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Friday, 8 March 2013

Echo - Alyson Noel

Title: Echo

Author: Alyson Noel

Pages: 396

Publisher: MacMillan

Source: Received from PanMacMillan South Africa

The Synopsis

Daire Santos has saved her grandmother's life - and her soul. But the cost has been great: the Richter family is now loose in the Lowerworld. Daire and her boyfriend Dace must find the Richters before the balance between good and evil is destroyed.

As their relationship deepens, Dace's evil brother Cade grows stronger, building his power and forcing Daire and Dace to confront the horrifying prophecy that has brought them all together. It will force Daire to claim her true destiny as Seeker - but first she must make an unthinkable sacrifice.

The Review

Alyson Noel has me on tenterhooks with her Soul Seekers Series. I adored Fated, and absolutely loved Echo. Daire's quest continues, and becomes more intense as we go along and see the absolute destruction caused by Cade and the Richters in the Lowerworld. The way he has corrupted the worlds is just terrible, and he revels in the destruction he is causing.

I love how Echo starts much like Fated with a run down of various Spirit Animals, and the way that Alyson elaborates on the culture of Daire's Abuela and how we learn about Daire's many abilities with her. The pace was a lot faster in Echo than in Fated, as we know a lot more and don't have to be caught up on all the different levels. I liked that Daire is more assertive, and is no longer challenging the role that she has to play. She still acts and works according to the beat of her heart instead of the logic that everyone else seems to insist she should follow to make her quest easier.

I flew through Echo, and I cannot wait for Mystic to be released in May!

Next from Alyson Noel

Mystic


Since arriving in Enchantment, New Mexico, everything in Daire Santos life has changed. And not all for the better. While she’s come to accept and embrace her new powers as a Soul Seeker, Daire struggles with the responsibility she holds navigating between the worlds of the living and the dead. And with the fate of her boyfriend Dace in the balance, Daire must put aside her personal feelings and focus on defeating Cade, whose evil plans threaten everyone she loves and the world as she knows it.

Available from May 2013

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