Saturday, April 27, 2013

Book Tour: Review and Contest

Echo by Alicia Wright Brewster
291 pages – Fiction, Young Adult, Science Fiction
April 25, 2013 –Dragonfairy Press
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Purpose: Review
Disclaimer:  A copy of this galley was given to me, free, in exchange for my honest opinion
  FromGoodreads: 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.

My Thoughts:
                First, I have to say that the cover is awesome! What can I say? This was an amazing read. It does take a little while to start hitting the key points. So long that I was beginning to think that I was going to hate the ending –thinking that it would be rushed or cut off. There is really only one word to describe the ending –perfect.  I have to say that despite my doubts, I was completely satisfied with the ending.
                I really liked the Ashara, Loken and Rey. I liked Krin in the beginning, but I was disappointed in her at the end. I get it, I really do, but I guess I expected more from her. I was definitely interested in this world and how it all worked from the beginning.  My only complaint, and it is a small one, would be that there wasn’t enough sensory details when it came to the setting.  That made it difficult  for me to visualize so I ended up inserting what was familiar to me. There were some areas that this didn’t apply, but as an overall thing I wanted more sensory.  As far as the characters, most had some distinctive features and all of the primary characters had distinct voices.
Moving on to the actual story. . .I had a very hard time putting this book down. Even with the doubts about the ending, I couldn’t stop reading.  Even though the mystery was slowly unraveled (some may say that it had a nice even pace) I had to have more. In a book world where we want everything now and then complain it all happened too fast, Brewster’s timing was near perfect! (Just because I can acknowledge the problem doesn’t mean I’m not going to be impatient…)There were enough given to keep you interested in what was really going on without distracting you from the action.
The action and interactions between the characters were at times filled with tension and at other times filled with warmth. This made me really care about what was going to happen to them, I was able to connect with them emotionally.  There was humor, romance, mystery and the unique role of magic. I am so happy to see the tension between faith and science in this work. This is something that could have gone horribly horribly wrong, but it worked out so well.
The ending was my favorite part.  After everything I witnessed on the journey to such a pivotal moment, it was nice not to be let down. I was holding my breath right along with the characters (ok so I may have been alone on that one, but still).  The ending was completely satisfying, and while there was a mere suggestion of things to come, I would be completely okay if it stopped here. It was full and satisfying, but I wouldn’t hesitate to revisit this world if given the chance.

5 stars *****
A 2013 favorite

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Always Shine,
Starr K

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