Review: A Million Worlds With You (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray

Friday, 17 February 2017

A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray
Released: 1st November 2016
Published by: HarperCollins 
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Source: Publisher
Pages: 419
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite’s hands in the final installment of the Firebird trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent’s invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite’s side, the Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.

In the epic conclusion to the sweeping series that kicked off with A Thousand Pieces of You, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed.
Thank you to HarperCollins Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

*This review may contain spoilers for the previous books in the series*


Each new quantum reality splits off when someone makes a decision. Every single world we've visited isn't just random - it's the result of countless choices, all of them combining to make a new reality. 

This highly anticipated conclusion to Claudia Gray's exhilarating Firebird series not only continues to explore the multiverse, but further inspect the characters themselves. With the stakes higher than ever as Wyatt Conley threatens to assert his dominance over multiple dimensions, and Wicked wreaking havoc wherever she travels, Marguerite is faced with more difficult decisions than ever before.

If our destiny is nothing more than a prediction of a collision, an intersection between two paths, then we don't have a destiny at all.

What first drew me to this series was the different settings, as with each new world Gray transported us to, there were new challenges for the characters to face. In A Million Worlds With You, each of the universes mentioned in the first two novels are once again acknowledged, along with a few new additions. What I did appreciate in this finale however, was the main focal point on Marguerite, Paul and Theo as they are confronted with their other selves on a deeper level. It's the dynamic trio against Triad, a mammoth task considering the cunning Conley and even more devious Wicked - one of the 'other' Marguerites, have other plans in store which could change their lives entirely. The Firebird devices themselves and the 'science' behind them were once again pivotal to the plot - especially when the situation demanded a decision which could mean the difference between life and death. The storyline was definitely taken up a notch in terms of suspense, with an epic showdown never far behind. It's a matter of good and evil, grappling with the moral question of whether it is acceptable to sacrifice a life when there is the possibility of saving many.

I've been so shaken by finding my one worst self that I never considered how much it might change our fates by finding someone else's best self. Travel through enough dimensions and maybe you'll find the hero and the villain in everyone. 

The complex romance between Paul and Marguerite is finally given some closure in this book, but what I really loved to see was Marguerite come into her own. All dimensions of her character were addressed, and her attempts to consolidate her different selves and understand who she wanted to be in her own world was a plot point skilfully executed. Gray has successfully built on all her characters in this novel, exposing their flaws and embracing their courage in the face of imminent danger. Even Marguerite's parents played an even greater role which pulled everything together as their own inventions threatened to become weapons of mass destruction. When worldbuilding and character development come together so successfully as they have in this case, it's no wonder that this series has been so popular.

FINAL THOUGHTS

A Million Worlds With You is a fitting end to a series I won't be forgetting anytime soon. This final instalment of a trilogy which I've been invested in from the first page has matched the ingenuity of its predecessors, defied science as we know it, and taken us on a whirlwind of a journey across the universe.

Review: The Estate (The Industry #2) by Rose Foster - A #LoveOzYA thriller not to be missed

Monday, 30 January 2017

The Estate by Rose Foster
Series: The Industry #2
Released: 22nd July 2016
Genre: YA Thriller
Source: Publisher
Pages: 414
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kirra Hayward has many questions. What is the Estate? Will she be safe from Latham there? Will her code cracking skills be used for good or evil? Will she ever make it home? As she reluctantly joins the ranks of criminals, Kirra begins to realise the Estate isn't quite the place of refuge she hoped it would be.

There's a bully to avoid, rumours of a second code cracker on the run, and the feeling that someone at the Estate wants Kirra gone. For good.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

This review may contain spoilers for The Industry

Ever since I heard that Rose Foster's The Industry was sure to have a sequel, I just couldn't wait to read it. With anticipation high, so were my expectations for this novel - and it definitely did not disappoint. In The Estate Kirra Hayward is working within the Industry itself, having completely left her old life behind. As one of the only people who can crack the elusive Spencer coding, she's in a valuable, yet dangerous position. What this book does so well is execute the perfect combination of suspense, character development and action - what more could you ask for?

What I really appreciated about The Estate's storyline is the emphasis Foster places on developing all of her characters; broth primary and secondary. Each member of the Industry is given a unique personality and their own quirks, from the protective Desmond to the distant yet slightly maternal Aurelie who Kirra lives with. Flo, who Kirra is paired with as a 'Retreiver', is especially complex. Kirra's own conflicting emotions over whether she wanted to continue living this other life where secret documents are always circling, assassins are on the loose and people's lives are at risk, were also explored. Everything from the dialogue to the plot twists seemed fitting and flowed well, building greatly upon the foundations set in the first book of the series. 

Aside from the structure and characters, the action scenes are what really set this book apart and provided wow factor. There is an electric dynamic throughout the story, and being set in Vienna added an extra level of interest. It was good to see the camaraderie in Kirra's immediate peers, but also the thrill of characters' true colours being exposed. I really hope there will be a third book because I have to know what happens next!

