Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Title: All Our Yesterdays

Author: Cristin Terrill
Series: Planned Duology
Published By: Disney-Hyperion (September 3, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy/Time Travel
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!!

Book Description:
"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 and Review:
It is clear from the very beginning that Terrill plans to take us on one heck of a journey, a journey through space and time itself. A journey that will leave your mind reeling and you on the edge of your seat with anticipation. 

One so filled with complexities and a very science driven plot constantly tested and redefined that it will leave your head spinning and your heart pounding. As the unthinkable and the unimaginable come together to form one explosive ending.

The fact that this is Terrill's debut novel with leave you speechless and questioning the sincerity of it. I am constantly amazed at the talent that has appeared in the last year with stellar debut novels that leave you wanting more and wondering where the author has been hiding all this time.

While the main character's identities are not hidden so much as they are hinted at, the real twists are in the events that lead up to those characters situations and lives changing as much as they have. To those characters becoming someone totally different than what they were when their story first started. 

Terrill's debut novel is one that you don't want to miss. An action packed roller coaster ride that will leave you high from the twists and turns and have your stomach dropping from the downward spiral of emotions. Love, anger, friendship, betrayal and redemption are all apart of Em, Marina, Finn, James and the doctor's lives. 

This is one book that you will not want to put down from the very first page and will leave you feeling bereft and at a loss as what to read next.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*


  1. Yeah this was a great journey. The author played with my logic so good that I couldn't but love the story. Great review :)

  2. I've been really impressed with debut authors this year too, and always love discovering new talent. I'm so glad you enjoyed All Our Yesterdays as much as I did! Fantastic review as always, hon. :)

  3. I am so glad you liked this one too Tanja!!

  4. YESSSSSS! I loved this one so much too! It just blew me away with how well it was plotted, and I loved how the past/present worked out with the characters. It was fascinating to see them side by side and compare. Definitely looking forward to more from this author in the future!

  5. You know Hyperion puts out some good stuff, every book I have read by them this year has been quite good..love your review and this is going in the tbr pile. *gets out 10 ft ladder to add it*

  6. My review for this is scheduled for next week. I really enjoyed it too, but I think I've read and watched so much time travel that it's super easy for me to predict and figure it all out, so there's rarely any real surprise in it for me anymore. :( This was still very well done, though. I don't think I've been disappointed with this publisher yet.

  7. This one sounds really good! I'm kicking myself for not requesting a review copy when I had the chance!

  8. I hear you Christy, I get like that with mysteries!

    Megan, sorry to hear that, hopefully you can pick it up sometime soon because it really is worth the read!

  9. Yeah for great debut authors. I was turned down for this one as I was a late requester. Bummer! It sounds fantastic!

  10. I hate it when that happens Heidi, I have had it happen before as well. Hopefully you can pick this one up after it releases. :)

  11. Great review. I have been seeing this around and have been wondering about it. It sounds great and you have convinced me to check it out.

  12. I hope you end up enjoying it too if you do decide to read it. :)

  13. Really excited for this one! I love time travel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Enthralled with every twist and turn. I just read 15 Minutes which was another great time travel book that kept me guessing!