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The Boundless

(The Beholder #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,130 ratings  ·  253 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 491 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by HarperTeen
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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.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2020
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!
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Sep 13, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
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

Anna Bright
Feb 18, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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. <3

Hi guys! With THE BOUNDLESS now on Edelweiss, I wanted to provide you all with the book's content warning. Note that the pagination in the fuller content warning on my site is not final and may not perfectly match the pagination in the e-ARC of THE BOUNDLESS; it will be updated with the pagination of the final book once that's avai
Sep 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
I doubt I will be able to function until I have this book in my hands.
Last Book Marauder
I don't know who is in charge of Anna Bright's covers, but they deserve a raise. ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
”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
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
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, HarperTeen, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review.


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…


But when I was knee-deep in The Boundless and sloshing around in enemy territory with a very odd tension/competition dynamic, a
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 put off reading this book for a while. When I finally got the courage to put it on hold at the library, it was literally an eight week wait. I knew I would hate this book going into it, mainly because I had so many problems with the first one. If the author somehow managed to fix Selah's horrid personality, I would be impressed. Really. But, sadly, this was not the case.

Let's get started with the character development. I think what the author wanted to do was make Selah become a little more m
M.  [storme reads a lot]
This book wasn’t as good as the first? The villain comes in late, is easily defeated, and I just didn’t get it? Also, not a fan of how the love stories just seem to happen. She was with one, then another, and is kissed by someone else. I think this could have been a great trilogy, and I liked the first book much more.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-release
"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
Sep 10, 2020 added it
Much as it happened to me with "the beholder" I find myself without knowing how to rate this one. I did love how it began, the world was amazing and i really enjoyed the stories within the stories, like the dancing shoes with all the princesses, references to the big bad wolf with baba yaga... it was amazing. I enjoyed that we spent more time in the same place instead of traveling and meeting suitors, but...

Here comes my list of buts:

- the baba yaga plot ends up dragging. It could have been shor
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tracy Banghart
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was SOOOOO GOOOD. I loved it so much. It took everything I loved about the first one and dialed it up a million notches. More romance, more intrigue, and a TON of character development. It was so romantic and empowering and I loved Selah so so much. I think it's my favorite read of 2020. ...more
Joanna Meyer
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-tbr
That feel when SOMEHOW the sequel is EVEN BETTER than the first book! Alllllll the feelings. Perfect ending. Brilliant book. Loved it.
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
Amanda Deur
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read and wonderful ending to this duology! I loved it from the very first until the very last page.

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
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
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Would recommend without hesitation. Don’t ask questions. Just get on the boat. I am ready to start The Beholder all over again. A great adventure. Fantastic cast of characters. My mooshy heart was well and truly satisfied. Rock star character growth throughout the two books (you may want to choke Selah at times, but stick with her!). And clean! Yep. I loved it.

And do yourself a favor. I know I seem to be saying this a lot lately, but listen to the audiobooks on this one.
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
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)
Lissa Hawley
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Lelia Nebeker
*gushes* This is one of the most satisfying sequels I can remember reading. It really builds on the world--and characters--that I fell in love with in THE BEHOLDER, and being so invested makes the stakes and twists and turns even more rewarding in THE BOUNDLESS. Seriously, these characters are incredible, and I loved seeing them grow and fight for themselves, and OH MY GOSH THE STRATEGY IN THIS BOOK. It's so well plotted, and the dynamic between Selah and the villainous Baba Yaga character is ou ...more
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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
Maci Dierking
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a well-rounded duology! This was just so delightful! It was fun, it was romantic, it was super adventurous and also had a great plot with fantastic character arcs! Such a delightful surprise
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
Paige Green
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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

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
Moon Love
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a little torn about how I feel about the book. As for ratings, I'm wavering between 4 & 4.5 stars. I liked it a lot, couldn't put it down, literally. I read it straight through and finished it after 3 am. My alarm was set for 7 so that should be an indicator of engrossed I was.

I liked Selah, she grew on me in The Beholder, but in the The Boundless. She was much stronger, bolder, wiser, and it made me love her. I really liked the moral themes explored and the adventure and action was fantast
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