Echo North

Echo North

Joanna Ruth Meyer / Jun 20, 2019

Echo North Echo Alkaev s safe and carefully structured world falls apart after her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears Believing he is lost forever Echo is shocked to find him half frozen in

  • Title: Echo North
  • Author: Joanna Ruth Meyer
  • ISBN: Echo North
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  • Page: 140
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  • Echo Alkaev s safe and carefully structured world falls apart after 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 offer for her to come and Echo Alkaev s safe and carefully structured world falls apart after 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 offer for her to come and live with him for a year But there is to the wolf than Echo realizes.In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, Echo discovers centuries old secrets, 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, 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store KoboOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 400 pages Published January 15th 2019 by Page Street Kids More Details Original Title Echo North ISBN 1624147151 ISBN13 9781624147159 Edition Language English Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer Author Release date Jan 15, 2019 Magic pulsates through every page Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewEnter for a chance to win a hardcover copy of ECHO NORTH, a spellbinding and dark Magic pulsates through every page Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewEnter for a chance to win a hardcover copy of ECHO NORTH, a spellbinding and darkly romantic twist on East of the Sun and West of the Moon A compelling, satisfying romantic adventure with metafictional undertones Publishers Weekly, starred review Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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times Beauty and the Beast is a beloved fairy tale and known to many, but I guarantee nothing about this will feel stale or uninspired This book is of a mash up of several fairy tales with the author s imagination stamped in the fine details Meyer held me spellbound and ca Title Echo NorthSeries StandaloneAuthor Joanna Ruth MeyerRelease date January 15, 2019I went into this book thinking it was going to be a simple fairy tale retelling, a fresh spin on something I ve heard a million times Beauty and the Beast is a beloved fairy tale and known to many, but I guarantee nothing about this will feel stale or uninspired This book is of a mash up of several fairy tales with the author s imagination stamped in the fine details Meyer held me spellbound and captive to her words, there s no other way to describe it One minute you re strolling through her world, naively thinking you ll coast on comfortably til the end The next, the force of the story slaps you in the back with unexpected momentum And you re careening through its twisted, thorny path so fast you re breathless with wonder They were fairies, I think, or something like fairies wispy creatures as tall as trees that seemed to be made of rain, or flowers willowy spiders with laughing hair bears with long fingers and masques instead of faces hundreds of others harder to describe They all danced together in the center of the clearing, a mass of strangeness and swirling color In their midst sat a woman on a writhing throne, her hair the same shade as the starlight.I m sitting here trying to form coherent, linear thoughts to write down But my mind is still dizzy with the adventure I reluctantly returned from I m in the enchanted house under the mountain where nothing is as it seems Your smallest wish is granted, and the nightmare you never knew existed waits for time to slip through your fingers The answers to this enigmatic puzzle are as ephemeral as a dream you can t quite remember when you wake Teasing the edge of your consciousness Echo must have the cunning to solve the mystery, and the courage fight an ancient adversary with immeasurable power You will agonize every step of the way with her One wrong move will have all hope for the future folding in on itself like a house of cards Echo Alkaev was disfigured by a mysterious white wolf in the woods as a child Once she led a normal life, now she s reviled and feared because of the scars mapping one side of her face Her father and brother have always given her unconditional love, but her confidence has been shattered by small minded people who cannot see past her surface imperfections I learned very early that in the old tales of magic the wicked were always ugly and scarred, the good beautiful I was not beautiful, but I wanted to be good, and after a while I couldn t bear to read those stories any.Growing up in her father s book shop has garnered a passion for reading, and a thirst for knowledge Yet nothing outweighs the loyalty and love she has for her family So when her father disappears one winter after a journey into the woods, she sets off alone Desperate to find him Stumbling upon his half frozen and unconscious body, she s frantic to get him home The white wolf from her past appears, and offers a bargain One year of her life in exchange for her father s safe return That year is a two sided paradox of euphoria and despair, like a coin flipped and suspended in the air holding her fate in the balance Even as she swears to uncover the wolf s past and set him free, the house s magic dazzles her with distractions It s a visceral feast on your senses Who wouldn t be enthralled with a library that allows you to enter its mirror books, silver spiders spinning webs that can bind collapsing rooms, and a venomous garden with poison roses and vines At night the house cracks and moans, cackling in evil delight Echo doesn t know what forces threaten outside her locked bedroom door, but she doesn t truly know who s locked inside with her either What happens at midnight The magic ceases to function, and the house is unbound Did that mean he would become unbound too This book had so many dualities to explore Layered characters with secrets and muddled intentions Jaw clenching, white knuckled suspense where time ceases to exist Just when you think you ve reached the pinnacle of the adventure, you re steered on a harrowing voyage that seems doomed to end in failure But this is where Echo s heart is exposed the most She s a true heroine that may get knocked down, but she dusts herself off and runs fiercely towards the challenge again Her courage never fails her, even on her darkest days I was nothing short of frenzied this morning when I woke up and immediately dove right back into the book I blew through 300 pages without pause, refusing to put it down until the conclusion That s how good it was, I didn t have any choice in the matter The lush, dark landscape was constantly shifting, the characters along with it I loved not only this author s writing, but her finesse in storytelling. I m an instant fan and cannot wait to read from her in the future Do not hesitate If I could heft a huge a neon sign up that blinks, READ ECHO NORTH I would I want everyone to experience this exhilarating, fantastical tale FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON flag 37 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 07, 2019 megs_bookrack marked it as to read Shelves ya fantasy to read, 2019 releases A wolf guarding over a disappeared Father A young girl who must make a deal with said wolf to save her Father A hidden castle with a secret, magical library HEART SINGSSSSSSSSSS flag 28 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 29, 2018 julianna rated it it was amazing Shelves on my shelf, physical arc, favorites, 2018 favs, full review FULL REVIEW UP 3I want to get lost in the woods during a winter storm if it means I can have the experience of going to a magical sentient house that provides me with immersive mirror books Down to have fun times in the forest, 10 10 seriously this book needs to be hyped up It s so amazing and wondrous and just It deserves attentionAlso, while reading this book I freaked out so much that I created recordings of myself talking about the book while reading it Will the world FULL REVIEW UP 3I want to get lost in the woods during a winter storm if it means I can have the experience of going to a magical sentient house that provides me with immersive mirror books Down to have fun times in the forest, 10 10 seriously this book needs to be hyped up It s so amazing and wondrous and just It deserves attentionAlso, while reading this book I freaked out so much that I created recordings of myself talking about the book while reading it Will the world ever get to see sleep deprived me rambling about wolves No, unfortunately