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All Our Yesterdays
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I've read quite a lot of time travel stories lately, some better than others and this one is one of the solid stories. It's likened to The Hunger Games and that worried me a little bit when I was choosing it as I wasn't a massive fan of that series. I thought it was ok but nothing spectacular.

I needn't have worried though, I think the time travel aspect of this one tipped it in my favour and I liked it much more than I expected to.

It's a sweet story and gripping at the same time. It's got excitement and a bit of sadness and it's clever and twisted and....it's just got a bit of everything really. Sometimes books just grab you and this is one of those books.

When all is said and done it's a YA novel but it's got enough going for it to keep adults entertained too. I just love a good time-slip/time travel story and this one didn't disappoint.
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VINE VOICEon 28 December 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Plot revolves around three people, Marina, James and Finn.
James is the brilliant gifted science geek, who lost his parents and now lives with his older brother Nate, Finn - his best friend, and Marina - his friend and neighbour who's in love with him, but too insecure to tell him.
Simultaneously we follow the story of Finn and Marina ( known as Em in this context) imprisoned and tortured in another time, living repeated existences in an ongoing effort to prevent James from the past, inventing the means of time travel that has consequently blighted the world and turned him into a 'monster'
The story flips back and forth between the two realities as the story reaches its eventual climax, where Finn and Marina are now in love, and everyone's lives are threatened.
It's a gripping story and I have thoroughly enjoyed it !
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on 16 December 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed All Our Yesterdays. It's a time travel story that wrestles successfully with the problems of TT, and comes to satisfactory and believable solutions.
As the book opens, Em finds herself a prisoner - but she is a prisoner not only of the Doctor, but of her own life. She is expected to give answers to questions about events that are in her future; and to escape she has to work against her own feelings.
There is a well-drawn love story alongside the 'wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff'', but it is the expert handling of the complications of the TT plot that really appealed to me.
This has been loaned regularly since I bought it for the school Library, and it is highly recommended by the more sci-fi minded students.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2013
Every once in a while, a book comes along with a synopsis and a cover which convince you, no matter what, you will love that book. You don't need to read any reviews or reactions, you just know. It doesn't happen too often. I believe the last time I had it, it was with Stormdancer. But then, along came All Our Yesterdays. I just knew it. However, with previous reads that I had high hopes for ultimately letting me down, I was still nervous about it. But that was unwarranted for All Our Yesterdays. Make no mistake, I love this book.

I'm kind of in love with the time travel concept, so that is what instantly drew me in. It's so well executed that it's hard to do it justice with this review. Time travel is a delicate concept because... how do you tackle it? How do you deal with the paradoxes? Cristin Terrill had no problem with it. She is a master storyteller and the intricate beauty of this story puts this book on my favorites list and her next books on my to-read list as well.

I think what draws me to time travel and parallel universe stories is that it all comes down to the choices we make and their implications. But what All Our Yesterdays does so well is that it uses that to create very complex characters. Let it be known now, I love me a complex villain. Seriously. You give me a book where the villain can show that certain motivations or principles are driving his actions, that there's a logic to it, that it could be perceived as "right", and I will love that book. And that book, in this case, is All Our Yesterdays. The villain is scary and creepy and wrong. But you see his development to that point as well. You see what drives him. You see that he truly believes he's doing good. You almost sympathize with him. But it's also wrong. God, I just love the complexity. It really makes you think.

The other characters, the main characters, Finn and Em, also drew me in. I not only love their personalities, with Em being fiercely loyal and determined and Finn being strong but also very funny, but I love the character development. The story alternates between Marina and Em, Marina from four years in the future, in Marina's present. What Cristin Terrill does really well is show two personalities for the two points of view that are in essence still the same person (and the narration does read as such) but where one, Em, has been weathered by time and become much more mature due to the hardships she has faced. It reads seamlessly and beautifully and is very skillfully done. As the story progresses, you gradually see how both main characters and the villain ultimately become their future selves, which means top notch character development.

