Fri, January 18, 2013

Boundless by Cynthia Hand Review & Guest Post

Check below for my review of Boundless. Spoiler alert: It rocks. But first: The lovely Cynthia Hand shares her Boundless inspiration board. So cool! Having read the book…it’s awesome to see how this matches up with what I visualized. xoxo, Anna


Cynthia Hand’s BOUNDLESS research board

Part 1—Stanford
This part of my board represents Clara and her new life at Stanford, all laid out on a map of the Stanford Campus. All the important places on the map are highlighted.


And the pictures are places where Clara has encounters.

From the top right:


This is one of the walkways on campus. Notice the purple and tan stones that Angela first noticed in her vision, the archways, and the palm trees in the background.


The hallway of Clara’s dorm, Roble Hall.

In that group of photos in also the entrance to the dining hall and the inside of the dining hall, and a picture of the Stanford Band Run, which is where Clara has a major revelation about her life early on in the book. That’s the Stanford Mascot—the big pine tree.


In the top left is a picture of the front of Stanford Memorial Church, which is a big deal in the book, where Clara, Angela, and Christian all receive visions regarding their future. The church actually does have something called a labyrinth, a pattern on the floor that is meant to help you mediate and connect with God as you walk it. Just below the picture of the church is one of the frescoes in the corner of the archways, of the archangel Michael.

Just down from that is a picture of Frances Bean Cobain, who has always been a fairly accurate representation, in my mind, of Angela. We’ll have more on the Angela part of the board on another post…

Skipping down from Angela you see a glimpse of the peak at Buzzard’s Roost (which we’ll get to in another post, too) and then the inside of Memorial Church (what the students and Clara calls MemChu)


Then at the bottom we have a shot of the outside of Clara’s dorm, Roble Hall:


See all the bikes? Stanford has LOTS of bikes—since it’s such a big campus it’s the easiest, fastest way for the students to get around. Near the beginning of the book, Clara’s dad gives her a beautiful blue Schwinn. See later in the tour for a special deleted scene featuring Clara and Christian riding bicycles…

Then there’s my postcard identifying all of the peaks of the Grand Teton mountains (the Jackson part of my research board is on the bottom—more of that later, too).

Then if we go up from the Tetons we get this lovely pic of Christian (or a close approximation of him):


Sigh. Drink it in, ladies.

And finally, this pic of where Christian takes Clara when they go on their official “date.” Tell me you wouldn’t want to walk along the sand in the moonlight there.


Stay turned in the tour for more of my research board! Happy reading!

For more information on the Boundless tour, click here. For the next stop, check out Reading Teen tomorrow!

Anna’s Thoughts

Boundless book cover

By Cynthia Hand
Publication date: Jan. 22, 2013
HarperTeen, 448 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— description

I’ve loved every bit of this trilogy, from Unearthly to Hallowed and now all the way through Boundless. I’ve always admired the way Cynthia Hand has written not just “an angel book” but a book that sweeps you away, makes you think more about the characters and their feelings and their tribulations rather than the supernaturalness of it all.

Before I picked up Boundless I reread the last half of Unearthly as a refresher. I remember crying the first time around…but you guys, it really hit me the second time. (UNEARTHLY SPOILERS IN THE REST OF THIS PARAGRAPH!) Since I first read the book, I lost my father-in-law to a devastating illness. Clara’s last moments with her mom, the family’s time at her deathbed were all too real and raw to me. I thought it was beautifully written, and it really touched me.


Okay, back to Boundless. Team Tucker or Team Christian in the end, that’s all you want to know, right? Well, pshh, I’m not gonna say, but I will say this: Cynthia kept me guessing till the very very end, which was frustrating as all get out, but I felt very satisfied by the last page. Ooh, I’m a tease. Love this series, love love love. And thank you Cynthia for being on my blog today!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: Aww, look it’s me and Cynthia!


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  1. Lori said:

    I love love love this series too! I was so happy with the way it ended!


    Posted on: Fri, January 18, 2013

  2. Mundie Moms said:

    I LOVE this! Thank you for being on the tour!


    Posted on: Fri, January 18, 2013

  3. Wendy Darling said:

    Aw, I love this look at Clara’s world! All the photographs are great, they give us such a great visual of those scenes in the book.

    And, um, I wouldn’t turn down a moonlit walk in the sand with Christian either. 😉


    Posted on: Fri, January 18, 2013

  4. Rising said:

    OH MY Christian 😮


    Posted on: Fri, January 18, 2013

  5. Becca said:

    Can’t wait to read this one! The ending of the last one made me cry. And I’m sorry but I like Christian but I LOVE Tucker. That is all.


    Posted on: Fri, January 18, 2013

  6. Boundless Blog Tour: Cynthia’s Boundless Board Part II said:

    […] Today we are feature a guest post from Boundless author Cynthia Hand- and it’s a great one. She’s giving us an inside look at her process and sharing her research board with us! Since we are part II, make sure you check out part I at Anna Reads! […]

    Posted on: Fri, January 18, 2013

  7. Boundless Blog Tour: Cynthia’s Boundless Board Part II said:

    […] Today we are feature a guest post from Boundless author Cynthia Hand- and it’s a great one. She’s giving us an inside look at her process and sharing her research board with us! Since we are part II, make sure you check out part I at Anna Reads! […]

    Posted on: Fri, January 18, 2013

  8. Alyssa said:

    Who is the person pictured as Christian?!


    Posted on: Fri, January 18, 2013

  9. 台灣賓果 said:

    This design is steller! You certainly know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!


    Posted on: Fri, January 18, 2013

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