THE ECHOING was about a girl who struggles after finding out that she has a special role while also dealing with boys and a family in turmoil2.5 Stars
THE ECHOING was about a girl who struggles after finding out that she has a special role while also dealing with boys and a family in turmoil. The romance was sweet and the paranormal aspects unique. Those who enjoy YA with a twist may enjoy this one.
This was one of those reads that was really good in parts and not so good in others. I honestly struggled with parts of it. I really liked Rylee's friend and her family, but I also felt like a lot of the characters were so flat. My favorite part would have to be Rylee's relationship with Merritt. It was sweet and there was a solid friendship from when they were kids that formed a foundation for them. There were also some really tender scenes and I felt like they were probably the best formed characters.
The fantasy/paranormal aspects didn't quite click for me. I followed everything, but I didn't completely buy it. There were also some places where the dialogue or story didn't flow well, where it was choppy or when something was phrased in a way a teenager or character would never word it. There were also a few places where it felt like something had been edited out, but the story didn't reflect that edit the whole way through so that the reader could understand certain references.
In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a so-so read for me. I really liked parts of it and I actually liked quite a few of the characters, but then other areas were lacking for me. In the end, I wanted a lot more from this story.
Content: Some mild violence and innuendo, but clean. Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way....more
ACCIDENTALLY ME had such a quirky and interesting heroine with a great voice and an endingEnter to win a copy through August 31st at Wishful Endings.
ACCIDENTALLY ME had such a quirky and interesting heroine with a great voice and an ending that was sweet and perfect for the story. Entertaining, humorous, heartbreaking, and sweet all mixed together. An enjoyable coming-of-age/leaving-for-college story for contemporary YA readers.
So I feel a little like I've been on a roller-coaster, which might be cliche, but was so true. There is this crazy (that word is a little too strong - she's rather unique and striking) heroine who was so naive in so many areas while being crazy smart and nerdy in others. Then she's surrounded by this complex, emotional family and she believes that she was a mistake because her parents weren't planning on having her. She wants to grow up and spread her wings, but she's afraid on not being perfect. Of failing. So very relatable and authentic. There were so many things that pulled on my emotions, but even though it was an emotional read and I'm feeling a little wrung out, the ending was done so marvelously well that I have that ideal contentment that I love feeling at the end of a book that was well done (except I'm still a little annoyed with her continual feelings towards Calvin the last time, but that's my only issue especially as the ending still makes up for it).
In the end, was it what I wished for? I wasn't sure what I was going to get with this between the cover and the synopsis, but I have to say that this quirky, crazy, sweet, emotional story fits perfectly. I enjoyed it and plan on reading this author's next release.
Content: Clean Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way....more