As with most young adult novels, there is romance involved here. However, the story is mostly driven by action and the romance doesn't overshadow that. But the romance, guys... Finn and Em... they steal my heart. It began with her, as Marina, her younger self, calling him "the idiot". I was sold. You'll probably know I love me a love-hate relationship, and this is no exception. It was beautiful, both in the younger Marina, who gradually sees more sides of Finn and begins to dislike him less, and the older Em, who loves Finn and can count on him to support her, always. And Finn is just awesome aside from all that because of his amazing ability to always be able to lighten the mood but still be serious when necessary. I love Finn so much, guys, I should just stop now before this becomes a total gush fest. Just one thing: soul mates. Yep.

The ending was freaking intense. Though all the rest of the book is also filled with the kind of action that had me furiously turning the pages and loathing having to put the book down, the ending blew my mind. I was on the edge of my seat. I was gasping. I was crying. It was just amazing. And at the end, when you think it's all tied up one way, and it kind of makes you sad, but it works, it still twists another way and asdfjkl; I can't. This is such an intense story... It's seized my heart. I loved it. A perfect ending, which can be read as a stand alone, but still makes me extremely happy there will be a sequel.

Summing Up...

I don't often cry over books (tweeting "I'M CRYING" is seldom serious with me) but All Our Yesterdays definitely got me to shed a tear. I was completely absorbed by the characters, by the concept, by the action, by the romance... I didn't want to put the book down for a second and anxiously watched the page numbers increase, knowing there was less and less left and dreading it coming to an end. However, that ending was intense and perfect, and I can't think of a negative thing to say (because "I want moreeeee; why is it overrrrr?" doesn't count). This is one of my all-time favorite books and an extremely powerful debut by Cristin Terrill. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

Recommended To...

EVERYONE. Just everyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2013
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I see a lot of reviewers really like this book. It is being compared to The Time Traveller's Wife and The Hunger Games. I loved those two books, but find that this did not engage me as much as either of those. I feel like maybe I am a bit old for this stuff now. A lot of the sci fi cliches were present and correct, and if I had been a bit younger I might not have spotted them. I saw where the story was going, then it went there. Not too many plot surprises.

What did work well was the depiction of the main female character's journey from self conscious teen who couldn't open her mouth and say what she really wanted (which led to her not being able to get what she wanted), to a more confident person with the grit and determination to say and do what was necessary. Also the novel did not shy away from showing how power corrupts- despite the heroes' efforts- over and over again.

I did enjoy reading this book most of the time, and despite a slightly underwhelming ending, it made sense that it did have to end that way. I would have liked it to have been even more fiendish and dark and hopeless, but I don't think it is much of a spoiler to say that the happy ending more or less came about as prescribed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a complicated involved book about a girl with different names who has lived a few lives and Cassandra the time machine. It's an engaging future set romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2014
Very good novel looking forward to the sequel. One of the best YA books I've read in a while. Although the last couple of pages did confuse me
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VINE VOICEon 17 April 2014
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If I was to sum up this book in one word it would have to be underwhelming. With all the 5* reviews and comparisons to the Hunger Games I really thought this book would grip me, but it ends up just being "meh".

It was easy to see very early on where the plot was going, and there were no surprises or shocks to turn things around as the book went on. To be honest the time travel storyline was very weak, and nowhere near dark or gritty enough to keep me hooked. It's hard really to describe it, but it just need more... Umph!!

What I did think was dealt with well was the love aspect, it was realistic and sweet without being an annoying case of instalove.

The ending was as expected and kinda fizzled out, and to be honest I know I won't be picking up the sequels.
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on 9 September 2013
I have never read a book like this before. Its a combination of fantasy, time-travel and romance. I am currently reading it on my mums kindle and i have been reading it nearly every day since i bought it. Cristin Terrill has a truly creative imagination and to rap this up, 'ALL OUR YESTERDAYS' is THE BEST book i have EVER read!!!!!! After i have finished reading it this time round i am going to read it all over again and buy it in paperback version!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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VINE VOICEon 12 September 2013
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I always treat debut novels with caution and with this one I was pleasantly surprised. It's full of action and adventure with a decent amount of romance thrown in. The two main characters are really well written. Finn is funny and adorable, Em is a good kick-ass heroine. The plot flows at a really good pace and it's one of those books that you could easily read straight through if only you had the time. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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