Review : Ten Thousand Skies Above You, Claudia Gray

I know picking out a book because of its cover is wrong, but, with that series, I would do it a billion times, over and over again. Because, more than just a cover being complete eye-candy, the inside is as marvellous and exciting and unforgettable. If I had to sum up this book in one world, it would be, CRAZY. That’s it. A crazy roller-coaster you’re riding with your eyes closed. It’s scary because you have no idea when you’re going. And when it ends, you’re breathless, have no idea where you are and WHAT THE F- JUST HAPPENED. I’m getting ahead of myself already. I read this book with Kat @ Life and Other Disasters, and we screamed A LOT about it. So this is going to be full of screaming, sorry.

FROM UNIVERSE TO UNIVERSE…

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“Traveling through the worlds gives you perspective. It makes you value what you have.”

If you don’t know this series, I suggest you check out the first book, Ten Thousand Pieces Of You, and READ IT. If you’re a fan of fantasy, multiple dimensions, fast-paced stories with a bit of science and an awful lot of craziness and bad guys, well, you’re in for the ride of your life. Because I read the first book a while ago, I was scared I wouldn’t be able to remember a thing about what happened. I was grateful that the book started off with some reminders without it being a complete retelling of the whole story told before. We’re starting right into action, and, as we go on, we catch up with what we might have forgotten, and get right into the crazy train for the second book. And believe me when I say, it is CRAZY. From antique places to a crazy mafia-ruled New York, to a San Francisco at War, another detour by the Russia where we fell in love with Marguerite and Paul, AND another crazy world dominated by the EVIL Conrad, well…you get a little bit of everything, with no time to breathe. If that can be a bad thing, sometimes, and we get lost, here, it was not the case, at all. We get to discover SO many different universe, so many different ways to live, and always we meet again Marguerite’s parents, Paul, and Theo’s versions in those universe. It is FULL of surprises. However, I would have liked some more explanations about some technicalities… like, HOW does someone gets their souls ripped apart in different universes? SEEMS INTERESTING, RIGHT? Well, I wanted to know more about this, and hm, I didn’t.

CHARACTERS IN MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS…AND WITH MULTIPLE PERSONNALITIES 

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“When I traveled, and got lost within the other Paul Markovs—I always sensed the differences. The ways they thought and spoke and dreamed that I never would, or could.”

What’s incredible, in this book, is how we, in each universe, get to meet a different cast of characters. Marguerite remains the same, being the perfect traveller, she is able to get into each Marguerite’s body, in each universe, and just, be HERSELF. That doesn’t happen for everyone, sadly. Paul and Theo, the two roots of the little love triangle set in that book, are always different. We always get to meet them again. From the distant Paul to the crazy-mean one, we are always unsure of who we’ll meet at the next corner, and now, THAT’s crazy. Because of that, I have to say, I felt a little annoyed. At Paul. Maybe it’s because he wasn’t the same guy all the time, but he kind of lost interest on me, whereas Theo clearly took the spotlight, and my heart, too. He changes, too, from universe to universe, but, because they are travelling to save Paul’s life, he gets a reminder everytime. And he acts like himself again, the Theo I’ve grown to love. He’s sweet, caring, he’ll do anything to save his friend, even if that means losing the girl he loves, Marguerite. Now that’s commitment, and, kind of adorable, too. If, in the first book, we met a team of characters that was solely based on Marguerite and Paul’s love shaking all of the universes, well, here, we get a different story. Marguerite’s fighting for a love she knows can conquer all, but, yet, as she meets all of the different versions of her Paul, she wonders. Can really two people, supposed to be meant to be, really meant to be EVERYWHERE?

TWISTS AND TURNS AND ME SCREAMING “WHY???!”

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“I want you when it’s crazy, when it’s frightening, when it’s impossible, because there’s nothing within you that could hurt me half as much as not having you.”

