[Review] A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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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.

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4stars

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I wasn’t really expecting to actually like the book. I was pretty interested in the plot but for some reason I was expecting it to be a failure. I couldn’t be more wrong… The book was fantastic!

Writing Style

Well written and easy to follow the story! I enjoyed reading it so much that I actually finished it in one day. The flashbacks were beautifully attuned with the plot, thankfully! I am usually disappointed when it comes to flashbacks because they get me out of the current story but this time I was really into them.

The author gladly used first person POV and I was more than happy to be inside Marguerite’s head.

Plot

I am super excited about world building! I got to see so many different versions of Marguerite’s life and I can’t wait to see more since the possibilities are infinite. I am not the right person to judge because there were many scientific things I didn’t get (I’m kind of stupid), but I think there were no plot holes.

Last but not least, I am a sucker for a good romance and I got what I asked for. Marguerite and Paul are perfect and since there was no hint of insta-love I am really really satisfied.

Characters

I’ll be completely honest. I am not really crazy for any of the characters but I am not disappointed at all. I mean, none of them were annoying but they were a bit predictable. I was expecting the “plot twist” since the beginning but I did enjoyed it when it finally happened.

Marguerite is not really a badass but she is not the lady in distress. I would say she is so realistic that I could relate to all of her reactions. I enjoy that kind of characters, with human reactions.

I need to read and explore more about Paul though. Sadly we only got glimpses of the “real” him throughout the story but I loved all the interactions he had with Marguerite.

Overall

I am a fan of Claudia Gray and her writing. I am really interested in the series and I hope you will all give this book a try.

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[Claudia Gray]

Claudia Gray is not my real name. I didn’t choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn’t), because I’d always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven’t) or even because I’m hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actually the best reason to do things.

I live in New Orleans. So far, in life, I’ve been a disc jockey, a lawyer, a journalist and an extremely bad waitress, just to name a few. I especially like to spend time traveling, hiking, reading and listening to music. More than anything else, I enjoy writing.

[Blog Goals Wednesday] New, come back goals

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I can’t have a come back if I’m not organized, right? I thought it would be wise to start with a Blog Goals Wednesday and smoothly be back with you guys.

weekly goals

~Blog everyday for a week no matter what

I need to get used to my routine again!

~Get in touch with most of my friends in the blogsphere

I’ve missed you all.

~Review 3 books

One is already reviewed!!

~Reach 300 followers

18 more! So so so close~

So I know I can make it back but I am nervous. I had really serious reasons that were preventing me from blogging but I need to do this for me. I love this. You guys are my motivation and I hope everything will be back to the way it was.

[Blog Goals Wednesday] Progress and New Goals

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It was a great week in the blogsphere and it feels good to be back and interact with all of you! Thank you~

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~Blog everyday for a week no matter what~

I need to be fully back. 

Yup I was here everyday for the past week, Tired of me?

~Review 2 books~

I struggle at the moment but I have to take my mind off of bad things. 

Can’t make it because of my boredom but I am determined.

~Do all the pending tags and awards~

I’ve lost my bookmarks because my laptop died but I’ve managed to find some of the tags I was in. So I will have to at least do the ones I’ve found. 

It takes more time than I thought to do all the tags. So many and so excited about it. Thank you all for keep tagging me.

weekly goals

~ Review 3 books. ~

I’ll take it to the next level.

~ Reach 35 likes in a post. ~

At times I make it to 30 likes but I always try for the better so 35 it is this time.

~ Reach 300 followers. ~

I am close but not enough to make it this week. But it doesn’t hurt to try.

Thank you all because you guys are my motive about everything!

[Rant Tuesday] Expectations of a main female character

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Hello my precious people! How was your Monday? Hope it was good cause today’s Tuesday and I am more than ready to rant on main female book characters.

We all love it when the female character is strong, sassy and independent, right? Then what about the weak and defenseless ones?

