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Review: Shadows by Paula Weston (The Rephaim #1)

Review: Shadows by Paula Weston (The Rephaim #1)Shadows by Paula Weston
Series: The Rephaim
Published by Indigo, Text on July 2nd 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 388
Format: Paperback
Source: Given From Publisher
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It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn.

And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams—he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense. Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth—and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.

Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly, who can she trust?

Fast-paced and gripping, Shadows, the first book in the Rephaim series, is a standout paranormal romance for fans of Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare.

 

I was not expecting to enjoy Shadows as much as I did because I’ve had a bad experience with Angel novels lately, however it was very enjoyable.

Shadows was so easy to read, not only was the book nice and floppy–I like floppy books!–but I would get immersed in this world and later realise that I’d read 150 pages or so, which is a lot for a slow reader like me.

I love books where you’re thrown into a story because there’s a lot about the characters past that you don’t know. It also means that the world-building can go terribly wrong, because the narrator is not new to the story, yet it needs to be explained to the reader. However, Weston cleverly avoided this by having the best of both worlds and giving Gaby a memory problem, meaning she’s learning the world with us, but technically, she’s not new. This hopefully means that Weston can give us some prequel novellas and some insight into the story before Shadows, because she very carefully gave us enough information to keep me begging to know more about Gaby’s past. I desperately want to know the past between her, Daniel and Rafa; and also Gaby and her brother Jude.

Gaby was an interesting character, because she had no idea who she was, exactly. She had little memory of her former life, and she was grieving for her twin brother. Although Gaby is 18, and this could technically be described as a YA novel, I really think it’s more of a Paranormal Romance, simply in the way it’s been written. Gaby was fairly helpless in this book, because fair enough, she’s forgotten all of her fighting skills. She’s not very savvy about this new world or how to fight. I really want to see her training with Rafa in the next instalment because I don’t like my heroines completely useless!  Rafa reminds me of Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series, arrogant and not entirely explained yet. I can’t wait to see more of his character!

The pace of Shadows starts off fairly slow, and gains speed about 100 pages in, but I feel this series has yet to reach it’s full potential. I think Weston has a lot more in store for the next book. I hope that as the series goes on, more plot twists are revealed, as there were quite a few in Shadows that kept me entertained.

I don’t think the world-building was that extensive, possibly not to overload us, but I’d really like to know more about the world.
Overall, I really enjoyed Shadows and I flew through it!

Rating: 4 Stars

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There is no Such Thing as Unproductive Reading…Right?

Obviously I love reading, unfortunately, I’m a slow reader and can only read so many books in a month. Also, I’m a busy person and have homework, after-school commitments and music lessons that I have to keep up with! Like most bloggers, I receive books that I’d like to read from publishers, Netgalley and authors. All of these books are always in the back of my mind because I need to read and review them.

However, there are some books that I haven’t managed to read and would love to get the chance to, some are classics, some are series I want to finish and some are books I just never got the chance to even look at.

Except, because I’m such a slow reader and can only read so many pages a day, every time I pick up the book I have been waiting to read, it feels unproductive. I start reading To Kill a Mockingbird, and then look at my long TBR list and feel like I’m not using my reading time wisely—which is stupid.

I’m trying to set myself a goal of reading at least two books a month, that may not be creating the biggest buzz in the book blogging community, but is something that I’ve always been wanting read. Two may not seem a lot, but as someone who struggles to read six books a month, it’s definitely enough for me.

I may not be able to write reviews on these books for publishers, but hell, I want to read them for myself! Of course I delight in being given review copies, but it does put a certain pressure on me as a blogger to deliver a review in a period of time—and a well-thought out review at that.

Sometimes I can get so caught up in the popular books “I simply MUST read” or books publishers give me, that I don’t think about books that I want to read. Not for review purposes or blogging purposes, but because I like reading.

Do you ever feel this pressure to read books, and sometimes don’t get to read books you’ve been wanting to, or feel unproductive when you do?

