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A Million Worlds With You

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A Million Worlds with You (Firebird)
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #3 end
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: sci-fi, teen, multiverse
ISBN-13: 978-0062279026

Firebird ending

Marguerite faces a grim future, the Universe where she is evil has plans end other Universes. I cannot believe that this is the end, it seemed like yesterday that I have started reading A Thousand Pieces of You. Now I am saying good bye, time sure flies. Special thanks to my library for keeping all three books, I actually ordered this one in via them.

After finding out the ‘dastardly’ plans of Evil Mom and Dad, and realizing how far the Evil Marguerite is willing to go to please her parents, our heroine dashes off to prevent more disasters. It seemed hopeless, because Evil had a head start, and was determined to kill all of her, just out of spite.

Not only Marguerite had to stop her evil-self from wrecking havoc, she had to find a way to stop the madness. I will admit that the story is well crafted from the beginning. But I had hoped for an ending that did not feel rushed, it did by the way. Jumping from one Universe to another, it was fun seeing how different one Universe differs to another, purely by decision.

That is what this story is based upon, the multiverse. The belief that each major decision (not what you had for lunch) branches out into a different verse. Such as your mom and dad decided to get married, or if cockroaches decided to rule the world. I digress, but Firebird series is wonderfully unique in that way, utilizing a scientific theory to craft this beautiful romance story.

Litte Gripe

While I love how it ends, it was the process that made me a little … annoyed. In the end of everything, all the pain that Evil inflicted on different universes’ Marguerite, her ending is a little anticlimactic. Yes, I know that it is not the worse possible scenario, and I do feel sorry for her. But Evil is the ultimate villain, you can’t get any worse than making all the other ‘yous’ commit suicide. If she could fall off a cliff, that is ideal…

As the pages move nearer toward the end, the story rushes more and more. The focus becomes to the relationship between Marguerite and Paul, which is fine except there is a love triangle somewhere?

Verdict

I cannot complain, nor that I will. A Million Worlds With You is a romantic book in a teenage kind of way, how love can trump a lot of things. In the end, I wish that it wasn’t such an easy way out. Some struggling depicts growth, and having your growth taken away from your back is cheating.

Have you read it, what d0 you think?

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The Last Shadow Gate Review

The Last Shadow Gate
Author: Michael W. Garza
Series: The Shadow Gate Chronicles 1
Genre: sci-fi, young adult, adventure
Publisher: NeverHaven Press
ASIN: B01MSW5VO4

The Shadow Gate Chronicles

Half- siblings Gavin and Naomi are forced to spend time with each other and with their great- grandmother Walker. Fifteen year old Naomi and twelve year old Gavin thinks that Mama Walker is off her rocker, but they had still spend summer holidays in Gum Spring with her. Before their father left, he shared some family history with them, about how their great- grandfather Gerald Walker had found a doorway and disappeared one day.

Together, the kids find clues which lead to their first doorway, where they later learn that it is called a Shadow Gate, and the gate is a one way door. The siblings landed on an alien land, where giant spiders rule, and humans are somehow slave/ food.  Luckily, Lady Luck stays with them for a little while.

While trying to get back to their own world, before their great- grandmother notices their absence, Gavin and Naomi have to trace the steps of Sir Walker the Great. Hot on their heels is the enemy: Azzmon, who is bent on getting a gate open. Their benefactors swear up and down that Azzmon wants to rule the world and multiverse, Azzmon revealed something much simpler.

Verdict

Yes we all know that this story line is very well worn, but a skilled author knows how to make it his or her own. I would say that Garza does have some of that skill, because Gavin and Naomi are characters that lend a fresh air to the journey. Bickering like siblings, yet being their of each other, they do have qualities of a hero.

The Last Shadow Gates ends before the kids could return, but has enough information to go onto another journey. This shall be another great series that I will be following. Mike also writes The Decaying World Saga Book 1, starting with Tribe of Decay.

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