ARC Review: A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray

I received this book for free from HarperTeen. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

ARC Review: A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray
A Thousand Pieces of You
Firebird #1

Written by: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: November 4th 2014
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: Edelweiss
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

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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.

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This is a book that has made it abundantly clear to me that, if I’m in the mood for something, and a book gives me that something, then I will forgive quite a few issues while I’m reading. I wanted a book dealing with awesome parallel universes, a ship I could sail (you know what I mean), and a plot that kept me engaged. I got all of those things from A Thousand Pieces of You — plus characters who were interesting, well-realized, and (though some of their decisions were a bit questionable) ones I found myself rooting for.

However, now that I’ve come down off of that “ooooh this book is so shiny” high, I find myself thinking back on many aspects that weren’t so great. Overall, I’m still left feeling pretty positive about it, but where my original, “I-just-finished-this-book” rating was 4 stars, I think maybe my final feelings are more around 3.5.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Duplicity

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Duplicity
Duplicity

Written by: N.K. Traver
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: March 17th 2015
Pages: 256
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A computer-hacking teen. The girl who wants to save him. And a rogue mirror reflection that might be the death of them both.

In private, seventeen-year-old Brandon hacks bank accounts for thousands of dollars just for the hell of it. In public, he looks like any other tattooed bad boy with a fast car and devil-may-care attitude. He should know: he’s worked hard to maintain that façade. With inattentive parents who move cities every couple of years, he’s learned not to get tangled up in things like friends and relationships. So he’ll just keep on living like a machine, all gears and wires.

Then two things come along to shatter his carefully-built image: Emma, the kind, preppy girl who insists on looking beneath the surface – and the small matter of a mirror reflection that starts moving by itself. Not only does Brandon’s reflection have a mind of its own, but it seems to be grooming him for something – washing the dye from his hair, yanking out his piercings, swapping his black shirts for … pastels. Changes he can’t explain to his classmates, who think he’s having an identity crisis, and certainly not to nosy Emma, who thinks this is his backward apology for telling her to get lost. Then Brandon’s reflection tells him: it thinks it can live his life better, and it’s preparing to trade places.

And when it pulls Brandon through the looking-glass, not only will he need all his ill-gotten hacking skills to escape, but he’s going to have to face some hard truths about who he’s become. Otherwise he’s going to be stuck in a digital hell until he’s old and gray, and Emma and his parents won't even know he's gone.

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I’m sorry but… did you read that blurb? I know it’s long, but seriously. A computer hacker whose reflection starts moving by itself, “improving” his appearance, AND THEN SUCKS HIM INTO THE MIRROR-WORLD WHERE HE HAS TO HACK HIS WAY OUT.

Okay, that devolved into capslock pretty fast, I’m sorry, but can you blame me?! This is like a hacker thriller twist on Through the Looking-Glass, of course I want it.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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ARC Review: BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater

ARC Review: BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The Raven Cycle #3

Written by: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: October 21st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 391
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: The Scorpio Races, The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves


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There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

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Adam understood, then, that Gansey and Blue’s awe changed this place. Ronan and Adam may have seen this place as magical, but Gansey and Blue’s wonder made it holy. It became a cathedral…

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Once you get to the third book in a series, it ends up being really hard to talk about that book without giving things away. The plot has moved on, huge things might have changed, and it’s really easy to let little things slip, even when you’re trying to avoid talking about anything spoilery. So forgive me if this review is a little short on details and heavy on vague feels… but that’s just the way it’s gotta be.

Things get underway pretty quickly in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. The whole… Glendower situation is escalating FAST now, and SO MUCH HAPPENS in this book, it’s frightening. You go into it thinking, Okay, I’m fine, there’s still one more book in this series, I can handle this, and then as things start to explode (I mean… figuratively…), you realize, Oh, no, I really can’t handle this, why is this stuff happening NOW, what is GOING ON I DIDN’T ASK FOR THESE FEELS!!! Except you totally did, so you’re totally fine with them. Except you’re totally not.

And that’s just the plot. That’s not even getting into the characters. Because holy crap, these characters.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Firefight

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Firefight
Firefight
Reckoners #2

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Delacorte
Release Date: January 6th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 432
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Also by this author: Legion, The Rithmatist, Steelheart, Mistborn

Spoilers if you haven't read Steelheart!!!

They told David it was impossible—that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart—invincible, immortal, unconquerable—is dead. And he died by David's hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David's willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic—Firefight. And he's willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

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So, this is a Sanderson book.

…that’s the only excuse I need for it to be my WoW pick, right? Do you seriously want to hear how awesome book 1 was? Or how I’m re-listening to the audiobook right now and the voice actor is blowing my mind and giving me feels I didn’t even feel the first time I read it?! Or or or… no but seriously, I just neeeeeed Firefight–and more of David’s horrible metaphors–in my life. It’s a requirement for continued happiness. (I’m being totally serious.)

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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Top Ten New (etc) Series I Want to Start

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…

Top Ten New, New(ish), & Upcoming
Series I Want To Start

This was HARD, GUYS. I’ve read (or at least tried to read) a lot of “first-books” the past couple years… So I stretched the topic a little, and my list will include new, new-ish (past 3-4 years), and 2 upcoming series I’m really looking forward to starting. :D

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Waiting on Wednesday – MARK OF THE THIEF

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – MARK OF THE THIEF
Mark of the Thief
Mark of the Thief #1

Written by: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: February 24th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade
Pages: 352
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Add on: Goodreads

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods -- magic some Romans would kill for.

Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic's newfound powers for their own dark purposes.

In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire's most powerful and savage leaders.

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If you checked out the “genres” above, you might be thinking, “Middle grade?! Since when does Nikki read middle grade?!” Welllll, I don’t. Not often. Notable exceptions are Percy Jackson (never getting over Blood of Olympus nope nope nope)… and Jennifer A. Nielsen’s Ascendance trilogy. Okay, okay… I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t actually finished the Ascendance trilogy (shhhh), but still. I loved the first two books and can’t wait to snag the third when it’s out in paperback. ANYWAY. All this to say – Jennifer Nielsen, writing a book about ROME? And there’s MAGIC involved?

I’m sorry, was there any doubt I’d be all over this series, or—

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What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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