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Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn and the End of Days #1
Published by Hodder and Stoughton on May 23rd 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
three-half-stars

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

I’m not keen on Angels novels, I don’t know why but every Angel book I’ve read leaves something to be desired–I’m looking at you Hush Hush and Fallen. The premise to Angelfall was unusual, because Angels caused the post-apocalyptic world and are evil. I got a little freaked out by how awful Angels were in this book!
It is quite uncommon that I love the heroine and get a little annoyed with the love-interest. However, I found Raffe was luke-warm and then cold towards Penryn. Presumably so he didn’t develop feelings for her and to ‘protect’ her, but honestly, it became annoying. However, I loved Penryn’s independence because she’d learnt martial arts and could protect herself, despite being a little lost.
There are many cliché’s that pulled this novel down for me in rating, most of them involving Raffe. Angelfall isn’t entirely to blame however, it’s also the other Young Adult books churning out the same clichéd stories that are wearing me down.
An example of a cliché was that Raffe was described as ‘Adonis like’ and Penryn was ‘boring looking’. I find this is the case with a lot of Young Adult novels, with the stunningly attractive male falling in love with the average-looking female. I like reading about confident girls, and I don’t need the guys to be God-like in appearance to keep me interested.

Me: “What? This guy doesn’t look like a Greek God?” *shuts book* “Nope, not good enough.”

Raffe was sometimes unreasonably rude to Penryn and I felt like she was too kind towards him and it would’ve made things more interesting if she’d defended herself more.
I empathised with Raffe and his situation, considering a part of him had literally been ripped away from him. I did like Raffe, and in some scenes of the book, my heart melted a little. However, he brings up quite a few of my annoyances and pet-peeves, that I could not ignore.
Penryn was on a mission; her wheelchair-bound sister had gotten kidnapped and Penryn has to save her from evil Angels who’d taken over the world. Oh, and she’s also got a crazy mother who likes talking to demons and showing up at the most inappropriate times. Penryn was fantastic, I really understood her–she was a normal teenager who didn’t entirely know what she was doing, but wasn’t completely helpless. She had a mission and no one was going to stop her, I admired her determination.
Towards the end climax, I was completely shocked and the plot really thickens from there till the end. It was a very open ending, because I have no idea what’s going to happen in the next installment, but it stopped on a satisfying, positive note. I’m interested to see where this story-line goes, especially for Penryn’s sake.
I didn’t love, love Angelfall, but I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.
This book gave me tons to think about, there were a lot of things that did not cater to my personal preferences, yet I still managed to enjoy it, which says something!

I’m wavering, but I’m going to go with 3.5 Stars. Recommended if you like Angels, and hot n’ cold relationships.
If anyone has a recommendation for a good Angel book, let me know. I’ve tried Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Fallen by Lauren Kate. I didn’t like them.

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10 Reasons Why…I’m excited for The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (Gif Special)

 

10. Hopper appearances

9. Jill and Eddie finally getting together…PLEASE.

 

 

8. We all want to know what happens with Adrian and Sydney, don’t we!

7. I am completely prepared to HATE Sydney’s sister Zoe, who I’ve disliked from the beginning. She just bowls in there and is very snooty. *Cries* It’s not the ol’ gang anymore, they have to hide things.

6. Any snippet of Dimitri Belikov is worth reading a book for, good thing I actually also like the book.

5. The Ivashkovinator is bound to make an appearance and I for one am thinking it’s a prime opportunity for Mead to put an exciting scene in it…or a heartbreaking scene.

4. Dreamwalker anyone?

3. Sydney’s a genius, Adrian’s a mess with healing powers and the ability to paint. Together they’re unstoppable.

2. Pies n’ Stuff is doubtless going to make an appearance, and they always make me hungry.

1. The inevitable Shit-Hitting-The-Fan-Moment, that I’m positive is going to happen.

What are you guys excited for?

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Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices #1/3)

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices #1/3)Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Published by Walker on 3rd March 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....
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  • Cassandra Clare is extremely popular for her other series, The Mortal Instruments, especially with the film coming out in 4 DAYS GUYS. Anyway, The Infernal Devices is set in the same world, but a couple of centuries before, and instead of New York, it’s set in London.

Clockwork Angel was highly enjoyable, the world was extensive, the characters were funny and complex. I’m absolutely delighted I have another two books to also read. Although these books are huge and I’m a slow reader, I manage to fly through all of Cassandra Clare’s novels, and this was no exception.

