A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray (Book Review)

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Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count
: 432

I read this book together with my fellow bloggers Cátia (read her review here) and Marie (keep checking back on her blog to see her review in the near future). A Million Worlds With You is the third and final book in the Firebird series, so if you haven’t read the previous books yet, I would recommend you do that first before reading the post!

This post will be rather short, seen as I never really like to talk about the sequels I read. They are much harder to review without spoiling than the first books, so let’s do this quickly.

AMWWY wasn’t exactly what I hoped for. While the series is still action-filled, packed with a couple surprised and a fairly quick read, the conclusion to it all was rather … anti-climactic? Everything that happened so far made this quite the epic story. Just think of all the worlds Marguerite and the others traveled to! We get to revisit some of them here, as well as whole new dimensions. However, the way it was handled felt a little repetitive. Marguerite chases her other self, Wicked, from world to world without ever being able to catch up, because they obviously can’t be in the same body. Instead of the logical reaction to recent events I thought of during the first couple of pages of the book, Meg takes all of 350 pages to come up with herself. And then the final solution seems far too easy in comparison to everything that happened. I just felt like people got let off the hook easily, when there should have been far bigger repercussions.

I’ve had a lot of time to think about the series while I waited for this final part and the more I thought about it, the less I liked Marguerite and her actions. She’s just so self-righteous and self-centered, judging everyone else but never truly fessing up to all the things she did wrong. Even in the end, it felt like she got absolution when she definitely shouldn’t have. Weirdly, and that truly never happens (except with The Magicians), I liked the second book, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, best. I am pretty sure it had to do with a the page time Theo was getting. He is one of my bookish hubbys and I love the guy. He was seriously lacking from this book, but then I am also kind of glad nothing too bad happened to him, because Marguerite never really deserved him anyway. I sort of came to terms with Paul, where I neither love him (like in book 1) nor dislike him (like in book 2) – now I am just sort of indifferent to him.

So, it was a fun book, but it could have been more in terms of the conclusion of the series

Fazit: 3.5/5 stars! Not a bad, but not the desired finale.

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Have you read the Firebird series? What’s your take on it?

A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray – Cover Reveal

So, yeah, I know the cover reveal was last week, but I was busy, okay!? If you haven’t read my reviews of the first two parts of the Firebird series yet, you can check out A Thousand Pieces of You here and Ten Thousand Skies Above You here! The last book ended on a devastating cliffhanger that I am still not okay with, so I am massively excited for the release of A Million World With You on November 1st!

The blurb is as follows:

A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.
The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.
Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.
So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.
In the epic conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.

And now without further ado, the cover:

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It all sounds very intense and I am both glad and sad that it will come to an end now. On the one side, I want to know how it ends, on the other, the series has really grown on me. I am still secretly openly rooting for Theo, so I hope there’s at least something good in store for him in the finale. But now on to the cover. We all know that they ALL look gorgeous and this one is no exception! It is, however, the first one that doesn’t “just” feature well known cities. I am intrigued by the outer-space-look of it all!

What are your thoughts? Have you read the series? Do you want to? Isn’t it beautiful to look at?

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray (Book Review)

ttsayEver since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.
Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count:
432

This is the second book in the Firebird series and as such I don’t recommend you reading on if you haven’t read the first one (you can find my review for it here). Also, I don’t intend to spoil anyone, but if you want to go into this blind, which I would also understand, I don’t suggest you read this review!

Ten Thousand Skies Above You is the second book this month that I’ve read with Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books. It’s so nice to have someone to fret about the story and characters together. We intend to do this more often in the future, so if you ever want to join in, just give us a shout out and we are happy to include you! Definitely don’t forget to check out her review of the book once it’s out!

