Ten Thousand Skies Above You Review . . . mostly Fangirling

Wednesday, January 6th 2016

“Ten thousand skies, and a million worlds, and it still wouldn’t be enough for me to share with you. Nothing less than forever will do.”

Ten Thousand Skies Above You is the second installment of the Firebird Series written by Claudia Gray. This installation has us grasping our hearts as the trio, Paul, Theo and Marguerite find themselves in the mist of Conley devilish plan again! If you  haven’t read the first book please stop reading my blog NOW! THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW! Turn back now. Reading the first book. Then the second. Then return to me my darling, I shall be waiting. *wiggles eyebrows*  If you have already read the novel then let us continue.

Do you remember that part when… Then that thing happen…
And he said MEG! OMG OMG OMG!
*Brain shutting down*

The second installment of this book was AMAZING! Seriously wasn’t sure how Claudia Gray was going to make Ten Thousand Skies Above you, better than A Thousand Pieces of You, but she clearly accepted that challenged with ease! Oh My Gosh! This book is brilliant! Claudia Gray truly tested the strength of not only the reader’s ability to fallow the multiverse through science, but also her characters. Her character development is amazing, I felt all the pain sorrow and hope of each character. I didn’t feel like I was cheering for one pairing more than the other, I am cheering for the entire trio of Theo, Paul and of course Marguerite.
1.Conley is annoying in practically every Multiverse!
How can you be evil everywhere? Shouldn’t there be a dimension where Conley is a Hippie? Giving out pamphlet or making friendship bracelets? Standing in protest about the tonic fumes being released into the air, something nice? Nope. That man is evil in every multiverse and heartbroken in one, the Headquarters! The main dimension in which the Main Conley had devised this plan with the other two creators of the company! Usually I love the villain more in a series than I love the heroes, however not even Conley’s love interest could rescue my ever-last-nerve.

2. Long Flashbacks help with Science
If you are like me and used science class as a way to catch up on your reading *cough* of comics, you’ll probably feel abandoned with all the genius mathematically people start explaining the scientific functions of the Firebird. Lucky for us, Claudia Gray places these long detailed flashbacks in the mist of the interdimensional travel to explain all that overwhelming scientific research. By the end of the book you realize that Gray has given you enough information for you to create your own hypothesis about the cup coming events. Which only makes you wonder why? Why am I given so much of the early details of the plan before it’s actually in action. Then WHAM! That ending happens and You realize every is about to go down!

3.Can you love someone in all the possible universes?
That theory was heavily tested in this book and I am so glad that it was. Despite that Theo was the villain in the last book, I am team Theo. Theo seems always be the one that gets kicked in the but when ever things happen. I have to say my favorite version of the trio was Theo and Marguerite in love. Okay yea the entire world would have under attack for them to be together, Theo luck really sucks. But serious, Theo was so Romantic! Theo is Romantic. Theo is painfully in love with Marguerite . Theo! Just like fate to twist its hand Paul is the more violent person in this book. We saw Paul be placed in so many roles, most of them very unflattering, yet Marguerite finds herself still willing to love him. *sigh*

“So, yeah, we go through some terrible things together, and I’ve seen versions of you who are darker, and damaged, and I don’t care. I want you even when you’re broken. I want you no matter what. Your darkness, your anger, whatever it is you fear inside yourself—it doesn’t matter. I love you completely, don’t you see? I even want the worst of you because it’s still a part of you.”.”

And of course Paul still loves here . . .
“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.”

Which mean I’m still standing next to hope for Team Theo! Yay.

Oh and about that ending this is all I have to say…

Now everything is riding on the hopes of Paul! The same Paul that was having an emotional break down after realizing that the more opportunities we are given to love a person we are also given than same opportunity to hurt them, that Paul Markov? Ughs! Thank goodness she briefed him about the plan before they actually went back to their own dimension. I just hope he will notice the differences in the third book. For the entire multiverse sake I hope they can stop Conley!

 Oh and lets not talk about the Russia-verse. Wow talk about taking responsibilities for your actions huh?


I have this book 4.5/5 stars
I feel that the reading material was very easy. There were times where I felt a little lost but in the end it all came together very nicely. In the first novel I felt that if I didn’t stubble into the Russia-verse I would have probably stopped reading. I am glad that the characters development was the strength in the book instead of the fictional world of “What if the Czar was still alive?”-verse.
The dialogue is smooth, the world building is enlightening creative as well as the plot/plot twist. Thus why I felt it was a great 4.5/5 book.
I am really excited to see how exactly Claudia Gray is going to make all these multiverse work together without the “Good Marguerite” or “Good Theo”

About Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray is not my real name. I didn’t choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn’t), because I’d always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven’t) or even because I’m hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actually the best reason to do things.

I live in New Orleans. So far, in life, I’ve been a disc jockey, a lawyer, a journalist and an extremely bad waitress, just to name a few. I especially like to spend time traveling, hiking, reading and listening to music. More than anything else, I enjoy writing.

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