It is true that when I read a book, I expect the main character to be smart, pretty, rational and all the good qualities a person can have. Well I think I got this all wrong because actually there so many girls out there who’re not that way. Sometimes a main character is allowed to be weak and waiting for help. I am not really talking about being annoying; just weak because not all of us can be strong all the times. I don’t see how it’s bad when you rely on someone and wait for his help. Yes that help might never come and we all have to trust noone and rely mostly on ourselves but I swear there are times that Ι really want to read about the one guy that actually helps the damsel in distress, because it might be genuine and because that girl might really need the help. I don’t even know if I make sense. I am not talking about unnecessary drama or fake weakness just to get the guy to help you. I am talking about an actual weak character with confidence issues and real problems. Yes sometimes that person needs to hear compliments and be shy about them and not act sarcastic because of her badass-ness (ignore the word).

So what I am trying to say is that I super enjoy when the main character is all about trusting herself and have life goals and be focused on her purpose and all, but I do love a character who needs a push; a character who needs someone to show her the way. That’s not bad cause that’s reality.

So this is shout out to all of you who wait for that someone in your life that will show you what it’s like to live. Go out there, find that man because it’s ok to need him. Be yourselves and don’t try to act strong if you’re not just because people like it. Ask for help and at the end if you don’t get it, try harder and be the strong person that people want you to be. It’s all about experiences, failures and disappointments. These things make us all stronger and it’s fine that we are through them. Either someone will make us feel better or we’ll do it on our own.

Be yourself and do not be ashamed of it.

[Top 5 Monday] Favorite Novellas

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I didn’t really read novellas because I thought that sometimes they’re a waste of time. Well I couldn’t be more wrong because when I read these five perfections Ι immediately regretted not reading novellas. Shame on me!

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Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A small intro for the great world about gargoyles and demons that Jennifer created. I liked it because it was something new to me and the story was absolutely adorable.

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Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

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Breathless (Elemental #2.5) by Brigid Kemmerer

This is also a small intro about what’s to follow. I think it should have been 3.5 instead of 2.5 because book number 3 is about Hunter and not Nick. But Hunter’s novella is 1.5 so it’s a bit confusing because book number 2 is about Gabriel. Anyway. Nick’s novella a.k.a Breathless was insanely enjoyable and shocking. I had my jaw dropped almost till the end. Brigid Kemmerer did a really great job and I think she is the only author that actually made me read every single novella in the series.

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Too many secrets. Not enough time.

Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic.

But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive.

His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognize a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark.

He can feel it—the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out that sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.

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Oblivion (Lux #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What? Are you surprised? Why? Second book in the top 5 from queen Jennifer? Just wait till number 1. So this would also have been ‘Shadows‘ instead of ‘Oblivion’ because Dawson’s and Beth’s story is awesome as well but it’s only natural to have a thing for Daemon, right? I mean, who doesn’t? Being inside his head is pure bliss.

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Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

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Consequence (Significance #4.5) by Shelly Crane

Caleb and Maggie will be forever and ever my favorite couple! Seriously, I am totally biased and obsessed with their love and I will ship them till the end of time.

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Maggie and Caleb are married, leaders of their people, parents to their children, and happier than they ever dreamed, even with the visions they saw of it to prove it so. The council is still rebelling against Maggie’s changes, but this time it’s different. It’s almost as if something…or someone is behind them, pulling the strings and making decisions for them.

And Maggie is having strange visions that only she can see, leaving Caleb helpless to help her. But when her visions start to warn her that their daughter, Ava, will one day be in danger, they’ll do anything it takes to find out what’s going on and how to stop it, even paying a visit to a previous Visionary.

Maggie and Caleb must find out who or what is behind it all and stop them before Maggie is one vision too late.

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Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Just one reason this is my number one. Aiden. ❤

If Aiden was real, he would be the love of my life. My sin, my sweet torture, my everything. Aiden is just the best character that has ever been written. Unfortunately here applies the ‘he is too good to be true’.