truly, a loss When I was a third through this book I immediately knew that it was going to be one of my favorites and uhhh not to exaggerate but Joanna Ruth Meyer is clearly an actual, literal god sent down to us from the heavens to bless us with this book This book is a retelling from East of Sun, West of the Moon and it also pulls from Beauty and the Beast, the tale of Eros and Psyche, Tam Lin, and Cinderella And she pulls from these stories in such an amazing way that creates such an atmospheric world that made me feel like I was there.This gave me very Spinning Silver vibes without the jumping from perspective to perspective so if you enjoyed Spinning Silver, then I highly recommend this book because it s just as beautiful and lyrical so what the heck is this book about Echo is a highly intelligent girl who was attacked by a wolf when she was younger, leaving her with scars across her face that cause anyone who sees her to be disgusted First of all, I want to fight everyone in Echo s village who DARED to make fun of her for her scars I ll be meeting those villagers in the freaking town square, ok Further, the one that I really want to fight is Echo s terrible, terrible stepmother. Can she leave forever pls So basically, the only person that doesn t really judge Echo for her scars is her father I stan one 1 man and that is Echo s dad When Echo sees her father injured and on the brink of death, she immediately jumps at the chance to save him but in order to do that, she needs to stay with a wolf in a mystical, magical house for a year.The house that they stay in is made up of amazing, magical rooms One in particular, that s both Echo and my favorite, is the room of book mirrors you can jump into a mirror and travel into another virtual world where you can either watch the story unfold or simply relax and have some tea in a tavern But the marvelous house that they live in comes with a problem the house is falling apart Earthquakes occur every so often, and it becomes Echo s duty to collect silk from the spiders and sew the rooms together Oh, and Echo isn t allowed to look at the wolf during the nighttime otherwise, she ll be kicked out of the house to face the woods all alone.The thing is, you think you know what s going on And yes, a lot of the plot twists that I predicted did occur, but also the ending unfurled in a way that I did not expect, and I was NOT ready for it the writingI m sorry, I need a moment This section is literally just going to be me gushing about how beautiful the writing is, because it just captivated me from the first chapter and yea, I did suffer sleep deprivation after reading until 2 am but it was worth it. blinks at you through half closed eyes You re just pulled into the storyline, and I just I think Joanna Ruth Meyer is officially my writing idol because I lowkey can t comprehend how she really did this.It s just this Fairytale world Which we ve all probably experienced before But this book just does it so beautifully that I think it s going to be The Standard for all western fairytale worldbuilding that I read from now on.This book can have my heart and Any body part, really the charactersEcho is a strong female heroine, and I would fight everyone for her She s been mistreated and bullied all throughout her life because of the scars on her face, and her character arc was really so moving as she spent time with the wolf who didn t care about her scars and she learned not to yearn for the attention and approval of others and instead find strength in herself She learns to stop wishing that her face was normal and perfect and embraces herself for the way she is.Strong and empowering self image messages are built into this book in an artful way that I only just realized When you travel into a book mirror world, your appearance is how you wish to be And in the book mirrors, Echo looks as if she has no scars.Hal is someone that Echo meets within the book mirrors people can meet within them if they re in the same story and I think literally 80% of my notes were just gushing over how much I loved Hal He s a tricky, cocky boy who zips in and out of the book worlds so often that he s been to every story multiple times all he wants is a friend and I just want to give him a HUG okay He acts happy and clever but secretly he wants to find out what his past was while also trying to run away from the pain that always shadows him.Mokosh is also someone that Echo meets in the book mirrors and she s just Amazing view spoiler I know she s technically bad but I still love her So much hide spoiler SHE NEEDS HER OWN NOVEL IN MY OPINION JUST SAYING She has her own, dark flaws, but I still love her so much She deserves the world Also, I pictured her as South Asian when we first met her, but I don t think she s South Asian seriously, this is so amazing I expected a lush fantasy and this book delivered and.This book is told in three parts, and each part is so meaningful and I kind of screamed when I reached part three The only bad thing about this book was that it ENDED how dare I think others have said this already but this felt like it was a real fairytale, like it wasn t just a retelling but something that s been part of folklore for years If you uhhh like to breathe, then you re going to like this book.Trigger and content warnings for sickness, animal attacking a human specifically a wolf attacking a human s face , and death this was a buddy read with my super secret fav, Mith 3 Thank you so, so much to Page Street Kids for sending me a copy of this book Seriously you guys are the best I love you guys so much for blessing me with this book flag 21 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 09, 2018 Ashlee Library In The Country rated it really liked it There is one thing you must not do, one rule you must not break Echo North is a brilliant and magical retelling of East of the Sun and West of the Moon, while also pulling inspiration from the stories of Cupid Psyche, as well as Tam Lin I read this in less than a day and was completely enthralled with everything about it.Echo is the daughter of a bookseller that has always struggled to find her place and purpose in the world She loves her family, her books and is a devourer of knowle There is one thing you must not do, one rule you must not break Echo North is a brilliant and magical retelling of East of the Sun and West of the Moon, while also pulling inspiration from the stories of Cupid Psyche, as well as Tam Lin I read this in less than a day and was completely enthralled with everything about it.Echo is the daughter of a bookseller that has always struggled to find her place and purpose in the world She loves her family, her books and is a devourer of knowledge but a fateful encounter with a wolf as a child left her face terribly scarred Because of this Echo has experienced terrible rumors and unnecessary cruelty.Tragically, Echo s father goes missing for months, until Echo, lost in the woods herself, finds him half frozen with the wolf from her childhood by his side She makes a deal with the wolf to live with him in his enchanted house for one year The only rule is that Echo may never look upon him between midnight and dawn.I LOVED the wolf s magical house in this book, the stories within stories in the mirror library, the growing companionship and dependence between Echo and the wolf, Echo s adventures with Hal and Mokosh, the budding romance, as well as the mystery surrounding how to save the characters under her enchantments If you ve read the stories that inspire Echo North, its no surprise as to where the plot will take us, however Meyer puts her own twists into the story, creating a refreshing and new take on time honored classics Echo North is one of those books that drops breadcrumbs along the way, while you re fully engrossed in the beauty and mystery of the story They are there to piece together or you can let the answers come to you, while the story sweeps you off your feet.I highly recommend this one Review copy provided by Page Street Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Blog Bookstagram flag 21 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Sol TheBookishKing rated it it was ok Shelves arcs, cover lovin, physical arcs There is absolutely No Reason that this book should be 400 pages.I just ugh yet another case of Cover Catfish Thank you Page Street for the ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 20 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 29, 2018 Deborah OCarroll rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 releases, got for review, 2018 reads, 5 stars awesome, beauty and the beast, best of year, dwj ish maybe, epic character i love, faeries, fantasy Originally posted on my book blog My favorite books