Published: January 22, 2013
HarperTeen, hardcover, 448pgs
GoodReads Summary: 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.Note: my first review got destroyed by Blogger somehow, after I already scheduled it. It just disappeared. So I'm going to try and piece my thoughts together from that lengthy review into a new one. Sigh.
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 fulfil 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.
It really says something about an author when I able to complete a series after waiting a full year in between releases. I'm an instant gratification kind of girl, and it takes a lot for me to keep on reading after a year of over 100 books in between to muddy my memory of Hallowed's happenings. Especially because I'm not big on re-reading. It says something about a book's impact when everything comes flooding back into my mind and heart after only a few pages. Did it really ever leave? I don't think so. You don't just forget a story like Clara's. And Christian's. And Tucker's.
In a world saturated with angel love stories, Cynthia Hand is the golden girl. She has created a world with characters I love so much. Not only that, but she created a love triangle that I honestly supported. I didn't even have a preference (I had a slight preference. But very slight.) in who Clara chose. In fact, in my mind, they would've all been very happy together. Hey, Clara's in college now. It's experimentation time! Alas, Clara did make her choice. And I was kept guessing until the furthest reaches of the end as far as who it'd be. I'm happy. I'm content. It's perfect.
Boundless supplied me with a wealth of experiences throughout, including, but not limited to:
- ANGRY EYES
- more sobs
- gut-wrenching reunions
- heightened fear of Hell (because she takes us there. And it's terrifying.)
- and finally, warm, happy, emptiness... BECAUSE IT'S NO MORE
I know the majority of the epilogues out there are stupid and sappy. Boundless has a sappy one and it's SO GOOD. But I felt like it was one last chance to mentally hug Clara, Christian, and Tucker. And it was Cynthia Hand's final infiltration of my tear ducts. I HAVE NONE LEFT, CYNTHIA. What more can I give?!
It was worth it. I lived a whole other life reading the Unearthly series. And I miss these characters already.