Friday, August 30, 2013

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
"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.
”add
Publishes in US: September 3rd 2013 by Disney Hyperion
Genre: YA Science Fiction, time travel
Source: Disney for review
Series? Yes. No info about 2nd.

Buy it: Amazon / BN / IndieBound

Find Chrisint online: ~site ~twitter ~facebook ~blog ~book trailer

 
    I loved this book, and it is a well done time travel novel. I was deliciously confused as everything wove together.
    As far as Em. I knew that the world outside was falling apart, and I just wanted to know why she was witholding information and what got her locked up in the first place. She has an intense voice, and I connected with her because I saw good in her, a desire for freedom, and this sacrificial nature that I really admire. 
    Finn was amazing. I loved their bantering and the chemistry between them. I also liked that there was a history there not just some kind of instant attraction. There was also the time and conversations shared while they were locked up together. As the story progresses you really get to see the depth there, and I love Finn more and more. There is a depth to him, and how he is with his family and with Em makes my heart flutter. 
    At first, when it jumped to Marina, there was a startling contrast of normalcy. Marina is worried about a boy, and giggling with her friends, and I was so curious to see how it all connects. James is her neighbor and the boy she is in love with and has for years. Her support of him, and their history together was sweet to learn about and it became all so important later on, but I had no idea how as I was reading it. 
    Cristin knows how to write a staggering romance, the stolen moments together on both side and things like a hand just the right amount of high on the thigh were all things that made me sigh. 
    As the story unravels I begin to question everything I thought I knew, and examining characters I thought I loved because of pieces of each story that were revealed. And I can't believe it took me as long as it did to connect some of the dots, especially with the Finn clue. But it was still just so emotional and hard to see both sides of the story. It was pretty hard to reconcile the two parts of the story at times, because I didn't see the transformation as slow as it was, it was just the stark contrasts, and that made the story all the better though. 
    By the way, this is one of the most complex and unique love triangle circle jumbles that I have read but since it is two points in time, it makes me love it and my heart was divided because of everything I knew. But it was all so believable. 
    The ending is shocking, bittersweet and heartbreaking. But it wrapped up everything well. Even though I will jump at the chance to get back into this world, I wasn't left with that gaping, can I hurl this book because there is no way that its ending like this, and I am thankful for that. Though I will say that I was a little curious how some of it resolved with a few of the events, but I think I have pieced it all together, and I know that is no flaw on the book but on my reasoning. 
    Great world building, superb romance, characters I loved and felt for, and beautifully woven together. 
     
Bottom Line: Intense roller coaster of action, breath taking romance and intrigue.

Books similar to :(links go to my review) Pivot Point by Kasie WestParallel by Lauren Miller Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Could you sacrifice yourself to save those you love?
Follow on Bloglovin

36 comments:

  1. Now this one sounds really good

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yay :D I'm so glad you loved this book too. And ohh. FINN! Swoons. He is the perfect boy. Sigh. I need book two, because I need more of Finn. <3 Hih, but like you, I didn't dislike the ending :) But yeah. I do need more Finn, so really happy about sequel. <3

    ReplyDelete
  3. I've been seeing this book everywhere! One day, I will read it because I really want to. So many books though! D: I've heard positive upon positive things about All Our Yesterdays though. Could I sacrifice myself for those I love? Out of all the people I love, probably only the few I love most. Cruel but it's true. :(
    Laura @ Music Plus Books

    ReplyDelete
  4. This sounds fantastic! I keep hearing wonderful things about this one. Haha, love the "high on the thigh" line :D Totally adding this to my TBR pile. Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I definitely thought the ending was bittersweet too. I loved the way it all wrapped up though. Great review, Brandi! :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. I've been seeing a lot of positive reviews for All Our Yesterdays this week. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Brandi!

    ReplyDelete
  7. A good time travel is so hard for me to find. But you scare me with the ending, I don't know if I could handle it.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Glad you liked the romance in the book and I love a good time traveling book. I'm not a fan of love triangles, but having it happen in two different time periods is interesting. Nice review =)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh exciting. I've been loving time travels this past year. Hadn't seen this one yet but it sounds great. thanks for the heads up!

