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This breathtaking sequel to The Beholder will take you on a journey into a darkly sparkling fairy tale, perfect for fans of The Selection and Caraval. 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 t This breathtaking sequel to The Beholder will take you on a journey into a darkly sparkling fairy tale, perfect for fans of The Selection and Caraval. 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.


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This breathtaking sequel to The Beholder will take you on a journey into a darkly sparkling fairy tale, perfect for fans of The Selection and Caraval. 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 t This breathtaking sequel to The Beholder will take you on a journey into a darkly sparkling fairy tale, perfect for fans of The Selection and Caraval. 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.

30 review for The Boundless

  1. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    Bright’s writing is so beautifully done and I love it so much! My main complaint was how the MC felt fickle again over love, and I wish that would have ended after book 1. However, the world building is gorgeous.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Scrill

    Thank you HarperCollins for the ARC!!! As much as I loved Torden...I want to know who is next! I need her to be more fierce too!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ♠ Tabi ♠

    if she flip flops between more guys and doesn't go back to the interesting possibilities between the Thor/Loki vibes of Torden and Alexsei I'm going to be most disappointed FRICK LOOK AT THAT COVER AHAHAHA

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anna Bright

    UPDATE: I have updated the page references in the content warning to correspond with the final copy of the book. Any errors here are mine. Happy (and safe) reading.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary-Faith

    I doubt I will be able to function until I have this book in my hands.

  6. 4 out of 5

    AJ

    ”I already know where my journey ends. It leads me home, to you.” Thank you to the publishers and Edelweiss for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Let me start by saying that this book was definitely a step up from the first one. The storyline was interesting from the start and I loved the action and intensity of it! I think my only complaint about this one is how Selah treats Lang. I feel like she’s constantly leading him on and I feel bad for him. I just wish she would’ve ”I already know where my journey ends. It leads me home, to you.” Thank you to the publishers and Edelweiss for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Let me start by saying that this book was definitely a step up from the first one. The storyline was interesting from the start and I loved the action and intensity of it! I think my only complaint about this one is how Selah treats Lang. I feel like she’s constantly leading him on and I feel bad for him. I just wish she would’ve stopped being so crazy for “warmth and longing” and realized that she’s toying with other people’s feelings. *sighhh* Eh, sorry if I’m a sucker but I think I’m at my limit for “love triangles” for awhile. Hahaa Alexei was amazing in this story as per usual and honestly, I loved everyone! New and old characters had me rooting for them until the very end. I enjoyed this book and I recommend you all read it as soon as it’s released! 4/5 🌟’s

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I enjoyed the first book, and I enjoyed the sequel. I'm guessing for most readers, that'll be the case. Having said that, I can't imagine starting with this one without having read the first - I think it would significantly diminish the experience. I found the pages turned much more quickly in the first book, although the pace picked up for me towards the end. Frankly, in this one, I enjoyed the last 100 pages significantly more than the first 100 pages, but everyone reads for different reasons a I enjoyed the first book, and I enjoyed the sequel. I'm guessing for most readers, that'll be the case. Having said that, I can't imagine starting with this one without having read the first - I think it would significantly diminish the experience. I found the pages turned much more quickly in the first book, although the pace picked up for me towards the end. Frankly, in this one, I enjoyed the last 100 pages significantly more than the first 100 pages, but everyone reads for different reasons and, of course, brings different biases and preferences to the table. (But more on that below.) - - - Some (recurring) thoughts from Book 1 to Book 2: I feel a little badly shelving this under sci-fi and fantasy, but that's where I tend to stick stuff like Gaiman's Norse Mythology or Joyce Graham's take on various fairy tales, so I'm not going to apologize for doing so. Full disclosure: the teen, coming-of-age romance and insecurity and ... oh, it's so hard to choose between the boys ... angles don't really speak to me, but, again, I'm not (nor anywhere close to) the target reader/audience. I'd recommend this to teen readers (with open minds and vivid imaginations) without hesitation!

