DISCLAIMER: this review was originally written and posted to my booklr (bookish tumblr) on FEBRUARY 20th, 2015, and is being archived on this blog. This review contains my thoughts on the book at the time that I read it, but I have not re-read it since then, so my feelings about the content may have changed.
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date of Publication: November 4th, 2014
Dates Read: February 16th – 20th, 2015
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.
My rating: ★★★★☆
Like seemingly everyone else, I bought this book because of its beautiful cover. The blurb was intriguing, too – haven’t read anything about inter-dimensional travel (at least not that I can remember). But after hearing a couple of poor reviews, I was worried. Could this beauty be too good to be true? There was only one way to find out.
Let me tell you: I enjoyed it. A lot, actually. I hardly ever wanted to put it down! The end of each chapter left me wanting to read on, to see what would happen to Marguerite and friends next. Where would the Firebirds take them? How easily would she adapt to the new situations? Would she ever return home?
As you can see, there is one empty star. There are 2 reasons for this.
- Sometimes Marguerite and Theo really, really got on my nerves (Theo’s persistence is later given a reason – spoiler! and Marguerite, well, her flopping affections/feelings grew tiresome.)
- There was a lot more romance than I was expecting, and while usually I welcome romance, I was hoping for a bit more adventure. Oh well.
Of course, some of the plot I could predict, but maybe I’m just too clever ;P
Overall: I really like this book, both the cover and the story, and can’t wait for the next one!