Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

Goodreads Average Rating: 4.18 out of 5

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Alternative Universe, Dystopia

 ‘The first time I traveled to another dimension, I intended to take a life. Now I’m trying to save one. But I can’t do that unless I save myself. At the moment, I’m running through the winding streets of a near-medieval Rome, trying not to get burned at the stake.’

– Ten Thousand Skies Above You, Claudia Gray – Chapter 1

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Ten Thousand Skies Above You is the second book in the Firebird series by Claudia Gray. The story follows Marguerite Caine as she uses a device, called the Firebird, created by her parents to travel between alternative universes.

The sequel picks up not long after the end of the first installment, and trouble is just over the horizon. Marguerite is on a mission to save the man she loves after his soul was broken and put into multiple versions of himself. To save the man she loves Marguerite is torn between saving the man she loves and possibly ruining the lives of her family in other dimensions.

Reading the sequel straight after the first novel is one of the best feelings a reader can have. You don’t spend ages wanting to read the next one but you are unable to do so. However, now I have to wait until November until the third installment is released. And another great thing is when the sequel doesn’t let down your expectations from the first one. The story plot was interesting and I was excited to what would happen next, this series – so far – is a page turner. The characters were great and it was good to see them grow and see them experience new challenges to overcome.

Claudia Gray has done a wonderful job of creating new and exciting worlds to visit in the story and the small changes she makes were surprising but good. Not once did I get bored of reading this wonderful story and I am extremely excited for the third book.

This is defiantly a series that many people will enjoy.


Other Books in the Firebird Series:
– A Thousand Pieces of You – Book 1
– A Million Worlds With You – Book 3 (releases on 1 November, 2016)

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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 Book CoverA 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)

 

After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson

Goodreads Average Rating: 3.51 out of 5

‘He watched. Carefully. Paying attention to every detail as the rain sheeted the night-dark sky and streetlights reflected on the wet pavement.Two women were running, faster and faster, and he smiled as the first passed into the lamp’s pool of illumination. her face twisted in terror; her beautiful features distorted by fear.’

– Lisa Jackson, After She’s Gone – Prologue

Novel by Lisa Jackson, After She's Gone, Australian CoverAfter She’s Gone follows the story of Cassie Kramer and what happens after her younger sister and movie star, Allie, goes missing. Cassie deals with her own sanity while trying to find out what happened to her sister. The third instalment of Lisa Jackson’s Northwest series. This book brings a new mystery for readers to enjoy.

Much like Stephen King, I never heard of Lisa Jackson when I was given this novel. After She’s Gone was given to me, from my sister, for my birthday this year. At first glance I wasn’t sure what my sister had brought me, but as we are all told from a young age: ‘Never judge a book by its cover.’ Flipping over to inspect the book further, I couldn’t help but feel intrigued to read it soon as possible.

The opening to After She’s Gone is one of my favourite ways to open a story. Without giving it away, I was pleasantly surprised by how Lisa Jackson twisted the beginning to not confuse her readers, but surprise them. It filled me with excitement for the story to come and I wasn’t disappointed.

The overall story was filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing and I loved how Lisa Jackson wrapped the story up. I found it satisfying and was sad the book came to a end. The character interest me and I wanted to know more and more about them.

I feel the story has a bit of everything for most readers. If your not really interested in a mystery than you probably wouldn’t bother buying this novel, but there is plenty of stuff going on. There are family issue, sibling rivalry, mental issues, lover quarrels, etc. the list is endless. I like how the story touched on all these issues and they really made the characters feel like real people.

However, Lisa Jackson did spend a lot of time with Cassie’s internal dialogue. I felt like the story wasn’t balanced enough. It seemed like there was more time spent in Cassie’s head than experiencing the world around her. The pace also dragged a bit more than I would have liked.

The over all experience of After She’s Gone was interesting and an good read.