  8. 5 out of 5

    JenacideByBibliophile

    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, HarperTeen, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review. Opinion: Assuming you read my review of The Beholder (book 1), you will have quickly realized how much I was LIVING and BREATHING for this world. The messy romances, the adventure, court politics and gowns, propriety, sensibility, duty, folklore and fairy tales… …AMAZING! But when I was knee-deep in The Boundless and sloshing around in enemy territory with a very odd tension/competition dynamic, a Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, HarperTeen, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review. Opinion: Assuming you read my review of The Beholder (book 1), you will have quickly realized how much I was LIVING and BREATHING for this world. The messy romances, the adventure, court politics and gowns, propriety, sensibility, duty, folklore and fairy tales… …AMAZING! But when I was knee-deep in The Boundless and sloshing around in enemy territory with a very odd tension/competition dynamic, and a heroine that seems to have blossomed into a badass over night, I was just a bit… …well… Le sigh. After being rushed out of Norway and back onto The Beholder, Selah and the crew are forced to continue the tour to find Selah a husband. But the next stop on the list is the one place they have all been dreading since they embarked on their journey – Shvartsval’d. Within the territories of the Imperiya Yotne and the feared tsarytsya, whom they refer to as Baba Yaga, dangers are lurking around every corner and their moves are closely monitored. The crew plans to get in and get out as quickly as possible, but with Lang having trouble contacting the rebels to unload their weapons, Selah must take matters into her own hands. But even after having to leave the boy she fell in love with, and a confusing romantic spark growing, Selah knows that one wrong move could bring her entire world crumbling down. This wasn’t horrible by any means, but it was just a little too dull and I was rolling my eyes a liiiiiittle too much. The intense and emotional roller coaster I was on in The Beholder didn’t cross over into The Boundless, by any means. In the first book, I had practically ever other sentence highlighted, I was overwhelmed with feelings and dazzled by the constant misleading directions the author threw me into. I was smiling like an idiot one moment, squealing like a schoolgirl the next, and gasping like a nun at the sheer audacity and turmoil ensuing. But with The Boundless, I was left feeling like the author missed the mark. In comparison with book one, these are pretty different books. The Beholder focused on the Selah’s stepmother shipping her off to various countries and eligible Prince’s, so it was very much a Bachelorette styled story that felt like The Selection series, with pirate-like vibes. There was court politics, wooing, and romance. But in The Boundless, the story shifts focus more towards the rebellion and the Imperiya Yotne – the “bad guys” of this tale. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a rebellion series and the shift in the focus isn’t what is irking me about this installment. It’s that the shift between YA Romance to YA Fantasy-Rebellion-Badass Female Lead felt…bumpy? In book one, Selah is SO new to being courted. She had only one crush her entire life, and she had never even kissed the guy. So obviously our girl is shy, awkward, innocent and sort of fumbling through what is expected of her. She has no idea what she’s doing, is too trusting of those around her, and seems to just rush headfirst into every emotional situation. So when we get to The Boundless, it’s like she suddenly just figured everything out and is now wholly confident, strong, brash, forceful and a master schemer? I know, I know. “Those experiences helped her unlock her potential.” Maybe so, but the transition just didn’t feel organic, and I think it’s because there wasn’t enough focus on building Selah’s character. These books are LONG and there is a lot that happens, but what I was really needing was some extra attention put towards molding Selah so that we, the readers, could actually form a strong connection with her. After reading book 1, I didn’t completely love Selah but I felt like I had a good understanding of who she was. But now? I can’t really stand her. Her strength felt forced, her wit and quick-thinking seem to have appeared out of nowhere, and she suddenly knows how to put her emotional entanglements aside and focus on taking a dictator down? Her “I’ll do it myself” attitude wasn’t consistent with who the author had been writing about. In one instance Selah just takes charge and says she doesn’t need anyone. But then she is always waiting to be saved. Waiting for “you know who” to come and save her. Well, which is it? Are you wanting to be saved, or are you doing your own saving? And speaking of emotional entanglements… Wtf was going on with that weird little almost, but not quite, love triangle? I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’m going to keep the details on the DL, but I will say this: it felt like the author was trying to emulate a Bella-Edward-Jacob situation, but the execution was just weird and left my face all scrunched up and stuck in a state of annoyed confusion. There was no connection between Selah and “he who must not be named“. In The Beholder, I was hardcore panicking about them getting together, especially after I fell in drooly love with the “you know who” guy. But the fear of it going the way I didn’t want was exciting, and he had an allure and bad-boy/NAGC/mystery sort of aura about him. But in The Boundless, I just wanted to smack him. Their relationship got competitive and made even less sense than before, and I was hating every second of it. He was NOT a desirable character in this sequel, and I found their banter and interactions totally strange. THANKFULLY, things turned out how I hoped. But even so, those romantic reunions were so anti-climactic. I wanted to be punched in the face with emotion, not gently handed my wishes on a silver platter by a butler. Like c’mon, make me beg for it! Anyways. Once again the names of places and people’s names were confusing and I had a horrid time trying to connect things. I was hoping that was going to be ironed out in this sequel, but it wasn’t. But I am pleased with the book’s outcome and the added levels of intricacies that the author wove in. I just wish there would have been more of this type of plot in the first so that there could have been a seamless transition between the books, but even so, it works. One of my favorite aspects of this series has been the blending of this new fantasy story with a few other classic fairy tales. We had mentions of The Odyssey, similar elements to Cinderella, and the obvious comparison of Baba Yaga. In Boundless, we get a few extra tales as well. There are a few Little Red Riding Hood mentions, but my favorite was the ode to the The Twelve Dancing Princesses. This gave the story intrigue, mystery and a means to connect certain plot points. Overall, I liked it, but I definitely didn’t love The Boundless as much as I loved The Beholder. I was riding high on swoon clouds in book 1, and sitting in an even-paced horse and carriage in book two. It was a great story that had a ton of exciting adventure and turmoil happening, and even blended in some new fairy tales that readers will recognize. I guess I just wasn’t ready for the switch in story style, and was expecting a bit more focus and attention on the romance.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Last Book Marauder

