All Our Yesterdays, by Cristin Terrill

YESTERDAY Marina was sallourafe, privileged, wealthy. She was falling for James – the super-brainy youngest son of a very powerful family. Yesterday ended badly.

TODAY Em is in a cell she may never get out of alive. There’s a flicker of hope when she talks to the boy in the cell next to hers – and when she remembers who she used to be… yesterday.

TOMORROW Em has a mission. She must escape and travel back in time. She must kill the boy Marina loved to saver her future.

I bought this books back in February because it seemed intriguing and well, I wanted to read it. But once I started it I was a tiny bit disapointed with it, but that was only at the beginning and because I wasn’t reading it in the best conditions, there was noise around me every time I tried to pick up the book and that was annoying, but once I got into it I literally could not stop reading it. I loved it! I loved every piece of it and I think I will have to reread it soon because I want to take in every detail of it.

I don’t know where to start, there is so much to this book and I really do not want to give too much away so I will try to keep it simple. All Our Yesterdays is a unique read, it was different from every dystopia I’ve read so far and reading it was like a breath of fresh air, really! It’s not your regular dystopia, though there are some “things” that we can find in every dystopia (I won’t say which ones because spoilers). I loved that the books raised real philosophical questions about good and evil and whether or not the means justifies the ending, the book showed that there is a really thin line between good and evil. Those are questions we are confronted to in real life and I liked the way Cristin Terrill adressed it. 

The story follows Marina and Em and I truly loved the two differents points of views, I thought it gave an edge to the story. At first I felt like I was reading two different books because Marina and Em are so different from each other, Marina’s part felt like reading a contemporary, she was just a regular teen with regular teen problems while Em’s was more like dystopia and action-packed and I adored this side of the story, it was interesting and enriching.

The different flashbacks allow the reader to learn more about the characters and to feel for them. I especially loved Em and Finn, Em was a great character to read about, she is so strong and I could not help but feel pain for this girl and everything that has happened to her. As for Finn, he was totally my type, so you can guess that he is now on my never-ending list of book-boyfriends ahahah. 

Overall I enjoyed this book, even though as I already said it, it was kind of hard for me to read it because of all the noise around me when I read it. Of course, no book is perfect and this one has some flaws but I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads anyway. I had a great time reading this book, the time travel dimmension was well achieved, I liked that it was different from what I’m used to, it reads as an action movie because of the action-paced narration and the turn of events is interesting and dynamic. 

For the record, this book was written as a stand-alone but then the author wanted to write a sequel that was supposed to come out on August and I was a bit disappointed to learn that there would be a second book because I thought that the ending was just perfect : bittersweet but not hopeless, it was the perfect ending for this book and I didn’t know how the author would be able to write a second book after that. Turns out she won’t so I am relieved to know that. If you want to know more about it, she wrote a full post about it on her blog

I tell her she’s beautiful and perfect and she’s going to be okay. I tell her she doesn’t need to change herself to fit in with shallow girls or to matter to someone. I tell her everything I wish I had ever known. I tell her I love her, and I realize as I say it that I love me, too.

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I’m baaack !

Hey guys!

I know I haven’t really been active at all, but I never know how to handle this thing and well, I ended up staying away from it. But now I’m back. And I do want to make things right. I really want to dedicate my time to this blog. So I’m working on some kind of schedule and it’s not set in stone but I’d like to post at least one review a week. It would be perfect if I could post 2 reviews a week, so we’ll so how I’ll make it work. 

Anyway, I am glad to be back, there are a lot of books I want to talk to you about.

See you soon, 

Melody.

Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

 I have this thing were I always start reading a series once the final instalment  is published. If you lived in an other planet  and didn’t know (joke), Ignite Me (the 3rd and final book of the Shatter Me series) came out on February 4th 2014, so it was time for me to read Shatter Me. And WOW. It was good. It was great. It was everything I was hoping for and so much more.

Let me begin with the fantastic writing style. Tahereh Mafi has a great gift. She has a way with words that I haven’t seen in a really long time in any YA books. I really enjoyed the writing style, I thought it was poetic and really beautiful, and it was really nice to read something different for once. I feel like every book are written the same way, but Shatter Me isn’t like the other books, Tahereh Mafi really did a great job here, we can see that she put her soul into it and that makes the story unique. I loved reading Juliettes thoughts, the crossed sentences didn’t bother me at all, I think it gives another side to the story. There were a lot of repetitions and somehow it reminded me of Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. I think it’s so beautiful and poetic, so pure : “My dreams are bloody and bleeding and blood is bleeding all over my mind and I can’t sleep anymore” (chapter 19)

Juliette was an interesting character, I loved reading about her, and if I couldn’t really relate to her problems I found myself caring for her as if she was a close friend, I was worried about what might happen to her and that alone kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading the book. I really loved her. She was so fragile, so frail and yet she has this huge power. She was imprisoned in her own mind, rejected by everyone, seen as a dangerous monster and completely misunderstood, yet Juliette has her humanity intact. I have a lot of respect for her and I felt so much pain for this poor girl. 

Adam. I loved Adam in this book. Really. He seemed to be the perfect guy, he cares about Juliette, and some passages were pretty intense between the two of them, seriously. Tahereh Mafi describes feelings in such a way that I had butterflies flying in my stomach and chills. (Chapter 26 guys !) And Warner. Well Warner seems to be the perfect vilain right ? But I knew that the majority of people who read the whole series prefered him over Adam, and knowing that, I couldn’t help but wonder why and feel a bit attracted to him. He’s so sassy, I loved each interactions he had with Juliette, it was funny how bossy he was with her.

I really loved this book. So far it’s one of my favorite of 2014. I loved everything about it, the characters, the plot, the writing, everything. The twist at the end of the book made me want to read Unravel Me right away so I had to buy it. I was surprised by Shatter Me, I didn’t expect to love it so much. I recommend it to everyone who loves a good written book with a paranormal twist. And fans of Divergent and FourTris will love this books as well. 

I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.

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Hello there ..

So I thought that the best way to inaugurate/start this blog was to introduce myself to you. So here I am. Trying to find something to tell you about me. It’s quite tricky actually as I’m not really used to talk about myself, I always try to talk about something else but I know I might as well do it now!

So my name is Melody, I am a 22 French college girl studying English. I love English and it’s quite weird but for some reason, when things get personal, I love to talk/write in English that’s why this blog will be in English rather than in French which is my native language. I think that even the simplest word is way more beautiful in English than in French..

Other than my obvious obsession with English, I love to read (which is why this blog actually exists) and for the past year, I changed a lot as a reader. I pay more attention to what I read, I’ve been always kind of “sensitive” about the writing style of an author, but not as much as I am now I think, I feel like I am more aware of the content of a book. This realization made me want to write reviews, to give my opinion about the books I read, to share with other people my thoughts. The people I use to hang out with don’t read. In fact, my family doesn’t really get my love for books and how I always need more and more books, how it’s never enough, so I thought that the only way for me to talk about them, to share all my feelings was to create a book/literary blog.

So here I am, writing the very first article of the blog, excited as hell and also a little bit scared of what might come out of this.

To all of you, welcome in here I hope we can all be friends! ;)