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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The countdown clock reads ten days until the end of the world. The citizens are organized. Everyone's been notified and assigned a duty. The problem is . . . no one knows for sure how it will end.

Energy-hungry Mages are the most likely culprit. They travel toward a single location from every corner of the continent. Fueled by the two suns, each Mage holds the power of an e
Paperback, 291 pages
Published April 25th 2013 by Dragonfairy Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jan 30, 2012 marked it as authored
Recommends it for: People who read books
You probably shouldn't trust my opinion on this one, so I'll just abstain from rating it.

ARCs are now available from Edelweiss.
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was so looking forward to this. I really enjoyed the author’s previous novella, Don’t Call Me Angel, so when the opportunity arose, I grabbed Echo and eagerly dug in.

Yeah, this one did not work for me nearly as well. Not by miles. Kind of hated it.

I mean okay, there are a few things I liked about it, and we should probably start with those. The premise is really cool: it’s the week before the apocalypse and there’s a clock in the sky counting down the moments til the end. Except, it isn’t actu
Faye, la Patata
I desperately tried to like this book. When I first saw it and read the synopsis, I just knew I had to have it. It totally has The Avatar vibes right there! I mean, I don't usually adore a PR novel right off the bat, but I did with this, and it therefore came with great disappointment when I realized it was full of bumps and obstacles, making it, yes, a struggling read. There were so many things that I really disliked about this book, and I shall disclose why. I'll try not to swear too much whil ...more
Kenya Wright
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So this is different then what I usually read. for on thing, its sci-fi and there are no one screaming out things like "panties moistoning" and "c**k!"

yet, I still enjoyed it! lol!
This review and a giveaway is also posted on my blog.

The end of the world is in ten days, and Ashara, or Asha, is expecting to spend her last few days peacefully with her family. But on the first day of the countdown, she finds out that she has to report to the Council for training - as an Ethereal. Elemental powers run through family and as far as Asha knows, she doesn't have any. But this is soon replaced by other news. Mages are the ones responsible for the end of the world, all converging to
I received a free digital copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Okay, so this isn't about killer sloths taking over the world, but it is about the end of the world and trying to stop it.

With the added twist that a lot of these people are Practitioners; people who can manipulate elements. We learn that the Elders of this new Earth, dubbed Earth-Two, have known about the end of the world vision for a while and have been doing everything they can to stop it from
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
3.5 stars

A YA Dystopian tale about a girl named Ashara Vinn, who conscripted into trying to save Earth-Two, after a vision foretold that their world would end in 10 days.
Asha lived with her mom, step-father and little sister, and they were still healing from the death of brother Pace at hands of --an essence sucking mages.

Asha was brought into the front lines of the battle to save Earth two because she displayed a certain kind of "Etheral" power, which the elders felt could be their salvation. E
Clare dooley
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an arc copy of this book for an unbiased review.
I really enjoyed this book. It had a dash of pnr, adventure, sci-fi, a somewhat dystopian style book.
I liked that the female lead who's pov the story is told through. Another bonus is that the author completed the book & it was a good read as is. In some cases I think it's a cop-out to end a story with a possibility for future stores set in the same "world " that has been introduced to us in this book.
It has become almost a theme for
I really enjoyed this! It was a quick and easy read that doesn't bore you. Snatch this one up people-Fans of Divergent (Roth) and Legend (Lu)will DEVOUR it :-) ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This book really caught me off guard. I didn't really know what to think about this book based on the summary and I kept shifting from really excited to unsure. Well, the book changed my opinion from page one which meant that I was in love with the characters and the plot just as quickly. The action scenes made me shift in my seat, the surprises made my breath catch, and the passionate moments made my heart race. I really felt like I was in the story, experiencing the end of the world with the c ...more
Jennifer Madero (Boricuan Bookworms)
The author provided an eBook copy through We ♥ YA Books! in exchange of an honest review.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Ashara has been assigned to the Ethereal task force before the world ends, in the fifth time since it originally "destroyed". The council and elders are trying to find a way to stop that from occurring by training various people that can manipulate elements. Ashara doesn't have anything special like that, or so she thought. In this new timeline, she discovers her powers, among the danger s
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Ten days, four hours, twenty-one minutes.
Until the end of the world - as the vision says.
She has never known any talent and was so confused as to why the council was summoning her.
They wanted another chance at taking good care of their planet and their people. Maybe - just maybe Ashara is the hope for it all.


Interested would describe how I felt upon reading the blurb of this book but as I go along with it and finished the first 10 pages - that's where the feeling of lost and confusion starts
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Oh snap, an ARC. Can't wait to devour this. I'm really in the mood for a great sci-fi novel. Fingers crossed!

I enjoyed reading Echo and I’m looking forward to reading more of this author’s work. My main reason for reading this was the sci-fi aspect, and it did not disappoint there. I really enjoyed the world building. My only complaints are that I wish the story were a little longer and the writing a bit more exciting and urgent in parts. Aside from that, this was a really easy, fun read.
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This book was part of a blog tour I received a copy for my honest review

Sci fi is one of those genres that I normally don't read but I read the synopsis of this book, thought it looked interesting and it does not disappoint. The author does an amazing job building an interesting world, I really liked how she manged to do this without it taking up most of the book. The characters were interesting, Ashara was the main lady and the story is told from her pov, she is strong with insecurities that ma
Lauren Stewart
I really enjoyed this story. Particularly the metal practitioners (you'll understand what I mean when you meet Loken and his sword). The premise is strong, world building was great, and I liked every character. Not enough sex though. Lol. Just kidding! Not graphic enough sex though. Lol

