Released: January 22, 2013
Source: Library copy
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Note: This is the final book in a trilogy. If you haven’t read the previous two books (Unearthly & Hallowed), I would suggest that you stop reading now.
Now to the review. Oh my gosh, you guys. I don’t know what to say about this book. I’ve been putting off reading it for quite a long time because I was in denial that the series had ended. Like I’ve said before, I don’t read series (knowingly) very often, but when I do like a series enough to complete it, I absolutely HATE reading the final book. I don’t want to say goodbye to the characters I’ve fallen in love with! But alas, all good things must come to an end eventually.
Boundless was everything I thought it would be and more. It had been a while since I read the previous book in the series, so I couldn’t totally remember what had happened in last book, but Hand does a great job of catching the reader up without making it seem like an info dump. I did think the first half or so dragged a little because there was so much “preparation” going on, but once I hit the halfway point, I read straight on until I finished.
I’m not usually a fan of the lead character in paranormal/fantasy/dystopian stories because I find it difficult to relate ie. they seem so much braver and powerful than I will ever be, but I’m very fond of Clara, especially in this book. She continues to grow both as an angel and as a person, and I think her courage shone at the end of the book. She’s definitely a teen/college student and has her moments like we all do, but to me that’s even more endearing. Despite the fact that she’s an angel and has a life that I will never experience, I found her to be relatable and real. If I’m reading something outside of contemporary/realistic fiction, I need the characters to still feel like real people, and I think Hand was very successful at accomplishing this.
One thing I wasn’t expecting at all was there was a lot greater stress on action and saving the world basically than romance. There were some moments with a lot of feels, but it was much more toned down. I’m kind of disappointed because I really enjoyed the romance in the past two books, but I understand that sometimes there are more pressing things in life than boys (unfortunately). So while this story is sadly lacking in the fiery hot romance I was looking forward to, we get to see A LOT of angel action, which was totally awesome. I think back to the days when I thought angels were dumb aka last year, and scoff because I would love to live in Clara’s world. The balance between good and evil and the line one must always watch out for is fascinating to me.
As sad as I was to say goodbye to this series, I will say that Boundless has one hell of an ending. It’s very far from what I predicted, but everything ultimately works out and I did have the warm and fuzzies after closing the book. If you’ve yet to finish this series, I would highly recommend bumping it up on your TBR. This book was fantastic!
Rating: 5/5 stars