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All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  12,398 ratings  ·  2,265 reviews
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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 ha
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Disney Hyperion (first published August 1st 2013)
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Eva It's a standalone. There was going to be a second book, but Cristin Terrill recently announced that she would not be writing a sequel.
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Emily May

I'm still reeling from this book. I finished it with that sad, hollow feeling that makes it impossible to read anything else for a while because you're still living in the book's world and still caught up in the adventures of those characters. And I didn't expect to like this book anywhere near as much as I did. It's a science-fiction book with a romance that is central to the story and we all know how well those go. But it's well-written and compelling with a very interesting and seemingly ori
"That's All" Ash
I think this is the first time I’ve written a bad review for a 4-star book.

Is that even Goodreads-legal?

Here’s my problem with All Our Yesterdays: It was awesome… once I got past the beginning.

This was my status update at 17%:

‘Okie dokie. So. This is a dystopian book about a girl who’s already lived fourteen (fifteen?) lives and needs to get to a time machine so that she can jump forward to her past and it’s also a dual POV between her current self and her past self and the relationship with t
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars

I liked how the author addressed time travel paradox and causal loop questions, but I felt less enthused about the characters.

Full text of review may be found in The Midnight Garden. An advance copy was provided by the publisher.

Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Principessa*
4.5 Stars


Yes, yes I know it's a really amazing sci-fi,time travel thriller, that's chocka-blocked full of action and suspense and a liberal dose of angsty teen love. This I know, but my reaction towards the story completely surprised me!

Firstly if you plan on reading this book, here's a tip: Keep your wits about you, there's so much going on and every detail is so important, you can't miss anything! Secondly. OMG about halfway through this bo
There's been a slew of time travel books lately and All Our Yesterdays is another one that I can add on the short list of those that impressed me. The time travel concept introduced, while hard to grasp like any and all time travel science, explains how paradoxes fixes itself in a manner that's utterly fascinating, while giving us a plot that is both thought-provoking and exciting.

All Our Yesterdays has a past/present setting that involves a unique double characterization; even though our main c
All Our Yesterdays made me:
- grip my Kindle so hard it left an imprint on my forehead
- whisper-scream in anticipation and outrage
- believe in its time-traveling, dystopian premise
- cry soft tears that landed in my orange juice
- drink my own tears (see above)
- wish I had read it so much sooner

I have so much love for this book, my first five-star read of 2015. It centers on Em, a young woman stuck in a cell with nothing besides the voice of a boy in the cell next to hers and a list of instructions
sunset shimmer
Holy fuck. That was probably one of the most intense, gripping finales I've ever read in my life. This book completely messed with my mind and my emotions. I'm still reeling.
Oh my! This is what a true time travel story should be about.

The suspense, the confusion, the puzzled pieces that start to fit together, the world building, the character development (both in the past and the future)… Should I really tell you how much I loved this story?
It was absolutely AMAZING! It blew my mind, of course I loved it!

I’d spend all my yesterdays reading this book only to feel this joy with which it filled my heart, because there’s nothing better than finding a new favorite book
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Thank you Bloomsbury for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

'But it's the last line that makes me scramble for the toilet in the corner of my cell.
You have to kill him.'

I guess it's no lie that I am an absolute stingy person when it comes to giving out 5 stars. To me, they are the rarest gems of the pile. Being this, I believe I should be permitted to just throw confetti across the room and say, "READ THIS BOOK A
Is it just me or does All Our Yesterdays have a distinctly cinematic flavor? I feel like I've just sat through a fast-paced movie about time travel and two people on the run trying to save the world. I'm not sure if that's a good thing but it kept me interested and intrigued till the very end, which is more than I can say about most YA books. And considering this is a debut, I'd say that's an impressive accomplishment.

Em and Finn escape from a prison cell and travel 4 years back in time to preve
Jul 18, 2013 Brandi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Brandi by: Emily May
Shelves: favorites

""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.

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
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Hyperion for providing me with an ARC of this book!

Actual rating: 4.5 Stars

"Is that breakthrough what you were going to tell me about?" I say. "The night you came home?"

James nods but doesn't look away from the road. "Yeah."

"What is it?" Finn asks.

"It's something I've been working on for a long time. I'm finally starting to make some real progress, and those pages there are the crux of my formulations."

"What are they for?"

"Travel in the fourth dimension."

Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
All Our Yesterdays starts with one of the most impressive opening scenes I’ve come across in a very long time, possibly since Shatter Me. A drain in the floor seems like a very simple thing, but one that can become absolutely terrifying in the eyes of a prisoner. According to Cristin Terrill, it was this detail that prompted her to write the book in the first place, and it seems to have been an excellent place to start.

With that infamous drain in the very first sentence, getting pulled into Em’s
Wow this book was utterly amazing. I know I’ve read some great reads this year, but All Our Yesterdays will definitely stand out from among the rest for a long time to come. What I loved most about this book was that I hardly knew anything about it before going into it. I read the blurb ages ago and was totally excited, but when I started reading I was utterly amazed and surprised with what Terrill had planned for us.

The basic crux of the story is time travel, two characters Em and Finn are dedi
Faye, la Patata
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Wow. That was one fantastic ride.

Just so everyone knows, I love Time Travel stories. This adoration started after I read Jude Deveraux'sA Knight in Shining Armor, where a young woman finds a man from the 1500s transported in her time and she to his later.The idea of changing the future by going back to the past
Feb 17, 2015 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laura by: Thomas

Time is coming for us, and coming fast.

