All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

“‘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. ” -Goodreads.com

 

Ever have one of those books that you are so excited for that you end up putting off reading solely because you were nervous it would fail your expectations, but then ends up being even better than you thought it would be?? All Our Yesterdays was one of those books for me. Oh my god. I loved this book. How the twists went? Ahhhh. And I actually didn’t guess most of what happened too which was a bonus. Eap. I love this book.

 

5 stars.

Read from August 23 to 25, 2013.

Received a copy at TLA.

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Letters To Nowhere by Julie Cross

“Set in the tough world of Elite Gymnastics…

I’ve gotten used to the dead parents face. I’ve gotten used to living with my gymnastics coach. I’ve even adjusted to sharing a bathroom with his way-too-hot son. Dealing with boys is not something that’s made it onto my list of experiences as of yet. But here I am, doing it. And something about Jordan–being around him, talking to him, thinking about him–makes me feel like I can finally breathe again. That’s something I haven’t been able to do lately. He knows what it feels like to be me right now. He knows what it’s like to wonder–what now? I think about it constantly. I need answers. I need to know how to get through this. In the gym, if you’re struggling, you train harder, you do drills and conditioning. How do I work hard at moving on? At being on my own? And what happens if I might be…maybe…probably falling for Jordan? I mean we live together now. That can’t happen, can it? But kissing him…well, let’s just say it’s not an easy activity to forget.” -Goodreads.com

 

I really liked Letters to Nowhere, didn’t really love love it though because in a way I felt like the romance was a bit rushed (yes I know that was the slight focus of the book, but still).

 

3.5 stars.

Read on August 23, 2013.

Bought.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

“Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.”  -Goodreads.com

 

This book. Steelheart is definitely one of my favorites of this year.

Everything about it was just so amazing. I loved the world building and in a way showing how even if people had powers, that they are very likely to use them for more power.

I feel like the only thing I didn’t like was not seeing more with the characters and the “romance”. Just didn’t see the connection there…

But overall so good! And honestly tempted to go reread it again…. like now. Which doesn’t always happen with books for me. Normally it takes a few weeks for the reread urge…

 

5 stars.

Read on August 22, 2013.

Received a copy at TLA.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

“‘Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . .’

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?” -Goodreads.com

 

I think Rainbow Rowell might now be on my auto buy list for books… Oh boy.

So I loved Attachments, but in a different way than Eleanor & Park.

Yes, they are both about love. But a different way. Eleanor & Park is with that first love, but Attachments was with people who had already been in “love”. It’s honestly hard to pick which one I loved more between them because they are both just that good. Ahhh.

I’m also so glad I decided to break my semi book buying ban to get Attachments. So so glad.

5 stars.

Read from August 19 to 21, 2013.

Bought.