are the ones I find most difficult to review AAHH How can I explain my love for this book IT S SO, SO GOOD.Echo North is so beautiful it hurts I found myself utterly enchanted by this story of the girl Echo and the white wolf and Hal and the Winds, and I m so sad it s over because I wanted to just LIVE in it for ages and ages 3Don t you love those retellings that feel like they re the REAL story This one felt that way A retelling o Originally posted on my book blog My favorite books are the ones I find most difficult to review AAHH How can I explain my love for this book IT S SO, SO GOOD.Echo North is so beautiful it hurts I found myself utterly enchanted by this story of the girl Echo and the white wolf and Hal and the Winds, and I m so sad it s over because I wanted to just LIVE in it for ages and ages 3Don t you love those retellings that feel like they re the REAL story This one felt that way A retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, I loved how it seemed like this was the real history behind it More than seemed, it WAS and well, you ll have to read it There s also a hint of Beauty and the Beast, and just a dash of Tam Lin All the retelling bits were brilliant and I loved them This is the story of Echo, our heroine, trapped by her scars, who tells the story in words so heartfelt and gorgeous that I wanted to melt into them It s the story of the white wolf in the house under the mountain, of his sorrow and secrets, trapped by a curse It s the story of Hal, the I don t have a word for him, because all of them fall short of his irrepressible personality The indescribable young man Echo meets, who is trapped in the worlds of the book mirrors and by a shadow of his own past They re my FAVORITE I love them all Their stories intertwine flawlessly and paint a stunning picture I happily lost myself in.I sometimes almost forgot I was reading a retelling, because there was just so much MORE to this book I think of it in three parts the part where Echo is at home, the part in the House under the mountain, and the quest They re all fantastic although the beginning part is kind of sad, but I somehow didn t mind because it s just what HAPPENED, you know , but the middle bit is my absolute favorite DThe book mirrors were one of my favorite things how cool is the idea of stepping into a mirror which is actually a book, and experiencing that There were other awesome things about the book mirrors but I don t want to spoil them you must read it for yourself Another thing I loved was the House It almost has its own personality, and all the different unique rooms, full of fantasy and wonder and peril and bound together like patches on a quilt, were incredible It was like having separate pockets of Faerie all tied together.The sheer imagination left me speechless This is what fantasy was made for I was spellbound by all the many different imaginative worlds and stories and fantastical elements woven together by this author s skillful pen How did she come up with them all It s like the full potential of fantasy has been explored in these pages There are a thousand unique things in this tale, all perilous and beautiful like frozen starlight.It s a story full of echoing joy and heart rending sorrow, of stars and wind and snow, of a magical house and books explored through mirrors, of love and fire and woods and thorns, of music and wonder and mystery and adventure None of it s safe, exactly, but it s all stunning It was so vivid I absolutely BREATHED this story, both thrilling and quiet, on the edge of my seat but cozy at the same time, and got to know each of these dear characters so well 3Because these CHARACTERS Hal is the absolute BEST I have a new favorite character, guys He s so full of LIFE and his dialog and exuberance are just the best But I love how there s something deeper back there, with several layers of mystery He s like all my most favorite character types I love Hal and Echo together they are my favorite 3 The wolf was also awesome and also mysterious He and Echo have a great dynamic as well And I love Echo And the romance was the best.All the dialog and interactions in this book SO GOOD And there were side characters I loved as well Everyone was so alive Echo s brother Rodya there need to be good brother characters in fiction is not in it terribly much but he was fantastic And I absolutely loved Ivan the storyteller and his wife and just this whole book, guys I want to hug it forever Also, there are PLOT TWISTS One of them I guessed and was totally hoping would be a thing Another was hinted at and I vaguely suspected something was up, but oh, the glorious reveal of this mind blowing twist O And some of the side characters had stories that were twisty as well Did I mention how breathtaking the writing was I just want to eat it And I loved the music in the story and its descriptions It was all so masterfully done Some books simply enchant you, you know This one stole a part of my heart and crept in as the last book I read in 2018 but one of my top favorites I m going to treasure my memories of reading this late at night near the cold end of the year, when I didn t mean to read so late but couldn t stop _ I could probably talk about this book for ages but I m going to stop now and simply say If you love fairytales and the fantastic and characters who will steal your heart, you absolutely must read this gorgeous tale, full of the wild echoes of Faerie, of piercing starlight and wind and ice and fierce love.Just read it.Quotes What is your name I asked I do not have a name Then what am I to call you Whatever you like If I d thought this story wouldn t have a happy ending, I would have read something else His blue eyes locked on mine, suddenly serious Must you always know a story ends happily before you feel equal to beginning it We dined with the Winds in a hall looking out over the world, and the colors tasted bright and the wine smelt of music It s all very exciting, if rather ridiculous I couldn t help but laugh You are rather ridiculous He winked at me again Are you ready to run What That s when one of the soldiers spotted us, his blade flashing toward our hiding spot Run, Echo cried Hal He grabbed my hand and we dashed into the wood Thanks to the publisher providing a free ARC of this book A positive review was not required All opinions are entirely my own. flag 19 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Marquise rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves fantasy, fairy tale retellings, beauty and the beast theme, character is memorable, derivations from classics, needs an editorial red pen, half baked worldbuilding, character has a disability, character is too saintly, excess of sentimentality This d but novel makes a valiant attempt at retelling the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale mixing the original French tale with its Nordic variant East of the Sun and West of the Moon and the Scottish folk ballad Tam Lin But rather than retelling the original tales directly, it opts for being a retelling of three retellings Robin McKinley s Beauty, Edith Pattou s East, and Diana Wynne Jones Fire and Hemlock.The result is a somewhat messy and flawed story, albeit quite readable and probably fit This d but novel makes a valiant attempt at retelling the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale mixing the original French tale with its Nordic variant East of the Sun and West of the Moon and the Scottish folk ballad Tam Lin But rather than retelling the original tales directly, it opts for being a retelling of three retellings Robin McKinley s Beauty, Edith Pattou s East, and Diana Wynne Jones Fire and Hemlock.The result is a somewhat messy and flawed story, albeit quite readable and probably fit to be enjoyed a lot by people who ve not read the above mentioned retellings first, as I did Knowing the other retellings will definitely inform your reaction to Echo North, so if you loved those a lot and are perhaps going to see the copycat elements Meyer lifted in a not exactly charitable light I happen to think McKinley did better the creepy house plot and Pattou handled the white bear girl love story much better, plus I believe the Tam Lin element smelt of self indulgence than plot necessity Yet, even so, Echo North doesn t suffer only by comparison, it has its own flaws.First off, the cartoony villainy is strong in this one Echo s stepmother is mean and cruel merely for the sake of being mean and cruel as all fairy tale stepmothers are required to be by the laws of fairy taledom The heroine has to play the required poor abused girl role for sympathy and because the author couldn t find better motives or a better way to have her leave the house to end up with Wolf And then, there s the Big