I read an early copy, so it hadn't been to the editors to get all prettied up yet. I think that once a few bugs get worked out, the final version will be a really great read. Because the bones and talent are alrea
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great! Review closer to release!
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting idea but too little character development and not enough world building.
Victoria Hooper

Echo has a really interesting concept; it mixes the idea of people who can control elements - earth, air, water, metal, fire and ether - with time-related stuff. The Elders have seen a vision that the world will end, and so they have moved everyone and everything back in time to try to prevent the disaster. Each time they fail, and each time they move the world backwards again. But they can only travel back ten days, and each time they do they get a little weaker, as they are only echoes of thei
K.G. C.J.
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
K.G from Book Nerd and Proud

4/5 stars
Ashara is assigned to the Ethereal task force (a small group of Ethereal practitioners) after showing her ability for it in one of the previous timelines, but she doesn't remember it. Why? A Seer foresaw the end of the world, except they don't know the cause. They Elders rewind time, more than once, but only a select few remember the previous timelines, so when Ashara's powers manifest during one of the timelines she doesn'
Renae McKenzie
Time travel, I find, is always a tricky topic. You really have to be careful about the things that characters are allowed to do, so that they don't cause a paradox and cause the world to implode. At first, before I had begun reading, that was what I thought might be the cause of the 'end of the world', but Biewster avoided such an annoying and common mistake by defining that each time the Elders wound back time, they entered a new timeline. An elegant solution that was emphasized by Biewster's u ...more
Experiment BL626
Despite an arresting premise, the book failed to dazzle me.

+ the heroine

I found Ashara lacking. I don’t expect YA heroines to be kickass straight out of the box, but I do expect them to exhibit a trait that would make me root for them. The book dressed up her as the Chosen One, but she acted more like a supporting character than anything else. Ashara was underwhelmingly ordinary. I understood her. I connected with her. I did not hold her issues, feelings, and limits against her. Nonetheless, I c
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review
Originally posted at The Cozy Armchair.

Echo had been one of my anticipated reads of the year because I was intrigued by the blend of sci-fi and paranormal elements, and pleased to see a YA book with a POC protagonist that was also featured on the cover. When it feels like 99% of all covers feature white girls, this is definitely something to take note of. So, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in a book tour for Echo, and I’m happy to report that it was definitely an enjoyable read.

Set o
Yzabel Ginsberg
(Book provided by the author through ARR #88 in the We ♥ YA Books! group, in exchange for an honest review.)

What attracted me to Echo was the world it depicted—a world on the brink of destruction, more o nthe science-fiction than really dystopian side, with paranormal powers to boot. I liked this world the author wove through her story: close to ours in many aspects, yet with powers based on elements, each practitioner being able to perform feats based on his/her elements (people working with Ai
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
Echo is a stellar read. It's action packed and suspenseful. It's well written and makes a few political statements, in my opinion. I'm once again stepping out of my box a bit with a science fiction read...and it was well worth the step! :)

The end of the world is coming in just ten days. The Council has enough power to rewind time in order to figure out the cause of the end and then try to circumvent it. They will do everything in their power to stop the end.

Ashara is placed on the Ethereal task
Lelia Taylor
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
The phrase “hit the ground running” takes on new meaning in Echo and this is absolutely not a bad thing. Most of the time, we have to wade through a lot of worldbuilding and character development before the story actually gets going good but not this time. Ms. Brewster has wisely let the central premise take root immediately and, after all, why not? Would you want to putz around forever if your world was going to end in just 10 days or would you want to buckle down and get to whatever has to be ...more
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ECHO is a book that's hard for me to "rate" - there were certainly parts that I loved, as well as parts that I rather despised. Overall, however, ECHO was a quick, action-filled, and relatively enjoyable read!

The first half or so of the book was great - it was full of action, fight scenes, magic, and just kick-butt-ness! I especially liked the idea of different timelines and the different types of Ethereals. Not only are there "Flooders" (water), "B
Stephanie Ward
3.5 Stars

'Echo' is a fast paced young adult science fiction novel that follows Ashara Vinn as she attempts to deal with the end of her world. Since the Council announced the Vision that the world would end, families have been staying together and waiting for the countdown to end. They know that the world is going to end, but they don't know how or why. Ashara wakes one morning to find she has been summoned to the Council for training in the Ethereal task force - which is strange since she has ne
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-bookshelf
Echo was the first book I've read by Alicia Wright Brewster and after reading it I can't wait to read another one by her. In Echo we're introduced to a semi-time travel theme with an apocalypse looming, romance, action and some paranormal elements.

I thought Echo was a really unique read set in a unique world. I've really got to hand it to the author she did a really solid job in the world building department. I thought they way she went about setting up everything was handled very well and added
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world is going to end? And in the just a few days? I have to say that certainly got my attention, so I was curious about the world and those that lived in it. Ashara is our protagonist, and she is a young girl that has still dealing with the loss of her brother, and now has learned that she been assigned to a Ethereal task force. One who will train and fight against the Mages to prevent them from gaining power. The problem is, she has never had any powers, and now in this “time” she does.

Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I was asked by the author to read and review this book. There are a lot of great things about this book, but for certain reasons, I finally settled on 3 stars as my final rating.

Echo by Alicia Wright Brewster stars Ashara, a young girl, who lives in a dystopian world (may be considered more science fiction as this world is not our Earth but another colonized world), that may be ending in a few days. There are certain individuals who have control over the elements, and who are fighting against, t
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