Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Hi All!  It’s Becky, again.  Echo North was highly recommended to me by friends and co-workers and I knew I had to give it a try.  I was worried that my expectations were too high but I was wrong and this book did not disappoint.

41433358.jpgTitle: Echo North
Author: Joanna Ruth Meyer
Note: I listened to the audio book.

Summary: Echo Alkaev lived a normal life in her small hometown with her widower father and her elder brother.  Echo never really fit into the town because of her scarred face, a result from an accident when she was small but she was loved by her family.  During her teen years, after her father remarried he goes missing and Echo searches for him finally finding him in the frozen woods with an enchanted wolf.  Echo trades a year of her life which she will spend with the wolf for her father’s safety.  Echo’s bargain takes her to world that she never knew existed filled with magic and maybe love.

Review: Fairy tale books are a dime a dozen in YA lit with some being incredible and others being little more than a rehashing of a familiar story.  Echo North is an interesting blend of the familiar and the unusual.  Meyer wrote a richly crafted story of fairy tale lore with enchanted heroes and doomed loves.  Yet, many aspects of this book felt a little familiar.  As I read the book several times I thought, “Now, that is familiar”.  Yes, there are aspects borrowed from other stories but that kind of worked.  I don’t need to be surprised by Beauty taming the Beast because I love that story and will happily read it in any version.  Yes, the familiar stories made the first 75% of the book seemed obvious but then there was a twisty-a very twisty twist-that I didn’t see coming which I loved.  I always see the twist and this time I was blingsided.  Yet, even after being blindsided Myer was able to craft an ending that was worthy of the characters and gave this reader a satisfying resolution.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5



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