Thank you so much for those of you that take the time to read my posts, I really appreciated it. This one comes in a little late, but this week, I decided to recommend A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.
It is the first book of the Firebird trilogy. It's exquisite. Marguerite's father has invented a device to travel between alternate dimensions. Marguerite's father is dead, killed by someone. All the suspicions points in the direction of Paul Markov as the culprit. Paul was his research assistant, and Marguerite had kind of a crush on him. But now, she has only one goal, find Paul, who's run away from the crime by travelling between dimensions, and kill him.
This book is a wild ride. That whole series is. I have to admit, I have a very weak spot for stories about alternate universes. Aside from like time travelling, alternate universes stories are my favourites. I love the way you can reinvent your characters and put them in different situations and make them question everything about the people around them. I love how much you can shake the true core of your character in such a story.
Also, a good part of this book happens in a universe where there's Russian royalty and it's kind of timely, and it's really, really wholesome and heartbreaking. Claudia Gray has wicked talent.
Read it, I swear, you will not regret it. I leave you with one of my favourite quotes from it:
Now I know grief is a whetstone that sharpens all your love, all your happiest memories,
into blades that tear you apart from within. Something has been torn out from inside me
that will never be filled up, not ever, no matter how long I live. They say "time heals,"
but even now, less than a week after my father's death, I know that's a lie. What people
really mean is that eventually you'll get used to the pain. You'll forget who you were
without it; you'll forget what you looked like without your scars.