Claudia Gray – Ten Thousand Skies Above You

“Ten thousand skies, and a million worlds, and it still wouldn’t be enough for me to share with you. Nothing less than forever will do.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Harper Teen

  • Published On: November 3 2015

  • Pages: 424

Synopsis: Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

The 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.

Review: I don’t think I’ll get over how beautifully designed the covers of this trilogy are. Incredible job done by whoever designed it!!! I’m so glad I picked up A Thousand Pieces Of You because wow I love this trilogy [the 2 books I’ve now read]. Switching between multiverses & all those experiences are soooo interesting to read like wow there could be a whole other world out there that we don’t know of…

Rating: 💎💎💎💎


Amy Zhang – Falling Into Place

“Because Liz Emerson held so much darkness within her that closing her eyes didn’t make much of a difference at all.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: GreenWillow

  • Published On:

  • Pages: 296

Synopsis: On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

Review: I won this a signed copy of this book in a giveaway held by Kinokuniya! The book has really short chapters so you’re quick to read a lot in a little time. This book’s core is when Liz decides that life isnt worth living anymore & decides that she’s going to end her life but make it look like an accident. I’m not sure how I feel about this book because it was really dark. The book brings to light suicidal behaviors & how everything went down hill after the death of Liz’s father.

“She wished they had talked more about how all of the equations were derived. She wanted to know how Galileo and Newton and Einstein discovered they things they discovered. She wanted to know how they could have lived in the exact same world as everyone else but see things that no one else did.”

Rating: 💎💎.5

Claudia Gray – A Thousand Pieces Of You

“Every possibility, every time fate flips a coin, splits the time dimensions yet again, creating yet more layers of reality. It goes on and on forever, to infinity.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Harper Teen

  • Publised On: November 4 2014

  • Pages: 358

Synopsis: Cloud 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.

Review: This was such an amazing read! I think Dark Matter by Blake Crouch really got me intrigued by this whole multiverse thing & I really liked A Thousand Pieces Of You ❤️. There were twists & turns that I probably should’ve seen coming but was so into the book that I didn’t 😂. One thing, other than the book itself, that I love is the cover!!!! When I first saw this trilogy & its beautiful covers, I didn’t even read what its about before I added them to my TBR! The giveaway hosted by Kinokuniya Dubai in which I won a signed copy of A Thousand Pieces Of You was I think the last motivator to make me pick this book up ASAP & I’m so glad I did! You should toooo!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Blake Crouch – Dark Matter

“We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we’re a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.”

Book Details:

  • Published On: July 26 2016
  • Publisher: Crown
  • Pages: 342

Synopsis: “Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Review: When I first read @nadirasworld’s book review & she mentioned the Quantum theory was the core of the book, my very first thought was oh man, I suck at science & am I going to be able to understand what’s happening? But it was pretty easy to understand as the book was pretty simple to read through. The book definitely reminded me of The Flash because of parts of it (Spoiler maybe?). The book blew my mind, I really enjoyed it & I do recommend reading it! It was gripping & I stayed up late because I just had to know what the hell was going on.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Taylor Jenkins Reid – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo

“I’m not trying to be ungrateful, but I think I deserve to know why one of the most famous actresses of all time would pluck me out of obscurity to be her biographer and hand me the opportunity to make millions off her story.”

Synopsis: Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendour of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.

Review: The book was great, well written too. The one thing that Evelyn stressed most on was that everything she did was for her family & she would do everything all over again. To me it felt like Evelyn Hugo was a real person & the book was an actual autobiography even though it wasn’t. I was into the book from the very start. The book talks about the extent some people go for love & success, there was a lot of drama in the book but that’s kind of understood with the whole seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo & the stories of what happened with each of them. The book’s core would probably be the struggles that LGTBQ communities face in the world, maybe even the Hollywood world because by the second husband there is a revelation which leads to Evelyn Hugo making several decisions that have consequences later in her life (trying to keep it spoiler free kind of). The reveal as to why Evelyn chose Monique to write her book was woah, not expected. I admit that reading pretty much the same thing happening to her marriages did get a little boring but each marriage was filled with its own drama. I think I liked Harry the most out of her 7 husbands.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Ally Condie – Reached (#3 Matched Trilogy)

ReachedYou cannot change your journey if you are unwilling to move at all.

