Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2)
Author:  Claudia Gray
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Published Date:  3rd November 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*

Check out my review of book one in the series, A Thousand Pieces of You, here!

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 covers get much better than this one. Both of the books are still beautiful ^.^

I have read several books by Claudia Gray, from her Evernight series and now also the Firebird series. I was anticipating this book ever since I read my e-arc of book one. I even bought the first book in paperback after that because I loved everything about it so much. I have complete faith in Claudia Gray’s writing because it didn’t cross my mind for a second that this one might be less epic than book one.

I am glad I didn’t doubt. Because this book was just as wonderful as the first book was.

In the beginning it throws you right back into Marguerite’s life, which had me a bit confused for a moment. But gradually you end up coming back to speed and it hooks you in once again. We begin in a universe which is set in Rome. We’re only in this place briefly, so it made sense that we didn’t get that much description there. While we were there the novel immediately sets up what the plot of this sequel is going to be by adding in a new aspect of the Firebirds – the ability to splinter a human as they cross dimensions. From then onwards, things quickly progress.


I loved seeing Marguerite and Theo traveling the dimensions once again. We go back to the Russiaverse at one moment, which was mentioned in book one. However, for the majority of the book we are traveling to new worlds and places which prove just how vast Gray’s imagination is. Each world is different and unique, showing different aspects of the main character’s lives. We understand more as a reader than we ever have been able to before. I loved every time they ended up in a new dimension and had to find clues and discover what this world was like and how they should act. That was all done incredibly well, and as well as that I felt like the ‘science’ to do with dimension traveling was developed throughout this book and yet still made sense.

I am going to be honest with you – the love triangle comes back and stronger than ever. Don’t worry about cheating because that doesn’t happen. I’m usually not a big fan of love triangles but in this book? It all seems to make sense and I don’t even care because I love it. Halfway through book one I switched my love triangle team for one reason or the other (I know the reason, but no spoilers). But after this book I am switching back once again! #TeamTheo all the way. On a serious note though, I think Gray handles the love triangle perfectly and if there is going to be one, I think this is the way to do it.

There were some really funny and awkward moments in this book which had me laughing out loud. None of the scenes did that for me in book one which I think is just another indicator that this was a better book than the previous one.

Art and science are both pretty essential parts of the story and I like that they were seen and understood as equal to each other – without science being seen as the most important. That doesn’t happen often in books/real life, so I could appreciate that here.

I did think that Marguerite had some unfair ideas/thoughts about the multiverse and dimension traveling, but that was my own opinion. In general, all the characters were further developed and there are even a few plot twists found out as we get to see their different selves acting through dimensions.

Towards the end we got a massive plot twist. Like ASDFGHJKL massive. And everything – even the things which didn’t seem important – suddenly made sense. I can’t wait for book three because the plot was already set up in the end of this novel for it and I know it will be EPIC.

I have complete faith in Claudia Gray’s writing. I cannot wait.

AND THAT CLIFFHANGER THOUGH!

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Giveaway Time! Enter to win a hardcover of the finished book. Open to US/Canada only!


Olivia’s Question: Are you completely against love triangles or do some of them work out for you?

Olivia-Savannah x

56 comments:

  1. There is a second book!? How did I not know about this? I need this book. That first book is amazing. And there's a love triangle? I mean, sometimes I say no but in this case I say yeah because from what I remember, Theo was pretty great.

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. I am so glad you were able to love the first book! I felt like this one just worked out from the previous book, so the love triangle here doesn't bother me at all and I actually like it! Hope you can get to this one soon x

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  2. So happy you enjoyed this one! I wasn't the biggest fan of the first one...mostly because if the romance. I'm actually surprised that the love triangle resurfaces....

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    1. Ah, I am sorry that you couldn't really like it :/ The romance is a pretty big part of this one too, so that might bother you. I know what you mean though - by the end of book one I was sure the romance issues were gonna be over!

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  3. I've still not read the first book, and I'm thinking of just borrowing it from the library. I don't particularly like love triangles, but sometimes they work well for a story.

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    1. I think you should go ahead and borrow it, and sample taste the series that way! I agree with you. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don't.

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  4. Oh, how I hate cliffhangers. But, in this case it seems to work well. Glad you're enjoying Claudia Gray's books so much. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. I don't mind cliffhangers too much. Sometimes I just need the next book already though xD I love this author <3

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  5. So happy you enjoyed this one. I really enjoyed this one myself, although I did have a few problems with some of the aspects of this book. I am excited for the final book though, can't wait to see where the story goes.

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    1. I am looking forward to seeing your review :3 I am glad you were able to at least enjoy it though!

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  6. Personally, I *love* love triangles. I love the tension and the jealousies. I know that's not a popular opinion in the book blogosphere, but I like what I like :)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    -Rosie
    @rkgutmann
    literaryhedonist.com

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    1. Well, it doesn't matter if it is a popular opinion or not, it's your one! If you do love them, then you will love this book hands down ;) I do like love triangles sometimes, but at others not so much.

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  7. I just saw your post as I was on GR Olivia so here I am :) I usually miss out on stuff, I see them a few days late!

