NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO N O N O N O N O N OOOOOOOOOOOO
You do not go oNO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO N O N O N O N O N OOOOOOOOOOOO
You do not go on a first date and tell your date that
1) you thought her sister was prettier at first 2) proceed to tell her why you now prefer her instead of said sister
NOooooooooOoooooOOOoooooooOooooooOOOooooooOOOOOoooo Don't do that!!! Do I even have to explain why these are the biggest fucking no's in the world? Do I?
1) WHY WOULD YOU TELL YOUR DATE THAT HER OWN SISTER IS PRETTIER?? 2) NO ONE TALKS SHIT ABOUT MY SISTER, NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO COMPARE US AND END UP TELLING ME I'M BETTER THAN HER BECAUSE SHE IS SO RAD AND WONDERFUL
(yes I'm aware, he doesn't really talk shit about Josie but come one. He shouldn't even bring up her sister in a conversation about what made him fall in love with her.)...more
A very typical YA novel that has almost every YA trope ever made. Still it is a really good book and if you are interested in an easy read with an intA very typical YA novel that has almost every YA trope ever made. Still it is a really good book and if you are interested in an easy read with an interesting plot this is the book for you! Spoilers ahead!
WHAT I LIKED: * The cover. That is an amazing cover, I love the two cities reflecting each other, I love the colors with the grey and pink and purple. It's gorgeous!
* It's an easy read. I finished this in a day, the language is easy and it's well written so you get sucked in quickly.
*Marguerite Caine is an easy character to like. While she does have several of the YA Heroine tropes, such as a weird name, being special etc. she's not set as the outsider. She is surrounded by geniuses, her entire family and all of the assistants that lives with them but they never make her feel like she is stupid or weird for not following their paths. Marguerite herself never complains that she didn't get the brains or that her family treats her badly because of it. She is allowed to be the odd one out without being treated as such. It is refreshing from the usual "i-read-classic-novels-so-i-can't-connect-with-anyone"-attitude that most YA MC have.
*The plot was interesting and the settings were really captivating. It was fun to read about the different dimensions she entered and how she was connected to people around her in everyone of them.
* The plot twists, the ending and the romance was really predictable. If you want to be surprised, this is not the book for you. If you want the feeling of: hah! I knew it! then it's perfect!
*It was pretty much alluded in the description that Paul wasn't the murdered. And it was pretty obvious that it was Theo behind it all. They kept mentioning how unstable Theo was, using drugs and alcohol. How he tried to convince Marguerite that Paul was the villain despite all the evidence pointing towards it not being him. The only thing that did surprise me was that it wasn't her dimension Theo that did it, but Other Dimension!Theo taking over his body. I didn't see that one coming.
* Another thing I saw coming was her dad not being dead. They constantly put her together with her father in other dimensions, making the reader like him and wanting him back. Hell, I realized that before I even remembered that his body was never found and that bodies disappear when the use the firebird. I couldn't see the author not giving her dad back after having both the readers and Marguerite interact with him so much after his supposed death (but more on this later).
*Paul being her destiny. I'm a bit "meh" towards the whole soulmate thing, but it was a nice touch. That no matter in what universe, Paul and Marguerite are always close by each other just has her parents seems to find each other in every universe they exist in. It was obvious that Theo wasn't her destiny, since he always where thousands of miles apart from her in every dimension.
WHAT I DISLIKED
* The Firebird device. It's never explained how it works and really, it works really weird. So first of all, it is stated that matter is harder to send through dimensions but a persons consciousness can because it's basically just energy. Easy enough. I can buy it. So if the firebird only connects your consciousness with the body of your other self in a dimension, how does the firebird follow through the link to end up in the dimension? They have the firebird around the neck, other people can see it if they are brought to it's attention (since Pauls gets taken from him in Russia). They mention a reset, which they are going to use on Paul when they still believe he is the killer. They explain the reset that it's used to clear the Firebird so someone else can use it. This hints that the Firebird is connected to it's users "dimensional frequency" or whatever. So how can Marguerite use her Firebird on her dad to make him remember if it's set on her. Shouldn't she reset it first, tune it up to her dads frequency and then use it? Apparently, when someone uses a Fireird, their bodies disappear in their own dimension. W...what? Why? How? If the firebird sends you consciousness, shouldn't your body remain in your dimension but like an empty shell? I get WHY the author decided to make it so, to reveal that her dad was alive all along and to remove the pesky problem of that a body still needs energy and be stimulated (as in using your muscles to keep up their strength). If Marguerite is gone for a month her body will die without food and water. But there is no explanation as to why this is happening, they mention Schrödinger's Cat but it doesn't make any sense. So yes, the Firebird device is a cool idea but it contradicts itself a lot about what it can do and how it's supposed to work...