    I don't know who is in charge of Anna Bright's covers, but they deserve a raise.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. This in no way impacted on my view. I sped through the first book in this series, The Beholder, and when the opportunity came up to be a part of the blog tour for it's sequel, The Boundless, I was overjoyed. The Boundless starts immediately after the ending of book 1, with Selah being separated from her fiancee, Torden, and furious with the secrets the crew of The Beholder had been keeping. As much as she wanted to stay away from I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. This in no way impacted on my view. I sped through the first book in this series, The Beholder, and when the opportunity came up to be a part of the blog tour for it's sequel, The Boundless, I was overjoyed. The Boundless starts immediately after the ending of book 1, with Selah being separated from her fiancee, Torden, and furious with the secrets the crew of The Beholder had been keeping. As much as she wanted to stay away from the tsarytsya's control, she is sent into Shvartsval’d to court another prince. While there, she is involved in plotting and rebellion, and gets captured by the tsarytsya's army, and along with Cobie and Anya, is taken to the capital, and into servitude. Can they escape, or will they become another cautionary tale? I just loved this book! As much as I had enjoyed The Beholder, this was was a whole new being. Selah had grown so much since we first met her, and was no longer the shy and retiring girl, but rather was fierce and ready to take what she wanted in order to survive. This book is all about rebellion, from all sides, and it was fantastic how it was done. There were a few spanners thrown that I hadn't seen coming, but all of them were done in a way that was necessary, and needed to help tie up all loose ends before we ended. The tsarytsya was the perfect villain, and the banter, I guess, between her and Selah really made this book feel whole. Considering how big a role romance played in the previous book, it definitely took a seat this time around. Selah was missing Torden, understandably, so we had a bit of pining. There was a sub plot and sort of love triangle I was keen on, but it wasn't too big a deal - and probably could've been cut from the story and wouldn't have made much of a difference. I'm really impressed in how much more I loved this book to book 1 - and I liked that one a lot. Anna's storytelling have grown, and I can't wait to see her next foray!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review will also be available on *Milky Way of Books* The second book of the Beholder series was definitely a step up from the previous one. Instead of only having the main character on a quest to find her groom, now we had intensity, action and even some very interesting surprises. The strange mix of fairy tale characters and fantasy elements in these kingdoms was unique and Anna Bright's writing was amazing! My only (personal) I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review will also be available on *Milky Way of Books* The second book of the Beholder series was definitely a step up from the previous one. Instead of only having the main character on a quest to find her groom, now we had intensity, action and even some very interesting surprises. The strange mix of fairy tale characters and fantasy elements in these kingdoms was unique and Anna Bright's writing was amazing! My only (personal) complaint was that Selah once again felt like she was falling in and out of love easily over the course of the book and that she also led on a specific character who deserved all the hugs and the love in the world. Recommended its amazing worldbuilding and action!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Review: 3.5 Stars I have been looking forward to this sequel since the moment I finished The Beholder. I loved the first book in this duology, but it did feel unfinished and I really needed the second book. This second installment was great, but it also felt quite different than the first installment. The Beholder was a light hearted and fun read that reminded me a bit of The Selection, but The Boundless felt more serious You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Review: 3.5 Stars I have been looking forward to this sequel since the moment I finished The Beholder. I loved the first book in this duology, but it did feel unfinished and I really needed the second book. This second installment was great, but it also felt quite different than the first installment. The Beholder was a light hearted and fun read that reminded me a bit of The Selection, but The Boundless felt more serious and wasn't filled with as much romance. The plot was great. There was just so much that happened throughout the course of this novel. It was truly an adventure, but I did miss all the traveling and the suitors of book one. There were several fairy tale references and I really loved that aspect of this series. The two main tales included in this story were Baby Yaga and The 12 Dancing Princesses, which is my all time favorite fairy tale. I love Anna Bright's Use of fairy tales in this series, it's not exactly a retelling of any fairy tale, but she incorporates aspects of many fairy tales into one story and she does so brilliantly maintaining an original plot of her own. The characters that I grew to love in the first installment are back along with many new ones. I did wait a bit too long since reading the first book though, so I had a hard time remembering them all at first. I did grow to love Selah a lot more in this installment than the previous ones. All of the hard things she experienced in this book made her into a brave young woman who finally developed some leadership qualities. I wound up really loving Cobie throughout the course of this book, she is such a fierce and loyal character I couldn't help but love her. Unfortunately there were a few aspects that I didn't love. I missed the setting of Norge a lot. A huge part of the reason I loved The Beholder was because of Torden an Norge, reading about Norge made me so happy and in this book Torden was reduced to a cardboard cut out of his previously  boisterous personality. My other bit issue was with the world building, a lot of things didn't add up. There were carriages and radios, the time period seemed to jump all over the place with very litter consistency. I understand that the book is supposed to be an alternate history, but the world built in this book felt all over the place. The last thing that bothered me was the ending. The climax was lackluster and the ending chapters dragged on forever for me. There were so many things that I loved, but also many that bothered me. I really enjoyed the first two thirds of this book, but the last third really brough the story down to me. I was so pleased that Anna Bright included fairy tales into her plot and would love to see what else she writes, but I think I liked the first installment of this series the best. The Boundless is darker than the previous installment, but Selah is also more likable in this one. I would still recommend checking out this series though, especially if you enjoy fairy tales because it was a pretty fun and fast paced series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Caylynn