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  8. Oh wow that cover is gorgeous <3 I haven't read any of the books in the series, but this one sounds amazing!! I don't think I've ever read anything like that.
    Hmm I don't really enjoy love triangles too much, because I sweeeaaarr it always happens that the guy I want the girl to end up with NEVER gets the girl hahaha

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. Yup! All the cover love here <3 The cover artist needs some appreciation in my opinion! It's a really unique book and I think you should give it a shot.
      I KNOW THE FEELING. My ships always sink :(

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  9. It's not for me but if others want to, it's up to them.

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  10. Some love triangles are great, and work really well with the story.

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  11. So you kind of have me WANTING to read A Thousand Pieces of You now, which wasn't really high up on my list! Though I am afraid of what I'll think about the multiverse theory, but I guess I'll get to that once I read it!

    Those covers are sooooo gorgeous. I still can't get over either of them.

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    1. I hope you do give this series a shot! I actually really loved it and the multiverse theory is an interesting thing. I would love to hear another opinion on it. Those covers though <3 All the cover love <3

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  12. I really want to read this series, I have not read the first book either. I agree with you, the covers are beautiful!

    I don't mind a love triangle, because I have seen a few. It seems like people always want the person that doesn't want them and then the triangle begins!

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    1. They look so good! Yep, that often happens! I think the love triangle here is handled very well.

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  13. Isn't it great when a sequel is as good or even better than the first book? Love when that happens. I've never read anything by Gray and I don't think I will now but it's nice to hear you loved this so much and cannot wait for the third book. And I do have problems with love triangles when they are thrown at your face just because it is now a YA trope. Authors should stop doing that. I wouldn't mind a love triangle if it was nicely written and if it really added something to the story but reading about two guys fighting over a girl and the girl swooning over both of them with no apparent reason, kills me and annoys me to no end. I just can't.

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    1. I love when the sequel is even better! It's always great to have an author you can count on to love, like I do with Gray. I don't like it when it is a trope, but sometimes it does work for the story.

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  14. Love the covers. Would've entered the giveaway had it been open to readers outside the U.S. :(

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    1. Ah, sorry about this :( I hope you will enter my future, international giveaway!

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  15. Good to hear that it didn't disappoint

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  16. Glad to hear the triangle works here Olivia, and yes that cover is gorgeous! Fantastic review!!

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    1. It certainly does work well for this novel :D

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  17. What an unusual concept -- having to gather the soul to form the whole (person). Sounds most intriguing and exciting. As for the love triangle...well, generally I am not. I feel there are better ways of creating tension than another party. Though, I have read some that did make it work, like Cassandra Claire's The Infernal Devices series. Such a beautiful and perfect ending for all three.

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    1. It was nothing I have ever heard of before. It made for a good book ;) I know what you mean about it not always being so wonderful, but sometimes it does work. I think it did work the Mortal Instruments. I didn't know it appears in the Infernal Devices as well!

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  18. Sadly, I haven't read the first book. Gah. All I can do is agree with you on the covers. Lol.

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    1. DD: You should try it! At least we can agree on the covers ^.^

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  19. The reason I wait for the whole series (or most of it) to be out is because I hate when the book ends with a cliffhanger. I like a good cliffhanger but I also thing that even a book in a series should be able to be a great stand-alone book, don't you think?

    As for love triangles... not their biggest fan, but I also don't mind them.

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    1. I know there are quite a few readers out there who do the same thing as you!

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  20. I'm extremely excited to read this series! The covers are really beautiful also!

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    1. I think they really are! I hope you love it x

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  21. Ahhh love triangles... I think they can be good fun, but only if both 'contestants' are equally likeable.

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  22. I wasn't planning on reading the second book because I just didn't like the first book well enough but your review just encouraged me. I guess I'll have to go pick it up then. And love triangles are very overdone; there are very few authors who can pull off a good love triangle.

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    1. I hope you do try the second book. Even if you still don't find it to be wonderful, it is a lot better than the first one was!

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  23. Girl you're review is making me want to pick this up NOW. Problem is, I haven't read the first one yet lmao. When the first one released, there were so many mixed reviews, and the book itself just didn't grab my attention in the way that I wanted it to. If I was going to pick it up, it was going to be mainly for the cover which was absolutely gorgeous. But now I'm excited to see what both titles are all about, so I'll pick up the first one soon. Great review as usual Liv :)

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    1. You need to read the first one! Yeah, there were quite a few mixed ones. But the cover is beautiful, if that is one reason to dive in ;) And personally I really like them. Hope you do enjoy them Tika <3

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  24. I can't wait to read this! I loved the first book.

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    1. If you loved the first book I am pretty sure you will enjoy this one too~

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  25. I'm sure I'm going to like this as much as I like the first one.

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    1. Glad to know you liked the first one, and I am pretty sure of that too!

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  26. Sending you some comment love <3 Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to binge read the first and second books! Fingers crossed...

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    1. They are really wonderful so I do hope you get the opportunity to do that. Thanks for the comment x

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  27. sounds like a fun one! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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