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Echo North

(Echo North #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,525 ratings  ·  884 reviews
Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart when 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 ultimatum: If she lives wit ...more
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Page Street Publishing Co.
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Helena of Eretz ✰
“I held him like the world had spun away beneath me, and I was left to dance with the stars, not mortal any longer but a creature made of moonlight and magic.”


This was BRILLIANT. Seriously, I don’t know why it isn’t getting more hype!!! What an underrated gem! Do yourselves a favour and give this retelling a go! This magical book had me spellbound and held me captive as I turned page after page, desperate to see what would happen next. I would’ve finished this in one sitting if I hadn’t begun it
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
The first quarter of Echo North was wonderful and had me captivated as everything was setting up, but the rest of the book was up and down for me. I wanted to fall in love with this book, but it turned out to be just an okay read for me.

The story begins with Echo, a young girl who lost her mother at birth and now lives with her father and brother. After attempting to help a wolf in a trap escape, Echo is attacked and her face is permanently scared. She’s treated differently because of her scars
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i will never not read a ‘beauty and the beast’ retelling. and although this isnt the best one ive read, there is still so much to adore.

firstly, the scandinavian folklore that is intertwined with this story is something to live for. i imagine retellings are some of the hardest books to write because the story needs something fresh and unique to make it stand out from other retellings. yes, the backbone of the story is familiar, but the norwegian influence present in this is just so lovely. it p
High Lady of The Night Court
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: retellings-read
”I went north, to where the stories always said the wild things lived, where the folktales came from and still magic in the mountaintops.”

This book was something else. It started as a mix of a few other retellings of Beauty and the Beast and then was something uniquely its own. The writing is truly enchanting pulling along for a magical journey in a world that we will never fully understand for all the secrets that remain unlocked with the potential this world will always hold.

Reading this b
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books, i-own
I held him like the world had spun away beneath me, and I was left to dance with the stars, not mortal any longer but a creature made of moonlight and magic.

Beautiful and poignant.

Honestly, I'm finding more hidden gems of books that are not too popular either on book-tube or other platforms (from what I've seen and I was lucky enough to stumble upon this gem on Amazon), having the forcing curiosity of not very many people talking about it.

Sometimes those are the best kinds of stories. The o
Jade Ratley
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
9.43 on CAWPILE. A new favourite of mine, for sure.
A wolf guarding over a lost Father.

A young girl who must make a deal with said wolf to save him.

A hidden castle with a secret, magical library.

This is sitting top shelf on my TBR cart at home. Hoping to get to it in April! I have been hearing amazing things!!!!


Title: Echo North
Series: Standalone
Author: Joanna Ruth Meyer
Release date: January 15, 2019

I 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 more of a mash up of several fairy tales with the author's imagination stamped in the fine details. Meyer held me spellbound and ca
This début 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
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
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!
julianna ➹
I 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 more!!!! It’s so amazing and wondrous and just!!!! It deserves more attention

Also, 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 slee
Mel (Epic Reading)
The farther away I get from reading Echo North the more I dislike it. That's always a bad sign. Joanna Ruth Meyer uses old fairy tales/stories with themes from Beauty and the Beast, Tam Lynn and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. These three tales all have something in common; they marginalize women and there is some sort of 'beast' in the men. Obviously the original stories are not really suitable for today's society; so you would expect updates of them in a re-telling. That is not what Joanna ...more
Deborah O'Carroll
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. <3

Don’t you love those retellings that feel like they’re the REAL story? This one felt that way. A retelling of
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
Dec 09, 2018 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 knowledg
Rosamund Hodge
Dark River
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The best East of the Sun, West of the Moon retelling that I've read in a LONG, long time!
I love that story with all my heart; it is, alongside Beauty and the Beast, my favorite fairytale of all (of course they are related), and Joanna Ruth Meyer has woven her own ideas into it masterfully.
Beautiful writing, beautiful world - bursting with imagination, beautiful characters.

I didn't expect to enjoy this the way I did, but Echo North blew me away like all 4 winds combined.
I might even up this to
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
An amazing retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

I loved the world Meyer created in . It was vivid and I could easily picture it. I read East earlier this year and really enjoyed it. While this book was similar in tone, they were not identical by any means.