If Ten Thousand Skies Above You focuses on saving Paul’s soul, so that him and Marguerite can have their happily ever after, there’s not just that. Marguerite’s parents play a big, big part in the whole story, as scientists, creators of the Firebird, AND changing from dimension to dimension, to the good guys, the I don’t care about science anymore guys, the CRAZY guys… there’s everything. THIS BOOK IS A ROLLERCOASTER, and towards the end, my head was upside down, and I was screaming, because the world as I knew it wouldn’t get back on the right track. Filled with twists and turns, because of the characters we feel like we know, but then we don’t, anymore, the universe we are thrown in, only to be taken in another, the TWISTS we never see coming and that always leaves us hungry for more…And that ending. I’m not going to talk about it, but, hm. There are days when cliffhangers are good, and this was not the day. This was NOT the way to end the book, and I’m not okay with it.

OVERALL

Twists, turns, and another dark corner ahead: with Ten Thousand Skies Above You, you never know how the chapter will end, and where your brain will scream this is too much. Despite it missing important explanations, and some bothering characters, well, this book is a crazy rollercoaster I’m reading to hop on again. Because there is action, there are emotions, and I NEED to know how this ends.

Final rating:  4 drops!

Did you read Ten Thousand Skies Above You? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?! Do you want to read it? Did you have SO MANY FEELS? Share your thoughts in comments!


 

Claudia Gray, Ten Thousand Skies Above You,  Published by Harper Teen, November 3rd 2015.

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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.

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43 thoughts on “Review : Ten Thousand Skies Above You, Claudia Gray

  1. I liked Theo more than Paul, too! I’ve only read the first one, and I thought it was good, but nothing special. I really want to read this one though, because lots of people have said the series gets better – those covers are just too beautiful to miss, too! I hope when I read it, the ending won’t annoy me like it did to you.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of the series when they’re released! Great review, Marie – thanks for sharing ☺
    Denise | The Bibliolater

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    1. I liked the first book, too, but this one took me on a rollercoaster of emotions, like crazy, the first one certainly didn’t do that to me, ahah. I really hope you’ll like this one! Oh, the ending was annoying because of the cliffhanger mostly, and because I NEED to know what happens next, ahah! 🙂
      Thank you so much Denise! ❤

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  2. I read the first one of these and I wasn’t that into it. I got really bored during the bit in Russia when she was a princess or whatever. I think I got more into it toward the end though. And you’re right about the covers. That’s why I got to first one!

    You make the sequel sound so good though! I might have to give the series another try.

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  3. Great review!
    I really enjoyed the first book, I love stories that travel to different places or time zones so the fact that the first book went to so many alternate dimensions made it a favourite of mine. Plus like you said the cover is gorgeous!
    I haven’t actually started the second book yet, I’ve heard there’s a cliff-hanger ending so I’m kind of tempted to wait until the third book is released.

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      1. I’m terrible at waiting for new books so if the third one is already released it’ll be much better because there’ll be no wait. I have The Winner’s Trilogy on my to-read list but I’m not going to start it until I can get my hands on the third book.
        The Firebird series will be the first on my list when the third book is released 😀

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      2. Yeah I’ve heard some great things about it too, and one of my friends loves the series so it’s been on my TBR list for a while now. I kind of just wanted the last book to be closer to its release day before I started it!
        Oh yeah it is 😀 and if there are any books we don’t have in common it may help us discover new things to put on our want to read list, although mine is already way too long, I need to start making a dent in it!

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      3. I’m really not a patient person, and the closer it gets to the release day the worse it is because it’s still so far away but creeping closer.
        Everyday I’m on WordPress my to-read list is getting longer, there are so many books I have to read because I’ve seen such great reviews for. I’m hoping to get the bulk done this year at least, I read pretty fast so it’s not impossible!