Baddie, the source of the curse on the white wolf, who also is another that s evil for the funsies Then there s the defective worldbuilding Well, in reality there s no worldbuilding to speak of here, the world is all just lifted elements from McKinley and Pattou with a little sprinkling of 19th century Siberia that doesn t go beyond perpetually snowy forest and cute village And it s the latter element that brings me to the third and very, very annoying flaw the major blunder on the author s part as regards Russian names Why on Earth is Echo s surname kept in the masculine form, Alkaev, instead of turning it into the feminine, Alkaeva Come on, surely the author can t be this hugely ignorant, what with her fangirly admission that she used Siberian Russia as an inspiration and having Google quite ready to inform anyone about foreign naming conventions I m so tired of authors constantly showing their disregard for the fact that not everyone in the world has the same naming traditions, and Russian is one of the most frequent victims of such ignorance.And then there s the characterisation of the protagonist herself, Echo Alkaev agh The girl was scarred when very small due to a childish foolishness with a savage white wolf that she thought was a kindness Somehow, this tragic event that d have made any decent people anywhere and anytime feel pity for the little girl s accident is turned instead into unexplained hate towards her Seriously, why do many people believe that in the past they all were so backwards and supertitious that any corporal disfigurement was automatically seen with fear and hate and condemnation Really, there s the past attitudes towards inherited disabilities and disfigurements and there s past attitudes towards ACQUIRED bodily flaws Do you really think that if, say, you fell on your face over the oven whilst cooking and that left your with burn scars, the whole village was going to look at you as if the Devil cursed you and you re to be the town s pariah now Seriously There s absolutely NO credible reason for Echo to be so hated and feared because of her scars, none at all but for the authorial need to force her into artificial isolation and feed her self pity Angst, you know, it fuels the plot.There s also other stuff that d have used a good editor too much wandering round here, which bloats the book a tad, making it longer than it should be there s the need for the Big Villain s motives to be better explained instead of just dropping it all by the end when the story needs to be wrapped up and then there s the cutesy ending, with the stepmother being her cartoony wicked self for the last time for plot convenience I m not sure why the powerful Winds decided to solve things for Echo either, as she did nothing to win them over Enfin.I do think the author is a good storyteller, though Once she gets her writer s legs and produces her own stories with less heavy borrowing from others, she ll probably be one to keep an eye on for those of us who like fairy tale retellings flag 17 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Marquise Miriam wrote Based on this review, I was about to recommend Scarlet in the Snow but I see you ve already read it I liked that one Jan 26, 2019 02 50PM Miriam Me too Sadly the library doesn t have the rest of the series Jan 26, 2019 06 05PM Aug 12, 2018 Rosamund Hodge added it Shelves 2018, fantasy, young adult GORGEOUS flag 17 likesLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Vicky Who Reads rated it really liked it Shelves arcs Psst I also have a giveaway an interview with Joanna up on my blog Find it HERE 4 starsThis was so magical, I totally fell in love with the enchanted house under the mountain and all of the lush settings in Echo North This was definitely my favorite part of reading, 100% The settings and way Meyer built this world was so magical and absorbing and I couldn t get enough of it From Echo s hometown and its almost provincial feeling to the sweeping and somewhat menacing enchanted house under Psst I also have a giveaway an interview with Joanna up on my blog Find it HERE 4 starsThis was so magical, I totally fell in love with the enchanted house under the mountain and all of the lush settings in Echo North This was definitely my favorite part of reading, 100% The settings and way Meyer built this world was so magical and absorbing and I couldn t get enough of it From Echo s hometown and its almost provincial feeling to the sweeping and somewhat menacing enchanted house under the mountain to the icy cold landscapes she travels to at the end of the book, Echo North was as magical as it was lush And even than that, I totally thought Echo herself was such a cool character, and dynamic not necessarily in the way that she changes her outlook on life but that she changes the way she looks at herself I thought one of the most important part of Echo s character arc was the way she looked at herself and her facial scarring and learned to accept that part of herself instead of hate it And of course, there s so much to the plot than that, and the enchanted house is actually disappearing and parts of it the rooms are there but not there are breaking away due to the enchantment wearing out.This is where the magic comes in a lot, and I loved seeing Meyer not only develop something enchanting, but also something a little bit sinister and scary and dark as what was happening in the house And the journey Echo takes from her village to the house to the physical quest was really interesting, although the reason I took off a star was because of the last part, the physical quest For the first two parts the village and the enchanted house I d give this book a five stars, but for the physical journey to the final battle of sorts, I would dock the stars a bit because it wasn t perfect, in my opinion Still really good, though The journey was good and I think it was important to the storyline, but also the last bit felt a little rushed and I wish Meyer dedicated page time to that and took some away from the house Because a lot of things were being compacted into this section, and there was so much going on I was a little overwhelmed The ending fight scene though was top notch, and I loved reading that as well as THAT TWIST OH MY GOSH That part blew me away I also felt like, as a result of the lack of page time, the villain in person seemed a bit less AHH than I expected or wanted I wanted her to be a little shocking and stark and villainous not in a caricature way than we got, but it was still very interesting Despite my criticism, I still really enjoyed reading Echo North and would totally recommend you pick this up If you like magic and enchanted libraries and sweeping tales with lush landscapes, do not hesitate to check this one out Thank you so much to Page Street YA and Joanna Ruth Meyer for providing me with an advance reader s copy in exchange for an honest review Blog Instagram Twitter flag 13 likesLike see review Feb 07, 2018 Laura Weymouth rated it it was amazing I ve always loved the fairytale East of the Sun, West of the Moon and in ECHO NORTH, Joanna Meyer beautifully captures the original essence of the story while tying in a lush new mythos all her own If magic houses, vengeful goddesses, mysterious wolves, and frozen tundra are of interest to you, then this book deserves a place near the top of your TBR.Echo is an endearing and relateable main character, whose steadfastness in the face of trials will have you rooting for her all the way In fact I ve always loved the fairytale East of the Sun, West of the Moon and in ECHO NORTH, Joanna Meyer beautifully captures the original essence of the story while tying in a lush new mythos all her own If magic houses, vengeful goddesses, mysterious wolves, and frozen tundra are of interest to you, then this book deserves a place near the top of your TBR.Echo is an endearing and relateable main character, whose steadfastness in the face of trials will have you rooting for her all the way In fact, this is the sort of book where not just Echo herself, but many of the characters, feel like old friends The real glory of ECHO NORTH is its setting, though the icy, Russian inspired countryside that serves as a backdrop for Echo s adventures Portrayed with loving detail, the world of ECHO NORTH feels real enough to visit, and I for one am looking forward to a return trip Perfect for fans of THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE, by Katherine Arden flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 27, 2018 Breanna rated it it was amazing Shelves arcs THIS REVIEW MORE Paws and Paperbacks ARC received through booksfortrade on Twitter. Ever north, where the mountain meets the sky and the trees are hung with stars Echo North is a breathtaking, brilliant