The Land of Yesterday by K.A. Reynolds

The Land of Yesterday

After Cecelia Dahl’s little brother, Celadon, dies tragically, his soul goes where all souls go: the Land of Yesterday—and Cecelia is left behind in a fractured world without him.Her beloved house’s spirit is crumbling beyond repair, her father is imprisoned by sorrow, and worst of all, her grief-stricken mother abandons the land of the living to follow Celadon into Yesterday.It’s up to Cecelia to put her family back together, even if tha...

Details The Land of Yesterday

TitleThe Land of Yesterday
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy

Reviews The Land of Yesterday

  • Kim
    This is a remarkable, remarkable book. If you're a fan of lyrical and gorgeous writing a la Laini Taylor, you'll LOVE K.A. Reynolds. If you love the dark and whimsical worlds of Neil Gaiman, then THE LAND OF YESTERDAY is for you!This is a fantastic read, and I fully enjoyed it from start to finish.
  • Jaye
    Yes I may be biased, but this book is deeply special. Kristin is a poet with prose and this book is so very, very rich. The story of a girl who's fierce and beautiful and will do what it takes to hang onto love and self and family, all wrapped up in the creepy vibe of a house that is trying to devour her family.So happy the world gets to read it!!!
  • Ron
    This book. It's so, so amazing. I could not stop reading, to the point where my kids were probably like, why hasn't daddy looked up from the computer since yesterday morning? It's one of the truest books I've read in a long, long while. So evocative, so beautifully written, so imaginative. Think Neil Gaiman, only with a depth of emotion that is off the charts. The way Reynolds balances the fantasy elements with that emotion? Unbelievable. And Cec...
  • Hayley Chewins
    This is one of the best books I've ever read. The writing is stunningly beautiful. (Even the characters' names are beautiful.) The world is fresh and strange and delicious. The characters are clever and quirky and lovable. The plot swept me along like a tide. This book felt, at once, completely original and sweetly familiar and classic. Linguistically playful, heartbreaking and humorous, THE LAND OF YESTERDAY literally has everything I want in a ...
  • Destiny
    I was lucky enough to read this book early on and can I tell you something? It's beautiful, heartbreaking, lyrical, whimsical and tackles the very real issues of grief in a childlike and imaginative way. Loved this book!!
  • K. Wolf
    Such a gorgeous, whimsical, and creative read!!!
  • Amelinda Bérubé
    A girl with an empty birdcage in her middle who's turning to paper.A house that's going mad with grief as its family falls apart.A ghost brother and a vanished mother.This book is creepy, beautiful, strange, and delightful as a brilliant poem or a really vivid dream. No matter how wildly colourful and inventive its creatures and landscapes and language get - which is very! - the story is always firmly and painfully anchored in the hard truths of ...
  • R.M. Romero
    THE LAND OF YESTERDAY is imaginative, lyrical, and full of equal parts darkness and hope. I've never read anything quite like it and I loved every page.
  • Huang Chu
    Other reviews have summarized the plot well, so I'll skip that portion. This is a lyrical, cathartic fantasy that feels like a classic middle grade on one hand but also draws honestly from the life experiences and crises that can either turn children into adults or leave adults forever former children. There are echoes of many other beloved middle grade works. The book is lovingly in conversation with "The Little Prince", "Coraline", "Spirited Aw...
  • A. Ledger
    Oh my goodness! This book was everything I imagined it’d be: sweet and sad and hopeful and spooky and just a little bit weird. Cecelia is a great character, so resourceful and brave! I loved her world (how could you not? There’s a store called Myths of Milk, Honey, and Swords!!!) Basically you’re going to want to read this book, especially if you like your MG a touch on the creepy side. It’s a little bit Coraline (or my personal favorite,...
  • Kathie
    Thank you to #BookPortage for an ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.Wow. This book is unlike any #MGlit book I have ever read. It’s a unique fantasy that will transport you out of your world, and into a place best described (as written on the back cover) as “dark, imaginative, and heartbreaking”. There is so much raw emotion that flows through these pages of lyrical writing that you can’t help but be touched by it. Loss, love, pain...
  • Christina
    "...the real secret was remembering what made someone shine. Cecelia realized her answer right then. Her family made her shine brightest of all." Be still, my heart. K.A. Reynolds blew me away with this weird and beautiful story of loss, grief, courage, and more, pulling at my heartstrings while entrancing me with her magical prose. If I love this book as an adult, I can't imagine how much I would have loved it as a kid.
  • Sean
    Wow. What a beautiful, haunting book. I was captivated from the dedication onward, and it never disappointed. The way the author portrayed the emotions Cecelia dealt with throughout her ordeal was nothing short of magical. There's just something about the description of the house as a character that is mourning the loss of one of its inhabitants that rings completely true. And the way the story progresses--and eventually resolves--is going to sti...
  • Emma Berquist
    Gorgeously written and wondrously imaginative. I would give anything for sentient hair.
  • Cindy
    This week, at long last, I got the chance to read K. A. Reynolds' gorgeously dark and quirky novel, THE LAND OF YESTERDAY. I've been really sick all week and had difficulty reading much, and I've honestly struggled a lot emotionally with the weight of everything. Being able to dip in and out of THE LAND OF YESTERDAY, though, was exactly what my heart needed. Reynolds' prose is poetic and voicey, and her story one so lovely and unique that I found...