Tessa begins not knowing a thing about the Shadowhunter world, and so things are discovered new from her perspective. Which was interesting for me, because I’d already experienced it in the modern world with Clary. For those of you who haven’t read The Mortal Instruments (and you really should) you can definitely pick this one up and not get confused. There are certain references that will not be understood, but they will likely go right over your head and you won’t notice them.

“Sometimes, when I have to do something I don’t want to do, I pretend I’m a character from a book. It’s easier to know what they would do.” 

Oh how I hate love triangles, and Clare seems very fond of them, which proves inconvenient. Here we have the choice of either Jem or Will. Jem is the safe, intelligent, kind-hearted and genuinely nice person. Will is witty, mean and a badboy. It’s not hard to imagine who the most popular is (Will), everyone loves a badboy.

Seeing the Shadowhunter world in a different time was fascinating, and immortal characters like Magnus and Camille  were also in Clockwork Angel, as well as City of Bones. I adore Magnus, and although Camille is a not a villain, nor a ally in The Mortal Instruments, I loved her character in this series. Magnus and her have a complexity and past that is so slowly revealed, I’m left desperate for more.

The plot is gripping, and something completely unexpected to me, because we’ve not seen these kind of ‘creature things’ before and I loved the fresh take. It was like the Shadowhunter world equivalent of zombies/robots. I’m so excited to read the next instalment when I have time.

I really enjoy Clare’s sarcastic, witty humour, and the Shadowhunter world, overall I give this a 4 star rating, and I expect it’s going to get eeeven better.

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How Much Would You Pay For A Book?

In England, books are usually priced at £8.00 and with the amount of books I read, that adds up. Especially considering that I can’t get an official job until I’m 16. It is a bearable price, however I end up borrowing quite a few books from the library and from friends.

Except, the other day I was trying to find the book The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, a book I’ve heard so much about. Needless to say, WHSmiths, Waterstones and my library didn’t have this book, and there is no where else I can shop. Waterstones has put most other bookshops out of business–B*******.

Where do you go when you can’t find a book in shops? Online, Amazon specifically, where I found the book is £11.00! Considering that I was buying this book among two others (Angelfall by Susan Ee and City of Bones Postcard set), which were £4.00 each. The Darkest Minds was £7.00 more! Of course, there was no other way for me to read the book that was easily available, so I bought it.

My question to you guys is, how much do you think is acceptable to pay for a book? At which point do you start feeling ripped off?

I understand authors slave away writing their book day after day, and I have no problem supporting them and buying their books. However, what percentage of the profits is actually going to the author and how much is going to Amazon and the publisher?

In addition, why can’t I pay for a box set that is not extortionate? There is an Amazon book set for The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare for £50.00. Which is ridiculous considering I could buy all three separately for £24.00. If they sold all three for £20.00 then I would buy the entire set, but why spend £26.00 more than I have to?

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Review: This Northern Sky by Julia Green

This Northern Sky by Julia Green
Published by Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Children's on July 4th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 230
Format: Paperback
Source: Given From Publisher
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  • Kate’s parents are taking her on holiday with them to a cottage on a remote island in the Hebrides. Kate can’t imagine anything more boring. But underneath her sulkiness, Kate is scared. Her parents have been fighting and she knows that for her parents this holiday is make or break. Once at the cottage, Kate escapes – outside, anywhere. And there she meets the warmth of the islanders, who are prepared to accept her and to listen to her. And possibly fall in love with her . . 

I was expecting a sweet YA chick lit when I picked this up, and I think the synopsis is very misleading. It says ‘And there she meets the islanders, who are prepared to accept her and listen to her. And possibly fall in love with her.’ Emphasis on the word Possibly, because actually, it’s quite clear 1/3 of the way through, that’s never going to happen. They love her, but nobody falls in love with her, which I was disappointed with. However, this is a YA novel, and the focus wasn’t particularly on Kate’s love life, but making new friends and noticing her parents that are growing apart. It was also very nice to read some UKYA!

Other than that, This Northern Sky by Julia Green was rather enjoyable, and quite a small, easy read. It didn’t take me long to finish, because this isn’t an action book or anything, it’s a quick contemporary.

