Next we have Alexa from Alexa Loves Books. She selected a favorite of mine All Our Yesterdays as her gust post focus.
- It’s the kind of story that throws you right into the action – and keeps you there. Right off the bat, even without really knowing these characters or the situation in full, you sense that important things are at stake. I rarely encounter novels where this is done well, and this happens to be one of them.
- The time travel aspect is believably presented. Since time travel has not been accomplished in real life (yet), it stands to reason that there are so many ways + means by which an author can explain it. Terrill does a bang-up job of presenting her theory for time travel here, in a way that feels surprisingly accessible. While some readers might want more details, I feel like what she provided worked for her story.
- These characters – Em, James, Finn, Marina – come alive off the pages. Okay, seriously though, the real strength of this book lies in these characters. Even though the POV shifts between Marina and Em start off a little shaky, it eventually finds stability. And when it does, we are greeted with the characters with personalities bigger than the page. Terrill manages to constantly warp and twist our perceptions, revealing the entirety of who each of these characters is.
- The relationships between the different people in this story are also well-done. Okay, seriously, it’s one thing to care about a character as an individual. It’s another thing to care about them as part of a pair or group. I really think that all the different ties these characters had to others impacted their choices, actions and dynamic personalities.
- It works perfectly as a standalone, but could potentially have a sequel. Seriously, the minute I got to the end, I felt perfectly satisfied. Everything had wrapped up in just the right way to feel complete. And yet, with the prospect of time travel and the questions that inspires, there’s definitely a possibility of something else still to come for these guys – and I loved that. Terrill toes the line between a sure end and an uncertain one, and it worked.
I fear speaking more about ALL OUR YESTERDAYS and spoiling the experience for those of who you haven’t read it. (If you do want to hear more from me about it, check out my review.) But if you’re looking for a novel filled with life-or-death stakes, complex characters, time travel and a very twisty tale indeed, I’d highly recommend you check it out!