Source: Blog Tour
Release Date: April 25th 2013
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.
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!
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!
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