(Mini) Reviews: A Million Worlds With You & A Darker Shade of Magic

This is part two of two (probably) of mini-reviews, I have quite a few eARCs waiting to be reviewed so next week I’m back to ARCs! I hope you enjoy reading these mini reviews because I really enjoy writing them 😀

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A Million Worlds With You (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray

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A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites…and only one can win.

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I really enjoyed the entire Firebird trilogy, but I’m not saying they were amazing books. A few years ago when I read the first book, I absolutely loved it but since then I’ve changed and I don’t think I would love it as much now. In the first book, we find out that Marguerite’s father was dead and then she chased the killer through dimensions. I loved the dimensions in this series, it was so interesting to read about.

“Songs and movies tell us that when you meet the one you love, the planet stops spinning, the clouds open up, and your heart begins to sing. Reality is messier than that. The truth is, we meet new people all the time, but we can never tell exactly what they might mean to us. You never know who you’ll forget, or who you’ll need forever.”

In the third book, we see a lot of new and also old dimensions, which Marguerite (re)visits. The first half of the book felt a bit repetitive to me, Marguerite is in mortal danger, thinks she’s going to die, finds some miraculous way out, and is in danger again. It never really built up the tension, because it’s all over the place. But you keep working towards that epic finale. And then that epic finale happens and it’s not that epic. It all went a little too smooth and too easy.

Another thing that made me like this book less, was the whole love interest debacle. I’m not going to name characters because that could spoil the rest of the series for you, but it’s really on-and-off and then on again. I was like: make up your mind!! I did like that it was less talk of fate, which this series has quite a lot of.

“Every moment, every day, we are all making something — whether it’s science or art, a relationship to a destiny — building it choice by choice, moment by moment.”

So overall, it was really enjoyable but there were some flaws in the build-up of tension. That was the major thing that bummed me about this book, but the rest was really fun! I’m giving this book 3,5 stars! If you like books about interdimensional travel, I think this series is for you!

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

61yjze2d8ql-_sy344_bo1204203200_Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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A Darker Shade of Magic is the second Schwab book I read and although I didn’t love it as much as I loved This Savage Song, it was really good! The world this book is set in really comes alive on the paper. You have these four types of London, and they are very distinct and all very interesting. Kell is the only (or just about the only) one who can travel between them, because he is an Antari, meaning he has magical abilities. I loved the way magic worked in this book and I can’t wait to find out more about it because I think there is even more to explore!

“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”

This book was so dark, seriously, sometimes I just had to put it down to get my act together. I feared so much for these worlds and people, but it was epic! The beginning was a bit slow, but then the second half just blew me away.

The writing style of this book felt a bit objective, you didn’t really get inside the head of the characters. You got some thoughts every now and then but I don’t feel like I know the characters yet. However, that didn’t stop me from loving Lila. She was such an awesome character: a badass female thief that just wanted to go on adventures and be a pirate. I cannot wait for more of her. I also really liked Kell but nothing can top Lila!

“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
“Seen what?”
Her smile widened. “Everything.”

I am giving this book 5 stars because it was epic and adventurous and very dark. At the time this review goes up I’m probably already reading A Gathering of Shadows, and after that I’m definitely going to read A Conjuring of Light! I would definitely recommend this if you like fantasy and magic and dark books!

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Did you read either of these? What’s your opinion? Or are they on your tbr? Or not?

7 thoughts on “(Mini) Reviews: A Million Worlds With You & A Darker Shade of Magic

  1. You definitely get to know the characters mor ein the future books! I didnt connect to them in the first book? But I DID adore the writing style, dakrness, plot and wittiness all together! I gave it a 4 because it didn’t really hit me, I am not head over heels with the first book.

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    1. Yeah I can understand that, but I just love everything about it even though I couldn’t connect really well with the characters!

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  2. Hahahaha so this is slightly ironic, I LOVED ADSOM and I’m so glad you finally read it and I’m reading This Savage Song right now and I’m absolutely in love with it. Also, totally agree about loving the mini reviews. They’re just so nice and bite-sized.
    Lila is what I aspire to be.

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