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Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex.
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for.
Even if it means making war against the gods.

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I think my obsession over Jennifer’s books is finally clear. What do you think? Have you read any of them? I think I should make a top 5 just about Jennifer’s books.

[Spotlight Saturday] #2

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Spotlight Saturday is a weekly feature, created by Josie [Josie’s Book Corner] dedicated to spotlighting and pinpointing some of the things over the week that have caught our attention more than usual, things we’ve particularly loved, etc.

Feel free to participate as well!

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Oh that was easy this week! Cristina [My Tiny Obsessions] arrived at Seoul yesterday and yet she keeps blogging and she has so many things to show us. Have fun in Seoul Cristina, I am so freaking jealous!

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Syc’s [The Lit Mermaid] Cover Once-over feature is amazing!

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Because of the ‘Shadowhunters’ I keep watching this book everywhere again. Not that I am complaining!

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My best friend lives in Sweden right now, she was part of the Erasmus program and a year ago she met there new people. Many of them are Greeks and of course I got to know them as well through her. A couple of weeks ago I actually met one of them in person because she was back home. Yesterday I’ve met her again and we talked for hours. We talked and talked and talked and it was awesome because we had so many things in common and because we made a really good team. I had so much fun and I really believe that this is just the beginning of an amazing friendship.

Yes, that’s definitely my spotlighted moment.

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That’s easy as well. I’ve been using Viber for the past week. Whatsapp would be a great app but I guess not for this week.

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The biggest hit in Greece at the moment.

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“Do you have any idea how that feels? To have every part of you replaced, one piece at a time. until you don’t even recognize yourself anymore? The only time I feel like a whole person is with you, but what was the point of finding that if it was going to be taken away?”

The Thirteenth World, – A.N. Willis

It hit me right in the feels… I don’t even know why.

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So what about you guys? Anything interested this week?

[VS Battle Saturday] Original Covers VS Movie Tie-in Covers

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So I was given this idea by a friend of mine and I really thank her for that cause it’s a really amazing idea. She was complaining about my absence but finally here I am, caring her idea out.

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Movie Tie-in covers look more professional but some of the original are just so awesome and I prefer them. What about you? Which do you prefer?

[Blogger Land Thursday] #1

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This is the first time I am trying out this feature so please let me know what you think. Would you like me to keep it up or not?

So basically I will be letting you know what’s going on in the blogger land. Of course I am talking about my blogger land but it’s up to you become a part of it, if you see something that looks interesting.

If you want you can adopt this feature to your own blog as well. I think it’s quite useful.

**All links send you right to the posts**

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Claire [The Coffeeholic Bookworm] reviewed ‘First Comes Love’ by Katie Kacvinsky and rated it with five hot coffee cups!

Morgan [Hopeless book addict] got an new adult ARC from netGalley and recommends it to those with a hunger for guilty pleasure reads.

Leigh [Little Book Star] read the ‘Illusions of Fate’ and unfortunately she had some issues. She was confused and that’s why she gave it three and a half colorful stars!

Dee [The Bookish Khaleesi] loved ‘Six of Crows’ and Leigh Bardugo. Her review was awesome.

Sumaya [Sue’s Reading Corner] finished ‘Shadow Falls: After Dark’ series by rating the final book ‘Unspoken’ with 4,25 stars.

And last but not least for today, [A reading Writer] thinks that ‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon is a must read book.

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Aetheristrux [The Amazing Life of a Bookworm] was nominated for ‘The One Lovely Blog’ Award. Congratulations!

Melanie [The Aspiring Novelist] was encouraged by me over at ‘The Encouraging Thunder Award’. Glad she participated.

Ashley [What’s She is Reading] was tagged to do one of my favorite tags. ‘Inside Out Book Tag’.

Olivia Emily [Bibliomad] did the ‘Fireworks Book Tag’.

