Thursday, August 22, 2013
Review: All Our Yesterdays
Author: Cristin Terrill
Date of Publication: 1st August 2013
Series: Cassandra Chronicles #1
Source: For review
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I received this book for free from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my review in any way at all.
This book is an astonishing time-travel novel, where every page hits you and intrigues you with twists at every corner. There are extremely well-formed characters and emotions throughout the book which draw you further into the book.
In the first few chapters of the book, there is quite a lot of action, which normally overwhelms me in a book, but in this one it worked. There are many links and hints throughout the book to the mystery of the time-travel, which pull you further into the book. The descriptions in the book are truly beautiful, bringing more depth into the book and making you feel like you are truly there.
Em is a character I could interact with. She was determined, productive... But she was also cheeky and found humour. "...as though he gives a damn. I blow the director a kiss as best I can without the use of my hands...". At the start, I didn't like Marina, she seemed too posh and girly, but she becomes interesting and with hidden depths further into the book. Finn is just awesome! Cute, cool and loving... He has definitely become yet another book boyfriend for me!
The first sentence impacts on you quite heavily: "I stare at the drain in the center of the concrete floor." It makes you wonder where she is and why she is so preoccupied staring at this drain; what does she want to do with it? There is also a scene where they are mulling over their thoughts with peanut butter sandwiches, and that scene stuck with me throughout the rest of the book, because a lot of deep thoughts and ideas are revealed just while they eat those sandwiches!
Another two quotes I like are two that are quite mysterious and drag you into the book: "The weight of the future settles on me..." and "I raise the gun, and James lunges at me".
I mentioned earlier that this book is extremely descriptive. This is one quote (Marina's point of view) that I liked, "I slump in my chair and would probably slip off it if it weren't for the bindings around my wrists. My body hums with the aftereffects of the shock, like a tuning fork slammed against the edge of a table."
There are lots of quick point of view switches in some of the more action-heavy chapters, which works well and made me wonder what was going to happen next. The ending was truly beautiful, too, and wasn't on too much of a cliff-hanger, but has made me want the next book in the series!
So, overall, this book was astonishingly intriguing and beautiful. I loved it and am definitely going to read the next book, which is to be released in 2014.