A lot of teenagers could relate to This Northern Sky because Kate faces her parents rocky relationship, and turns to the solitude of the island to keep her centred. There were many questions asked wondering if Kate was to blame herself or if things were different, could her parents still love each other? I really liked the idea of leaving everything behind and finding new friends, and there was a quote in it that was my favourite, and very true:

‘You have to think about why people move over here,’ Isla says. ‘Quite often they’re running away from something. People who aren’t so good at getting on with others, they don’t understand how a real community works.’ She laughs. ‘They forget that they bring themselves with them, where ever they run.’

This was not the deepest or grittiest of books, for me. However it’s a great book for teenagers with divorced/divorcing parents to relate to, and quite a touching novel in that respect.

The ending was nice, and left me satisfied, but it didn’t leave me with a huge imprint. Overall, I’m going to give it 3 Stars.

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Feature and Follow #9

Increase Blog FollowersFeature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It’s a fantastic way to make new followers and bloggy friends!

This weeks question:

Back to school. Create a reading list for the imaginary English Lit class you’ll be teaching this semester.

Okay, well in the UK it’s still the summer holidays! MUAHAHA. I was actually planning on reading some classics in the next couple of weeks, so any recommendations would be fantastic!

Mine are:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

What about you guys?

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Children's on 2nd August 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: Given From Publisher

Paperback: 432 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (2 Aug 2012)

ISBN-10: 140883233X

Source: Bloomsbury–thank you! This has in no way affected my honest review!

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. 

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

This entire world is entrancing and amazing. I was gripped all the way through, which doesn’t usually happen, I get slightly bored at some places. Not with Throne of Glass, plot threads linked seamlessly together and complex characters kept me entertained.

I got so invested in all the characters, not just Celeana. Although Celeana was badass and completely my type of heroine. She’s independent, witty, and has a vulnerable side to her past. She’s the type of character who pulled me in instantly and I rooted for all the way through. She was actually really funny, not what I was expecting from a master assassin. Which is fantastic, I like characters who don’t take themselves too seriously and make me laugh.

Chaol is so mysterious, we are kept in the dark a lot about him, so of course that makes me desperate to know more about his character, and I hope he’s explored more in book 2. He’s the kind of character who doesn’t access his feeling easily and I was kind of frustrated with him!

Prince Dorian reads. I don’t know how many times I have to say how much I love a guy that reads. He’s also an expert swordsman, but he prefers to hunker down with a thoughtful book. He constantly had witty back and forth with Celeana which proved entertaining. I found him so charming!

I adore the character development, how Celeana learns to trust, and actually have friends. She sets in wanting to win this competition, but she’s very loyal, despite how determined she is. Chaol also becomes a little more open, though not as much as I’d hoped! Also, Prince Dorian stops being so fickle!

This love triangle is excruciating, because I don’t have a favourite. I thought I did, at parts I’d be sure it was one person and then I realised I love the other as well. This hardly ever happens, I always have a definite favourite! It’s completely thrown me off!

There were a couple of antagonists to keep things interesting, I get bored with the entire focus being on destroying one bad guy. Some of them are undoubtedly going to cause trouble in the next book.

The world itself is captivating, it’s set in a castle, in a historical time period, which I always enjoy. I honestly loved this book sooo much, and completely recommend it to anyone who enjoys strong heroines (who doesn’t?) and amazing worlds!

I am now mourning this world, and desperate to read the next one!

Rating: 5 Stars!

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July Monthly Wrap-Up

This month has not been the best for reading, so this is going to be quick. I have read a pityingly small amount, but I enjoyed them all, so it’s not all bad! Hopefully this month will be much better because I’m on my summer holidays!

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Rating: C+

Forsaken by the others was an enjoyable read, with fun characters, but the pace was slow. In the entire book, nothing really happened much.

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Rating: C+

Dani was a character that did everything she could for her younger brother to keep her alive. Not entirely sure what I think about the love triangle, I’m not keen on love triangles!

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Dare-To-Yousmall Rating: B+

The main heroine annoyed me at times, but other than that, Dare You To was a fantastic YA romance. It really satisfied my need for a cute romance, with internal as well as external conflict.

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Rating: C-

This was nearly an exact copy of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, which did not endear me to the series. However, there’s a reason that I love VA, and although it’s not as good, Half-blood was very enjoyable. I’m told it gets very different in the second book, and so I’m  excited for it to gain some individuality.

