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Echo (Soul Seekers) Hardcover – November 13, 2012

Book 2 of 4 in the Soul Seekers Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Soul Seekers (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312664877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312664879
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Daire Santos has saved her grandmother and is more determined than ever to destroy the evil Richter clan, but she must first learn more about her powers. Second in the Soul Seekers series after Fated (2012), this sophomore title both propels the plot and action yet also allows slumping to occur via a lack of deeper characterization of the main players. Daire and love interest Dace, the “light” twin of his evil brother, Cade, alternate chapter point of view while clinging to each other as they face down the potential destruction of the world. New characters are introduced, most notably one named Phyre, whose intentions are unclear until almost the very end. The healthy depictions of sex here are a welcome departure from many YA books, which tend to either entirely avoid or negatively dramatize teen sexuality. However, Noël’s unfortunate tendency toward sentence fragments and unnecessary character thoughts that tell the reader what is happening, rather than allowing them to figure it out, detract from the story’s momentum. A powerhouse ending sets the scene for the final book to come. Grades 8-11. --Julie Trevelyan

Review

Praise for Echo and the Soul Seekers series by Alyson Noel

"Daire and her boyfriend Dace are back to restore the balance of good and evil after saving her grandmother and her soul. Dace is deliciously yummy, and if I say so myself, so is his evil brother Cade. It's a bit more fast paced than Fated was, and it's setting up the series to have longevity. If only it wasn't so long again until the next installment!"—Night Owl Reviews (4.5 Stars- Top Pick!)

“Noël uses her New Mexico setting to weave in Native American mythology such as spirit animals and skinwalking. An intriguing story.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Daire and Dace's chemistry is intense and sizzling. Whenever they are by each other, sparks fly.  And the other characters add flavor to this highly addictive read.  I couldn’t put this book down!” –Young Adult Books Central

"Alyson Noël paints a magical New Mexican landscape." –New Mexico Style

"Noël does a terrific job of slowly unspooling secrets and motivations with writing that is both charismatic and spunky." –LA Times

"A rush of romance will sweep you away in this hauntingly mystical read. I'm already as addicted to Daire and Dace as I was to Ever and Damen. Next book please!" –Janet, teen reader from Kentucky for Justine magazine

"An adventurous page-turner. Dreams and reality bleed into each other in this dangerous and edgy romance. Another home run series for Alyson Noël!" –Anna, teen reader from NY for Justine magazine

"Emotional, fast-paced, romantic. I love Alyson Noël’s lushly descriptive writing –I could hear the beating of the crow’s wings, feel the blue-eyed boy’s embrace and smell Paloma’s coffee in this new Soul Seekers series." –Catherine, teen reader from Florida for Justine magazine

"With fantastic characters and an amazing plot, Fated will suck you in and leave you breathless. Noël is a master with words…with passion and thrills around each corner, this book is a must read." – Romantic Times (Top Pick!)

"Atmospheric and enjoyable...Noël's many fans will be eager to find out what happens next." –Publishers Weekly

"Readers will feel the pull of Daire's quest just as forcefully as Daire herself does, and will count the days until the release of Echo." –Shelf Awareness, Maximum Shelf

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A fast and enjoyable read...with some very unique plot twists and balance among the romance, conflict and family relationships." --Deseret News

"Two boys, one light and one dark, factor heavily into the intriguing, twisting story line, which is sure to draw Noël’s numerous fans." –Booklist

"Another captivating series from Alyson Noël. Fated did an excellent job setting up everything for the next books in the series. …I’m really looking forward to seeing where this series goes!" –The Story Siren

"Fated reads very well and the descriptions set the scene perfectly. Noel takes the time to set the story up right so it never feels rushed or that any details were missing. …I’m glad there’s not too long to wait for the sequel – Echo is due out in November of this year."—The Reading Date

"If you're looking for a new series to get stuck into "The Soul Seekers" is out of this world." –Dark Readers

 "I found myself unable to put this book down, completely captivated by the narration and the beautifully crafted world. It was a refreshing YA fantasy with new elements I’ve never before." –Love, Literature, Art and Reason

"A superb thriller. The key to this absorbing tale is the heroine who makes the Noël mythos seem genuine as she enters the underworld while wondering who she can trust. Filled with twists, this is a winning opening act." – Alternative Worlds

"This book has it all—magick, spookiness, cute boys, a little romance, danger, fun and light-hearted moments, some mystery, and there's even good/evil twins (cute ones, too!) What more can you ask for? I am very intrigued by this new world that Alyson has created, and I cannot wait to read more about Daire and her friends in the future." –Once Upon A Twilight

"Noël has surpassed all of my exceptions with a new world filled with magick, trust, and love. . . . It just mesmerizes me how [she] can create a world filled with fast-pacing, heart-breaking plots along with awesome characters and such a magical world."—Cover Analysis

"I loved this book. All the characters were beautifully developed including some of the minor characters. . . I for one had high expectations of this book because of Evermore and Fated defiantly met those standards." —Flamingnet

"The world-building in Fated is fantastic. …The plot is amazing and the rich Native American history along with the supernatural elements of the book, just made it even better...Fated is a story of pure magic—breathtaking and wonderful, all at once."  —Kindle & Me

"Fated was absolutely original in its own way! From the vivid descriptions to the spiritual world the author, Alyson Noël, has cleverly created, I was so intrigued and stunned by this book that I can't wait to see where Noël takes this series to because she sure as hell has a winner right here!" —Tales of the Inner Book Fanatic

"This novel is something different than anything I've encountered. Fated has a rich mythology, full of spirit animals, spirit journeys, fate, soul-seeking, and of course, good and evil." —Thirteen Days Later

Customer Reviews

If you love a good story that has great world building, Echo is for you!
Savannah (Books With Bite)
The book itself was very well written, but the ending left me feeling both upset and confused.
Andrea Leigh Roberts
I first bought one at a book store, and now wait for the up coming books to come.
CHERI

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ashleigh VINE VOICE on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
See more of my reviews sooner on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC given to me for review by the publisher.