    "And why should we trust you?" Fritz asked. "We can trust her because she's tired of the same verdammt story-the one where a man in power makes a decision and a girl's fate is sealed." I am so GODDAMN tired of my favorite side characters NOT getting what they deserve. #JusticeforLang, because that poor captain deserved so much better than the shit that Selah and others constantly gave him. But that isn't even the worst thing about this sequel. The plot was all over the place. This definitely co "And why should we trust you?" Fritz asked. "We can trust her because she's tired of the same verdammt story-the one where a man in power makes a decision and a girl's fate is sealed." I am so GODDAMN tired of my favorite side characters NOT getting what they deserve. #JusticeforLang, because that poor captain deserved so much better than the shit that Selah and others constantly gave him. But that isn't even the worst thing about this sequel. The plot was all over the place. This definitely could have been split into two different books to form a trilogy. Instead of cramming Fritz-the third and apparently final suitor-into the first quarter of the novel along with the random 12 Dancing Princesses subplot and the crew's capture/sendoff to Baba Yaga's lands, the author should have extended this subplot along with introducing the briefly mentioned fourth suitor into a shorter sequel. Getting Selah embroiled more in the rebellion instead of shoving her where she has no idea what she's doing would have been a smarter idea than what actually happened. The third book could have then centered around the rebellion itself, because my GOD that part of this book was way too short. Selah and the others spent more time captured and wasting time as maids than they did actually fighting the Imperiya. I did appreciate Selah's character development, however. She went from a cowering teenager willing to leave her own country at the whims of her stepmother, to a woman ready to burn the enemy's tower down from the inside. The mirror reflected a girl I believed could walk into a room of resistance fighters and negotiate. A girl who could sit down with Gretel and her Waldleute and hold her weight on the other side of the table. I looked powerful. While she expressed bursts of stupidity and unnecessary anger-mostly towards my boy Lang-she overall became a strong leader and I wish we could have seen how she chose to rule Potomac. I don't know, guys. This was an okay sequel, but I don't think it'll be a conclusion worthy of remembrance. There were too many loopholes, twists, and random threads left hanging for me to give it anything more than three stars. Even though there were some brilliant scenes with gorgeous writing (cough *that scene in Lang's quarters with the sketches, UGH my heart *cough), AKA the scenes that get one star all to themselves, I can't claim this as a favorite. I do recommend reading this if you enjoyed The Beholder. It's a decent conclusion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    h i n d

