Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

I had some issues with this book, but I’m pretty sure I had some issues with it’s predecessor as well. The language that is flouted as being “romantic and smart” I often found wordy and in need of more punctuation and editing. There were some really good moments though that even got highlights from me.

Beyond language it’s the main character I had most of my issues with. I never really liked her all that much, and have felt pretty out of touch with all the characters in general. I think this comes from the vast amouts of telling rather than showing that we get from the narrator (MC). Mostly, what I found so frustrating about this book was the lack of focus on anything beyond the MCs love for her boyfriend. Not that it’s bad, but because I felt like she was trying to convince herself and the reader of her feelings for the majority of the story. And as soon as something happens that doesn’t match up with her illogical idea of her perfect destiny with any version of her bf she gives up.

She’s fickle, and I hate that. She does finally have a revelation of sorts about her relationship though and shows some growth. But what salvaged the book for me was about the last quarter. There is a major reveal about the multiverse and the corporate plan they have been fighting that was interesting. And the book left on a pretty neat cliffhanger that I didn’t see coming – a rarity for this series.

Overall, I’m sure most of my complaints come back to my age and my expectaitions with what I read. I’ll still probably finish the series though so I obviously enjoyed it to some degree.

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