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EARLY REVIEW: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

Firstly, how EXQUISITE is this cover! The cover scheme and the whole two dimensions on top of each other!
Yes, it IS the most beautiful cover! Can you imagine it in hardcover?! OMG, that would be out of this world (no pun intended) but unfortunately, I have paperback but at least I have to book and early, too.
I loved this book! I had never read any of Claudia’s books before this one. But every time I walked into Kmart, I always saw Spellcaster on the shelf but never picked it up. But that doesn’t change, how GOOD this book is. Everything about it is original from the characters to the alternate dimensions idea; everything about it is VERY interesting.

My rating: 96%

SPOILERS

Let’s talk about Paul!
I am definitely on TEAM PAUL! I don’t know if there is a Team Theo but if there is, I am NOT on that band wagon. Paul is so sweet and gentle and honest and fit and cute and he’s just so HOT! Cuz all book boys are.
Throughout the book, Marguerite thinks about Paul before her father’s death. She flashes back to all the times Paul was gentle to her and especially that scene when she is painting and he mentions that she only paints the truth. All those intimate moments, makes her doubt that he is the man that killed her father.
I WAS SO HAPPY THAT HE WAS NOT!
Then, when she is at the Russian dimension where she is royalty and he is a soldier and they fall in love when Paul loses his firebird and it buried deep into Russian Paul’s head, it was the most sweetest romance. They were shy with each other and you could see it building up to something more; to the exchange of Christmas presents and then that cabin scene. It was all kind of like forbidden romance because she’s high up on the totem pole and he’s lower, sort of thing.
AND THEN, he dies. Great. But then, he doesn’t die ’cause his other consciousness travels with Marguerite when she jumps (all that complicated science jargon). You get it.
I was so annoyed at her doubts whether her love was for Russian Paul or her Paul. That’s what she refers the two Pauls as, her Paul or Paul Markov. That should be enough for her to realise that she loves both Pauls; key word, her Paul. The only reason she was able to grow to love Russian Paul was because of her already budding feeling for her Paul. Why wasn’t she able to get that? Well, I have no idea. But I’m happy with the last line of the book, where she is willing to give her Paul a chance. I just wish that she would already realise that she already loves this Paul. URGH!

Sciency bit.
Because I am a HUGE whovian, I loved the whole alternate dimensions plot. What really stuck was “infinite dimensions, infinite possibilities”. Everything about it made sense. That the dimensions were overlapping against each other and some were similar to each other and others were not. That in every dimension anything could happened, Hitler winning WWII, China being a superpower instead of America. This whole idea was cleverly organised and written so it wasn’t so confusing to wrap our heads around.
What I also found fascinating was Paul’s theory of the existence of fate. But instead of it being this invisible force, it was maths equation that kept repeating itself across the dimensions. That certain people were bound to meet each other one way or another. It made fate seem less of a fairy tale but more of a logical explanation.

Oh, I almost forgot, Theo’s betrayal.
That HURT, man.
We knew that he had feelings for Marguerite but I didn’t want him to be that other option in a love triangle, I wanted him to be the immature best friends (like the 11th Doctor, in Dr Who). But we found out that, that Theo was actually another Theo from another dimension, working to sabotage everything in the name of goodness and protecting Marguerite. I wanted to kill him. And the whole kickass scene where she bangs his head and escapes was AWESOME. Who doesn’t love a quick thinking and kickass heroine?
But then the real Theo’s confession was heartbreaking. . .
I hope that in the second book, maybe he falls for her sister. That would make everything full circle.
And her dad was ALIVE, stuck behind another of his dimensions buried in another’s consciousness! OOOOO!!! That was exciting stuff, man!

I thought that this could be a stand alone book but apparently, it’s an upcoming trilogy and I’m happy with that. I want to see more of Marguerite and Paul, I want to see the baddies get killed and I want to see everything be solved COMPLETELY.
It was a very promising first book! Good job, Claudia Gray!

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