- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (May 14, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1536200964
- ISBN-13: 978-1536200966
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Capetta’s dreamy, enigmatic tale, a restless teen finds friendship, love, and self-acceptance among a coven of queer witches...the unapologetic characters, diverse in sexual and gender identities as well as diverse physically and ethnically, are the real draw. This is a slow-burning, mystical, and romantic character study about the life-affirming magic of finding a place to belong after being lost for so long.
—Booklist (starred review)
The positive, gentle depiction of Danny and Rush's physical relationship offers much-needed representation. Ideal for readers searching for queer- and female-driven contemporary fantasy.
With lush prose, atmospheric descriptions, and nonlinear storytelling (segments intertwine present and past), Capetta (Echo After Echo) crafts an accomplished tale with a wide range of representation. Frank discussions of sexuality and identity intertwine with an almost raw emotionality as the characters wholeheartedly embrace their true selves, and an underlying current of suspense supports the overarching mixture of intrigue and interpersonal development.
The acknowledgment of varying types of sexuality and gender identity makes for a refreshingly diverse cast, and the different bonds formed among the girls, romantic and platonic, present a nuanced picture that traverses the fluid lines of human connection...Capetta’s prose has an attractive lyricism that underlines the mystique of the dreamlike wooded setting, and fans of McLemore’s florid, sensual writing and queer romance in When the Moon Was Ours (BCCB 10/16) and Wild Beauty (BCCB 10/17) may appreciate this similarly styled offering.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
This surreal and magical story is hauntingly delightful and completely absorbing. I highly recommend for fans of Stiefvater’s Raven Boys series...the book will soon wrap you up in the enchanting surreal story of the Grays. This book is mystery combined with magical realism and a lyrical narration that will absolutely captive YA readers.
—YA Books Central (blog)
About the Author
Amy Rose Capetta, the author of Echo After Echo, holds a master of fine arts in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Vermont with her partner, author Cori McCarthy, and their young son.
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That should give you a basic idea of the story, without spoiling anything significant about the book, but suffice it to say that I was really satisfied with how the plot progressed and the ending of the book.
There were many things I really liked about this book, starting with the diversity of the characters, both in terms of race and sexual orientation, and I loved that most of the girls felt comfortable in their own skins, while those who didn't were always encouraged and comforted by the others.There are open discussions about genders, pronouns , being bi, gay or ace and these are incorporated as a natural part of the story. The value and importance of female friendship is also really emphasised, which I always love to see.
I also loved how the author made the forest setting almost feel like another character in the book, the mysterious and ancient redwoods , dark and rolling fog, and mercurial and dangerous storms really added to the atmosphere of the book.
I really liked how the magic systems in the book felt very natural and believable, and certainly fit the natural woodland setting very well.
Overall I have to say I really loved this book and would definitely recommend it. I read and reviewed an ARC courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, all opinions are my own.
Each brief chapter follows different perspectives, including those of the ravens and the trees. Despite having so many points-of-view and jumping through time, the book is easy to follow and completely enthralling. To understand what happened to Imogen, we must understand the Grays and Danny, and this is complex and beautiful.
What I loved: The feel of the book is absolutely enchanting and as foggy as the redwood forests. The tone and windy paths were absolutely enthralling, and I loved the whole read. The book is so consuming, and it’s easy to get lost in time as you trace the many paths that flow through the story. The diversity here is incredible, and the whole cast is so perfectly written.
Final thoughts: This surreal and magical story is hauntingly delightful and completely absorbing. I highly recommend for fans of Stiefvater’s Raven Boys series. Although the beginning is slow, the book will soon wrap you up in the enchanting surreal story of the Grays. This book is mystery combined with magical realism and a lyrical narration that will absolutely captive YA readers.
Please note that I received an ARC through YABC. All opinions are my own.
Author: Amy Rose Capetta
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series or Stand Alone: Standalone
People of Color?: Yes
Bechdel Test: yes
Trigger Warning: None
I received a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Really enjoyable read! The chapters are a little haphazardly put together and from multiple POV, so for the first few chapters I had a hard time with what was the present, flashback, and who was who. But if you just push through this bit of confusion, you are rewarded with a tale of magic, friendship, and love that are all just too big to fit into neat little boxes. We meet Danny, a girl newly arrived in Tempest, CA from Mighican after causing a lot of trouble for her parents (leaving school, running away, etc.) and has also come out as queer. In this small town, she finds a close-knit group of LGBTQ witches (the Grays) who have cast a spell to bring Danny to Tempest to find their missing friend, Imogen. As she spends time with them, she learns to live in tune with the natural world around her. The novel follows Danny and the Grays on a quest to find their missing friend as time is quickly running out.
Likes: Loved the Grays and the redwood setting. Also their understanding of what makes magic magical.
Recommended for: Those who like romantic fantasy or YA contemporary with a bit of magic thrown in
Ages: teenage and up