Echo North by Joanna Ruth MeyerEcho North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Echo North

byJoanna Ruth Meyer

Hardcover | January 15, 2019

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Catherynne M. Valente meets Maggie Stiefvater in this spellbinding and darkly romantic twist on East of the Sun and West of the Moon.Echo's 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 more to the wolf than Echo realizes, including a history she can't remember. In his enchanted house, Echo discovers centuries-old secrets, a magical library filled with books-turned-mirrors, and a 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 it's too late-otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever
Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of Beneath the Haunting Sea-described as "Epic, musical, and tender" by Kirkus and listed on Barnes & Noble's "Our Most Anticipated YA Fantasy Novels of 2018." She lives in Mesa, Arizona.
Title:Echo NorthFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2019Publisher:Page Street PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1624147151

ISBN - 13:9781624147159


Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's Fine. The book was fine for a fairytale reimagining, but I did find parts of it be problematic in terms of pacing and plot. I found many of the tropes that were supposed to be reimagined weren't really done in a new way (and some, like the evil step mother, just felt tired). The initial story to be reimagined, a mash between Hazel and Gretel and Beauty and the Beast, seem to have really great promise but then half way through the book it kind of died, both pacing and plot wise as though the author got bored with one tale and mushed it with at least 3 others to try and keep the momentum going. The potential of the magical house was wasted too, there was so much more that could have been done with that and I would have loved the whole book to be set there. So while it is a solid fairytale reimagining, it isn't the best I've seen, and maybe worth trying some of Holly Black's stuff first instead.
Date published: 2018-12-07