Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

13514612.jpgAll Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Published September 3rd 2013

What would you change?

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 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, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. 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. Em and Marina are in a race against time that only one of them can win.

I had this book on my TBR shelf for 3 years before I finally picked it up and I’m so glad I did.
I love this book right away. I loved the setting of the first few chapters and I absolutely loved Em. She was so funny and well written. I actually enjoyed all the characters. I thought they were are really cool and interesting.
This plot was a lot faster paced than I thought it was going to be so that took me by surprise. The first quarter of this book was really crazy and I couldn’t put it down.
I loved the concept of this book too. I normally don’t like books with time travel but All Our Yesterdays is one of the best I’ve read.

star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435

Taylor-Signature

Taylor’s January Wrap Up & Febuary TBR

MonthlyWRAP_TBR

Hi everyone! I can’t believe the month is over already!

Anyway, I did really well with my reading for the first 2 weeks of the month but I think I was in a slump or I just burned myself out because I did awful the last 2 weeks. I read 8 books in the first two weeks of the month and but I really had to push myself to get through a couple of books.

13 books

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor – 3/5 stars

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – 5/5 stars

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes – 1/5 stars

The Dragon, the Thief, and the Princess by Gillian Bradshaw – 3/5 stars

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill – 4/5 stars

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke – 5/5 stars

Stray by Elissa Sussman – 4/5 stars

Mystical by Michael Weekly – 3/5 stars

Our Demons, Best Friends by Diana T. Scott – 4/5 stars

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach – 4/5 stars

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen – 4/5 stars

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen – 5/5 stars

November 9 by Colleen Hoover – 5/5 stars

Favorites of the month

2098336225111004

Febuary TBR

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (Our Febuary readalong!)

Dead Ringer by Jessie Rosen

Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Consent by Nancy Ohlin

Our Last Time by Cristy Marie Poplin

Gabriel and The Swallows by Esther Dalseno

Because of You by RaShelle Workman

Lali of The Lill: Two by Adi Mandal

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

What did you read this month? What are you planning to read next month? Let me know in the comments or link me to your wrap up post!

Taylor-Signature

ARC Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

25897792Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Expected publication: March 1st 2016

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. 

 

I’d seen quite a bit of hype around this book so I was super excited to start it. I was a little put off by the fact that it sounded so much like Outlander (time travel and Scotland) and that it’s marketed as “an Outlander for teens” but I still wanted to read Into the Dim.
First off, I love Outlander with very ounce of my being. Outlander means so much to me. So the fact that Into the Dim pretty much copied the concept of Outlander upsets me. It’s so similar to Outlander and I couldn’t stop comparing the two. Outlander is obviously, in my opinion, a million times better so I felt disappointed with Into the Dim.
I did like the writing though. It was really well written and I liked all the details. I also liked the characters. I think the characters will be even better in the second book.
I did find the first %20 of this book to be slow and boring. It did get much better but I was pretty meh about the first quarter.
Overall, I liked this book. It would have so much better if it wasn’t such a rip off of Outlander but it was still a good book. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up buying a finished copy of this book because the cover is beautiful and I’d really like to give it a second chance. Maybe closer to the release day for the second book I’ll reread Into the Dim. But as for right now, I’m a little disappointed.

star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435

Taylor-Signature

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

20983362Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Published January 5th 2016

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

Oh my gosh, I loved this book so much! Everything about this book was perfect to me.
The writing was so amazing. I read Alex’s other book, The Darkest Minds, last year so I had a pretty good idea of her writing style but I felt like Passenger was a million times better than The Darkest Minds. I thought the main characters, Etta and Nicholas, were so well written and beautiful. And I love that Nicholas is a person of color. That to me, is one of the biggest reasons I will recommend Passenger to everyone. Literature, especially the Young Adult genre, is so lacking in representation of people of color and Passenger is a step in the right direction. And I absolutely fell in love with Nicholas. He such an amazing character and I thought him and Etta made such a great team.
I’m so insanely excited to see the growth and development of these two in the next book.
I loved the concept of Passenger. I don’t read a lot of books with time travel but Passenger is easily the best time travel book I’ve read.
Overall, I really loved this book. Even though it’s only January, I know Passenger is going to be one of my favorites from 2016. I enjoyed every aspect of this book and I can’t wait for the next installment.

star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435

Taylor-Signature

Review: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

18144124I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

Published May 27th 2014

A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy.

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid.

A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square.

A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard.

Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan.

A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.

I’d never heard of this book before it was recommend to me on Instagram. I started it a few weeks ago and I really had to push to finish this book. It was fast paced but there was so many cliches and I just didn’t like the dialogue. It felt fake and unnatural. And this book is over 600 pages. After about 200 pages, I was ready to quit. I wasn’t a fan of the main character. He was really unlikable and I just didn’t want to read about him. I didn’t like the way most of the women in this book were written. The main character is sexist and awful. I didn’t like the way Islamic culture was talked about in this book.
Honestly, I hated this book. I don’t even know how I managed to finish.

star-e1424615985435

Taylor-Signature

Review: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke

19364719Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke, Stefan Bachmann, Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A.G. Howard, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige, Carrie Ryan, Megan Shepherd, Nova Ren Suma, McCormick Templeman, and Cat Winters.

