Sep 6, 2013

Recent Reads: Echo by Alyson Noel (Soul Seekers #2)

Echo by Alyson Noel
Series: The Soul Seekers #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Available: Now 


Source: Macmillan Audio for Review
Format: Audiobook 

My rating: 

Goodreads Synopsis:
The second book in the Soul Seekers series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël!

Daire Santos just saved her grandmother's life—and her soul. But at a cost. The Richters, a dark family of sorcerers, have been let loose in the Lowerworld, and Daire and her boyfriend, Dace, must once again work together to find them before they upset the balance between good and evil, and destroy not only their small town in New Mexico, but the entire world.

As Daire and Dace's relationship deepens, Dace’s evil brother Cade grows stronger than ever, building his power and forcing Daire to confront the horrifying prophecy that has brought them all together. One that will leave Daire no choice but to claim her true destiny as Seeker, but only by making an unthinkable sacrifice for the greater good of all.
NOTE: If you have not read Fated, there may be spoilers...

Echo is the second book in the Soul Seekers series and the follow-up to Fated.  In Fated we learned that Daire is a Seeker and it is her destiny to rid Enchantment of the evil that lurks there. At the end of the last book the reader learns about the evil released during the Day of the Dead by the Richters and so the beginning of Echo picks up right there. Daire and Dace are hunting for the undead Richters in the lower world; all the while the lower and middle worlds are suffering from the undead presence.

Without giving too much away, the reader learns more about Daire and Dace’s connect and how Dace and his twin brother, Cade, came to be and are so very different. The Prophecy is coming to fruition and Daire is determined to stop it, plus make it snow in Enchantment for her friends. (The town has not seen snow in many years because of the Richter influence).

I received this as an audiobook from Macmillan, as I did with Fated, and I am glad I listened to this one versus reading it. There were times when I just didn’t feel like continuing the progression of the plot moved a little too slow at the key times but with the audio I pressed on in the car on long commutes.

I felt like with all the build up in book one about Dace and Daire being together there would have been more build up and hype once we got going in this book, but not really and even the intimate scenes were…well...kind of horrible and lacked emotion. 

[SPOILER] They are intimate and by that I do mean they have sex…but that is pretty much all it says. He liked the feel of her body, she liked his eyes on her…but that was it. I know this is not a raunchy romance novel but after all the build up of Fated, I was let down. [END SPOILER]

As for the plot, like I mentioned it was slow, but yea there was a lot of loose ends from book one tied up. In the very end though more loose ends were left for the reader. So far this series looks like 4 books (from goodreads at least) and I will continue the series. The ending of Echo was cliffhanger enough to ensure that.

I felt like the emotion in book one was more than book tow, but if you enjoyed Fated, who’s to stop you from the rest of the series. If you weren’t really sure about it, I wouldn’t continue.

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