It’s been a long time since I’ve read the beginning of the Firebird series, but somehow Ten Thousand Skies Above You manages to get you all caught up and nostalgic for parts of the first book before the real action starts. I remembered that the first book was completely different from what I expected it to be. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. Now, Ten Thousand Skies Above You changed that! I thought that this story would be similar to the last one, mainly about Marguerite and Paul, and while that wasn’t wrong of me it was a whole lot more too. As the blurb already tells us, Paul’s soul is being torn apart, called “splintered” here, and hidden away in distant dimensions where Marguerite now has to find and save him. I would have liked to get an explanation on HOW they actually do the splintering, but it allowed for some interesting developments to the story, namely Paul not being there all the time.

Quite honestly, I was really glad he wasn’t that big of a part this time, at least not by physically being there. The story needed to move forward and this way it could. It gave Theo the chance to shine and actually made me think that the love-triangle here was a real possibility – even so much so that I was rooting for him rather than Paul sometimes. Marguerite uses the time in this book to make up her mind about her feelings and about their other selves in different dimensions. Even though I found her conclusion a little disappointing, it made sense. Still, this wasn’t what most of the book was about!

We constantly find out about so many new things and background information we didn’t have before, it was exhilarating. Conley wants to rule the multiverse, but there are so many more people involved. My belief and trust in certain characters was shattered multiple times! I loved getting to see different universes again, although I remain of the opinion that there is still potential for even weirder worlds. There were so many twists and turns I really didn’t see coming and then it just ended. I know that cliffhangers are there to hook you, but there was no need for that! I was already dead-set on reading the third book by the time I reached the last page and that cliffhanger was just cruel. Now I will have to just sit around and wait for the conclusion to this epic tale that stretches across dimensions … not fair!

Fazit: 5/5 stars! The faster pace and the constant twists made this a fabulous read! If it weren’t for the cliffhanger I’d be SO happy right now.

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I’m having a great reading year so far, slaying my TBR one book at a time! Have you read the Firebird series yet? What’s your take on it?

A Thousand Pieces of You Book Review

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is the first installment in the Firebird Trilogy. Even though I’ve already read it at the beginning of this year, I haven’t written a review yet, so here we go! Please beware of Spoilers!

A Thousand Pieces of You is about a girl called Margeruite (or just Meg), whose parents have invented something extraordinary that’s called a Firebird. The device allows you to travel to parallel worlds, but before the final test of the device, Meg’s father gets murdered by his assistant Paul and she is hell-bent on revenging his death. To do so, she and Theo have to follow Paul into the unknown parallel universes that are out there.

I really enjoyed reading A Thousand Pieces of You, but it was a bit different from what I expected. I thought it would be an action-packed read with several jumps from one universe to the next, but that wasn’t really the case. Meg is pretty quick to doubt Paul’s hand in her father’s murder and in fact we only visit 4 parallel worlds. That doesn’t mean it’s really a bad thing, just that it was an unexpected change in pace. However, there were some exciting twists and surprises and maybe it was necessary to spend so much time in one world in order to really show the Paul-Meg-connection. I have to give it to Claudia Gray though for striking a great balance with creating the different worlds.  There’s a futuristic, a very imperial-like and more familiar worlds and she managed to make them believable, reasonable yet still with that element that only comes with experiencing something new.

The love triangle worked quite well for me too, although I felt a little frustrated with Paul’s hesitation after the happenings in Russia. Nonetheless, I love his connection with Meg and how it resonated in every universe they went to. I mean that’s the real kind of love – the one that survives through time and space! No matter how charming he is, Theo never stood a chance against that.

Last but not least, I fell in love with the cover right away! I’m such a sucker for pretty covers and A Thousand Pieces of You has definitely one of the most stunning ones out there! Luckily, they continued with this style and the sequel, Ten Thousand Skies Above, looks just as beautiful. I cannot wait for its release this fall (I believe it to be around November 3)!

Fazit: very romantic read that portrays a real connection/not a revenge-story

So, would you be interested in reading this book as well?

P.S.: I found this song (Your Soul by RHODES) and thought it fitted the story perfectly. Therefore, I suggested it to Claudia Gray on Twitter and she replied that she loved it and added it to her book soundtrack! No idea if she really did that, but wouldn’t that be cool?