Book Tour ARC Review: Echo

April 24, 2013 Review 12

Book Tour ARC Review: Echo
Echo by Alicia Wright
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Publisher: Dragonfairy
Source: Blog Tour
Pages: 291
Release Date: April 25th 2013
Genres: Dystopia
The countdown clock reads ten days until the end of the world. The citizens are organized. Everyone’s been notified and assigned a duty. The problem is . . . no one knows for sure how it will end.

Energy-hungry Mages are the most likely culprit. They travel toward a single location from every corner of the continent. Fueled by the two suns, each Mage holds the power of an element: air, earth, fire, metal, water, or ether. They harness their powers to draw energy from the most readily available resource: humans.

Ashara has been assigned to the Ethereal task force, made up of human ether manipulators and directed by Loken, a young man with whom she has a complicated past. Loken and Ashara bond over a common goal: to stop the Mages from occupying their home and gaining more energy than they can contain. But soon, they begin to suspect that the future of the world may depend on Ashara’s death.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

ECHO was really a pleasant surprise! When I first read the blurb, I remember getting more and more excited about this one the further I kept reading. I am happy to say it lived up to what I had expected!

The end of the world? Mages? Power over the elements? Where can this go wrong?

Ashara, Asha, was a really different protagonist than what readers are used to. She is pretty easy to relate to, and all of her emotions are so genuine and real you can really feel them along with her. Although she sometimes tends to be all bark and no bite, it only makes her character more realistic because I sure as heck would be freaking out in her position!

Loken. Where can I get myself one of these? I think I enjoyed his character the most. Or maybe it was his name I liked…

Their relationship seemed a little shaky at times, but they are exes, so maybe that was it. Part of the problem was that he acted distant and somewhat cold to her then all of the sudden they seemed pretty close. Overall, I liked their dynamic.

The plot was well laid out, there were no real boring parts. There is, after all, a countdown to the “end of time” so there was always something going on, something that keeps you reading. I think the world building really made this what it was. I loved the concept of two Earths, and the author does a great job of building the history and explaining everything without it being info-dumping.

There was a POV shift at the end that really confused me, I think the novel would have been stronger if one POV was used and the author stuck to it. It slowed down the story a bit.

There could be a sequel but I appreciated the fact that things were pretty well tied up in ECHO, no drastic cliffhanger. I would love to see more of these characters!

About the Author: Alicia Wright Brewster
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Alicia Wright Brewster is a mild-mannered lady of average height and above average paranormal obsession. By day, she works in an office. At night she is an author, an electronics junkie, and a secret superhero.

In her virtually non-existent free time, she loves to read, watch movies, and eat food. She is particularly fond of the food-eating and makes a point to perform this task at least three times per day, usually more.

12 Responses to “Book Tour ARC Review: Echo”

  1. rivie bleu

    So they don’t know if it’ll have a sequel? I’m glad it is what you expected. I’m intrigued by the POV change at the end, wonder why she felt she had to do that. I understand and I like when the book has more than one, but when it’s only at the end, there has to be a reason, I believe.

  2. Kezia D

    I LOVE fantasy books and this one seems very interesting! And the fact that it’s a standalone makes me wanna read it even more. It’s kinda rare to see a standalone fantasy these days…

  3. Lauren Elizabeth

    Ooh glad you liked this, despite the POV change being jarring. I hadn’t heard too much about this book, but I love the cover, and the synopsis definitely grabbed me. I’m totally buying this now. Thanks for your review, amazing job! (And I love how you find a way to work Loki gifs in whenever possible. :D I can’t NOT think of Loki when I read Loken).

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