FINAL THOUGHTS

WOW. This is a thriller that will keep you glued to its pages. Rose Foster has proven herself to be a masterful storyteller with great insight into her characters and how they will react in high-octane situations. With code-cracking, assassins, and plenty of action to spare, The Industry series is one you need to read. 

There's also this twitter giveaway ending 5th Feb for a chance to win both books - signed!

Cover Reveal: A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Ginger Scott's novels are always more than just a romance - there's usually a sport theme, but above all are the family and deeper issues at play. I've always loved her books, and this one looks like it's going to be another emotional read!



A BOY LIKE YOU
NA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone

They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to save, but I know who saved me. We were kids. His name was Christopher. And up until the day he pulled me from death’s grip, he was nothing more than a boy I felt sorry for. In a blink of an eye, he became the only person who made me feel safe. And then he disappeared.

Now I’m seventeen. I’m not a kid anymore. I haven’t been for years. While death didn’t take me that day, the things that happened left me with scars—the kind that robbed me of everything I once loved and drove me into darkness. But more than anything else, that day—and every day since—has taken away my desire to dream.

I wasn’t going to have hope. I wouldn’t let myself wish. Those things—they weren’t for girls like me. That’s what I believed…until the new boy.

He’s nothing like the old boy. He’s taller and older. His hair is longer, and his body is lean—strong and ready for anything. I don’t feel sorry for him. And sometimes, I hate him. He challenges me. From the moment I first saw him standing there on the baseball field, he pushed me—his eyes constantly questioning, doubting…daring. Still, something about him—it feels…familiar.

He says his name is Wes. But I can’t help but feel like he’s someone else. Someone from my past. Someone who’s come back to save me. This time, though, he’s too late. Josselyn Winters, the girl he once knew, is gone. I am the threat; I am my worst enemy. And he can’t save me from
myself.


Releasing 3rd March 2017

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, and Hold My Breath.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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Top Ten Tuesday: This one's for the 'girls'

Tuesday, 24 January 2017



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish. With this week being free choice, I've decided to explore some of the titles in the trend of having 'girl' in the title which I haven't yet read. This article from the LA times which I saw shared on The Bookclub facebook page actually inspired this post, which mentions some of the patterns in books published in 2016, and why 2017 needs another big hit. Though I've already devoured Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, The Girls and Girls on Fire recently (and actually liked them all), I'm going back through my towering list of books that are yet to be experienced, and picked what seem to be the most memorable from the blurbs. 

1. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll


This book definitely has some Gone Girl vibes going on with the premise of a woman with a facade of perfection and deeper secrets lurking beneath. This thriller looks like an intense read.

2. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica


I've read Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica, but haven't yet read her debut. Okay, so it's another thriller compared to the era of Gone Girl (like many others). However, as another thriller drawing on the idea of nobody being as they seem, I think there's still scope for originality in exactly how situations play out. 

3. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey


Another thriller...with a scifi twist! I've had this one on my TBR for soo long, but I know that it's gotten some raving reviews from bloggers so fingers crossed I'll actually pick it up soon. 

4. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen


I discovered this book around the same time I bought The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath. I don't typically read memoirs, but the psychological aspect of this one seems fascinating, especially considering the paradigms surrounding mental illness in the 1960's.

5. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes


Art, history and romance appear to collide in this novel - which should make for a dramatic and enthralling combination. 

6. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes


I've seen some mixed reviews for this one, but the idea of a subversion between the victim/villain scenario does intrigue me...as does the promise of some time travel in this story. 

7. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black


It has been a looong time since I've read a book with vampires in it, but since this one is by Holly Black I'm willing to give it a go. If it's more on the spooky and less on the sparkly side, I'll be all in.

8. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers


This YA novel set in high school is the type of hard-hitting read tackling some very real issues which I think will be worth checking out. 

9. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma


This is one of the books on the 'own but haven't read pile' which when writing this post I recently rediscovered on my shelves. The sibling bonds and hint at the paranormal make this a story I'm drawn to already.

10. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow


Well, I had this one all planned to read as soon as it got released last year, but somehow that didn't happen. Hopefully by the time I publish this post I'll have started to read it!

Over to you - do you the word 'girl' in the title of a book has implications on how it is first perceived?

Waiting on Wednesday: All Our Wrong Todays

Wednesday, 18 January 2017


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where the participants tell their readers about an upcoming release they are waiting to read. This week I've picked All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai.






You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn't necessary. Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down.

Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland. But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality?

Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.

I'm really curious to see how this time-travel/alternate depiction of our world as we know it actually comes to form. It certainly sounds like it has the potential to be a thought-provoking read, and I'm looking forward to seeing for myself just how clever it is. Time will tell!

Releasing 7th February 2017 from Penguin Random House