retelling of one of my favorite fairytales, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, while also blending elements of other similar stories, such as Tam Lin This book completely blew my expectations out of the water I m familiar with the stories on which Echo North is inspired by, and so I THIS REVIEW MORE Paws and Paperbacks ARC received through booksfortrade on Twitter. Ever north, where the mountain meets the sky and the trees are hung with stars Echo North is a breathtaking, brilliant retelling of one of my favorite fairytales, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, while also blending elements of other similar stories, such as Tam Lin This book completely blew my expectations out of the water I m familiar with the stories on which Echo North is inspired by, and so I had some sense of how the plot would unfold Joanna Ruth Meyer did such an excellent job, however, in taking the original elements of the fairytales and adding little twists to create a whimsical story that was both true to its roots, and yet totally unique After making a deal with a strange white wolf, Echo, our heroine, finds herself as caretaker of an enchanted house that responds to her wishes The house also includes a library full of magical mirror books, capable of transporting the reader into the books story What would happen when I blew out the lamp what would happen if I lit it again The storytelling was fantastic The vivid descriptions and writing had me completely enad by the book Little hints are revealed along the way, and yet I was so focused on the magic of the story that it wasn t until after the reveals at the end that I was able to reflect upon all the pieces The ending was a little bittersweet, but it was entirely satisfying and wrapped the book up perfectly Please do yourself a favor and add Echo North to your TBR, especially if you re a fan of whimsical fairytales like East of the Sun, West of the Moon This is such an enchanting, wonderful story and I m so thankful I was finally able to find an early copy of it flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Ashleigh rated it it was amazing Wow Where do I start I absolutely adored this book It immediately drew me in from the very first line, on the very first page.I love the main character, Echo Alkaev I love her because she s perfectly human, and she s perfectly flawed She is scarred by a wolf as a child, and then is forced to live with this very same wolf to save her father s life years later She quickly learns upon going with the wolf that all is not as it seems She is propelled into a world with an enchanted house benea Wow Where do I start I absolutely adored this book It immediately drew me in from the very first line, on the very first page.I love the main character, Echo Alkaev I love her because she s perfectly human, and she s perfectly flawed She is scarred by a wolf as a child, and then is forced to live with this very same wolf to save her father s life years later She quickly learns upon going with the wolf that all is not as it seems She is propelled into a world with an enchanted house beneath a mountain, a magical library with mirror books, and a couple of mysterious characters she meets inside these books I found myself cheering Echo along her journey and I felt quite satisfied with the ending I m really hoping that Joanna cough cough writes adventures in this breathtaking world.If you like fairytales, magic, mystery, and a setting inspired by 19th Century Siberian Russia, then this book is for you It s releasing in January 2019, so go forth and add to your TBR flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Arielle Cursebreaker rated it really liked it Shelves arc netgalley, 4 stars, ya, retellings, read 2019, new 2019, fantasy First ARC of the year complete and just like last year, I started off with a good one I feel like there have been a lot of re tellings out coming out recently I had only vaguely remembered what the stories of Tam Lin, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and even the myth of Cupid and Physche were about I myself looked them all up after I saw another reviewer mention them and I would actually recommend not doing so While this story is obviously unique, there were a few things that I think I wa First ARC of the year complete and just like last year, I started off with a good one I feel like there have been a lot of re tellings out coming out recently I had only vaguely remembered what the stories of Tam Lin, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and even the myth of Cupid and Physche were about I myself looked them all up after I saw another reviewer mention them and I would actually recommend not doing so While this story is obviously unique, there were a few things that I think I was able to piece together sooner because I had just skimmed those tales.This is a story of Echo, named such for the fact that she echoed her late mother s heartbeat with her own When she is young, Echo is disfigured by a strange white wolf in the forest and grows up being reviled by her village When she is sixteen, she has another encounter with the same wolf and ends up bartering one year of her life for the safety of her father She ends up spending that year in this awesome house that all of these different rooms that she learns to tend to from the wolf OBVIOUSLY my favorite one was the library that had the cool mirror books Basically you could step into them and live out that particular story and leave whenever you wanted It s in those books that she meets Hal and the story progresses and mistakes are made and feelings begin, andat s basically all I ll say about it You ll just have to pick the book up once it comes out and find out yourselves Anyway I think I liked the second half of the book than the first even though the first had the mirror books The second half featured Echo actually DOING something to try to save a certain someone I felt like in part one there were too many instances of her wasting time, trying to figure things out Maybe it s just because I ve read so many books and fairy tales but I was like damn, girl, you need to figure your crap out already Overall I loved the ending and this was a very solid book to start out 2019 I very much recommend Huge thanks to NetGalley and Page Street Publishing for allowing me to honestly review a copy of this book early For of my reviews, please visit flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Kim Chance rated it it was amazing I absolutely ADORED this book Enchanting and whimsical, yet gothic, raw, and emotional, this book pulled on every single one of my heartstrings This re telling had the feel of a classic fairy tale and it certainly took me on incredible reading journey I was lucky enough to read an ARC version of this book and I knew immediately that it would be a book I read over and over again I simply cannot recommend this book enough Definitely one of my new favorites flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 11, 2018 Rose rated it it was ok Shelves fantasy This is ultimately yet another bland East of the Sun, West of the Moon retelling It s not unique or compelling enough to be a true reinterpretation of the original Nor is the quality of writing good enough to make it satisfying as a straightforward retelling.In the afterward, the author wrote that she was inspired by Beauty, East, and Fire and Hemlock And I had to laugh because those were, I swear, exactly the three books I was thinking of while reading this Which would normally be amazing This is ultimately yet another bland East of the Sun, West of the Moon retelling It s not unique or compelling enough to be a true reinterpretation of the original Nor is the quality of writing good enough to make it satisfying as a straightforward retelling.In the afterward, the author wrote that she was inspired by Beauty, East, and Fire and Hemlock And I had to laugh because those were, I swear, exactly the three books I was thinking of while reading this Which would normally be amazing Except I was thinking that this read like those three books mashed together to create something inexplicably bland I felt general apathy at the twists and big reveals because I wasn t invested at all in these characters Flavorless dialogue, bland characterization, and vague world building all leech away the potential pathos of Echo North.If you re looking for a better straightforward retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon then try East or Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow For an actual reinterpretation of the fairy tale, Bleddynwood is fantastic eARC provided by NetGalley flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Namera The Literary Invertebrate rated