  • Kip
    Oh my goodness, this book! I just finished reading and am sobbing sad and happy tears at the same time. It was such a lovely, terrifying journey. I feel so lucky to have gotten to know Cecelia and her anxious blue hair, and you should too! As much of a strange and quirky adventure a la THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND as it is a journey to the core of the mind and soul and heart a la THE LITTLE PRINCE, this book is simply a treasure. Follow...
  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.DNF @ 16%Honestly this is a case of “it’s not you, it’s me.” Because there are some people who will love this one, especially if you like Coraline or Nightmare Before Christmas, but those two things didn’t do it for me and neither is this book. I’ve tried reading it every night for over a week and only got to page ~50 so I am givi...
  • Danica Hughes
    @kidlitexchange #partnerI finished this book in one day, and I’m struggling with how to rate it. I’ll just admit it wasn’t for me, it was a bit too quirky and strange for my taste. It was about a 2.5 for me but, however, I rounded up because, I did see the beauty in how the author took from an experience of loss in her life and wrote a fantasy novel that could help other children cope with loss in their own lives in an imaginative way. It w...
  • Laura Shovan
    K.A. Reynolds debut is about a child surviving debilitating grief, yet it's also one of the most inventive fantasy novels I've read recently. Think THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE set in a world like Oz or Wonderland. In THE LAND OF YESTERDAY, grief is a strange, wondrous, and dangerous place. Cecelia's quest to restore her family after a terrible accident is also great for fans of CORALINE and THE PHANTOM TOLL BOOTH. She must complete he...
  • Jennifer Hawkins
    This is one of the most beautiful and immersive middle grade fantasies I've ever read. I didn't think I'd ever love one as much as I loved The Graveyard Book, but I was mistaken. I was positively mystified by the way this author weaved a heartfelt adventure with the difficult emotions that come with grief and loss. I got swept away by the poetry in the language. I'm so glad I was fortunate enough to read an early copy, and I can't wait to hold th...
  • Merrill Wyatt
    A wonderfully weird and whimsical, yet deeply moving, tale of loss and letting go. In Cecelia, fans of both Coraline and Hermione Granger, will find a heroine both quirky and strong. Set in a magical universe where hot air balloons whisk passengers from planet to planet and houses can move about on legs that Baba Yaga would approve of, Cecelia has lost first her brother, then her mother, and finally her father. The first to death, the second to g...
  • Susan Mesler-Evans
    NOTE: This book has not yet been released. I was given a free Advance Reading Copy by HarperCollins and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released on July 31, 2018. If you would like to send me an ARC, please see this page.First of all, I feel like I need to apologize approximately 1,000 times for taking SO DAMN LONG to write this review after reading! I thought this review would be a breeze, since I loved this book so...
  • Derek Milman
    Cecilia is smart, sensitive, and a little brassy--just my kind of heroine. She's tragically lost her beloved brother Celdaon and trying to make sense of her new, splintered reality. That's when the story smashes into wide open Technicolor, revealing an immensely satisfying, deeply imaginative adventure as Cecilia plunges into the Land of Yesterday, desperately trying to put her broken family back together. The characters are lovingly rendered, Re...
  • A.M. Morgen
    This book was weird and colorful and inspiring. Cecilia Dahl blames herself for her brother's death, but while she struggles to get on with her life, the rest of her family falls apart, including her house. Her mother decides to follow her brother to Yesterday. The house, enraged, demands that Cecilia bring her mother back. Cecilia then embarks on a fantastical journey through the universe with stops on various planets, including one that readers...
  • Katie Reilley
    An ARC of this book was given to my #bookexpedition group to read and discuss. This fantasy adventure tells the story of Cecilia and her family who are grieving the tragic, accidental death of her younger brother. Consumed by grief, Cecilia’s mother journeys to the Land of Yesterday to look for her son. Cecilia’s house, which is also a main character in this story, misses its owner and gives Cecilia an ultimatum: bring back your mother or it ...
  • Jessica
    There are so many amazing things to love about this book: the haunting, lyrical prose, the main character’s sentient hair, her magic pen fueled by tears, a story rich in family and love and dealing with grief. And did I mention the house spirit?? I adored The Land of Yesterday!! Fair warning though: after reading through to the end and going on the journey with Cecelia, and then reading the author’s own’ll probably result in tear...
  • Julie
    THE LAND OF YESTERDAY is an atmospheric and beautifully written story dealing with grief and loss. I highly recommend it for readers who love Coraline and enjoy whimsical, gorgeously created worlds. K.A. Reynolds' has an amazing imagination, and I can't wait to read her next book!
  • Marie Cruz
    I love this story so much! Cecelia is so courageous and full of heart. It was a delicious read that had the whimsical feel of James and the Giant Peach and the darkness of Coraline. I would highly recommend this book to kids who love wonderfully rendered fantasy worlds. Brava!!