Ally Condie is an American writer of young adult fiction. The Matched trilogy published 2010-2012 is a science fiction dystopia. Reached is the last book of the Matched series. Reached continues the story of Cassia & Ky, who after leaving the Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other again. Cassia is assigned as an undercover in Central City, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything changes again.

After two books of not being so impressed, Reached finally exceeded my very low expectations. It’s when it all goes down. The trio are all in different places with minimal contact through the Archivists who are a group of people that can get people what they want in exchange for a valuable item. Cassia’s undercover in Central City, unsure of when the Rising will happen. Xander’s an undercover Official medic & Ky is an airship pilot with Indie, Cassia’s friend from the girl’s work camp. The only clue Cassia is given that it’ll be big enough for her to know that its time. Xander was told about a Plague that would hit the Society which is when the Rising has started. I liked that there were some kind of twists to the story, the Plague mutated & the cure that the Rising had created for the original Plague was no longer working & the Pilot comes & takes the three to a village on the borders because they could help in finding the cure. I’m glad that all of them got their happy ending even though it was predictable, Ky and Cassia are together while Xander finds love with Lei, a fellow Official who later joins the Rising & the people get their right to vote for who they want in charge. Out of the three I think Xander had the more interesting undercover job so I found that I read his chapters more keenly. The first half of the book was just a load of info dumping, giving what has happened so far with each character in their own POVs, Xander I feel made the most change. It was a decent enough conclusion to the trilogy.

Rating: 💎💎💎.5


Ally Condie – Crossed (#2 Matched Trilogy)

Crossed“I will be strong enough to go without the tablet. But there are other things I’m not strong enough to go without, and I intend to fight for them.”

Ally Condie is an American writer of young adult fiction. The Matched trilogy published 2010-2012 is a science fiction dystopia. Crossed is #2 in the Matched trilogy, followed by Reached. Crossed continues the story of Cassia, the rules have changed. Ky has been taken & she will sacrifice everything to find him. When Cassia discovers that Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society, hope rises. But nothing is as it seems, a rebellion is on the rise.

I could not wait for this book to end; the first half is Cassia & Ky in two different places: Girl’s work camp & the Outer Provinces. And then, Cassia finds out that Ky’s in the Outer Provinces so she travels to find him but by the time she reaches there, Ky has already escaped to the Carvings. Cassia follows him to the Carvings by the help of another boy that knew Ky before he escaped. Ky & Cassia are in the same Carvings, it’s like two parallel lines, they are just in different parts of it 😒. When they finally meet, Cassia’s obsession with The Rising creates a little distance between the two because Ky says: “This is the one thing I can’t do for you. I can’t join the Rising.” At this point I’m like, finally some drama, but what happens? I run to help Hunter with the boat. It’s for her. If what she wants is the Rising, I will help her reach it.

When Cassia realises that Indie (her friend from the Girl’s work camp) is in love with Xander. What’s her thought?

“Xander is the kind of person an Aberration can never have. A golden boy, as close to perfect as they come in the Society.

He’s not her Match. He’s mine.

With Xander, I could have a family, a good job, be loved, be happy, live in a Borough with clean streets and neat lives. With Xander, I would be able to do the things I always thought I would.

But with Ky, I do things I never thought I could.

I want both.”

In book 1, she was all set to say adios to Xander to be with Ky. She said that she didn’t love Xander the way she loves Ky. She risked everything to be with Ky. Book 2, she’s confused, torn between the two. Suddenly when Indie doesn’t deny the fact that she’s in love with Xander, Cassia wants both.

Lastly, I normally like the switching in PoVs but in Crossed, I kept getting confused between who’s PoV am I reading? I kept flipping the pages to go back to the start of the chapter to see who it is. It was difficult to distinguish between the two.

Rating: 💎💎