A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray

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A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3)Date Published: November 1, 2016

Published By: Harper Teen

Pages: 419

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 7/31/17-8/3/17

Rating: 4-12-star-rating

 

 

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SynopsisIn the 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.

 

My Thoughts: This was my favorite book in the trilogy hands down. There was so much action and I was never bored. Even in the slower spots, you were still learning about the wolds and getting new information. I love that we got to go back to some of the worlds we had been in before. My favorite world has to be the Russiaverse. There’s a scene in this book (can’t say what it is cause..spoilers!) that had me on the edge of my seat. I love the relationships in this, family and otherwise. Claudia Gays writing is so engaging and you can’t help but get sucked into the story and just want the best for the characters. WE got an epilogue which made me so happy because we got to see what our characters ended up doing after the events of the last chapter. More books need to have these if you ask me! There’s also a ton of science in these books and I thought all that information was so interesting. I highly recommend this trilogy to everyone because there is something in it for everyone. Also, these covers are stunning!!!!

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July 2017 Wrap Up!

July 2017Wrap Up

I was shocked when I sat down to get my stats for this post and realized that I had read 9 books this month! I guess it’s safe to say that my reading slump has finally gone away! HOORAY!!!!! I didn’t buy any books this month which isn’t that abnormal. I haven’t been buying a ton of books this year because I have been using my library a lot more. I did manage to complete 7 of the challenges on my list this month so I am happy with that. Let’s jump in and see what I managed to read this month!


 

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If I Was Your Girl Mr. Owliver's Magic at the Museum Under Rose-Tainted Skies To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) Highly Illogical Behavior A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)

 

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4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “e”
9. A book in the middle of your tbr list
14. A book with a strong female character
18. A really long book (600+ pages)
22. A  book by an author you haven’t read before
29. A book published outside the main 4 publishing houses
30. A book from the Goodreads Top 100 YA list

 

 

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Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

 

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June 2017 Wrap Up
The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag
If I Was your Girl (review)
Under Rose-Tainted Skies (review)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (review)
Every Heart a Doorway (review)
Highly Illogical Behavior (review)
A Thousand Pieces of You (review)
Lord of Shadows (review)
Ten Thousand Skies Above You (review)

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

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Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)Date Published: November 3, 2015

Published By: Harper Teen

Pages: 424

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 7/27/17-7/31/17

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

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SynopsisThe second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

 

My Thoughts: I liked this book more than the first book in the trilogy. I ended up liking it more than I was expecting to actually. There were a few parts where things slowed down a little bit and I didn’t enjoy those parts as much. When there was action though it was good and it just sucked you right in. I still love our three main characters so much. I think that Marguerite is such a badass and is one of my favorite female characters of all time! I liked that we got to see some new dimensions as well as return to one from the first book. Things started to really get a little crazy in the last half of this book and because of that I jumped straight into reading the final book in the trilogy the second I finished this one. These books also have some of the prettiest covers I have ever seen! I wish more people knew about this series because it really is fabulous and more people need to read it! If you haven’t given it a chance yet I highly suggest you do!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)Date Published: May 23, 2017

Published By:  Margaret K. McElderry Books

Pages: 699

Edition Read: hardcover

Dates Read: 5/31/17-7/29/17

Rating: 5-star-rating

 

 

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Synopsis: This is the second book in the Dark Artifices trilogy. You can learn about the first book Lady Midnight by clicking here to go to my review, or click here to go to the Goodreads page for it.

 

My Thoughts: This was one of my top two anticipated books of this year and it didn’t disappoint. It did take me a long time to get through this book and that’s simply for the fact that I am still recovering from my surgery back in May and reading such a heavy huge book wasn’t what I was focusing on. However I sat down last night and powered through the last half of the book. I love these characters so damn much and the fact that family is such an intricate part of the story and almost always the main focus is one of my favorite things. There was a lot of foreshadowing in the story as well that I was picking up on in the second half of the story. I think that a romance is blooming between two of the characters and I can’t wait to see where things go with that relationship. I was expecting there to be a bigger battle than there ended up being, but that’s okay because the fight scenes were still fantastic. Cassandra’s writing is always beautiful and I always get sucked right into the story no matter what what it is. We got to see some of Alec and Magnus in this which was great. There were some things that happened in the last ten pages of the book that I still haven’t accepted yet. I’m extremely mad that we have to wait two year to get the next book because that ended destroyed me and I need to know what happens next. I loved that there is a good amount of diversity in the story as well. We have a few gay characters, different ethnicity’s, and a transgender character as well. I fell like the book was well written and I would highly recommend this trilogy to anyone who has read the Mortal Instruments because you have to have read those first or you will be insanely confused. This is making my favorites of the year list for sure!

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)Date Published: November 4, 2014

Published By: Harper Teen

Pages: 368

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 7/23/17-7/26/17

Rating: 3-star-rating

 

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Goodreads SynopsisCloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

 

My Thoughts: Going into this book I didn’t really have any expectations, but I did think that I was going to like it a lot more than I did. I feel like for it being a dimensional travel book there wasn’t that much action or “chase” going on. I did really like our main character Marguerite though. I thought she was great other than the fact that it took her so long to realize something that should have been obvious about halfway through the book. I really liked Paul as well however I wasn’t the biggest fan of Theo from the very start of the story. The actual plot of the story was good. There were a few things that happened that I didn’t expect to happen. I will be picking up the next two books in the trilogy next month because I would like to see how everything wraps up in the end. Overall, it was good but it wasn’t great.

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

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Highly Illogical BehaviorDate Published: May 10, 2016

Published By: Dial Books

Pages: 250

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 7/20/17-7/22/17

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

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Goodreads Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?

Enter Lisa.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same.

 

My Thoughts: This book was great. It was my first John Corey Whaley book and I ended up loving his writing! I thought that Solomon was an amazing character and I loved all the personal growth and changes he goes through in the story. Lisa on the other hand I really couldn’t stand. I didn’t like that she was just using Sol and even after she became his friend all she cared about was her scholarship. I thought the friendship between Sol and Clark was fantastic and that was probably one of my favorite things about the book. I felt the portrayal of mental illness was done really well in this. You could see the little ticks and Sol’s struggle was completely laid out there and we got a good look into his mind which was nice. I will definitely be picking up more books by this author in the future.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)Date Published: April 5, 2016

Published By: Tor.com

Pages: 169

Edition Read: hardcover

Dates Read: 7/14/17-7/15/17

Rating: 5-star-rating

 

 

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Goodreads SynopsisEleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

 

My Thoughts: This book was stunning. I loved the writing. The characters were all fantastic. We have an asexual main character and a transgender character as well which is amazing! The mystery that takes place in the story is great and I didn’t figure it out until right before it was revealed. All the different worlds this author created are so interesting and I would love a story from each of them. I will be picking up the companion novel this week and I am really looking forward to that. I highly recommend this and it is totally worthy of all the hype it is getting.