it it was ok Shelves young adult, fairytale retelling, fantasy I really, really wanted to like this book, and the writing was certainly beautiful But there was one glaring problem This is a book about love, and I did not feel the romance at all Echo Alkaev was terribly scarred as a child, when her attempt to free a wolf from a trap backfired Her facial disfigurement has resulted in her ostracism from the entire village they call her the cursed on, the devil s daughter Only her widower father and elder brother care for her.Even their love begins to fa I really, really wanted to like this book, and the writing was certainly beautiful But there was one glaring problem This is a book about love, and I did not feel the romance at all Echo Alkaev was terribly scarred as a child, when her attempt to free a wolf from a trap backfired Her facial disfigurement has resulted in her ostracism from the entire village they call her the cursed on, the devil s daughter Only her widower father and elder brother care for her.Even their love begins to fade away when her father remarries to a cruel, spiteful woman whose only interest is money Echo is aimless and alone even her coveted acceptance to university disappears, thanks to her stepmother Frankly, I would have preferred to see a heroine with a little backbone at this stage Dude, tell your dad what s going on Tell your brother Stop letting your stepmother control you Unfortunately, this was just an early symptom of Echo s fatal flaw she is ridiculously forgiving She makes a bargain with a wolf the same wolf who scarred her that, if she stays with him for a year, he ll rescue her father from the snowdrift he was trapped in Almost from the beginning Echo doesn t appear to harbour even the tiniest bit of resentment towards the wolf We readers were constantly shown how the scars had ruined her life So how could she forgive him so quickly He didn t even have to apologise though he did she was just like, Oh, it s fine, wolf, despite you literally messing up my entire childhood I don t mind at all Sorry, but I prefer my heroines a little less inhumanly forgiving I m supposed to be able to relate to them, after all.By day, the wolf teaches her how to control the wild magic that infuses the house they live in By night, he sleeps in a corner of her room and she must never, ever, light the lamp to see what his nightly form looks like When she isn t learning magic she s exploring the worlds she finds hidden behind mirrors There she finds Hal, a forgotten prince whom she falls in love with.This book is a retelling of the Norwegian myth East of the Sun and West of the Moon, so I won t give any of the plot away because it follows the myth fairly closely There s one thing I will say for the story it was beautifully written Meyer s prose style is light, but sharp, perfectly suited to the telling of fairy tales.Unfortunately there was hardly substance than you d find in your average fairy tale I ve no idea why Echo would fall for Hal, apart from him being the first and only boy who s ever paid attention to her I ve no idea why he would fall for her, beyond her ability to save him from his curse I found Hal a pitiable figure than anything else Since this book was literally all about love, the fact that I wasn t sold on their love story ruined the whole experience for me Not even the incorporation of Tam Lin one of my favourite ballads could rescue it Overall Good writing, but flat romance Blog Bookstagram flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Meg rated it liked it This was disappointing for me I went into this hoping for a romantic BATB retelling, and that s not entirely what I got I found this to be closer to a middle grade novel, and while it was beautifully written and lush in description, it just wasn t for me.A really interesting aspect of this book was the magical library Echo discovers Instead of books, they are book mirrors, and they transport you into the story and you can either pay attention to the story unfold or just wander around in the w This was disappointing for me I went into this hoping for a romantic BATB retelling, and that s not entirely what I got I found this to be closer to a middle grade novel, and while it was beautifully written and lush in description, it just wasn t for me.A really interesting aspect of this book was the magical library Echo discovers Instead of books, they are book mirrors, and they transport you into the story and you can either pay attention to the story unfold or just wander around in the world the author created Almost like a open world RPG game lol If that ain t the coolest thing ever I don t know what is Unfortunately it wasn t enough to save this story for me.The entire Part 2 of the book was so boring to me I felt like it dragged on too much, became muddled and confused at some parts and I just wanted it to be over Also I can t get over how badly Echo was betrayed and she kind of just brushed it off her shoulders Girl c mon have some self worth TL DRThe writing was beautiful, lush and descriptive but the plot and story weren t what I was anticipating and left me rather bored flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Alexandra rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019 IT WAS GLORIOUS Review to come flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Jenn rated it it was amazing Shelves action adventure, arc, awesome, fairy tales fae, netgalley, read 2018, romance, sci fi fantasy, sweet romance, ya This is a retelling of the Norwegian fairytale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon I had no idea I liked the description and so I decided to read the book I started this morning and couldn t put it down It was so exciting and heart racing I positively loved it I received an arc and this is my review flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Hannah F Whitten rated it it was amazing This book wrecked me in the best way The setting is lush and inventive, and its written in a way that pays homage to so many different myths and fairytales while being wholly fresh and original The central love story is beautiful and believable, and doesn t smooth over the tough parts in favor of an easy ever after ECHO NORTH is a love letter to stories and storytellers, and is as much about the importance of storytelling as it is about Echo and her white wolf Highly, highly recommended flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 09, 2019 Rachel Leigh rated it liked it Shelves arcs, young adult This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, as follows Full Review Below Completed 01 14 19 view spoiler Echo North seems like a reimagined take on both Beauty the Beast and the traditional Eros Psyche myth Echo North is a young village girl who has been marred by a great white wolf as a child, and thus her life has been lived as the subject of ridicule She is intelligent, kind, and bookish She thinks of herself as a monster becau This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, as follows Full Review Below Completed 01 14 19 view spoiler Echo North seems like a reimagined take on both Beauty the Beast and the traditional Eros Psyche myth Echo North is a young village girl who has been marred by a great white wolf as a child, and thus her life has been lived as the subject of ridicule She is intelligent, kind, and bookish She thinks of herself as a monster because of the way the village, and even her stepmother, treat her She s likable enough for me at this early point in the book I will say, the set up for Echo finding her father in the woods didn t satisfy Ultimately, Echo runs into the woods after having it out with her stepmother Donia Donia calls her a monster and burns her acceptance letter to the university after Echo learns she s been keeping large sums of money hidden despite driving Echo s father into debt and ruin She accuses Donia of killing her father, but Donia denies this, and Echo runs off to the woods without a goal in mind I thought it would have been a powerful discovery if Echo had gone out into the woods looking for her father on her own, rather than been driven there by emotional conflict She was already shown to be familiar and comfortable in the woods, so it wouldn t have been far fetched to have her decide albeit misguidedly that she had the best chance of navigating the same path her father might take to return to the village to see if she can find him, especially if she was suspicious of Donia s motives p.176 As Echo learns to navigate the enchanted house, we come across another Beauty the Beast reference Echo is able to use the library to be transported to the stories within the books, which mixes a bit of the old Disney movie and a bit of the new Disney movie together It works