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      4. I buy a lot of my books from Amazon as well, so I have to wait a couple of days after the release waiting for books to be dispatched and actually delivered to me 😀
        I have like an hour and a half commute to and from work each day so I read about an average of a book a weekday in the train, occasionally one book every two days if it’s longer than 400 pages. How many do you read a week/year then?

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      5. Me too! The struggle of living in France with no actual great bookshops with the books I want in English 😦
        Oh wow, that’s annoying, but well at least you have books! I’m finding myself reading a lot since the beginning of the year, last year I read about a book per week, and since january I’m at two books per week 🙂

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      6. Whenever I go into my local bookshops they never have the books I want either. They only have a small selection and the ones they’re missing are always the ones I want. So Amazon it is!
        I actually don’t mind the commute because it is a chance to read, I’ve pretty much doubled what I can read in a year now I work further from home, so there’s one bright side 😀

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      7. Yeah, it’s why I buy almost all my books from Amazon, it may take a while to arrive but there’s so much more variety.
        It’s probably the only thing about my commute I enjoy, and yeah my Kindle is filled with so many books for when I’m on the trains 🙂

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  4. Omg yayyyy I’m so glad you finally read this! 😀 And I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed it too. This book definitely took us readers on a hell of a ride, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the final book (especially since the cover is SO GORGEOUS I WANTTT). Great review, Marie!

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  5. That was a fantastic review, Marie! And CRAZY is definitely the main word I would use to describe the book as well! Like what was she thinking with some of her decisions? I have such trust issues now and the END? That was no end, I thought this must be a mistake, it could not possibly end on that note!!!

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  6. THE CLIFFHANGER LEFT ME DEAD!! I can’t believe it ended like that 😦 So excited for the next one and its beautiful cover! I was really happy that we got a lot of different Pauls in this one because I totally disagreed with Marguerite’s “Every Paul is the same Paul”. I mean obviously they’re not!

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  7. I almost always pick books out based on their covers haha – ITS NOT THAT BAD!! >.<
    But yeah, I'm glad you liked this! I've only ever read Claudia Gray;s Evernight series, and I remember liking that! Then again, I was in my I LOVE VAMPIRES stage haha xD
    But yeah, I HAVE to check this out….SO MANY BOOKS TOO LITTLE TIME has never been truer!

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      1. Yeah…if I see a book with a dodgy cover (you know what I mean!), I tend to steer clear form it!
        I totally agree though – the cover attracts me, but the synopsis and author will make me stay 🙂 Sometimes though, I think you can actually judge a book by its cover, just from my previous experiences with books that had less than stellar covers, and alright synopsis and a meh book overall.
        Yep – it was the next vampire series I was crazy about after Twilight! xD
        WE ACTUALLY ARE – BOOK TWINS!! *fist bumps*

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  8. Oh gosh I read this last year (I think it was my last book of 2015?!) and I LOVED it. I loved A Thousand Pieces of You, and really loved Ten Thousand Skies Above You too (man, those titles are super long, haha)!

    I really love the underlying idea that different circumstances and different worlds/universes change who we are, but some small, fundamental things are still the same. Idk, I love the whole transcending reality stuff.

    I loved how Gray developed the time travel thing and added layers to how the Firebird works and the consequences of its use. That really deepened the story for me, and it was so thought-provoking (esp the effect it had on the Grand Duchess).

    THE TWISTS, RIGHT?! I think I almost screamed when I read the end. Definitely a darker corner to come. :’c

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    1. Haha yes, those titles are so long, I try and go by TTSAY, but sometimes I mix up the letters and it doesn’t mean anything anymore, hahaha.
      I really loved that part, too! It was one of the most interesting things about the book, how things can stay the same, and change, how people can be perceived so differently, yet feel the same. AND YES, oh the effect on the Grand Duchess, it was great that Gray decided to add that to the story, really something I hope we’ll see more of. But I’m not sure…
      I can’t wait to read the next book…and the cover looks gorgeous already. I JUST CAN’T WAIT!
      Thank you so, so much! ❤ ❤

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