September 16, 2013

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher for Blog Tour
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
"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.
Like I've said before, science fiction isn't really my thing. But I wanted to try this one, because let's face it, time travel? Awesome! And again (just like before) I was pleasantly surprised! It turned out to be a fantastic premise, which was backed up by several different theories...that weren't too sciency.

Em was a good character for me-- she seems like a total bad-ass, but she doesn't act robotic (a.k.a., do everything you would expect a bad-ass to do). She makes a bunch of good choices and several bad ones, but the thing that I liked most about her was just....I don't know. Her. Does that make sense at all? I liked that she wasn't afraid to tell Finn exactly how it was, and that she never backed down. She did what she knew was right, in the end. But it's really weird, because she's not necessarily the one who did it. She got it going, though.

I really enjoyed the chapters from Marina's point of view-- they were so innocent compared to Em's, but they gave me new perspective on the entire story. Honestly, I wish I could reveal more, but for the sake of spoilers I'll leave it be!

The romance between Finn and Em was adorable. It wasn't all in your face like some books do it, but it was subtle and I enjoyed it. It was sweet and cute, and I hope to see more romances like that in the future.

And honestly, I hope to see more plotting like this in the future too. Because the plot was rock-hard awesome, and I couldn't have asked for more twists and turns. It kept the story moving at a good pace, and I was never confused or left wondering what had happened, which is really all I can hope for. That, and a fantabulous ending. Which I also got, if you were curious. ;)

All in all, All Our Yesterdays really delivered an awesome story. I never saw it coming.


  1. So glad the premise of this one was great. I love a nice romance, awesome characters and great endings so you've got me excited to pick up my review copy which I haven't picked up yet. I'm hoping to read it soon. Great Review Megan!

  2. I keep seeing this book on many blogs, and it seems that people like it a lot. I must admit that the book description sounds great, and I actually love sci-fi novels. Good, sweet romance and solid plotting are not that easy to come by when it comes to YA books... I think I'll give this one a try.

    Oana @All Fantasy Worlds

  3. Leigh (Little Book Star)September 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    I love science fiction because of Beth Revis's Across the Universe trilogy so I'll check this one out! I'm glad you thought the romance was adorable. I'm so DONE with insta-love, that's why lol. Glad you thought the story was awesome! I hope I feel the same way when I read it.


  4. Heard lots about this book. Now I want to read it so much. :) Great review!

    Cindy @ In This World of Books..

  5. Gah! I keep meaning to stop by your beautiful blog more regularly, but alas I have a stack of homework and so many books to get through!

    Anyway, I'm SO glad you enjoyed this book as I loved it so much too! Regarding Finn and Em's romance – "It wasn't all in your face like some books do it, but it was subtle and I enjoyed it. " – I couldn't agree with you more! It was just a very adorable side story that didn't take away from all the action.

    Great review Megan (as per usual) and please pester me to comment here more regularly! :D

  6. By the way this is Ruby from Feed Me Books Now. :)

  7. The premise was rocking awesome fantastic. I <3 it! Good Lord girly, I don't mean to nag you...but...READS IT MY PRECIOUS. LOL. I hope that you do like it when you finally pick it up! Thanks, girly!

  8. I see it all the time too. I've never been a big fan of sci-fi, but lately I've found some really awesome books in the genre. LOL. They are so hard to find-- they're endangered species! I hope that you like it. (:

  9. I really need to read the trilogy. I read the first book, but I never continued! The romance was so cute, I can't even! Yay! LOW RATINGS FOR ALL INSTALOVE!! It twas made of amazing. I hope that you do too. (:

  10. Haha, I know exactly how you feel. No probs. ;)

    Weehoo! Thanks, girly! I really, really liked the romance, it was one of the best parts. ASIDE from the awesome storyline, of course. ;) I feel like too many books (with action) are bogged down by romance, like it's expected now. Just once I'd be okay with reading a book with no romance. LOL.

    Thanks! Will do. ;)