION: ebook, 64 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Romance, 5 Star Rating, The Selection Series, HarperTeen Publishing, Review
RATING: 5.00/5.00 GOODREADS RATING: 4.02/5.00
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection…

Before Aspen broke America’s heart…


There was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life…


Don’t miss this thrilling 128-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass’s hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.


MY THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed this quick read because it let us get insight into Maxon’s life; his thoughts and feelings and relationship with not only his parents but the girls as well. It was great to see the scene where America freaks out at the beginning from Maxon’s POV. I think this was a great, quick read that gets the reader back into the Selection world, and ready for The Elite.

Happy Reading!
Laura

Save the Date {12} Boundless by Cynthia Hand

BOUNDLESS
AUTHOR: Cynthia Hand
SERIES: Unearthly #3 | Other Books in the Series: Unearthly | Hallowed
EDITION: Hardcover, 320 pages
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: January 22nd 2013 by HarperTeen
CATEGORIES: YA, Paranormal, Angels, Urban Fantasy
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: (Highlight over to read; didn’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read books 1 & 2) The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could have ever 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.

MY THOUGHTS: I enjoyed Unearthly, and REALLY like Hallowed, so I’m very curious to see how the series ends in the third installment of the trilogy.  There are still lots of unanswered questions and I can’t wait to see how they play out!

Happy Reading!