    I'm VERY dissatisfied ?? and it's all my fault, more like, my expectations fault i waited so much for this sequel i anticipated so much and i didn't get what i wanted so much POTENTIAL wasted, the general direction of the story wasn't even close to what i wanted Ideally : - Lang would've been the love interest - we would have spent more time on the ship and finally got to really know the crew (you know, instead of this idiot spending her time alone because she's 'mad') - i expected the whole rebels t I'm VERY dissatisfied ?? and it's all my fault, more like, my expectations fault i waited so much for this sequel i anticipated so much and i didn't get what i wanted so much POTENTIAL wasted, the general direction of the story wasn't even close to what i wanted Ideally : - Lang would've been the love interest - we would have spent more time on the ship and finally got to really know the crew (you know, instead of this idiot spending her time alone because she's 'mad') - i expected the whole rebels thing to be more central so i didn't think it necessary for the whole of the second half to be dedicated to the 'palace' - you know, scheming, danger, adrenaline we got none of it ?? ugh also, Selah kinda got on my nerves at times is the ending too happy or am i just cynical? bruh i can't get over how disappointed i am

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jackie ϟ Bookseller

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The Beholder: ★★★★☆ The Boundless: ★★★★☆ "So what? Hearts healed. Stories twisted and turned for the better." In The Boundless, Selah continues her journey to court princes and find a match in order to return home. However, she also now knows that the ship on which she travels is sailed by rebels whose goal it is to supply the resistance against a cruel and distant ruler. Selah decides to help them by leaving the man she h ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The Beholder: ★★★★☆ The Boundless: ★★★★☆ "So what? Hearts healed. Stories twisted and turned for the better." In The Boundless, Selah continues her journey to court princes and find a match in order to return home. However, she also now knows that the ship on which she travels is sailed by rebels whose goal it is to supply the resistance against a cruel and distant ruler. Selah decides to help them by leaving the man she has fallen for so the rebels can use her courtship attempts as a cover to sail deeper into their enemy's lands. All goes well, at first. But soon, Selah finds herself far more tightly wrapped up in the plot than she ever expected to be. I enjoyed The Beholder, but it felt like a weird version of The Bachelorette taking place on the map of the Grishaverse. That description still holds, but unlike the first book in the duology which didn't get too "intense" until the very end, The Boundless took off almost immediately. Selah was much more likable in this installment, and Anna Bright should honestly get some kind of award for her ability to craft a character arc. Selah began this tale as a lamb, and ended it as a wolf. While the world still wasn't that original (the most original setting was Potomac, Selah's homeland, which we see very little of), I liked the continued sprinkling of re-tellings elsewhere: Camelot, Thor/Viking mythology, the 12 Dancing Princesses, and Baba Yaga all make appearances throughout the duology, which is something that didn't quite occur to me in the first book, but became easy to appreciate in this second half. Selah, obsessed with fairy tales but ready to "write her own story" in the first book, visited many other tales before finally following her own, and I appreciate that touch. This installment was more exciting, more romantic, and better written than the first, which leads me to recommend it to readers of the first book whether they liked that one or not. Honestly, this series was good for me at first, but it was great at the end. Twists galore, strong female characters in both hero and villain roles throughout, and a smart, well-written character leading the pack brought this story to a thrilling conclusion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Manon

    ARC provided by the publisher. It's rare for me to like a sequal as much as I loved the first book. Anna Bright managed it, though. I loved seeing Selah grow, how she grew into her own skin and became more confident. The world-building was exquisite, I really was absorbed in the magic of this book, and although it takes place on Earth, I really left it for a while whilst reading. Don't even get me started on the plot. Twists and turns were around every corner, and it was phe-no-me-nal. The ending wa ARC provided by the publisher. It's rare for me to like a sequal as much as I loved the first book. Anna Bright managed it, though. I loved seeing Selah grow, how she grew into her own skin and became more confident. The world-building was exquisite, I really was absorbed in the magic of this book, and although it takes place on Earth, I really left it for a while whilst reading. Don't even get me started on the plot. Twists and turns were around every corner, and it was phe-no-me-nal. The ending was perfect, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. I will forever reread this duology, and I will forever be in the depths of despair when I finished it, like I am now.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Longmei Ge

