A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray | Book Review + Giveaway

January 5, 2015 Book Review, Giveaway, Young Adult 38 ★★★★★

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray | Book Review + GiveawayA Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #1
Published by HarperTEEN on November 4, 2014
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Time Travel
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: From the Publisher
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5 Stars
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

This book sounded amazing before the cover image released, but once the cover was revealed I was even more excited about it! For once, the book lived up to its beautiful cover. As always, my main points are bolded. :)

1. As much as I loved this book, I had a very hard time getting started. The pacing across the first 100 pages or so is very slow and cumbersome. I actually set this book down back in November because I just could not hang in there, and I was so sad it would end up being a DNF. I’m so glad I gave it another chance, though, because it ended up becoming a new favorite!

2. I’m not usually a fan of parallel universes or alternate dimensions because books that contain them are usually repetitive and the differences between those worlds are never exciting or unique enough to hold my attention. In this case, however, I could not wait to see where Marguerite and Theo traveled to next.

3. My favorite parallel universe was Russia, and is where the bulk of this book takes place. Even though the characters never change time periods, this particular universe feels like it’s a couple hundred years behind ours. Marguerite is the daughter of the tsar, and lives in a candlelit castle. Lieutenant Markov (a.k.a. Paul Markov, suspected murderer of Marguerite’s father) is Marguerite’s personal body guard, and oh wow is he swoony! I loved getting to see so many sides of Paul, but this one was my favorite.

4. I really liked Marguerite. I liked that she was willing to take the less popular road and give Paul a chance to prove that he did not kill her father. I liked her tenacity and her crusade for truth. And I loved her relationship with her dad. So sweet.

5. I’m not going to try and explain the ins and outs of how they travel between dimensions and everything because that’s for you to discover as you read, but I found the “science” fascinating.

6. The focus in this story is primarily on romance, but there’s also this quest to find out if Paul killed Marguerite’s dad or not, a battle against an evil corporation looking to use the Firebird for evil, and the fight to stay alive and return home. There’s a lot going on, and there’s so many twists and turns and revelations. What you think is going on is not what’s going on.

7. The romance is super unique. You’ve got Theo and Paul. They make up the love triangle. But then there’s Lieutenant Markov, who is Paul but not really Paul. He’s Paul from Russia. And Marguerite loves Lieutenant Markov, but maybe not Paul. So basically it’s a love square with Theo and Paul from two different dimensions. By loving Paul is she cheating on Lieutenant Markov? So yeah. Complicated.

8. I could have done with fewer flashbacks to what happened before Paul supposedly betrayed Marguerite’s family. Those were kind of boring and took me out of the suspense of what was going on then.

9. There were some pretty romantic quotes. I just loved the romance!

All in all, I really enjoyed A Thousand Pieces of You and can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Somehow I ended up with an extra hardback from the publisher, so I’m giving it away to someone who thinks they might love it as much as I did! I’m feeling generous so I’m willing to ship internationally, and I’m currently publicizing the Debut Author Challenge so you get extra entries if you sign up!

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38 Responses to “A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray | Book Review + Giveaway”

  1. Heather

    This book sounds good!! A parallel universe with me as a fairy in the woods would be fun!

  2. Christina R.

    I’d love to be a violinist in Venice with an artist boyfriend so we might meet :)

    thank you so very much!! :)

  3. MichelleRae6

    I’d love to be in an alternate universe where I could fly and use elemental magic!

  4. Imane

    I should totally read this book.
    Thanks for the review and the giveaway !
    In a parallel universe i’d like to be in Hogwarts, having to deal with Severus Snape’s temperament.

  5. Stephie

    I fell in love with the book when I saw the cover for the first time and the plot sounds very interesting, too. So thank you for the giveaway, maybe I’m the lucky one ;)

  6. Gillian Cuan

    Wooh I’m glad you enjoyed the book! I was a bit skeptical because I’ve read mixed feelings, but your review sealed the deal for me <3 Keep up the awesomeness and happy new year!

  7. Gillian C.

    And I’d love to be in a parallel universe where I’m living as a Parisian, with Kaidan Rowe (from Sweet Evil) by my side. That’ll just be cool.

  8. Kayla

    I’d like to live in the one where I am living in London. Or one in which magic exists and I can do magic. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Pili @ In Love With Handmade

    I’ve been so very curious about this book since I’ve started seeing reviews for it! Thank you for making the giveaway international!

    I’d love a parallel universe where I became a archeologist and I’m out there discovering new things that would change history!
    Pili @ In Love With Handmade recently posted…Waiting On Wednesday #76!!

  10. Grisselda

    I’d love to visit parallel world where I could experienced cool magic. Like a mistborn in The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. The magic system in that world was amazing!

  11. Amanda

    I’d keep my life exactly the same, but in my parallel universe, I’d no longer have chronic illnesses.

  12. Erika

    I am excited to read this! In my parallel universe I’d be living in a tropical paradise where it is really warm. Right now it is -35 windchill here! Yikes! Thank you!

  13. Karina Hernandez

    I would like to live in a parallel universe where I live in New York with my family. And in my parallel universe my dad and my brother are still alive.

  14. Layla

    I am fascinated by the idea of multi-dimensions that can be traveled to. I am very interested to see where Gray takes the concepts and the possibilities it holds.
    Layla recently posted…The Kraken King

  15. oriana

    I’d love to be in an alternate universe where I could fly
    thanks for the giveaway°!!!

  16. Alina R

    It’d be awesome to be in a parallel universe where there’s special powers, magic and I’m a kick butt heroine ;)

  17. Kimberly V

    Your parallel universe sounds nice. I don’t know what I would choose. Someplace where loved ones never die and everyone is always happy. Not very exciting, but peaceful at least.

  18. Yun-a

    I’d like to see a parallel universe where I had never moved, and know how things might have turned out.

  19. Roxana Z.

    I’d like to visit a universe where I have a nice body and I’m rich. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  20. Katie Lowden

    Thanks for the chance! A parallel universe where I was more confident and not shy. Total opposite of myself!!

  21. Carolyn Ode-Dilks

    A parallel world to where I never get older like neverland and every book in the universe past present and future was there. Of course prince charming would be nice too. Thanks for the chance to win this book. I have wanted to read it for a while now.

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