Friday, November 25, 2016

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW | A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Series: Firebird Trilogy
Author: Claudia Gray
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Pages: The physical copy has 360 pages
Source: I downloaded the audiobook through my online local library!
A thousand lives. A thousand possibilities. One fate.

Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by cutting-edge scientific theories, thanks to her brilliant physicist parents. Yet nothing is more astounding than her mother's latest invention—a device called the Firebird, which allows people to leap into alternate dimensions.

When Marguerite's father is murdered, all the evidence points to one person—Paul, her parents' enigmatic star student. Before the law can touch him, Paul escapes into another dimension, having committed what seems like the perfect crime. But he didn't count on Marguerite. She doesn't know if she can kill a man, but she's going to find out.

With the help of another physics student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions. In each new world Marguerite leaps to, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Is she doomed to repeat the same betrayal?

As Marguerite races through these wildly different lives—a grand duchess in a Tsarist Russia, a club-hopping orphan in a futuristic London, a refugee from worldwide flooding on a station in the heart of the ocean—she is swept into an epic love affair as dangerous as it is irresistible.


A Thousand Pieces of You has been sitting on my shelf ever since its release date. I finally decided to pick up the audiobook instead of the physical copy I own to give me the final push! I was so hesitant to read this book cause I've heard mixed things about it. Some of my friends have loved it, while others thought it was lackluster. Thankfully, I really enjoyed A Thousand Pieces of You.

A Thousand Pieces of You wastes no time into jumping into the action. It started right from the get-go, which I was thankful for. I don't think the book would have held my attention as easily if there was this long and dragging exposition. However, I do wish they spent more time setting up the characters. We do see more of them as Marguerite travels and sees different versions of her loved ones, as well as when she reminisces. But I wish that there would have been more development with some of them. I want more emphasis on Marguerite's family dynamic because the little we had was well done! One of the characters I wish we had more time on was Theo. From the very beginning he rubbed me the wrong way, and Gray did little to convince the reader otherwise. More character development would have made the book more hard hitting in my opinion.

One of the biggest complaints I've seen about this book was the insta-love. I got to admit, I didn't have a problem with it. Sure, Marguerite is basically in love with a guy right as the book starts, but I thought Gray did a good job convincing the reader about their backstory. It's not like Marguerite had just met this guy. They did have history, so I didn't have an issue with it. 

My largest complaint is the lack of emphasis on the science fiction. I loved when Marguerite traveled into different dimensions! One of my favorite parts of the book was when she was getting re-acquainted with the dimension she was in. However, I do agree with critics when they say this book is more of a romance instead of science fiction. The science fiction adds something to the romance aspect of the book, when I wish it was the other way around. 

Going off of that, I wish that the antagonists were more developed. I read this book just five days ago, but I can't really explain the antagonists to you. I do understand who they are, what they want, and why, but they seemed very cookie cutter to me. I love when antagonists have some depth, and I just didn't see it here. 

If you're wondering, my favorite dimension that Marguerite visits is the Tsarist Russia. We spend the most time there, and I really loved it. I wish that Marguerite would have gotten as acquainted to all the dimensions she went to as much as she did this one, though I understand why she didn't. I can't say that I was surprised by the twists that happened in this dimension, but it was still very much enjoyable. 

Even with my complaints, I did enjoy A Thousand Pieces of You. I loved the dynamics the characters had with each other. I just wish they were expanded upon, as well as the antagonist! The romance didn't bother me. In fact, I realy liked it! I just wish the science fiction had more emphasis than the romance. The book held my attention the whole was through. The narrator (Tavia Gilbert) was excellent as well; all of her accents were spot on. I do recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a quick paced romance/science fiction read! 

With that, I give this book 
3.5 out of 5 Stars!






Have you read A Thousand Pieces of You or any other book by Claudia Gray? What did you think of them?

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading! 

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

17 comments:

  1. I love anything with alternate dimensions or time travel, that kinda stuff. Plus I enjoyed the two Star Wars books that she wrote. I especially love the sound of that station in the middle of an ocean! I would probably be more excited if it was more Sf focused than romance focused though , like you say. Nice to see a review of this!

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    1. I didn't know she wrote for that series! The station in the middle of the ocean was really cool, but it is for a small portion of the book. Thanks Greg!

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  2. I really liked this book! I loved the history aspects as well, as a history geek I loved how they weaved in the different time periods in it. I do agree that I wish the beginning was more character driven though!

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    1. The history was one of the things I liked as well! Thanks for visiting Emily!

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  3. That's awesome that you liked this book despite seeing polarizing reviews of the book from friends! I was firmly in the "meh" camp - it got three stars from me, if I recall correctly. It didn't impress me, but I didn't really feel too strongly towards it (negatively or positively). I don't think I'll be finishing the series, which is okay. =) I hope you enjoy the rest of the books, Gennifer!

    P.S. I highly recommend Fateful by Claudia Gray, if you have not read it already! It's probably the only Gray book that I *really* enjoyed. It was marvelous!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I can see how some people would dislike or feel "meh" about the book like you do. There are definitely some other YA books out there that I like more. Thanks Alyssa! I just bought the second book on Black Friday as a Christmas present! Here's hoping that I like the sequel even more. :)

      I've heard of Fateful! I'm pretty sure it is on my goodreads TBR. Fingers crossed my local library has it and I can read it soon!

      Thanks for visiting Alyssa!

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  4. I really enjoyed this one too - Tsarist Russia is my favorite dimension, too. :)

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    1. Great minds think alike! Have you read the second book?

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  5. This is on my list because of the positive reviews, but I'm a bit worried that the romance will put me off. I guess I'll just have to read for myself and decide :)

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    1. I hope you like it Rinn! That was one of the reasons I was so hesitant.

      Thanks for visiting!
      Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

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  6. Oh, an audiobook! I've never actually "read" a book through audiobook before, but with your review, I'm very tempted to try :) I really enjoyed this series, just because of how neat the worlds were. Plus, the covers are gorgeous!

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    1. I haven't read an audiobook until this year actually! I recommend Cassandra Campbell. She's done a lot of audiobooks, and there are quite a few YA! I can't wait to read the sequel. I'm looking forward to where Gray will take the story! Thanks for visiting Erika! :)

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  7. This book has been on my TBR pile forever as well. Who knows if I will ever get around to reading it. lol

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    1. I never thought that I would get it around to it, and here we are! If you ever do pick it up, I hope you like it!

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  8. I've wanted to read this for ages - I might try what you did and get the audio book lol. But glad you enjoyed this despite the complaints. Not sure how I will feel about the insta-love element but sounds like its justified. Great review!

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    1. One day you'll pick it up!! Gray also gives flashbacks of the relationship throughout the book, which helped me. Thanks Sarah!

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