    ~Anna

    ReplyDelete
  10. Great review! I really loved this book. It took me a very long time to figure it out too, don't worry you're not alone;) The characters and the time travel concept were just amazing!

    Eveline's Books

    ReplyDelete
  11. I've been told to not read any reviews and go into it knowing anything at all. I'm glad to see from your rating that you enjoyed it so much though:)

    ReplyDelete
  12. I have been hearing so many amazing things about this one and I am super excited to get my hands on it! I love the idea of time travel, and the characters sound brilliant. I can't wait to experience the world building, and the romance and can't wait to see how it all wraps up! I'm glad to see you enjoyed this Brandi! Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

    ReplyDelete
  13. I loved this one too. You're right about that ending though! totally heart-breaking!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I am so annoyed that I didn't get this one. I have read countless glowing reviews and I love a good time travel book, but they are hard to find. Definitely picking up a copy of this next week!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Awesome review. I really need to read this book.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I am so excited to read this! I have it on my Kindle and I'm definitely loving time travel books right now. Awesome review!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I keep hearing good things about this; sounds like I need to give in sometime soon! Good review.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Now I'm totally curious about how the dots get connected between the world of Em and Finn, and that of Marina and James. I'll have to get my hands on the book! Thanks for sharing, Brandi :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Oh I like action in my books so I think this is one I would enjoy. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I'm hearing such amazing things about this book! I love time travel, so I know I'll love it

    Kate @ Ex Libris

    ReplyDelete
  21. Huh, I have yet to read a good love triangle. I just read a review of this and that blogger didn't like it. Now I'm curious to check this out all because of this unique love triangle you mentioned.

    Braine

    ReplyDelete
  22. This one sounds really good and I'm regretting not requesting it for review. I've read a ton of really positive reviews for this one!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I've been hearing really good things about this one and I cant wait to read it. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

    ReplyDelete
  24. I really need to meet Em and Finn and am so glad to hear the time travel is well done! woot!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Sounds like a well-rounded novel. I'm dying to read this one!

    Wonderful review, Brandi.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one too! It was a great read to me and now I can't wait for the sequel. great review :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. I enjoyed this one LOADS! I agree that the romance was swoon-worthy, and I was so relieved that it didn't take over the whole plot, like a lot of romances in books do. That ending made me shed a tear or two, seriously. Really can't wait for the sequel!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Yet ANOTHER great review about this book which has me salivating for it!!

    - Allie @ Little Birdie Books

    ReplyDelete
  29. I saw this book somewhere else and read great things about it, I'm glad you liked it as well.

    ReplyDelete
  30. I've seen so many good reviews for this! Can't wait to read it!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I'm really getting into science fiction and I can't wait to read this book! You don't know how excited I am to hear how much you enjoyed it.

    ReplyDelete
  32. This one looks pretty interesting. I might just have to add it to my wishlist.

    ReplyDelete
  33. I loved this book! So much. I didn't even realize that Marina and Em were the same person at the beginning. It had been so long since I had read the summary that I completely forgot. It's amazing to watch how Marina slowly transformed into Em. Finn! He was my favorite. I thought the ending was perfect and when I finished it, it hadn't been announced that there was going to be another book. I'm sort of worried about it honestly. I don't see a need for a second book. I thought this one wrapped up everything nicely and heartbreakingly, with a good hope for the future.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Bittersweet is a perfect word to describe the ending. Glad you liked this too!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Initially I wasn't very interested in this but the more I read about it, the more interested I become. I especially love time travel and that you are content with the end-I hate an ending that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Glad you enjoyed this one. I can't wait to read it. The reviews so far have been really good. I feel like I've been waiting months!!!

    ReplyDelete

I would love to hear from you! (I always try to visit your blog back) I love links, so feel free to link to your blog or a post you like.
Sorry, but I am award and tag free zone, I do not have the time to return. Comments are reward enough :)