Time takes and gives so much. We age, change, hurt and love. Over time, we can lose ourselves. Lose sight of what we wanted to do or be in life. If you had the chance to look back four or five years, would you recognize yourself? What has time done to you? Would you shake your head and giggle or cringe at your decisions? I look back and see someone so open. I want to reach across time and yell, warn her to protect her heart. But what would that change? Who
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
I hated this. No, wait, I loved this. No, no-I hated it....Right? Still, even after having finished a day and a half ago, I still don't know what I think of this book. It played with my heart on the deepest emotional level possible...and, for once, I don't know if that was a good thing.

Dealing with matters of the heart are messy. There is no way to make rational decisions when your heart is split down the middle-I believe that with my whole soul. And, believe it or not, I'm not even talking abo
All Our Yesterdays is I think the first book I've enjoyed despite the premise. I know that may sound like an odd thing to say, and maybe it's just me, but when I read the summary I really thought I was being promised a complex, mind-bending time travel plot. I mean, a girl travels back in time to stop a madman - that has Terminator written all over it, doesn't it? - but instead how Cristin Terrill handled the time travel made me want to travel back in time and erase the fact that I've read this. ...more
Ta§chima Cullen
This book is just as good as the blurb makes it seem!


It is exciting and incredible. Quite honestly I devoured it. I read it a couple of weeks ago and I sometimes still catch myself thinking about it! How did she do it?! I am so SAD that it is a stand alone, these days the best ones always are and only the less than adequate are the ones with sequels. Sigh. Makes me sad, but at least I can re read the story whenever I want. That brings me comfort.

All our Yesterdays is the story of Em, a prisoner
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

When the story opens, we find the main character, Em, held captive in a cell, staring at a drain. This may sound dull, but I found the tension to be wonderfully done. As captive, held in a dark room, Em found something to obsess about. It was dark and psychological, and I was immediately hooked. Then she finds a message that a prior version of herself left for her, saying she has to kill him.

Em goes back in time to do as the note says. I figured out pretty much rig
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Dec 10, 2013 Kat (Lost in Neverland) marked it as maybe-read

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.




So it's a book about time traveling...and there's a villain called the Doctor?



This book actually looks really good but
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3.5 stars

Full disclosure: I was obsessed with Back to the Future as a kid. The scene where Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly goes BACK to his present and sees how much better his world is because his dad is no longer an uptight nerd and his mom actually wanted to marry him vs. just settling? OMG, goosebumps every time.

I mean, what's not to love? We had cute Marty McFly, Christopher Lloyd as enigmatic, brilliant Doc, and, of course, the:

All Our Yesterdays is not like that. We don't have the DeLorean
Six stars. I kid you not.

Yesterday: Marina is a wealthy and privileged girl, shallow and naive.
She’s in love with the boy next door James; an academic genius with a bright future.
By the end of Yesterday, something has gone terribly wrong. This leads to a dark tomorrow.

Today: Em is held captive in a cell and constantly tortured for information. The Doctor won’t rest until he finds out what she’s hiding.
Em finds a letter from her past self, along with a list of all the things she's already trie
Rachel E. Carter
"There's always hope for us..."


Love, love, love that this was a standalone. The beginning was so dramatic which pulled me in right away (reminded me of the beginning of Shatter Me, I don't know why, I just love prison/dungeon scenes), and while a lot of things were predictable, the book was still a worthwhile read & really no boring parts. Loved Fin & Em and even, in some ways, James. I thought the action was perfect and the funeral scene at the end was great with the flashbacks with Fin
Original review posted on the Kirkus blog

"I stare at the drain in the center of the concrete floor. It was the first thing I saw when they locked me in this cell, and I've barely looked away since."

Cristin Terrill's All Our Yesterdays was a YA Buzz Title at Book Expo America this year, touted as “Terminator meets The Time Traveler’s Wife”. Needless to say that description made me equally eager and wary to read it: On the one hand, I am a sucker for time travel. On the other hand, past experience
Ash Wednesday
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Alienor ☠ is stuck on the Jellicoe Road ☠

Well, well, well, it does occur to me that I'm living in a high-ratings fantasy world lately.

Basically I have two options here :
- Either I become easier and easier to satisfy
- Or, thanks to my wonderful GR friends and hours spent to go through a ridiculous amount of reviews, I'm lucky enough to grab books which perfectly suit my tastes. Of course I'm gonna go with that answer, what do you think?

"James leans against the wall, letting it takes his weight. "You two agree on this?"
" I know, it's
Full Disclosure : Cristin and I are both part of the (totally awesome) DC YA Mafya aka a group of mostly writers (but sometimes bloggers) who live in the DC Metro Area. What I’m trying to say is: we're friends IN REAL LIFE. However, this review is my “professional” (ha!) opinion of her book.

Time travel, you guys! EEP!

Let me be the first to tell you that this doesn't just gloss over time travel theory - Cristin gets into the nitty gritty, which may make readers do a lot of double takes (aka re-re
Oct 27, 2014 Debby rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyoneeeeee and especially AMBER.
Recommended to Debby by: Me, because I'm awesome like that.
5 stars

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 Yes
A short note for the curious: read just over 40%

It started off strong/intriguing but things quickly deteriorated for me. I could believe in the concepts but not the actions/dialogue of the (mostly unlikeable) characters. The lead was too whiny, melodramatic and immature and oblivious for my tastes (even if that is part of the character arc, once I started rolling my eyes at her I could not stop). Finn was the only character I liked and I lost respect for him in the way he allowed himself to be s
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Cristin Terrill has a bachelor of the arts degree from Vassar College and a master of the arts degree in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. She currently lives outside Washington, D.C., where she teaches creative writing workshop for kids and teens. ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is her first novel.
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“I tell her she's beautiful and perfect and she's going to be okay. I tell her she doesn't need to change herself to fit in with shallow girls or to matter to someone. I tell her everything I wish I had ever known. I tell her I love her, and I realize as I say it that I love me, too.” 93 likes
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