September 11, 2013

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (Review + Giveaway)


All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 368
Series: All Our Yesterdays
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Review Source: Netgalley

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
"You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.
My Thoughts:
This book is SO GOOD! Seriously, I’m finding it difficult to remember a comparable book where I found it so engaging right from the very beginning. I empathized immediately with the characters, and I was so curious to try and figure out their situation.

This book is full of twisty turny time travel, where the main characters are trying to prevent a horrible future from occurring. After trying so many other options, someone they know needs to be killed in the past, to save the future of the world (not a spoiler, as the synopsis tells you all about it). To kill someone before they’ve committed evil acts brings up all kinds of issues, both ethical and scientific.

‘All Our Yesterdays’ features a lot of gasp-worthy moments and tons of action. It’s also heartbreaking as you see the Marina, James, and Finn from the past and compare them with their future selves. You see what they're trying to prevent, but like Em you can't help but want to believe the best about people and hope for something better.

This book is incredibly emotional as you become tangled up in the well being of the characters. It’s a book where you’re never sure exactly how it will all turn out, as there are super high stakes and so many different options as to what might occur. I really loved this book! It was exciting, interesting, and intricately plotted. ‘All Our Yesterdays’ features an ending that is perfectly bittersweet, but still happy to a degree. This book works so well as a standalone that I didn’t even know when I read it that there would be a sequel. I love how the story is wrapped up, but I’m also really excited to see where things go in the second book. Highly recommended.

The Cover:
Love!

Rating:
[5/5]

Find All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill on Goodreads, Book Depository, & Amazon.

About Cristin:
Cristin Terrill is a young adult author and aspiring grown-up. She grew up semi-nomadic and graduated from Vassar College with a degree in drama. After getting her masters in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, she lived in London, Austin, Boston, and Washington, DC while working as a theatrical stage manager. Now she writes and leads creative writing workshops for DC-area kids and teens. All Our Yesterdays is her first novel.

Where to find Cristin:
Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads


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7 comments:

  1. I love that it hooks you in right away. I don't know why I haven't read this book yet, but every review I read reaffirms that I must.

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

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  2. Thanks for the review and giveaway :) This book has gotten me interested, the cover is lovely, I've heard good things about it, and I do like time travel books that aren't complicated haha :) Definitely looking forward to picking up this book!

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  3. I just bought this one so I'm happy to see your five-star review! Can't wait to read it.

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  4. This book looks amazing! Everyone that has read it has mostly given it 5 stars! So that defiantly got my attention! I love how they say it pulls you in from the very beginning and makes you fall in love with the characters! I cant wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  5. I've heard such fabulous things about this book. It's been on my radar for months now. The premise really caught my interest. So eager to read this one!

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  6. All Our Yesterdays was insanely good, right? LOOOOOOOOVED it, too:) And just as you I can't wait to read what happens in the second book.

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  7. For some reason I skipped over reading this and I'm so regretting it after seeing so many positive reviews from bloggers I trust-it sounds right up my alley with all the time travel too!

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