Goodreads Average Rating: 3.95 out of 5
Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Alternate Universe
‘My hand shakes as I brace myself against the brick wall. Rain falls cold and sharp against my skin, from a sky I’ve never seen before. It’s hard to catch my breath, to get any sense of where I am. All I know is that the Firebird worked. It hangs around my neck, still glowing with the heat of the journey.’
– Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You – Chapter 1
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is the first book in the ‘Firebird’ series. The story follows Marguerite Caine who hunts the man that she believes is responsible for killing her father. Using a device, created by her parents, called the Firebird; Marguerite jumps into multiple alternative universes to chase her father’s murderer down. However, the truth is fair from what she expected.
The one thing that attracted my eye to this novel was the amazing cover design. The colours and image just screamed at me to pick it up off the shelf. I am so glad that I did.
From the beginning Claudia Gray kept me in the story. We jump straight in to Marguerite’s story and I spent the whole novel waiting to see what would happen. The characters in the novel kept me interested and intrigued, and they all felt real. One of the best things for me is to read a book and feel like the characters are real people. Claudia Gray did it well in this story.
The storyline was a quick and easy read, I didn’t have any trouble keeping up with the story and there was no confusion. The story didn’t fall flat and there was always something that would happen that you didn’t expect. It is a story that keeps you guessing what will happen next.
I loved the overall settings that the story took place in, an advanced futuristic London and an not so advanced past Russia. Even though these types of places are miles apart they fit together well.
One of my favourite things throughout the story was Marguerite’s love for her family, friends and romantic interest. There was never any part in the story where Marguerite would seem to forget them or be too interested in doing something else, everyone she cares for is constantly on her mind. It made her out to be such a loveable character, to me, that you can’t help but cheer for her to succeed.
I am so excited to jump right into the sequel, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, and see what will happen next.
Other Books in the Firebird Series:
– Ten Thousand Skies Above You – Book 2
– A Million Worlds With You – Book 3 (releases on 1 November, 2016)