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Thursday, February 9, 2017

[Review] A Million Worlds With You (Firebird #3) - Claudia Gray: Parallel Universes and Evil Twins




In A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU, Marguerite's evil parallel universe self is hell-bent on killing every version of Marguerite in every single universe she can so she can't sabotage the plans of Home Office.

What intrigued me: The conclusion to my favorite series of all time. It hurts.

Chasing through universes

A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU picks off right where the sequel left off. And I gotta say - that premise didn't do it for me. While Firebird is and will always remain my favorite book series, I wish it had been a duology. See, this whole Evil Twin coming to destroy the world storyline does feel a little over the top in my opinion and I just didn't enjoy it as much as the other books and found myself wishing for the story to get wrapped up more quickly. This is absolutely subjective.

The universes Gray shows us this time around are interesting, but not explored nearly as much as they could have! But because the premise is so reliant on the chasing part I was a little sad to see Marguerite spend very few time with the individual Pauls or even just in the universes. Where is the fluff! I feel like sometimes along the complicated plot lines and the excellent world building, the romance fluff got lost. Sure, we had Russia. But that was it? 

Arguably the most interesting parts of  A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU are those when Marguerite returns to previously visited universes. I really loved that in TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU already and I just can't get enough of checking in with the other scientists.  But regardless, A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU feels like a wild goose chase, jumping from universe to universe so fast and filled with barely plausible plot conveniences, I didn't like this nearly as much as the other books in the series.

Still grieving my husband

I have a confession to make: I don't think I ship Paul and Marguerite. I don't think I ever did. The problem is that both the reader and Marguerite get to know Paul on a deep emotional level in the Russia!Verse, where he is the Grand Duchess' protector Lieutenant Markov. And I never got over him. 
See, Lieutenant Markov shows the tender side of Paul, the romantic side - and in "real life" he's this grumpy smart-aleck who's angry all the time. The swooniness and the magic all poofed away with Lieutenant Markov's passing. A moment of silence. Anyway. I'm complaining on a high level here and this might not even ring true for you because you probably really loved Paul. I'm just a sad widow because my book husband was taken from me. 

But I'm so happy that we got another cuddly version of Paul with the sweet Father Paul from the Rome!Verse who has to choose between letting himself love Marguerite or staying celibate. Be still my beating heart! I'll definitely go back to TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU and reread the Rome!Verse parts with him, he's such a gentle flower that must be protected and made up a bit for the chronic lack of calm romantic fluff in this series. 

The Firebird books are excellent and just like the predecessors A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU presents an interestesting journey through the universes. It would've wanted more action and a compelling narrative from this than it actually delivered - it very much feels like an unnecessary sequel with a very disappointing and too convenient ending. However, if you've read one, you gotta read them all. I'm sad to say goodbye.




Rating:

★★

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

A few words to mourn the ending of this series: Despite A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU's lack of my favorite thing about this series, my darling Russia!Verse including my favorite Paul, I loved visiting these different worlds.

I surely wouldn't mind returning to the world of Firebird with a prequel about Conley and Josie's romance from the Home Office!Verse. So if Claudia's up for that, I'll be back.

The rest of the series reviewed
A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU (1) | TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU (2)


Note: A thing that seriously worries and confuses me is that out of ALL the worlds and universes we visit, there isn't a single one where Marguerite/Paul/Theo are lgbt. There is only one universe where one of them is disabled - deaf, actually - though the time spent there is so short that you can barely call this representation. (Well then there's one where a character loses a leg but they don't appear on-screen after that so that doesn't count either.)

While there is an explanation for this lack of marginalizations/diversity in the books ~wishy washy we're meant to be together fate yada yada~, I think it wouldn't have been that hard to even just add -one- universe where they're lgbt. Out of all the decisions they have to make to lead to Marguerite and Paul's epic love 90% of the time, you can't try to tell me that there isn't a single universe where Paul ended up with Theo, or Marguerite decided she liked neither and is a lesbian or is bi and ended up with a girl. [Totally seeing her and Romola. Yes.] What do you guys think?



Additional Info

Published: November 1st 2016
Pages: 419
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA / Sci-Fi / Parallel Worlds
ISBN: 9780062279026

Synopsis:
"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."
(Source: Goodreads)


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

10 Most Anticipated Second Half of 2016 YA Releases | Top Ten Tuesday





There are still so many great books to come this year, and it was hard, but I managed to put together a list of the ten books I'd probably cut off my right arm to get an early copy of.





THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab | Release: July 5th
I've been really curious about her since reading  A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC. I really want to try out her other books.

THE SMALLER EVIL by Stephanie Kuehn | Release: August 2nd
m/m romance, mysteries, memory loss - hell yeah!

NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff | Release: August 9th
Super high expectations! I can't believe I haven't read anything by him yet, but this sounds incredible and just perfect as my first read from him!




I'M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL by Gretchen McNeil | Release: September 13th
A girl uses math to become just like her crush's stereotypical dream girl. Yes. Please ridicule this trope, I am so ready for this.

THREE DARK CROWNS (#1) by Kendare Blake | Release: September 20th
Three sisters competing for the throne. Fingers crossed one of them is evil. I need.

STRANGE THE DREAMER (#1) by Laini Taylor | Release: September 27th
I'm trash for Laini Taylor's writing.




A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray | Release: November 1st
The Firebird series is one of my favorite series of all time. I feel dead inside thinking about the release date.

HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer | Release: November 8th
I am so weak when it comes to villain stories. I have to read this. I'm adamantly against fairytale retellings, but the queen of hearts from Alice in Wonderland? Come on.

JESS, CHUNK, AND THE ROADTRIP TO INFINITY by Kristin E. Clark | Release: November 8th
I usually don't care much for roadtrip stories, but the thing that makes this stand out is the trans protagonist. I really want to read this.



SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman | Release: November 22nd

A story about reapers! God bless! And Shusterman means it's gonna be weird. I'm looking forward to this.

Which books are you most looking forward to?

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Six 2016 Releases I'm Buying the SECOND they come out






I feel like I'm always waiting for a book to come out. I think we all are. 
Here are some of the books that I NEED I just NEED them right now and I will immediately buy them the minute they come out.



6. ALIGHT (Generations #2) - Scott Sigler: April 5th 2016
The world Sigler created is absolutely amazing. The first book, ALIVE, ends in the most inconvenient cliffhanger of all time, I need to know what happens next, oh my god!

5. SLEEPING GIANTS - Sylvain Neuvel: April 26th 2016
I feel like this has been on my wishlist for 37292 years. I just want to read it already.

4. MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM - Grady Hendrix: May 17th 2016
This premise is absolute gold and I am confident Hendrix will yet again give me another trauma. Bring on the creepy stuff!



3. THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER - Jennifer L. Armentrout: May 17th 2016
I just can't say no to an Armentrout book. Always chasing that high I got from her Lux Series. This sounds promising. I want to read it.

2. YOU KNOW ME WELL - Nina LaCour & David Levithan: June 7th 2016
This has been on my blog 3216 times and it's not even released yet. I just really love David Levithan.

1. A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU (Firebird #3) - Claudia Gray: November 1st 2016
DONT GET ME STARTED ON THIS THE FIREBIRD SERIES IS ONE MY FAVORITE SERIES OF ALL TIME AND I AM FOREVER BITTER THAT I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL I AM GOING TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT OH MY GOD


What are your most anticipated releases of 2016?

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