For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1)
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Title: All Our Yesterdays
Author: Cristin Terrill
Series: All Our Yesterdays, #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publish Date: September 3, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction (Time Travel), Dystopia, Romance, Fantasy, Thriller

“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.

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This is my first time travel read (surprising, huh?) and it did not disappoint! Being a time travel virgin, I was scared to go into this novel since I have no prior knowledge on the subject.


I had no problems with the plot and pacing of All Our Yesterdays. Everything was understandable and cleanly done. Miss Terrill’s writing made me not question whatever I found odd in the first place! I felt like I was being hypnotized into just going with the flow and enjoying the story, feeling like I belonged there.

The book brought about tons of feels. I laughed (mostly at Finn’s antics and charm–oh, Finn!), cried (the River of Tears…) and sympathized with the characters. Since the book was written in alternate times, we got a good look on how the characters developed and grew. I really enjoyed being in this world and being with these characters.

Em and Finn were such adorable leads that I now idolize. They were soft (Em) and caring (Finn) at times, but when needed, they were passionate about what they did (or needed to do) and were very disciplined, determined and strong. As a couple, these two were absolutely adorable! I loved how Finn cared so much for Em and accepted her for who she is. He was the perfect kind-of boyfriend.

I don’t normally mention this in my reviews, but I loved how the book began. I think that it was a unique and intriguing opening that’ll lure readers into the novel.


There were also a few unlikable characters, particularly Marina (Em from the past) and James. I won’t spoil anything, so I won’t say James did to piss me off this much. I guess it was essential to the story that James piss the reader off, but he just took my heart off my chest and stepped on it.

I was generally not a fan of the past chapters. Marina was still young and foolish then–she irritated me at times. She was too clingy and couldn’t really make decisions for herself.


It was generally an engaging read with great world-building, fun characters and an insanely addicting plot.

Let’s Talk!: Have you read this book? If you have, what did you think of it? If not, do you think you’ll be interested in it?



9 thoughts on “Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

  1. I read this books, and I really liked it. I agree with you about Marina. She annoyed me to no end, but I thought she grew as a character as time went on – which was a really good thing.
    I have such conflicted feelings towards James. On the one hand I can kind of understand his reasoning, but then he’s so horrible and just sigh. I really hope there are some James chapters in the next novel, so we can gain some more insight into what he was thinking and feelings about the whole thing.
    I ADORED Finn, and when I found out he was based of Logan from Veronica Mars, I immediately understood my love for him, haha.
    Anyway, I’m so glad you liked this book :D And I hope you shall delve into the world of time travel again!


    1. Yes–it was great seeing Marina grow and mature. About James… he turned kind of bipolar and started creeping me out, lol! But yeah, I do think readers should have a chance to get to know him better. He does have quite the backstory.

      Finn. *dreamy sigh* (Ps. Is it a bad thing that I have no clue what Veronica Mars is?)


  2. I loved this book too! Being a big fan of time travel plots, I was wary going into it because they’re so easy to mess up – I’m glad your first time travel book was such a success! :D


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