Thursday, January 31, 2013

Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand

Okay, so I have to give you a quick review of the novella Radiant Book 2.5 before I dive into the final book of the series.

Radiant (Unearthly #2.5)
This is a young adult paranormal romance novella (Rated R)
(Four Angelic Hearts)
Book Blurb
From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand comes a riveting original novella (available only as an ebook) set in the world of the Unearthly series.

Clara is desperate to get away—from the memories that haunt her in Wyoming and the visions of a future she isn't ready to face—and spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, Angela, should be the perfect escape. . . .

For as long as she can remember, Angela has been told that love is dangerous, that she must always guard her heart. But when she met a mysterious guy in Italy two years ago she was determined to be with him, no matter the costs. Now she must decide whether she can trust Clara with her secret, or if telling her the truth will risk everything she cares about.

Alternating between Angela and Clara's perspectives, Radiant chronicles the unforgettable summer that will test the bounds of their friendship and change their lives forever.
My Quick Review
Quick view. I’m not a big novella reader. However, there are times when things are learned that are important to a series. I think this is one of those times. Is it necessary to read to enjoy book three, probably not. But you learn so much about Angela that will impact book three. Although, I’ve read book three and they give you enough back story (but not much on the details) for a reader to understand and not read 2.5. However, you won’t get the juicy details. So read this novella.

Now here is my review of Boundless....

Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand
This is a young adult paranormal romance novel (Rated PG-13)
(Three and a Half Angelic Hearts)
Book 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.

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.
My Review
Okay, let’s start with the good. This author has such an imagination. I don’t think I had any plot hole problems or with the world building and story itself.
The problem I had is how she told the story. Ugh. Throughout this series with the exception of the novella, I feel as though the author give us brief moments in time, like flashbacks. Here’s the problem. We get a thirty second view of a conversation that will only show us what the author wants to see. We don’t get the whole two minute conversation. Oh, no, then we might make up our own mind about a character. What’s worse, a chapter or two later, part of that two minute conversation that we didn’t get becomes important enough for the author to TELL us about in the form of summary. Okay, so maybe the author didn’t want to give something away. For me, it was annoying. All we get are bit of flashes geared towards guiding us down a path the author wants. I just didn’t feel like I could make my own mind up about the characters. We didn’t get enough to learn much to make a fair decision.
Example. And I hope I’m not SPOILING anything for anyone. But Book One was the Tucker story. Book Two was the Christian story. And to be honest, Book Three was also geared towards one boy. IDK.
Here is my other problem with the series as a whole. This series tries to be the opposite of every story out there that has human girl with inhuman guy who tries to stay away from her for her own good. And that plotline gets old. This is just the reverse and doesn’t change that it gets old. It didn’t bother me so much until book three.
In the end, it didn’t matter who she chose in the love triangle. One guy was left without the girl. And I couldn’t help but be very sad about that.
Audio Review
Samantha Quan did a wonderful job with the story. Again, it’s important to me that the character’s voices be distinctive so that I don’t have to focus 100% on the book and I can multi-task. Objective accomplished.
My book boyfriend will always be Tucker. ( I may have used this pic before, but this guy screams Tucker to me.)
And Phen....
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