    Digital ARC provided by Edelweiss I mean, what can I say... It’s not often when an authors second book is as good as the first, but Anna Bright somehow managed to eclipse The Beholder. The characters and plot of The Boundless were really well fleshed out, and the pacing was amazing. A few new fairytales were introduced as well, but I won’t spoil them here ☺️ (they were as unexpected- or maybe I’m just unobservant- as they were delightful). As someone who’s gotten really into story retelling, pres Digital ARC provided by Edelweiss I mean, what can I say... It’s not often when an authors second book is as good as the first, but Anna Bright somehow managed to eclipse The Beholder. The characters and plot of The Boundless were really well fleshed out, and the pacing was amazing. A few new fairytales were introduced as well, but I won’t spoil them here ☺️ (they were as unexpected- or maybe I’m just unobservant- as they were delightful). As someone who’s gotten really into story retelling, presenting them together the way Anna Bright does makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. The plot itself is, as they say, gripping. The Boundless takes place where the Beholder left off and the things Selah and Co. have to go through in this book are much more high stakes (and it’s brilliant). The story took a few turns here and there (or, again, I may just be unobservant), but still managed to stay true to the previous book, and add to the story. Several new characters were also introduced, and delved deeper into the stories of some characters from The Beholder. Plus the romance. That’s a whole other can of worms. All in all, Anna Bright took what could have been a shallow, chick-litty book and spun it into a beautiful complex story about friendships and courage while still maintaining romantic storylines (that don’t overwhelm the actual story). This is probably one of my favorite books ever. I am sooo getting this when it comes out in hardback this summer (and would you look at that cover?!)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: The Boundlese Author: Anna Bright Book Series: The Beholder Book 2 Rating: 5/5 Recommended For...: Romance, Adventure Publication Date: June 9, 2020 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 517 Recommended Age: language, sexism, torture, violence, gore, romance Synopsis: 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 sec Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: The Boundlese Author: Anna Bright Book Series: The Beholder Book 2 Rating: 5/5 Recommended For...: Romance, Adventure Publication Date: June 9, 2020 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 517 Recommended Age: language, sexism, torture, violence, gore, romance Synopsis: 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. Review: This was a sequel I loved more than the first one! This book had such great character development and world building. The plot was intriguing and I was interested from start to finish. And it had a very solid ending with a great message. I also enjoyed the romance. Love love love this book and series! My only complaint is that I wish that the main character was more involved in the action scenes but, for her character I don't think she would be suited to fight. Verdict: An amazing series! Highly recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you Harper Teen and Fantastic Fiction Book Club for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. The Boundless The Beholder #2 By: Anna Bright REVIEW ☆☆☆☆ The Beholder was an excellent book, and I anticipated as much from The Boundless. Fortunately, I was not at all disappointed! As sequels go, this one held its own and added to the story, rather than falling flat like sequels often do. Selah has to go where she doesn't want to and leave her love Thank you Harper Teen and Fantastic Fiction Book Club for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. The Boundless The Beholder #2 By: Anna Bright REVIEW ☆☆☆☆ The Beholder was an excellent book, and I anticipated as much from The Boundless. Fortunately, I was not at all disappointed! As sequels go, this one held its own and added to the story, rather than falling flat like sequels often do. Selah has to go where she doesn't want to and leave her love behind in heartbreaking fashion. These events, however, act like a catalyst for much needed growth in Selah. She improves by becoming braver, bolder, steadfast and forthright in her life. Overall, Selah's characterization is brilliantly emboldened, and I was glad to see this development. Strong heroines are the best. The story becomes a landscape of treachery, betrayal and danger at every turn. I was riveted by the way this tale unfolded, and I lost all track of time. The author cleverly weaves a tapestry of multiple snippets of various fairy tales, and the result is this brilliant story. It's adventurous, unpredictable, thrilling and absorbing. I loved The Boundless and The Beholder, and I hope to read more from Anna Bright!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Alyesa

    The previous book was a bit of a soppy love story, which was lovely and I did like it.... But not amazing. This sequel is a while new story! Literally.... I feel like the author has developed the characters, grown the world in detail and colour and created a plot line with so many twists and turns I felt like a read the entire lifetime of the main character. I loved it! From love to betrayal to slavery to bravery to the purge (yes you read that right) to rebellion and finally to at end that will The previous book was a bit of a soppy love story, which was lovely and I did like it.... But not amazing. This sequel is a while new story! Literally.... I feel like the author has developed the characters, grown the world in detail and colour and created a plot line with so many twists and turns I felt like a read the entire lifetime of the main character. I loved it! From love to betrayal to slavery to bravery to the purge (yes you read that right) to rebellion and finally to at end that will satisfy every reader (depending which guy you wanted her to end up with). If you loved The Beholder.... You'll fall for this book! If you liked The Beholder.... You'll love this book! Basically read this is you read The Beholder.... Its worth every page you read!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (always_read_the_end_first)