RJ [Heir of Ravenclaw] might not have been tagged but she loved the ‘Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag’ RJ I am going to tag you on my next tag!

Charley [Books and Bakes] double tagged me and other people for ‘The Autumn Book Tag’ and ‘The Fall Time Cozy Book Tag’. Lucky me!

Jasmine [Jasmine Pearl Reads] is finally catching up with her tags. This time she was nominated for the ‘Beautiful Blogger Award’.

Jessie Nicholas [Books at Dawn] found fun the ‘Gimme All The Pastries’ Tag.

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Wednesday was full of memes and features on my blogger land. Let’s see:

WWW Wednesdays

Dee [The Book Khaleesi]

T.K Lawrence [Read it or Not Reviews]

Raven [Dreamy Addictions]

[Girl in BookLand]

Jacqueline [Falling In Love With The Sound of Words]

Waiting on Wednesdays

Audrey [Forwards and Bookwords]

Jeanette [Myriad Inklings]

Top 5 Wednesday

Catia [The Girl Who Read Too Much]

Maria [Big City Bookworm]

Beatrice [When Curiosity Killed the Cat]

Giovanna [Bookcoma]

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Regina [The Bibliotheque] talks about the cover of ‘Iniquity’ by Amy Bartol that was revealed. She also has a surprise.

Lana [Bananagram Book Reviews] and Jenaca [JenAcideByBibliophile] reveal to us the cover of ‘Coke’ by Barun Chanda.

Aira [Aira Reads] is excited over the cover of ‘Sweet Soul’. She has all the info you need in her post. Like ALL!

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Kat [Life and Other Disasters] looks forward to ‘Sherlock Christmas Special’. Check out the trailer!

Callum [Callum McLaughlin] wrote a heartbreaking poem called ‘Never’.

Simon [Sfarnell] said that Technology can’t do it all.

Team [Lectito] presented 20 instagram accounts for booklovers.

Marta [Miti and Marta] is getting organized and she talks about it.

Aria [Aria Stuck in Wonderland] shows us a video about what she is currently reading.

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This is pretty much what’s going on in blogger land. I think I am exhausted but it was worth it. Hope you will find at least some of the bloggers interesting and worth following and getting to know them better.

Don’t forget to let me know about the feature!^^

Thank you all.

[Rant Tuesday] Book characters and adaptation cast

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So today my friend was going crazy over how much female audiobook narrators ruin the manly badass picture she has for the male leads in the dialogues. She says that she prefers male narrators to be the voice of male characters and I think I agree. Because I do not listen to audiobooks, I was wondering if there’s something that ruins the picture of male characters in my head and then I realized that yes, god, yes there is.

BAD CASTING.

That’s just wrong!

I don’t even know who’s in charge of the cast but what are you thinking? You can’t just pick the first famous guy that comes in your head. You need to find the right actor for an adaptation and if you have to look for years then I can wait. Watching a movie with the wrong cast drives me so crazy. I can’t even watch properly because of all the objections and it’s not fair that the only thoughts are ‘he doesn’t look like him’ or ‘this is not how he would react’ or this is so freaking wrong’.

I think that so far, out of all the adaptations I’ve watched, there are only a couple that I actually enjoyed because of the cast.

Please, directors, allow authors to have an opinion about the cast and let them help you. They will definitely know the right person for the character they created. That will help your movie be better and that will ease my aching heart. You can’t keep destroying all the male characters in the world.

Ok I may overreacting because I know it’s impossible to be completely satisfied. Nothing can compare with the perfect picture in my head but I am sure with a bit more effort the right actor can be found.

Same goes for the female characters but I think actresses are easier to be found and be a match for a character. I think so far there were many successful choices such as The Hunger Games, Divergent, Harry Potter and other movies.

But maybe it’s just me so I don’t know.

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Am I the only disappointed reader? Do you think I judge too hard? Let me know your favorite cast and your worse!

Talk to me my darlings! ❤