Unearthly #3: Boundless – Cynthia Hand

Boundless

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Author: Cynthia Hand

Length: 434 pages

“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.”

★ ★  ★ STARS

Warning. Spoilers Ahead. 


Aw man, the ending of this book really got to me again, just like the ending of Hallowed. I’m not sure how many more times I’m able to read about saying goodbye to their loved ones without crying all over myself. 

I very much enjoyed this book and I feel like the ending was really a perfect way to wrap up this trilogy. It felt very bittersweet, especially because of what happens between Clara and Christian, but I do feel like it was inevitable, either for Christian or Tucker, and also I am also optimistic about what the future for them holds (as friends). Knowing Christian, he will definitely find a way to forgive Clara and move on. 

Probably the most shocking thing that happened in my opinion was Angela’s pregnancy. I literally could not believe it when she told Clara she was pregnant. Um…what?! She was definitely the last person I expected to end up having a baby, but wow. 

What I also really loved about the ending was Jeffrey and his escape from hell. That was quite shocking to me, but I suppose looking back it wasn’t completely surprising that that would have ended up happening to him. I am still quite curious as to what his purpose is, though, since we never really got to learn about that. I definitely hope that he ends up choosing the side of good (again) and manages to stick on the straight and narrow.

That epilogue though, was just so sweet. I am incredibly happy that Clara and Tucker managed to find their happy ending together. And speaking of that, Tucker a prophet? I am actually pretty disappointed that there won’t be any more sequels where we get to see Tucker learning how to cope with his new abilities or powers or whatever. 

What I also really wished for was more of a rounded off ending for Sam. I know that he probably won’t ever end up being “good” again or whatever (unless Clara manages to stab him with her glory sword) but I would have liked a bit more of a closed ending for him. He was probably one of the most interesting and complex characters of the trilogy and I do wish that he could have found peace again. 

Overall, I did really enjoy this series. It’s not one of my favorite series of all time, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. I think book 2 was definitely my favorite of the three. 🙂 

Unearthly #2: Hallowed – Cynthia Hand

Hallowed

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Author: Cynthia Hand

Length: 403 pages

“For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought.


Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning”

4 ¼ STARS  ★ ★


Spoilers ahead


Oh wow. I think the ending of this book definitely falls under the top five books that have made me bawl at the end of them. I literally sat there with tears in my eyes for minutes after finishing this book

I also have a lot of mixed feelings about everything in this book at the moment. Obviously I love Clara with Tucker and I think the two of them are absolutely adorable together, but I’m starting to also really ship her with Christian. I also think that considering everything – especially all of the angelic issues, and her powers and whatnot – Christians seems like the reasonable and safe choice. But then again, love is not meant to be safe, is it? 

To be honest though, love-triangles aside, I was way too focused on Maggie reaching her 120th year than any romance issues that might have been going on. And while I have read a lot of books where people die – even very important or main character – I feel like Maggie’s death just hit me harder because we knew that it was going to happen quite early on and it felt like you were mourning her death throughout most of the book, and the sadness just happened to climax when she actually passed away. I also just could not, for the life of me, believe that she was actually going to die. 

What I also just did not understand was why was Jeffrey’s purpose to set that fire and save Tucker? What possible good was supposed to come out of that? I mean, if Jeffrey never had to start that fire, then Tucker would never have needed saving, right?

I am incredibly interested to see what is going to happen in the third and final book, especially in regards to Clara’s relationship with both Christian and Tucker. I also really hope we get to see her going to Stanford, because I absolutely love her relationship with Angela. What I’m also really hoping for is for Clara to be able to see her mom again, or that she’ll be able to travel to heaven sometime. But maybe that’s just stretching it. I’m curious to see what will happen to Samjeeza and whether Clara might have to work together with him on something. 

I guess we’ll see!


Unearthly #1: Unearthly – Cynthia Hand

Unearthly 

Author: Cynthia Hand

Length: 435 pages


“In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.”

★ ★  ★ STARS



Spoilers ahead

Clara and Tucker are just to die for cute *squeal*! That was basically my reaction when I finished this book. 

I absolutely love Cynthia Hand’s writing style! This was my first book that I read of hers and I was incredibly surprised. 

I honestly could not believe it when it turned out that Tucker and Clara were falling for one another. I mean, I can’t seriously be the only one who thought that the two of them would basically be constant enemies? But boy was I happy when they got together. 

This was the first book about angels that I have read before. I mean, The Mortal Instruments obviously also has angels in it, but this was very different and I really loved the perspective it gave us on what kind of creatures angels are. 

I am still completely at a loss for words on what happened at the end of the book, with Christian also being angel-blooded and the fact that he HAD THE SAME PURPOSE AS HER (???). Goodness, that really shocked me. 

That aside though, I did feel like the ending was just a tiny bit cliché, with Clara flying off to save Tucker instead of Christian, but it didn’t really bother me one bit to be honest (probably cause they’re just so darn cute together!). 

I am incredibly intrigued though by Clara’s mom, and what exactly her backstory is. If I’m to take a guess at what she’s hiding, I’m going to guess that maybe her purpose didn’t work out either, and she suffered serious repercussions? (Maybe something that led her to meet that fallen angel?). 

The only thing that kind of bothered me was this (and I seriously hope I won’t get any backlash for saying this): as a Christian myself who strongly believes in a loving God who grants everyone free will, I don’t really like the book “trope” where God and a “divine destiny” (if you will) gets pitted against someone’s wish to love someone (or someone else). I strongly believe that we are all free to love who we want to and just generally portraying God as someone who will punish someone for loving someone is – even though it’s something fine to use in books and movies and whatnot as a plot device – an inaccurate representation of the Divine and might mislead people into believing something about God that isn’t true.

(Ok, enough religious ranting, LOL )

What I also really appreciated about this book were the friendships. I absolutely loved Clara’s relationship with Angela and Wendy and it was really interesting to compare the two of them. I wonder whether Wendy will soon be in the know about what Clara is (considering Tucker knows everything now) and whether Wendy and Angela will ever really become good friends. I also really loved Angela and how they her mom owned that theater. 

And I am also insanely curious as to why Angela’s wings are pure white. I mean, is there something going on that we don’t know about?? (I mean, probably, this is a trilogy after all)