    “We are the step daughters. We are the girls who become wolves because no one will feed is like lambs. We are the girls in the stories, and the world is ours. “ What a great conclusion. Everything came full circle and THEY LIVED. Not just happily ever after but they LIVED. That’s the point. Selah got to life the life she wanted. The character development for all these characters in this duology is amazing start to finish. I am hopeful to read more works by this author in the future and thank you “We are the step daughters. We are the girls who become wolves because no one will feed is like lambs. We are the girls in the stories, and the world is ours. “ What a great conclusion. Everything came full circle and THEY LIVED. Not just happily ever after but they LIVED. That’s the point. Selah got to life the life she wanted. The character development for all these characters in this duology is amazing start to finish. I am hopeful to read more works by this author in the future and thank you so much Harper Collins this free copy!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Meyer

    That feel when SOMEHOW the sequel is EVEN BETTER than the first book! Alllllll the feelings. Perfect ending. Brilliant book. Loved it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Minca Huiberts

    Thanks to Edelweiss & Harper Teen for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. Anna Bright’s debut The Beholder, was an adventures story about a girl that was forced to find a prince to marry her. The Boundless is it’s unrivalled sequel. The adventures elements from the first book are almost nullified by the tension and sensations in this story. It starts of on the moment where Selah leaves behind the love of her life and struggles with anger, fear and deceit from her crew. She seems like she’s Thanks to Edelweiss & Harper Teen for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. Anna Bright’s debut The Beholder, was an adventures story about a girl that was forced to find a prince to marry her. The Boundless is it’s unrivalled sequel. The adventures elements from the first book are almost nullified by the tension and sensations in this story. It starts of on the moment where Selah leaves behind the love of her life and struggles with anger, fear and deceit from her crew. She seems like she’s holding a grudge which she can’t seem to get over. But, eventually she does and she has to. Because there are more unexpected things to happen. From the moment Selah and her crew go ashore, the story speeds up. It doesn’t take long before unexpected and terrifying things start to happen. Selah’s challenged in different ways. Her knowledge and expertise are put to the test. All the while, her character can’t be fathomed very well. One moment she’s revelling in self-pity and the then she’s about to give anything so save someone else. This made it more complicated to identify with her. The other characters are more in the background and fulfill kind of the same roles. One time they’re more important and other moments they’re a little further off. But they do appear to be quite convincing and some of the characters make the story more interesting by being on Selah’s side at first, for them to turn their backs at her later. This makes it harder for the reader to trust any of them which makes it more interesting. The world-building and the roles of the other characters are written quite powerful. Selah travels through different countries and gets in touch with different beliefs, religions and habits. Anna Bright did a very good job making these elements quite realistic. She also chose to use a few well known stories like fairytales or legends and mash them up into her own book. She knew exactly when to use which legend or fairytale in each different country. Due to her devotion it al feels very real and convincing. Hansel and Gretel, Asgard and the hammer Mjolnir and Baba Yaga with Vasylysa are used. With these legends and stories, the ambiances in the story can differ from chapter to chapter. Horrific events are not avoided, but intensly assimilated into the story. While the story continues, Selah’s character does change. She gets more confident. And the things she sees or what’s done to her, she will use against her own enemies. She learns to trust the right persons and becomes more forgiving. This powerful, adventures and intense book is a wonderful ending to this duology.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Prisha