for Echo, who can project the version of herself she believes is her best self She meets other Readers who can do the same and becomes friends with them through the stories they experience I ve enjoyed the slow growing friendship between Echo and the Wolf as well He continues to guard her through the night and teach her how to care for the house, though Echo herself seems to be on the fence about staying He claims he s ready for death, but cries throughout the night I m calling it now, the Wolf might also be Hal, the boy from the mirror world We ll see how that plays out.Upon CompletionEcho North was an enjoyable read, but I found myself less and less interested as we came toward the end Firstly, I think the plot point about Echo having lived this tale before was a little out of left field I didn t think there was enough foreshadowing to make the reveal really pay off, and frankly I don t think it really impacted much about the story at that point As for the Ivan and Mokosh reveals, I called those almost immediately after meeting each character, while really made the book feel predictable by the end As for the epilogue happy ending, it was fine, but I felt like it wasn t entirely necessary as the last few paragraphs of the final chapter pretty heavily implied that things between them were going to be fine hide spoiler All in all, not a terrible read, but not the best book of my life either Average, if not a tiny bit above average 3 out of 5 Stars flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 01, 2019 Carol StarAngels Reviews Allen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 4 or stars, beauty beast, fairy tale The writing was beautiful and absolutely perfect I started to feel it slowing down after the Wolf Queen takes Hal but other than that, I though rly enjoyed this fairytale retelling flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Emily G rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 4.5 This kind of fairy tale retelling is right up my alley flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Azbaqiyah rated it liked it Shelves 2019, young adult Plot 3 5Characters 2 5World Building 2 5Writing Style 4 5Cover 4 5Overall Rating 3 5 flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Morrisa rated it it was amazing For starters, thank you to the publishers for approving this e arc for me through Netgalley I didn t know much about this book other than the synopsis and from having seen the cover floating around on But oh boy, am I glad I got to read this early This story follows Echo, a young woman who was mauled by a wolf she saved as a little girl, who later agrees to live with the wolf for a year in his enchanted home in order to save her father s life I was expecting this to essentially be For starters, thank you to the publishers for approving this e arc for me through Netgalley I didn t know much about this book other than the synopsis and from having seen the cover floating around on But oh boy, am I glad I got to read this early This story follows Echo, a young woman who was mauled by a wolf she saved as a little girl, who later agrees to live with the wolf for a year in his enchanted home in order to save her father s life I was expecting this to essentially be a beauty and the beast retelling, but what I got was so much and so much better than beauty and the beast In the acknowledgements the author lists many different references for inspiration east of the sun west of the moon, tam lin, and other similar fairytales All of it was blended perfectly to create a unique, fun, and enjoyable story that is just as excellent as the classics it s based off of Echo North reads like a fairytale your parents might have had your parents read to you while you were tucked in bed It s beautiful, magical, and so creative I found it so hard to put the book down I devoured this book in 2 days it would have been less if I hadn t been so busy Every second of the novel I was drawn into the story I felt like I was there with Echo, with Wolf, with Hal, inside the enchanted home in the woods I loved the characters the life each brought to the story, the way they were all connected in some way I wish I could find the proper words to tell you how amazing this story was The plot is so brilliantly crafted that to this day, nearly two weeks later, I still think about it It brings me so much joy and happiness when I think back to the events This was one of those books where the answer is right in front of your face, and you may or may not notice it I was able to guess at some of the bigger reveals, but then I was STILL surprised at some of the other things Joanna added in at the end that had me literally gasping out loud The plot line and timeline might seem a little strange at some parts, or things not make entire sense in the beginning but I beg of you KEEP reading, wait until the end, because this novel was so worth it.I wish I could erase my memory and read this book all over again from start to finish because it was just THAT good Please add Echo North to your TBRs, preorder, request on netgalley, do WHATEVER just please read this book If you re a fan of Bear and the Nightinggale, Beauty and the Beast, Uprooted, ACOTAR, etc, you ll LOVE this book It should be put in the classic fairytales section, because it was just so magical It hits shelves Jan 15, 2018, so not too much longer of a wait Thank you again Page Street for approving me on netgalley REVIEW FEATURED ON flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Maca rated it liked it 2,75 2,75 flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 15, 2018 Celia McMahon rated it it was amazing Wow Just wow I have forever loved the tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, especially after reading East by Edith Pattou, which introduced me to the story Not only did the cover of this novel draw me in, but the review of an author of a debut novel which I just adored The synopsis did me in, and I had to request it Thank you to NetGalley and Page Street for allowing me the wonderful chance to review this title ahead of its release date This story follows Echo, a seventeen year old girl Wow Just wow I have forever loved the tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, especially after reading East by Edith Pattou, which introduced me to the story Not only did the cover of this novel draw me in, but the review of an author of a debut novel which I just adored The synopsis did me in, and I had to request it Thank you to NetGalley and Page Street for allowing me the wonderful chance to review this title ahead of its release date This story follows Echo, a seventeen year old girl who lives with her bookseller father and brother An encounter with a white wolf when she was young, left one half of her face scarred This led to a life of cruelty which did not end even when she grew Her father marries an equally cruel woman who forces her father to venture off to make money for his family When he does not return, Echo goes off to look for him and finds not only her father but the white wolf she d rescued as a child The wolf tells Echo that he will save her father if she comes to live with him for a year Fearing for her father s weak state, she agrees and is whisked away to a magical house The only rule the wolf has is that she cannot look upon him after midnight The house in which Echo finds herself was simply amazing All the different rooms and the idea that the house stitches itself together was so cool When Echo comes upon a magical library in which she can step into stories through mirrors and meets the handsome Hal and the pretty girl, Mokosh, her adventures becomes so much engrossing There are surprises and magic at every turn and kept me reading way past my bedtime This book takes East of the Sun, West of the Moon and spins it into something unique It gave me a lot of Howl s Moving Castle vibes, which is one book I adore The character of Echo grows into a meek girl wanting to hide her deformity to a brave woman finding her strength The writing was gorgeous and kept excellent pace with the story There is not one thing about this novel that I did not dislike I love when I stumble upon books like this Echo North was fresh and imaginative If you love retellings, fairy tales, books that give you all the FEELS and drown you in magic, this is the one for you I will be buying a copy to have on my shelf flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Cindy rated it it was amazing Shelves arcs, fantasy, young adult Every now and then I come across a book that is so gorgeous, so poetic, so chock full of FEELINGS that I feel like I m having an extra sensory reading experience like I m not just reading the words, but tasting and swimming in them These are the books