Saturday, 23 January 2016

Review: A Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray



Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Status: Firebird #2

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Ten thousand worlds. Ten thousand enemies. One love.

Marguerite Caine has done the impossible, traveling to alternate dimensions with the Firebird—the brilliant invention of her parents, her boyfriend, Paul, and their friend Theo. But she has also caught the attention of enemies willing to kidnap, blackmail, and even kill to use the Firebird for themselves.

When Paul’s soul is splintered into four pieces—pieces that are trapped within Pauls in other dimensions—Marguerite will do anything, and travel anywhere, to save him. But the price of his safe return is steep. If she doesn’t sabotage her parents in multiple universes, Paul will be lost forever.

Unwilling to sacrifice her family, Marguerite enlists the brilliant Theo to help. The two forge a plan to save Paul and the Firebird, but succeeding means outsmarting a genius and risking not only their lives but also the lives of their counterparts in every other dimension.

Their mission takes them to the most dangerous universes yet: a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each leap brings Marguerite closer to saving Paul—but her journey reveals dark truths that lead her to doubt the one constant she’s found between worlds: their love for each other.


Claudia Gray proves she does not suffer from “second book syndrome” in this enthralling sequel to her Firebird Trilogy novels that will, I kid you not, make you cry and suffer from book withdrawal for the next couple of weeks. I lied. This book will leave you in mourning till you can get your hands on the final book. And also, please note, there will be spoilers in this review for the first book- YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

GUYS,  Marguerite and the gang come back and this time, the stakes are higher and the end game is personal. She is a phenomenal MC that learns more throughout this novel, as she learns the repercussions of her last travel through over universes and how really different each universe version her is- especially relationship wise.

In terms of the characters, we really get to see the darker versions of themselves in this novel, and it’s so wicked! It’s odd, but it puts into perspective their good qualities: their loyalty, their love, and devoution.

Story wise, I was not expecting things to go the way it did. In the first novel, we learned that her father really survived, and that his “death” was the end result of an alternate version of Theo causing some trouble for the family. BUT we NEVER really get to know why he did it- well sort of. We knew that Triad-verse Theo was working for Connelly, but as to WHY they needed Marguerite, was a huge mystery. We find out why in this book, and it is NOT AT ALL WHAT YOU ARE EXPECTING!

Overall, this novel was amazing, and I cannot wait for the finale! I really didn’t expect this book to end the way it did!


Friday, 22 January 2016

ARC Review: the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman





Author: Alison Goodman
Expected Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Received from: publisher
Status: Lady Helen #1

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s eagerly awaited new project: a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

In all honesty, the Dark Days Club was everything that I was looking for in a book. Filled with supernatural creatures, secret societies, mysterious heroes, and of course, set in Regency England, this book is exactly what every historical YA bookworm will want!

The story revolves around Lady Helen, who’s about to be presented in front of Queen Charlotte and is having a hard time coming to terms with her season. The pressure is on for her, since her mother (despite her being deceased) and her reputation still cast a huge shadow over her. After a series of unfortunate events, Helen finds herself entangled in a world of demon hunting and secret societies, causing her to realize that being a lady isn’t the hardest job in the world: but being a demon-hunting lady is.

I loved this story very much, although I will have to say, it is a slow burn. This book was very big, and although I felt in the beginning that it seemed to go on forever, at the end of it, I found it fitting to be as long as it was, otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten the story as it is now (well, I don’t know how much has changed in the final copies, since I got this book way before it was published).

What I loved about Helen was that she was smart and unlike so many other YA heroines thought things through (which is probably why this book was as long as it was, but for her to not jump to conclusions, it was fine by me). She’s really protective, and will do anything to save those she loves. She’s also a very proper lady (who discovers she inherits a lot from her mother), and I felt really bad for her because she was so intelligent and her own character, but her environment and livelihood didn’t really understand that. I felt that Good man did an amazing job representing the repression of a lady during the 1800s- no matter how much Pride and Prejudice got us swoon, being a lady before the 21st century sucked, for the lack of a better word.

Also, on the topic of Pride and Prejudice, I really got a PPZ (Pride, Prejudice and Zombies) feel from the book. I know they weren’t hunting demons in PPZ, but the fact that it’s regency era and they’re hunting demons got me thinking more of PPZ than Shadowhunter (it’s probably due to the amount of movie trailers I see).

But what really made this novel for me? THERE WAS NO LOVE TRIANGLE! There’s a bit of romance, but it doesn’t really distract from the fact that you know, Helen ends up entangled in a world where people hunt demons. In terms of the men in her life, her brother bothers me because he doesn’t know how easy he has it, his friend Selburn is hiding something (in my eyes), and Lord Carlston… Oh Carlston, you misunderstood man. We get to know him, but he has more secrets that are not revealed in this book.

Overall, this book is awesome, and I really recommend on getting it!






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