* Her dad didn't die. Okay, I know it sounds horrible and I know why he was kept alive. The Author didn't want to leave the MC fatherless, it's easier to clear Pauls name if the one he supposedly killed is alive, and he was going to be used by the villain to blackmail Marguerite. But it would have been so bittersweet if he really was dead and Marguerite got a chance to get closure to it by meeting his other version. And it would have been daring of the author, not only in terms of killing off characters that are important to the MC (setting the stakes high in this upcoming war) but also clearing Pauls name.
* Why was Marguerite chosen to be able to travel between worlds with her full memory? At first it is believed that Conley is after her, because she is important to the important people. And I can get behind that! It would be awesome, the MC isn't important because she knows something or has something of value. She just happens to be loved by both her parents and both the assistants and she can be used as a blackmail towards them to get them to do what Conley wanted. But then it turns out that she was chosen, for what reason? The reason Conley sent Theo to her dimension to spy on them was to make sure that they didn't make the Firebird device before them and get all the power. So at first Theo was supposed to delay their research but it was too late. So instead they decided to reach out and become allies. So why on earth pick Marguerite? Did they think that she would be able to convince four adults to help take over all dimensions? Why not kidnap her like they did to her father and hold her hostage to get them to cooperate? Why make her able to travel and contain her memories in order to fulfill their agenda? I really don't get it. Why they had to pick her of all people and not someone else.
* Love triangles. Been there done that. It got solved quickly but there was no need to have it all. It didn't add to anything and it's boring by now.
*Marguerite's conflicted feelings for Paul. So not only do we have a love triangle between Marguerite, Paul and Theo, we also have one between Marguerite, Paul and... Paul... Because she falls in love with Russian!Paul but not sure if she loves her dimension!Paul. She states that she doesn't believe in love at first glance, that love takes time yet she falls in love with Russian!Paul in less than two weeks. It would have made more sense if she projected her feelings for her Paul on Russia!Paul and that's what how the romance sped up. And that she acknowledge that her feelings are aimed at her Paul but Russia!Paul was so similar that she loved him too. But nope, she doesn't. And she doesn't know if her Paul and Russia!Paul are the same and yet she treats her father the same across all dimensions.
* I wished we could see Marguerite connect more to her other selves. Really make her feel and react to their lives. Her feelings for Paul in Russia is her own, but I would have loved if she found a journal from her other self and learn more about HER feelings. I wished we could see Marguerite crying over her lost siblings, that for her Vladimir, Katya and Peter will never exists.
* I HATED that Marguerite got to sleep with Russia!Paul. First, she did it without him knowing it wasn't really his Marguerite. Second, if I was Russia!Marguerite I would have been PISSED at being taken over, even by my own self. Like, she slept and lost her loved one without even being fully present. Marguerite just took over for two weeks and fucking wrecked her life and then left. Theo revealed that he had flashes of memories while being possessed, since he knew what Conley was up too. So yeah, that was a really selfish thing to do.
FINAL THOUGHTS It had flaws. Some that annoyed me more than others. I can buy the Firebird device (it works just because) since we do see it from Marguerite's POV which is a non-scientific one. There was a lot of questions left unanswered and sometimes the characters did things that made me want to pull my hair out. But it was an interesting plot, nice pace and great story building. So I do recommend the book, but not to those who want details to how the world works or really deep complex characters. It's an easy read, very typical YA. ...more