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Echo North

Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
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Echo Alkaev's safe and carefully structured world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf - the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an ultimatum: if she lives with him for one year, he will ensure her father makes it home safely. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes. 

In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, each room must be sewn together to keep the home from unraveling, and something new and dark and strange lies behind every door. When centuries-old secrets unfold, Echo discovers a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, the rooms begin to disappear and Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf's enchantment before her time is up - otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever.

©2019 Joanna Ruth Meyer (P)2019 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Epic and engrossing. Magic pulsates through every page.... Readers will ache when it's over and want to start all over again. A lush, captivating new twist on beloved fairy tales.” (Kirkus, starred review)
 

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-2019

Nice little story with fun magic...

It’s certainly not my favourite beauty and the beast retelling, but it was okay. I loved the magic and it had some really cool twists and turns at the end. I got through if very quickly and found it relatively enjoyable.

On the other hand, I felt like it was very drawn out - I got to the fourth hour thinking, “there can’t be much more.” And yet there was still another 6 hours. Then all of the sudden the entire conclusion was jammed into one hour. It got a bit muddled because she was revealing all of the ‘mysteries’ at once which made for a bit of a messy knot. Also, the main character seemed very oblivious and idiotic at points. There were some VERY obvious connections that she didn’t make which had me face palming at moments. And then there are a couple details that didn’t make sense or that are somewhat unclear (for example injuries & wounds - broken ribs and sprained ankles don’t heal in a week). There was definitely some suspension of disbelief required at moments, but it was all completely forgivable.

Besides that, it was a pretty good story to curl up with for a weekend and it managed to keep me occupied without ever getting too boring.

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  • Coloradofarmgirl
  • 17-06-2019

Author must have been tripping

This story is way out there. I think some chemicals were used while writing it. Had to return it, it was that bad.

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  • Stephanie
  • 18-05-2019

so many stories

Youll think you have this one all figured out and it up and does a "reverse back flip with a twist"!
I kept getting drawn into it over and over. Great new ideas on stories we all love from fairy tales, greek myths, and more.
I highly recommend this to you. Youll be surprised!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-05-2019

Mmm...

Too much nonsensical magic for my taste. So sad because I really wanted to like this book.

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  • Dominica
  • 09-05-2019

So Sappy.

I was expecting an adventure with a strong female heroine-not the case. The ending had an interesting twist, but I barely got there because of how sappy, and not very bright, the lead character was. Annoying that the only intelligent and cunning character was the “evil” witch.