that make me alternately feel ecstatically delighted, and make me despair of ever writing anything half so amazing.Joanna Ruth Meyer s sopho novel, ECHO NORTH, is exactly that sort of book I picked it up on Monday, after waking up sick and sp Every now and then I come across a book that is so gorgeous, so poetic, so chock full of FEELINGS that I feel like I m having an extra sensory reading experience like I m not just reading the words, but tasting and swimming in them These are the books that make me alternately feel ecstatically delighted, and make me despair of ever writing anything half so amazing.Joanna Ruth Meyer s sopho novel, ECHO NORTH, is exactly that sort of book I picked it up on Monday, after waking up sick and spending the morning feeling listless and miserable Almost as soon as I started reading, I forgot my sore throat and sniffly nose, completely caught up in Meyer s masterfully told story It s a retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales, which means I tend to be extra critical as a reader, but Meyer manages to evoke classic young adult fantasy writers like Robin McKinley while still crafting a story that is completely fresh, sophisticated, and original the whole book feels like a love song to creativity and imagination, filled to bursting with birds that become dragons, a magical house stitched together like a quilt, and a swoon worthy romance And as if all of that wasn t enough, it had THE BEST TWIST I m really, really good at predicting surprises, and I thought I had all the puzzles in ECHO figured out, but one in particular really left me reeling in the best way If you love fairytales, outcast girls, or sumptuous description, be sure to get a copy of ECHO NORTH when it releases in a month You won t regret it flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Anna Bright rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy what an utterly exquisite book.Joanna Ruth Meyer s sopho novel is a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, a slightly lesser known fairy tale, but also includes elements of Tam Lin, Cupid and Psyche, and other stories and while the story takes place in a winter village and a house beneath a mountain, it takes us all over through an enchanted library and, ultimately, through the heroine s quest honestly, this is one of the book s greatest charms it s layers upon layers of magic, what an utterly exquisite book.Joanna Ruth Meyer s sopho novel is a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, a slightly lesser known fairy tale, but also includes elements of Tam Lin, Cupid and Psyche, and other stories and while the story takes place in a winter village and a house beneath a mountain, it takes us all over through an enchanted library and, ultimately, through the heroine s quest honestly, this is one of the book s greatest charms it s layers upon layers of magic, embroidered with extraordinary imagination and whimsy, all centered around a heroine who has suffered and loved so much it s impossible not to root for her ECHO NORTH is out January 15 I can t wait for you all to read it flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 01, 2018 Virginia rated it it was amazing 4.5 stars I keep wavering between 4 and 5 stars so I m splitting the difference I wasn t sure what to expect from this book because I m completely unfamiliar with the fairy tales it pulls from though it turns out East of the Sun West of the Moon is where Beauty and the Beast takes some of its roots, and that is a tale I m familiar with I needn t have worried though, as Meyer weaves a beautiful tale which enchanted me so thoroughly that I devoured it in a day and a half.I found the main char 4.5 stars I keep wavering between 4 and 5 stars so I m splitting the difference I wasn t sure what to expect from this book because I m completely unfamiliar with the fairy tales it pulls from though it turns out East of the Sun West of the Moon is where Beauty and the Beast takes some of its roots, and that is a tale I m familiar with I needn t have worried though, as Meyer weaves a beautiful tale which enchanted me so thoroughly that I devoured it in a day and a half.I found the main character compelling and was drawn into her story immediately The world felt fairly rich and well established, and yet, I think it s important to go into this book with the mindset of a fairytale retelling because otherwise there are a few things that might be difficult to swallow I don t know about you, but my suspended disbelief setting is higher for fairy tales than for general fantasy In the interest of keeping this review spoiler free I will have to keep my very small number of issues with the plot to myself Most of the issues I have can probably be swept under the carpet with the explanation of it s a fairy tale, silly but one of them had to do with Echo becoming conveniently for the plot less intelligent for a bit, and then figuring things out only when they were very clearly spelled out for her This one issue is the only thing that makes me tempted to rate the book four stars instead of five, because the rest of the story is beautiful, consistent, and very well told.All in all, it was a great read that I would recommend it to anyone who feels like disappearing into an enchanting story 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        Joanna Ruth Meyer hails from Mesa, Arizona, where she lives with her dear family, a rascally feline, and an enormous grand piano When she s not writing, she s trying to convince her students that Bach is actually awesome, or plotting her escape from the desert She loves good music, thick books, looseleaf tea, rainstorms, and staring out of windows One day, she aspires to own an old Victorian ho Joanna Ruth Meyer hails from Mesa, Arizona, where she lives with her dear family, a rascally feline, and an enormous grand piano When she s not writing, she s trying to convince her students that Bach is actually awesome, or plotting her escape from the desert She loves good music, thick books, looseleaf tea, rainstorms, and staring out of windows One day, she aspires to own an old Victorian house with creaky wooden floors and a tower for writing in, of course


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    1. Title Echo NorthSeries StandaloneAuthor Joanna Ruth MeyerRelease date January 15, 2019I went into this book thinking it was going to be a simple fairy tale retelling, a fresh spin on something I ve heard a million times Beauty and the Beast is a beloved fairy tale and known to many, but I guarantee nothing about this will feel stale or uninspired This book is of a mash up of several fairy tales with the author s imagination stamped in the fine details Meyer held me spellbound and ca Title Echo [...]


    2. A wolf guarding over a disappeared Father A young girl who must make a deal with said wolf to save her Father A hidden castle with a secret, magical library HEART SINGSSSSSSSSSS


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    4. There is one thing you must not do, one rule you must not break Echo North is a brilliant and magical retelling of East of the Sun and West of the Moon, while also pulling inspiration from the stories of Cupid Psyche, as well as Tam Lin I read this in less than a day and was completely enthralled with everything about it.Echo is the daughter of a bookseller that has always struggled to find her place and purpose in the world She loves her family, her books and is a devourer of knowle


    5. There is absolutely No Reason that this book should be 400 pages.I just ugh yet another case of Cover Catfish Thank you Page Street for the ARC in exchange for an honest review


    6. Originally posted on my book blog My favorite books are the ones I find most difficult to review AAHH How can I explain my love for this book IT S SO, SO GOOD.Echo North is so beautiful it hurts I found myself utterly enchanted by this story of the girl Echo and the white wolf and Hal and the Winds, and I m so sad it s over because I wanted to just LIVE in it for ages and ages 3Don t you love those retellings that feel like they re the REAL story This one felt that way A retelling o Originally p [...]


    7. This d but novel makes a valiant attempt at retelling the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale mixing the original French tale with its Nordic variant East of the Sun and West of the Moon and the Scottish folk ballad Tam Lin But rather than retelling the original tales directly, it opts for being a retelling of three retellings Robin McKinley s Beauty, Edith Pattou s East, and Diana Wynne Jones Fire and Hemlock.The result is a somewhat messy and flawed story, albeit quite readabl [...]


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