Echo Alkaev works with hr father as much as she can. When she was a young child, her face was scarred by a strange white wolf she helped rescue from a trap. She's been ostracized from her community besides her father and brother. Aft
Vicky Again
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Psst! I also have a giveaway + an interview with Joanna up on my blog! Find it HERE!

4 stars

This 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
Chelsies Reading Escape
For the most part I really enjoyed Echos perspective. She was the relatable quiet book loving type with a sense of adventure she never had the chance to nurture. I loved her relationship with her father and brother. I also liked the wolf, but I didnt understand how she was able to forgive him so quickly. Im all for forgiveness, but I feel like there has to be enough good there to justify it and I just didnt see that here. I didnt really feel their chemistry so I couldnt figure out why they loved ...more
Nov 11, 2018 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 (tacking on Tam Lin at the end doesn't count). 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 r
Laura Weymouth
Feb 07, 2018 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
♠ Tabi⁷ ♠
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
“If you love something you will not give it up, not for anything. It belongs to you, it is part of you. If you grab hold of it and never let it go—no one can take it from you.”


*clutches book to chest*

While this didn't have the perfect level of depth that I prefer in my fantasies, this was still pretty darn amazing. It's fast-paced without that becoming an issue, extraordinarily well-written, and full of magic! And while I really wasn't surprised b
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
solid good 4 stars

It was a wild, wild ride. Joanna really did surprise me with her beautiful storytelling and to the very last moment, it kept surprising me with every twist and turn.

Echo - Echo was a bit of a downer, at the beginning, but I understand the "necessity" for her to undergo a progress. And she really did progressed a lot throughout the book. She was a bit slow for me (in a way that it took her to figure things out. Who was the wolf? Who was Hal? Who was Mokosh? took her
Jan 18, 2019 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
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
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
nuin giliath
*Mild spoilers are present throughout the review*

I almost stopped reading this at multiple points, but kept giving it chance after chance to improve. In some ways, it did (considering I did actually finish reading it), but overall it didn't (hence the rating). This was essentially a mash-up of various versions of "Beauty and the Beast", "East of the Sun and West of the Moon", and "Tam Lin", yet what was presented felt weak and disappointing for what was promised.

I found Echo to be rather uninter
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**


Time of death: 89 pages

It absolutely breaks my heart to DNF a book inspired by Beauty and the Beast. It's my favorite fairytale retelling, and yet here I am.

I just can't get on board with any of this. We're supposed to take everything at face value with no explanation. There isn't any real world building. You're just thrown in.

And it certainly doesn't help that Echo doesn't question anything. She doesn't live in a magical world, and yet when a talking wolf comes out of nowhere with a "
J.A. Ironside
2.5 stars rounded up

It was ok. Obviously that's personal opinion, and my irritation and disappointment are compounded by the fact that I probably overhyped myself on this book. It may even be that I just fall outside the target audience for this one. It was a quick read and I did enjoy parts of it. The following is an account of my frustrations so please apply a generous pinch of salt.

There are chefs and cooks out there who are so natural and instinctive in the culinary art, that they can eye-me
What a creative story! I wouldn't have heard of this book had one of my fellow reader friends not pointed it out to me not too long ago. It's a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and may have also drawn some inspiration from other myths, like the myth of Proteus and Aristaeus. I don't know that last part for sure, but that one big Scene near the end seemed strangely familiar to me and I was remembering something similar from something I'd seen in my childhood that was an animated show. I r ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really lovely fairytale retelling. My big caveat with Joanna Ruth Meyer's lovely, dreamlike fantasies is that they can be rather derivative (a thing which I have also been guilty of in some of my literary experiments, lest I come across as overly critical) and I thought this one suffers a little by meshing East of the Sun, West of the Moon, a lesser-known fairytale, with the much more common Beauty and the Beast. That said, this was still a lovely, lovely book that I devoured with pleasure, wh ...more
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Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of the critically-acclaimed Echo North, as well as the companion novel duology Beneath the Haunting Sea and Beyond the Shadowed Earth. She writes stories about fierce teens finding their place in the world, fighting to change their fate, save the ones they love, or carve out a path to redemption.

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