Monday, 24 February 2014

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Goodreads Summary : Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn't happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture - being kept apart, overhearing each other's anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There's no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It's from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that's about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.

My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : All Our Yesterdays is one of the best science-fiction/time-travel novels I ever crossed path with, and probably the best YA thriller I have read recently. A fast-paced plot that kept me flipping through the pages as every moment I dreaded what might happen next.

All Our Yesterday had the most riveting story in which every event were tied together, with no loose ends that might raise questions, and wrapped up in a bittersweet ending that summed up the entire story. Time paradoxes were thoroughly explained, even for those with very less idea about the non-linearity of time, would be able to explain Grandfather Paradox. I must say the author did an excellent job of unraveling the knots one by one.

The actual setting was four years from now, in a world where a time travelling machine has changed our normal way of living. Em, locked in a secret military base along with her friend Finn, hatched an escape plan, and traveled back in time to finish off their third pal, James, just to stop him from making time-travel possible. We follow Em and Finn in their quest, and face with moral questions—several of them I myself find difficult to answer.

How would you kill the person you love? The innocence you know will cease, and sprang forth a man capable of evil—would you still pull the trigger, or give him a second chance of redemption?
The story itself pulled me in with throughout action (I’m talking about events after events, not unnecessary combat scenes), and intense emotion. I was caught in a web of passion and deception, a struggle between good versus evil.

Ms Terrill created some great multi-layered characters with depths quiet difficult to fathom. They seemed to leap right off the pages into life. I loved Em for what see is now—strong, practical and determined, and so did I loved Marina for what she was four years back—naive, stupid and drowned in love. I didn't blame her for being such a lovesick, for she had no idea of that future she was planning with James, would change just because of him. Plus didn't most of us made mistakes for loving a wrong guy who did nothing to deserve such devotion? Except, James was the nice boy—someone any girl would fall head over heels for.

I loved Finn—when he was the goofy guy with a crooked smile who loved to tease Marina, and when, four years later, he was the man matured and hardened beyond his age, yet still had the same goofiness in him.

I loved James, for who he was four years ago—a next door nerd, a sweet guy Marina fell in love with. I even liked the black-and-white alignments in his character (not him) for what he became later—a scientist so much obsessed with his invention, a man risen from the ashes of own innocence, and became driving force of apocalypse. I loved his moments of weakness, and moments when he didn't hesitate twice before hurting those friends who were once part of his soul. His idealism was his final word.

All Our Yesterdays was, all the way, a dazzling debut—probably the best I've read this year. I was entirely entranced by it.

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Friday, 7 February 2014

Cover Reveal : Rain by Christie Cote

Book Blurb : Taylor Sullivan took her life for granted until she received news that would change her life forever. In a state of denial she met Kyle, who didn’t end up being what she expected. She wasn’t able to escape her new reality, but with his friendship, just maybe she could survive it.

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About Christie : Christie Cote resides in Vermont with her Husband and their dog. When she isn’t reading, writing, or dreaming up her next story, she can be found shooting targets with her bow, drawing or baking.
Rain is her first book.

Christie writes Young Adult Realistic Fiction, Fiction, and New Adult novels.

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