Published August 18th 2015

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

I’ve had this book for months and I’m so glad I finally got around to picking it up!
I’m a big fan of horror so this book was basically perfect for me. I love how many short stories were in this book and there’s so many amazing writers that contributed.
My favorite stories were Emmeline by Cat Winters, Verse Chorus Verse by Leigh Bardugo, Far Girl with a Knife by Jonathan Maberry, and Hide-And-Seek by Megan Shepherd.
If you’re looking for some great horror stories, I’d definitely recommend Slasher Girls & Monster Boys.

star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435

 

Taylor-Signature

Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Review

8490112Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Published: September 27, 2011

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


So I decided to start this year reading the e-books I have yet to read on my kindle. I keep buying them and not even touching them. So I decided to start with Daughter of Smoke & Bone because I heard AMAZING things about this book. And I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed, but it wasn’t really what I was expecting it to be.

I have to say the writing was absolutely breath taking. Such detail, such…grace in all the words it was something I enjoyed reading. The words just seemed to fit seamlessly together. It was a very well written book. I also loved the world. Mostly the whole demon side of it. I thought the whole building bodies from the teeth and what the hamsas meant. But I didn’t really like any of the characters. I couldn’t connect with them.

As for the plot I found it to be a bit too lovey dovey. I understand why Karou and Akiva fall in love and I understand why Karou and Akiva are SO in love but I felt as though it happened to fast, and I was hoping to have a bit more action in this book. I heard it picks up in books 2 and 3 so I’ll definitely give book 2 a shot. But all in all it was a bit of a let down around all the hype. But I can 100% say I thoroughly enjoy Laini Taylor’s writing very much.

star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435

 

Stephanie-Signature

Review: Stray by Elissa Sussman

17617617Stray by Elissa Sussman

Published October 7th 2014

Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it? 

I LOVED that Stray is an original fairy tale. I loved Aislynn and I loved the writing. I loved this book.
I did feel like at times I was so caught up in how much I loved the concept, that I forgot to be critical. It was really great that I was so caught up in the story but I think that the concept carried me though most of the book. It was pretty slow at times and even a little boring. I didn’t notice while I was reading but looking back, it was pretty slow in the middle.
I’m really curious to see what happens in the next book so I’ll definitely be checking it out.

star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435

 

Taylor-Signature

Review: Mystical by Michael Weekly

27787105Mystical by Michael Weekly

Published December 8th 2015

When Eliza Rose found out she was a witch, she thought she’d be casting spells…

However, it turns out Eliza is on her way to becoming a mystical assassin. But first she has to start college with her best friend Dawn Roberts and her feline familiar Jared. If you think college is stressful, try finding your best friend being seduced—nearly to death—by a venomous fairy. Something is horribly wrong, and Eliza must find out what it is.

Knowing who’s who in the Mystical world can be a burden—or save her life…

Murderous mermaids, seductive fairies, and manipulative elves are terrifying enough, but pure witches can become corrupt…and they’re the most dangerous creatures of all. Eliza struggles to discover the source of this chaos, but is repeatedly attacked—and saved by a shadowy figure. On a very personal note, Eliza must learn whether corruption is beginning to claim her mother.

Her strongest ally might be handsome, enigmatic Donovan—but he is hiding a shocking secret…

Donovan wants nothing to do with his old gang—not after the things they’d made him do. But when he meets Eliza, he’s both frustrated by her amateur skills and impressed by her emerging strength, and he feels compelled to help her grow into the assassin she’s meant to be.

Every answer has a price, and there are beings born to corrupt the pure.

Eliza fights to master her skills before it’s too late, while Donovan must determine whether Eliza can be saved…or if she must die to keep her out of the hands of those who would use her powers to reign over all of Mystical.

I liked the concept of this book and the synopsis caught my attention at “murderous mermaids, seductive fairies, and manipulative elves”. I did feel like it was a lot like The Mortal Instruments in many ways but I didn’t really mind.
The writing was pretty good but I felt like the writing could have shined so much more if the editing was better. I really hated the editing. There was a paragraph that was the same sentence twice (how does an editor miss that?!) and several other scenes just made really terrible editing. It ended up being really distracting from the writing and I could never really get into the book because I felt like I was having to edit as I read.
I normally like it when readers learn about things along with the main character but I felt like there was very little world building. Eliza and the reader are kept in the dark so much, I felt like it was lacking any information at all.
I was annoyed and frustrated with Eliza for a lot of the book because she never seemed to ask the right questions and when she did ask questions, she never got answers. I wanted to move forward with the story but because Eliza was never able to grow as a character from learning about her powers, she never developed.
Overall, I could keep going on and on about this book. As a critical reader and someone who often edits for my writer friends, I couldn’t stop wanting to fix a lot of things in this book. If the editing was better, I think I would have liked this book so much more. I couldn’t really enjoy the story because I felt like I was editing the whole time. But other than that, I think this series has a lot of potential.

 

star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435

 

Taylor-Signature

 

 

 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Review: Our Demons, Best Friends by Diana T. Scott

25526216Our Demons, Best Friends by Diana T. Scott

Published May 10th 2015

Ava and Sebastian are two medical residents who in a perfect world, would really like each other. But both of them are closely watched by their demons. Their baggage is not light – Ava has hers carefully folded in vacuum bags to occupy as little room as possible; Sebastian wears his like a lead armor that makes him slouch sometimes. They like each other, but how are their demons going to get along?

 

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book and I’m so surprised by how much I loved it!
The story was different from anything else I’ve read and the characters were so well written.
I was a lot more emotionally invested in this book than I thought I would be. I would
definitely compared Our Demons to any of Colleen Hoover’s books and even John Green.
I read this whole book in just a couple of sittings because I couldn’t put it down. I don’t often find a book that will keep me up late at night so I can finish it, but Our Demons is one of them.

star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435star-e1424615985435

 

Taylor-Signature