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Thou Shall Read Till Thy Eyes Bleed

"I will be with her again, or I will die.
There aren't any other options."
-Ash, The Iron Knight

"If I let myself love you I won't throw myself in front of her.
I'll throw myself in front of you."
-Dimitri Belikov, Vampire Academy

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

YA Review + Giveaway: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray (!!!!)

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird
Book #: 1
Pages: 368
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 4.11
Published: Nov. 4th, 2014

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.

Taschima's POV:

Sometimes, all you can do is cry happy tears. I mean, look at that cover, it is incredible. All I wanted was for the story between the pages to be just as good, to live up not only to the awesome cover design but to the hype. And man, did it deliver.


I think A Thousand Pieces of You is definitely my favorite Claudia Gray book. It kind of reminds me of [book:All Our Yesterdays|13514612] and [book:Dissonance|17334538]. It is an intricate story that keeps you on your toes. Since the beginning of the story me and my friend Lexie were trying to guess the ending, the bad guy, and the romantic interest (I know, we are bad). While some things we got figured out pretty quickly others came as a surprise. Good Claudia Gray, you kept me guessing!
"I don't know if I'm the kind of person who can kill a man in cold blood. But I'm going to find out."
The beginning of the novel is fast, interesting, and it gets your blood pumping. First thing to come up: Murder. Revenge. Meg is out for blood. Paul's blood to be exact. She believes he killed her father and then ran off with her parent's prized experiment; a machine that can travel through dimensions. So Meg, with a little help from her friend Theo, is out to get Paul and make him pay.
"The universe is in fact a multiverse. Countless dimensions exist, all layered within one another.Each dimension represents one set of possibilities. Essentially, everything that can happen does happen... Every possibility, every time fate flips a coin, splits the dimensions yet again, creating yet more layer of reality. It goes on and on forever, to infinity."
Meg is the odd one out in her family, but that doesn't mean she is alone. Her entire family is creative of a sort, they just use different hemispheres of their brains to get the job done. Her parents and big sister are into science while Meg is into art. This makes her likable, being the odd man out. She is also ballsy. From pretty early on you get the picture she knows next about nothing regarding what exactly the device her parent's made to cross dimensions does but she still risks it in order to find her father's supposed murderer. All in all I really liked her. She is shown to be conflicted throughout the read and to really take to heart every single version of herself she falls into.

I can't talk much about specific things like the romance because it would just give too much away. All I can really say is that the romance aspect is a BIG part of A Thousand Pieces of You, and that is just dandy. It is a really juicy, edge of your seat kind of romance. There is one dimension that is set in Russia that is BOUND to hook readers. If you were a little "eh" when starting the read when you get to the Russian side of the story you will be hooked forevermore. It was my favorite part and completely brought the book to a whole new level.
[Spoiler] "I fell in love with one Paul. I fell in love with his unchanging soul. Does that mean I fell in love with every Paul, everywhere?" [/Spoiler]
A Thousand Pieces of You is a must read this year. The pretty cover does meet the expectations. If you liked the Evernight series by Claudia, then you will love this one. I liked Evernight, but I LOVED A Thousand Pieces of You and I can't wait for the sequel!


Monday, 3 November 2014

I Want You To Vote.. For your Favorite 2014 Books! #Goodreads

It is that time of year again, the time to vote for your favorite 2014 reads. We readers unfortunately don't get a live TV show like the Oscars, but we get the next best thing. Goodreads is hosting its 2014 Choice Awards again this year and I must say the competition is FIERCE. I think every other year I have been able to quickly pin point which reads (from their selection) have been my absolute favorites but this year I found myself puzzled in one category: Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction. I mean come on, first off why did you have to group them together anyways? They should both have their individual ballots. A curse on all their houses!

The Goodreads Choice Awards have 20 categories. I personally only voted in ten of them, which include: Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels and Comics, Debut Goodreads Authors, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Middle Grade & Children's.

Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Fantasy Picks:

Landline by Rainbow Rowell The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

To be perfectly honest Landline was the only title in the Fiction category I had read... As to the Veronica Mars title, well, I am a very big Veronica Mars fan. I also figured the title wouldn't get many votes compared to the other more popular titles listed so I had to root for the underdog. My fantasy pick was a no-brainer; you put anything agaisnt Jeaniene Frost in front of me and it is going to lose, bad.

Romance, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels and Comics Picks:

The King by J.R. Ward Lock In by John Scalzi Avatar by Gene Luen Yang

Again, JR Ward is a no-brainer. She is a terrific author who is my second favorite adult romance writer, first being Jeaniene Frost. I have to give it to JR Ward, she has kept The Black Dagger Brotherhood series going strong for more than TEN titles, and that is not something to take lightly. She is facing some tough competition this year though since the self made Colleen Hoover has not one but TWO titles listed in the Romance section; Maybe Someday, Ugly Love. Lock In by John Scalzi is not just good sci-fi but GREAT sci-fi. I still find myself thinking about the world at times, it was just too good. EVERYBODY should give it a try! The Avatar comics are fantastically written, they all are so true to the TV series and its characters that the minute I saw it was nominee I instantly voted for it. I miss the TV show, but the comics really do deliver.

Debut Goodreads Authors, Young Adult Fiction,and Middle Grade & Children's Picks:

Red Rising by Pierce Brown I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
Red Rising was nominated for the Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction section too, but since I already voted for it as the top Debut author of the year I figured I could vote for another one in the other section. Red Rising was ridiculously good, sci-fi/dystopian done the right way. The Young Adult Section was mostly full of YA contemporary titles, and me not being a very "contemporary" kind of girl I only had like two titles there I had actually read. I voted for Katie McGarry's Take Me On but then changed my mind and voted for I'll Give you The Sun because it was just spectacular and original and imaginative. The Middle Grade section has Rick Riordan dominating (probably) but I actually think School of Good and Evil is bad ass enough to give it a run for its money. 

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction:

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

 This was the HARDEST section. It had SO many good titles to choose from, I felt quite trapped. It annoyed me that they had to group YA fantasy and Sci-fi together, I feel like they both deserve their own separate sections.
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Young Elites by Marie LuThe Kiss of Deception by Mary E. PearsonDreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
Silver Shadows by Richelle MeadThe Winner's Curse by Marie RutkoskiHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

If this section had been separated I would have voted for The Winner's Curse as well, or maybe Heir of Fire... In any way I decided to go with These Broken Stars because that one I just absolutely loved. Silver Shadows was very good, and I love me some Richelle Mead, but These Broken Stars was new and fresh (looove).

I will be doing my own "favorites of 2014" list by the end of the year. The titles listed in the Goodreads section are all good, but there were certain awesome titles that were left out (like Catalyst by SJ Kincaid). Which titles did you vote for?

2014 Goodreads Choice Awards

Cast your vote today!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

November Must Haves: YA Edition!!

November! My favorite month of the year. Not only is it my birth month, but some pretty GREAT titles are coming out that I just can't wait to buy! These are the titles I am expecting the most this November: 


This may be my favorite Claudia Gray title. The story was so rich and entertaining. I loved the characters, and it has a Russian part to it that just floored me.  Captive is the sequel to Pawn by Aimee Carter, which I am eagerly awaiting for because of how Pawn left off. Captive has a lot of potential, so I have high hopes for it. Killer Instinct is the sequel to Naturals before Naturals I hadn't read anything by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, but after reading that one I added all her novels to my TBR pile. I loved the characters and the dialogue, in fact I am reading Killer Instinct right now and I can't put it down! I am also really looking forward to Mortal Heart, the third installment to the Fair Assassin series and maybe the last one (?) I am not really sure. The Shape of my Heart while not being exactly about the character I thought it was going to be I am still interested in seeing the people at apt. 2B again. It is one of the new New Adult books that are worth the read.


**If you click on the pictures they will take you to their summaries via Goodreads.

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