December 11, 2014

Review: Boundary

Boundary by Heather Terrell
Grade: C+
Release date: December 2nd, 2014
This e-galley was provided by Soho Teen and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: After surviving the Hunger Games-like Testing, Eva becomes the Aerie’s first female Archon. The second installment of the Books of Eva continue the harrowing struggle between past and present, Aerie and Boundary.

Eva is the first Maiden in Aerie history to train as an Archon: a sacred leader of the New North. All eyes are watching as she prepares to uncover the Relics of the evil past. Wounds remain: both from the harrowing Testing and the murder of her brother, Eamon. But she has learned to feign grace. And although she is betrothed to Jasper, she carries a secret. Lukas, a Boundary dweller and former servant, still visits her in the dead of night. And he alone may know who killed her twin brother.

Her feelings for Lukas are forbidden. Even more troubling is his conviction that she is the Angakkuq, a mystical figure destined to destroy the Aerie. Eva tries to focus on finding Eamon’s killer, but on her very first Archon expedition, she uncovers the Genesis: the legendary ship that brought the Founders to the New North. What they find in the Genesis upsets the fragile balance between the Aerie and the Boundary, and threatens to destroy their entire civilization. Eva’s world is shattered, but she may be the only one who can—as both Archon and Angakkuq—prevent a war that would take everything from her.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Y'all know how much I enjoyed Relic, right? (Well, if you don't, here's my review.) Well, unfortunately, Boundary didn't quite live up to its predecessor, and here's why.
This book is short, and I felt like a great deal of it wasn't fast-paced enough. The romance seemed under-developed, and the climax was too brief and resolved too quickly. I was never really worried for Eva, and I think we should worry if a protagonist is going to make it out alive or not. Also, I felt like Eva's voice sounded awfully young in this book and there was a bit too much telling going on instead of showing. 
There's a bit more language (only a few words) and violence than in the last book.

The Verdict: Uggghhhhhh. I wanted to love Boundary so much and I was extremely excited when I was approved to review it. It's definitely worth the read, but know that it felt very bare and lacking.

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