    The book started off really well. I thought I would have ended up enjoying this one more than the first one (which wasn't my favourite). I loved how there was at least one boy who just didn't fall for her, and that there was more to her life now, because of her crew. I liked getting to know her crew more. What was really interesting was how the girls all used to sneak away from the castle and go to a party which they used to prepare for all day long. I loved when she was with Fritz. The story wa The book started off really well. I thought I would have ended up enjoying this one more than the first one (which wasn't my favourite). I loved how there was at least one boy who just didn't fall for her, and that there was more to her life now, because of her crew. I liked getting to know her crew more. What was really interesting was how the girls all used to sneak away from the castle and go to a party which they used to prepare for all day long. I loved when she was with Fritz. The story was interesting. But, the story took a turn. First, I hated the way she treated Lang. He was just protective of her, and he cared about her, but she wasn't even nice to him. And the fact that she was so selfish. All she wanted was for her two boys, aka Torden and Lang, to leave everything important in the whole world, and just come rescue her. Like, yeah, it makes sense that she needed help and hoped her crew and all would come to rescue her, but Lang and Torden? And then, when they all did rescue her, she was upset and angry at Lang because he didn't rescue her? Well, he was the captain of the ship, it was only possible because of him. So it didn't make sense. I found the book dull actually. Plus, there wasn't much of the character development. Like Selah just changed. There wasn't any development on it. One day she was a girl who was too sad to go away from her father, and then next she was leading a rebellion. The first book was her finding a partner, you know, it was like getting to know boys and all, but it's like the second book didn't relate to that at all. Plus the names of the characters were soooo confusing. I mean, what in the world is 'Baba Yada'. And then the names of those other girls who were midnight, sunset and all. Like it just made the story so much more confusing cause it was really hard to pronounce the names and even remember who was what character. (But I did love her covers)

  25. 4 out of 5

    sara

    I loved the first book, and the second book had some really good bits. But it was the ending for me, mostly about WHO she ended up with. Like there were so many better options, but she stuck to him. I’m literally upset with how her other romantic prospects literally went to the dust, I just wished it was executed differently. The whole plot was the reason why I gave it two stars, but romantically it might as well be 0 stars for me. I put up with it in the first book, but the lack of chemistry an I loved the first book, and the second book had some really good bits. But it was the ending for me, mostly about WHO she ended up with. Like there were so many better options, but she stuck to him. I’m literally upset with how her other romantic prospects literally went to the dust, I just wished it was executed differently. The whole plot was the reason why I gave it two stars, but romantically it might as well be 0 stars for me. I put up with it in the first book, but the lack of chemistry and insta love is so evident. Selah had many more options which were way less instalove-y and actually romantic. I just hated who she ended up with. Anyways on a good note, the first 50% of the book was really interesting. Selah’s personality changed, she became confident with herself and chose what was right. I loved when she was with Fritz, and then when she went to Baba Yagas house and Aleksei. I literally love Aleksei, and Bear, (my faves).

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lissa Hawley

    I feel like I should quote Doctor Who here. "We're all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?" This book was so many stories, fairytales, legends and myths woven together into something new and wonderful (the appendix at the end listing them seemed to be missing quite a few.) But it was a delight to spot them all. Anyway, this was definitely a good one, though it had me worried there for a bit in the middle. (That's the mark of a good book, right - all the emotions?) And happily everyt I feel like I should quote Doctor Who here. "We're all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?" This book was so many stories, fairytales, legends and myths woven together into something new and wonderful (the appendix at the end listing them seemed to be missing quite a few.) But it was a delight to spot them all. Anyway, this was definitely a good one, though it had me worried there for a bit in the middle. (That's the mark of a good book, right - all the emotions?) And happily everything was more or less resolved as I would have preferred. One character's resolution seemed a little shallow/unfinished, but for reasons...I was Okay with that. Highly recommended but read the first book first (obviously.)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Another Friday, another book review. Seems that’s my new pace. At least treesh can review a book every day to keep us involved. I also continue to fall asleep with phone on face every night so good to see some new habits developing in quarantine. Anyways this was a sequel to a book I had zero memory of despite reading past fall. I thought things would come back to me but very little did. I had no idea why we were fighting the villain. Was pretty bored but felt like I had to get through it. More Another Friday, another book review. Seems that’s my new pace. At least treesh can review a book every day to keep us involved. I also continue to fall asleep with phone on face every night so good to see some new habits developing in quarantine. Anyways this was a sequel to a book I had zero memory of despite reading past fall. I thought things would come back to me but very little did. I had no idea why we were fighting the villain. Was pretty bored but felt like I had to get through it. More of a 2.5 star.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Kent

    Thank you, Edelweiss, for the ARC. 3.5 stars rounded down to 3 because I got tired of hearing Selah mope about Torden in every single chapter. Enjoyable read with far more action than the first novel, and a few decisions that surprised me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Really was not a fan of the main character.. In the first book she is new to everything, but in this book she takes everything over, everyone listens to hear, but there is no way she could have obtained all this knowledge and bravery in such a short time.. Full review on my blog soon!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    Love it even more than the first book

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