All Our Yesterdays

Title: All Our Yesterdays
Author: Cristin Terrill

Published: 1st August 2013

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Em and Finn are kept in cells, tortured for information by the Doctor, forced to communicate with each other through the wall. But that all changes when Em finds a note, from herself, in her cell that gives her a new mission. She has to go back in time and kill the boy.

What’s good about it? SO MUCH!

The writing style, first of all, is wonderful. Not a word is wasted and so much is revealed about the world in which they live through remarkably little information. There’s a pretty perfect balance of show-not-tell going on.

The characters are great. I was trying to decide who was my favourite and I’m honestly torn between Em and Finn (although I think Finn takes the title by a whisker). They’re so very human and their love is tangible and painful and at times so very beautiful.

Marina is nicely done and you can see how life experiences have changed her, her voice is very different to Em’s voice.

James hurts the most. I think he’ll always hurt the most because of who he was and who he could be.

What’s bad about it? Parts are a little bit predictable. I didn’t find myself irritated by it but yeah, a little predictable at points.

The verdict? I requested a proof of this in exchange for an honest review, so I’ll be honest. This is a truly enticing read that blends romance, action and time travel. The Doctor and the Director are suitably chilling whilst the romance between Em and Finn is simply gorgeous and so bittersweet. The characters have their own voices and they’re all so very human.

Loved the time-travel side of things (it’s the Doctor Who fan in me) and I particularly enjoyed the explanation regarding paradoxes. What tiny niggles there are can be easily ignored as the pacing is excellent and the plot engaging.

I definitely recommend this one!


Roberta R. · 28 July, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Hi…I'm your new follower ;).
I was reading your review of this very book on Goodreads, and since it pointed to a more detailed one, I landed here. (This is something I do too…putting a teaser on GR and redirecting people to my blog). I read you're a bookseller…you lucky one :). And I saw you have a bunch of reviews of unusual books under your belt. I appreciate that…it's the same thing I'm aiming at, as a matter of fact…so I thought I'd join and maybe discover some different novels occasionally. Also, you make the good and bad points of said novels very clear, which is helpful :).
I'm not a teen anymore, but I have this nasty habit of reading YA books LOL – though it turned out that I'm in good company with regard of that…

The Inky Bumblebee · 28 July, 2013 at 5:58 pm


Thank you for the follow! 🙂

I am indeed a bookseller! I do feel very lucky that I get to talk to people about books for most of the day – the downside is I'm surrounded by tempting new books, so my bookshelves are full to bursting 😉

Hee, I pretty much read whatever takes my fancy – I suspect there's distinct dystopian leanings in what I've been reviewing but I try to throw other genres in the mix.

Haha, there's no rule that you have to be a teen to read the YA books! In fact a large chunk of the customers that buy from the teen section where I work are adults (and they're not buying for someone else either!).

Thank you again for the follow and the comment! 🙂

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