I had a feeling Noel's Soul Seeker series would get better with time and it seems that hunch was somewhat on the mark for once! Though the series could still see some improvement in its characterization and overall writing mechanics, I genuinely enjoyed Echo and found myself lost in Daire's world more often than I did while reading Fated a few months ago.

The further development of Daire's world and exploration of the prophecy both Daire and Dace are having nightmares about drives the story from beginning to end and made the novel hard to put down. Moral dilemmas, fun friends, and more info on Dace's side of the world were everywhere. There was even sex! I like sex in YA. There should be more. If only they could have it freely instead of being barred from it because it makes evil more powerful... Why can't sex be sex and not a tool of evil, especially one that creates a plot hole later in the novel?

The darker turn Daire and Dace's characters take over the course of the novel is fantastic. Though their relationship and love for one another, the driving force behind their changes, have no depth or realism, it's very easy to suspend disbelief and get caught up as both of them consider breaking all the rules in order to save the world and defeat Cade. Unfortunately, Daire's development is robbed of its momentum too quickly; killing Cade is initially against the rules and presents a moral dilemma, but her ancestor later okays it and the morality of killing him becomes null and void. Dace's, however, comes full circle and contributes to one hell of an ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MariaBav on November 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
`Wow' is the only word I can think of to describe this book. Alyson Noel has done it yet again!

The second book in the series doesn't fail to impress - it is a stunning story line that can capture anyone's attention. By reading the blurb of the book and the line `...but first she must make an unthinkable sacrifice,' that had me engaged straight away and I had no doubt that whatever this sacrifice was, it was going to be one to remember, and I was right.

Throughout the book we begin to read about Daire growing as a person into whom she is suppose to be, the Seeker. At the end she shows courage and strength which I really admired in her. But also Dace grows and we read from his point of view, which I feel is effective in revealing him as a person by his thoughts, weaknesses and strengths.

When reading this book you'll notice there is talk about snow, and with it being on the cover of the book it soon becomes clear that it is important to the story. Without revealing too much I'll just say that it becomes iconic and plays a big part in the story.

However the only thing I feel that could have been included is that the character Cade could have been involved a bit more because I feel that I haven't really got to know him that well, only through what we read from the other characters. So personally I think it would be effective in looking at things from his point of view to understand him better.

Overall I can not criticize this book at all, has everything you'd want, the ending itself I absolutely loved - it blew me away! Very much looking forward to Mystic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jnnjwrd on January 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I liked Fated. The beginning really caught my interest, I liked Daire, and I thought the Native American religion theme was fresh and different. So I was excited to continue with Echo.
But I soon became very frustrated! First of all the antagonist, Cade, disappears from the book. There is no tension filled interaction with the bad guy, nothing to move the plot along. All you are left with is almost the entire book of two whiney kids crying about how much they love each other but can't be together. Which makes no sense at all. They can't be together because their fated, pure love makes the missing bad guy stronger. Nobody ever questions this, and it is not explained. I thought it was a universal truth that love fights evil, makes it weaker. Guess not, but then I was never told why.
Half way through the second book Noel decides to start narrating from Dace's point of view as well. This wasn't a problem, many authors use it very effectively. In fact I was hoping this would add depth to Dace's character. He was very flat to me. However I was disappointed. The only thing this did was made me question why Dace, with the pure soul, just wanted to be more evil like his brother. You never got an understanding of who he was or his thought process. Oh, but Dace with the pure soul lost his virginity at 14 to some sketchy girl. Really? I'm not one to be a prude about sex in books, but really?
Daire continues to gain new powers, that don't ever seem to be useful to her. I wish that the writing would have been more descriptive, grab my interest more. But much of the narrative seemed very bland and unimaginative. The trials she goes through, the other dimensions, could have been a lot more detailed or even thought through. There is very little explanation of all the "Magick".
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More About the Author

Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best selling, award-winning, author of FAKING 19, ART GEEKS AND PROM QUEENS, LAGUNA COVE, FLY ME TO THE MOON, KISS & BLOG, SAVING ZOË, CRUEL SUMMER, FOREVER SUMMER (a LAGUNA COVE/CRUEL SUMMER 2-in1), KEEPING SECRETS (FAKING 19/SAVING ZOE 2-in-1), THE IMMORTALS series including: EVERMORE, BLUE MOON, SHADOWLAND, DARK FLAME, NIGHT STAR, & EVERLASTING, THE IMMORTALS spin-off, RILEY BLOOM series including RADIANCE, SHIMMER, DREAMLAND & WHISPER), with short stories apearing in the anthologies: FIRST KISS (THEN TELL), KISSES FROM HELL, & DEAR BULLY. She is currently working on a new series for teens, THE SOUL SEEKERS: including FATED & ECHO- in stores now-, MYSTIC (05.07.13), & HORIZON (11.12.13).

With over 8 New York Times bestsellers in 2 years, and over 7 million copies in print, her books have been translated into 37 languages, sold in over 50 countries, and have made the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NCIBA, Walmart, and numerous international bestsellers lists. And have won numerous awards such as: the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, appeared on the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick.

The dramatic rights for all 4 books in THE SOUL SEEKERS series were optioned for film by Cheyenne Enterprises--and her adult novel, FLY ME TO THE MOON, was optioned by Ridley Scott's, Scott Free Productions, with Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones' Diary) set to write and direct.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, she's lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled in Southern California where she's working on her next book.

Photo by Nancy Villere.


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