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Rating: B+/ 4.5 stars

This dystopian time travel was so much more enjoyable than I though it would be! Really enjoyed the complex characters and and exciting premise! Definitely recommend.

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What I’m looking forward to:

The main thing I’m looking forward to this month is the City of Bones film, I’m practically peeing myself in excitement! I’m also looking forward to Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, the second book in the Throne of Glass series. I’ve just finished the first book and I loved it! Lastly, Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the fourth book in the Lux series, after a whopping cliff-hanger in Opal, I’m desperate to see how things turn out.

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Feature and Follow #8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Myself and Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf are the featured bloggers on Feature and Follow this week! YAY! Feature and Follow is a weekly feature held by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, be sure to follow them if you’re taking part!

As one of the featured bloggers, I get to answer some questions:

When did you start blogging?

I started blogging in September 2012, but I had no idea what I was doing, and didn’t properly commit until November 2012.

What is your favorite part of blogging?
I love talking about books with other bloggers and fellow book-lovers! There’s something so satisfying about finishing a book and discussing/crazily fangirling about it with other people. I also enjoy talking to authors, and connecting with publishers.

 

What type of books do you mainly blog about?
Young Adult (and lots of sub-genres in YA), Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. I could kiss those genres, they’re so good.

 

What is your favorite book(s)?
This is such a cruel question! I’m going to go with the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. 

 

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?
It would have to be getting an ARC of Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead. She’s one of my favourite authors and I literally danced around the room when I found out!

 

This weeks question:

How do you handle a book you don’t like? Do you DNF or do you power through? 

If I’m reviewing the book for an author, publisher or Netgalley, then I will mostly continue reading it because I feel obligated to. I feel slightly guilty if I  DNF a book, when someone’s asked me to review it. However, DNF reviews are just as valid for people looking to read the book and if it’s REALLY bad, I don’t see why I should finish it.  If it’s a book I bought or got from the library, I will have no qualms simply putting it down and never picking it back up again, except that I paid for it!

Thank you Rachel and Alison for the chance to be featured, and thanks for stopping by! Be sure to leave your link, so I can visit your blog!



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Release Day Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (All Our Yesterdays #1)

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Series: All Our Yesterdays #1
Published by Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Children's on 1st August 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Given From Publisher
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  • “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. All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

After I read this my head was left spinning—as anyone who follows me on Twitter will know. I tweeted about this…a lot. All Our Yesterdays is a time-travel Dystopia, and I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but it did not disappoint.

There are mainly two points of view, Em and Marina. Marina is Em’s past self. Em goes back in time to stop the making of Cassandra (the time machine) to a time where Marina is inhabiting. I loved the way they were very different, yet ultimately still the same person. Marina is far more superficial and trying to fit in with her friends, having a teenage love for James. She doesn’t get enough attention from her parents and is trying to be a ‘normal’ teenager.

Em is far more grounded, she has figured out how to love herself, but she’s haunted. She’s been through so much after the making of Cassandra. She’s been tortured and left in a cell. Em doesn’t want Marina to have to go through what she has gone through, and sets out with her partner to stop the making of Cassandra. Em’s love interest is hilarious, he’s the perfect blend of cockiness and sexiness. Such a great addition to my fictional boyfriends! Which there are shamefully many of.

We also got flashbacks from the time when Em was running away from the corruption, and the awful memories of what happened to those she loved. These flashbacks filled in the blanks and made the story a lot more interesting.

I went in All Our Yesterdays without knowing anything at all, I didn’t even read the blurb! Instead of confusing me, it actually made everything more interesting. The plot twists are shocking, delightful, and at times cry-worthy. Seriously, read page 364 and get back to me, because that was the most awful thing in the entire book.

I wanted to see more of the Dystopian world, when most of the book is set in today’s world. It was enforced many times throughout the novel how corrupted the world had become with the making of Cassandra, yet we didn’t see it as much I would have liked. I’m hoping this is going to be in the next instalment.

I definitely recommend this book to Dystopia lovers, or even people starting out with Dystopia! I’m left empty without the next book, which is not out until 2014!

Rating; 4.5 stars

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