The Boundless by Anna Bright
Release date: June 9, 2020
An e-galley was provided by HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: When Selah found true love with Prince Torden of Norway, she never imagined she’d have to leave him behind. All because the Beholder’s true mission was a secret Selah’s crew didn’t trust her to keep: transporting weapons to the rebels fighting against the brutal tsarytsya, whose shadow looms over their next port of Shvartsval’d. A place Selah hoped she’d never go.
But gone is the girl who departed Potomac filled with fear. With a stockpile of weapons belowdecks and her heart hanging in the balance, Selah is determined to see the Beholder’s quest to its end.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Beholder was ridiculously swoon-worthy (Torden is amazing) and adventurous, and The Boundless expounds upon that. There's a lot of tension between Selah and her ship's captain. There's also plenty of intrigue and danger, so this isn't just a romance. Anna Bright includes more fairytale retelling details and allusions, but she gives them her own twist and some are plenty creepy.
I thought the ending was interesting. It was better than I expected from most YA books that have you anticipating marriage the whole time. At the same time, it didn't quite satisfy me. I did appreciate the layers given to even the villains, and that Selah had female friends to support her.
Content warnings: violence, misogyny
The Verdict: Is this the most groundbreaking YA ever? No. But it's compulsively readable and enjoyable.
Will I be adding this book to my library?: Yup.