BOOK REVIEW: A Thousand Pieces Of You – by Claudia Gray

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Title: A Thousand Pieces Of You
(Firebird Series #1)
Author: Claudia Gray
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy
First published: October 7th 2014
Finished reading: May 31st 2015
Pages: 368
Rating 3

“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science –that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.”

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As soon as I saw the cover, I just knew I HAD to have a copy of A Thousand Pieces Of You even without knowing what it was exactly about. I mean, this is one gorgeous cover! I had such high expectations of this time travel sci-fi story… Unfortunately I cannot say that it lived up to expectations now I’ve read it. It might be because of the characters, it might be because of the lack of sci-fi and overdose of romance. But I ended up being disappointed by this novel by Claudia Gray. I mean, Marguerite is quite an annoying and ignorant character; she travels to a different universe to kill someone and when he swears he is innocent, she instantly believes him and ends up falling in love? Not really a convincing plot or character. I wasn’t a fan of the whole love triangle either. Why o why do authors almost always include one of those in a YA fantasy series?! I liked the chapters set in Russia and the underwater world and the writing itself is really beautiful. Claudia Gray did a great job worldbuilding wise and it shows she has a lot of imagination. I just wish she would have hold back on the romance…

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The parents of Marguerite Caine are what you call brilliant scientists who have invented a gadget that will change the world: the Firebird. It will allow someone to travel to parallel universes and walk around in a world that might be completely different from the one they currently live in… A lot of power for those who have control over the Firebirds, and enough to murder Marguerite’s father for it. They are convinced their assistant Paul did it, but he managed to escape to a different dimension with the Firebird he has stolen. Their other assistant Theo decides to go after Paul, but he doesn’t go alone… Marguerite joins him as they chase after Paul through different universes, trying to catch and kill the man that killed her father. But soon enough Marguerite is not so sure anymore Paul actually murdered her father… Will she discover the truth before it’s too late?

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Even though I was disappointed by this first book in the Firebird series, I know I will still read A Thousand Skies Above You when it comes out. The cover artist sure is amazing, because the sequel has yet another stunning cover! I guess those who love reading YA fantasy and don’t mind some sappy romance scenes and cliche love triangles will probably love A Thousand Pieces Of You. Just don’t expect it to be too much of a sci-fi novel like I did.

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WWW Wednesdays #42 – June 3rd

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thedivinersacourtofthornsandrosesI’ve started The Diviners by Libba Gray on Sunday and so far I’m really enjoyed it! It’s the perfect mix between historical fiction and fantasy so far… I’ve put it temporarily on hold though so I can read my two read along titles. I’m reading A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas first for the #JuneAndRosesReadAlong and will finish All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven as soon as I finish reading the first one…

  • What did you recently finish reading?

athousandpiecesofyouhidenseekI managed to finish A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray before the end of May, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to expectations. I was expecting something just as amazing as the cover, but ended up being annoyed by the lack of sci-fi and an ignorant main character. I’ve also finished Hide ‘N Seek by Yvonne Harriott, a book I picked for the sole reason of me and the author sharing the same first name (Bookish Bingo!). The story was really cheesy and I didn’t exactly enjoy reading it…

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

theassassinsbladethedeathofdannydaggersI will probably read The Death Of Danny Daggers next, a novel that Haydn Wilks was kind enough to send to me for review. If not, it will most likely be The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. I need that title to finish my Bookish Bingo Spring challenge…

WWW Wednesdays #41 – May 27th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

teaseathousandpiecesofyouI started reading A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray the other day and so far I’m enjoying it. Hopefully it will stay that way! I’ve also started reading Tease by Amanda Maciel a few days ago and while it’s interesting, I cannot really connect to the characters. It makes it a bit more difficult to read this one fast, but it’s not a bad read at any rate.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

cityofashestreasureislandI finished Treasure Island the other day, and unfortunately I cannot say I ended up enjoying this classic by Robert Louis Stevenson. I feel a bit guilty, but I was almost bored by the story and couldn’t connect to the characters… I also finished City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, and I’m still sticking with the fact that I like the prequel trilogy better. There are so many love triangles going on that it’s becoming annoying!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thedivinerstheassassinsbladeMy next TBR jar pick is still The Diviners by Libba Bray; another series I’ve been wanting to read for a while now…But I might read The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas first because I need it for my Bookish Bingo challenge. Plus, that way I will have another series completed until the next Throne Of Glass book will be published. 😉

Teaser Tuesdays #44 – May 26th: A Thousand Pieces Of You

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’ve started reading A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray the other day. This one has been on my TBR shelf for a while now and I’m glad I’m finally reading it. I’m not too far into the story so far, but I have seen quite a few positive reviews around so I’m hoping it will live up to expections.

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My teaser (7%):

“It feels as though I’m splintering into a dozen directions at once—grief, then rage, then panic. The last thing I need right now is to lose it. Instead I force my mind to go to the place that always calms and centers me: painting.”

 

What are you reading right now?