Boundless by Cynthia HandBoundless by Cynthia Hand


byCynthia Hand

Paperback | December 23, 2013

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Described as "utterly captivating" by Richelle Mead and as "enchanting and exciting, romantic and believable" by Melissa Marr, the New York Times bestselling Unearthly series has dazzled readers and critics alike. In this riveting finale, Cynthia Hand explores the timeless question of whether it is better to follow the rules or your heart. This incandescent paranormal romance will win the hearts of fans of Becca Fitzpatrick, Andrea Cremer, and Cassandra Clare.

The past few years held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner ever could have anticipated. Now, with the fallen angel who attacked her watching her every move and the threat of Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny—a destiny that includes Christian Prescott by her side. But in order to complete her purpose, Clara must first find a way to give up the thing she wants most . . . a future with the boy she loves, Tucker Avery.

Cynthia Hand is theNew York Timesbestselling author of the Unearthly trilogy. A native of southeastern Idaho, she has graduate degrees in creative writing from Boise State University and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. For the past seven years she has taught writing at Pepperdine University in Southern California. She and her famil...
Title:BoundlessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:December 23, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061996211

ISBN - 13:9780061996214


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have been worse? I have mixed feelings. This finale is far superior than its previous instalment, in terms of plot and characterization, but it was also disappointing. I liked the college setting. There aren't a lot of YA books that take place during college. Usually a book ends with a character receiving their acceptance letter so you rarely experience a character on campus, in lecture, at parties, etc. But I felt like this setting was wasted. Stanford is a very old and large school so it could have created a fantastic backdrop for an angel/fallen angel battle. Instead the characters kept returning to Wyoming, specifically Tucker's barn and the Pink Garter theatre, that we've seen enough times in the other two books. Samjeeza was the big baddie throughout the entire series. Even though he was more mopey than threatening in the second book, you see him as the villain. That's why it was so jarring to see him as a somewhat ally in Boundless and the villain role went to his brother, Asrael. We got to know Samjeeza for two books and now we have to be afraid of this random guy? Why? Because he's apparently evil? A huge problem I had with this book was that the bad guys - for all the warnings that they were pure evil and cruel - weren't scary. The love triangle also weighed down this story. I love Tucker. I prefer him over Christian. So even though I'm glad Clara chose Tucker in the end, the book never established a good reason to justify it besides "oh but she loves him." Tucker has fewer and fewer appearances/dialogue in each book yet there are CHAPTERS dedicated to how Clara and Christian have such a strong connection. How they calm each other. Understand each other. Make each other stronger (literally and figuratively). I felt like Cynthia Hand wanted us to fall in love with Christian only to have Clara pick Tucker in the end. And I understand men and women can be just friends but they way that Clara and Christian's relationship was written was certainly not platonic by any means. Oh, and I almost forgot the straw feminism in the book. Clara kept mentioning how it wasn't "modern lib woman" of her to constantly thinking of the Christian/Tucker dilemma. It's sad that I have to say that loving a man is okay. Wanting to be in a relationship with a man is okay. Thinking of a man is okay. This does not detract from your feminism. Another example of how poorly feminism is portrayed in YA books. Spoiler alert but the last 75-ish pages were incredibly cheesy. The scene where Clara reunites with her mom during the 1980s was awkwardly placed. Even if it held significance later on with Samjeeza, I feel like there were other ways to do it that didn't involve meeting up with a younger version of your dead mom.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from didnt like the ending unpredictable but not satisfying
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Boundless Nothing exciting really happens in this book. It is kind of a bridge book that is building up what will happen next. Do not like the love triangle at all. Why do I feel like she is not going to end up with the guy that I prefer? :( However, there are quite a few surprises in this book. The secrets her mom is keeping from her finally all came out at the end of the book. So you do get to learn more about Clara.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Really good ending to the series, enjoyed it to whole time.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Boundless 100% better than Hush Hush
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow New it would end well for tuck and carrots
Date published: 2013-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Such a brilliant ending to a great series
Date published: 2013-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :-) Such a great ending to a wonderful series!
Date published: 2013-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional & Heart-stopping Finish to the Unearthly Trilogy Cynthia Hand's Unearthly series is one of my favourites featuring angels, and the wait for Boundless has felt ever so long to learn what would happen to Clara next. When my fingers brushed the first few pages of the novel, they shook with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Would the book live up to my high expectations? I sure hoped so. Clara wants to lead a normal life and attend Stanford University like a typical student, but she knows she can't ignore her angelic responsibilities. She's really come a long way since Unearthly, from fighting her destiny in the past to rising to the challenge and preparing herself to meet it head-on. Joining her in California are her angel-blood friends Angela and Christian, who would do absolutely anything for Clara. Christian's feelings go beyond friendship for her, but he understands that even months after Clara broke up with Tucker to protect him from danger, she still can't forget about him. I was completely surprised by the direction Angela's storyline took in the novel, but I found it so intriguing how it was somehow connected to Clara and Christian's terrifying visions. Cynthia Hand has left so many signs and clues in the first two books, and the greater picture is finally revealed in Boundless. The Black Wings must be stopped and they're already stretching their influence to someone very close to Clara... Honestly, when I finished reading Boundless, I wanted to hurl the book at a wall and break down in tears. No matter what the outcome, I'm sure I would have been emotional because this is the final book and I've always kept these characters so close to my heart... but the ending was much more on the bittersweet side than leaving me with feelings of joy. I loved everything about Boundless except the last chapter or so, which I'm denying ever occurred and changing in my head. Depending if you're Team Christian or Team Tucker, you may or may not feel the same way as me. When you conclude a series, sometimes you like the ending, and sometimes you don't, but it's the author's decision and I respect that. If anything, the intensity of my feelings are a credit to Cynthia Hand's amazing writing because she writes such compelling characters that you sincerely care about and hope for the best possible outcome. Without a doubt, Cynthia Hand's Boundless is a heart-stopping conclusion to the Unearthly trilogy. You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2013-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good ending to the series First i want to say that I'm going to miss the series and I loved the plot in this but i wish we could have saw more of tucker in the end. I loved the ending the way Cynthia Hand tied the whole series together and make everything come to an ending. I liked the new characters but they had a very brief role and I liked the plot and events to the story. I think the speed of the plot was good but could have been better. I really liked it overall though and I'm sad to see the series go. :D
Date published: 2013-02-05

Editorial Reviews

A divine supernatural romance.