Echoes
They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to.Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them.Something that won't let them leave alive.

Echoes Details

TitleEchoes
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherEntangled: Teen
ISBN-139781640632479
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Suspense

Echoes Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Echoes by Alice Reeds is the type of book that when finished I had to pick my jaw back up off the floor and thought about throwing my Kindle. And as much as that sounds like I hated this one I really didn’t, it’s actually rather brilliant. Talk about a book that will mess with your mind…I don’t want to say too much about Echoes as you can tell the blurb is really kind of cryptic as to what you are getting and that’s a good thing, it’s one that you want to go in fresh and let the story slowly unf Echoes by Alice Reeds is the type of book that when finished I had to pick my jaw back up off the floor and thought about throwing my Kindle. And as much as that sounds like I hated this one I really didn’t, it’s actually rather brilliant. Talk about a book that will mess with your mind…I don’t want to say too much about Echoes as you can tell the blurb is really kind of cryptic as to what you are getting and that’s a good thing, it’s one that you want to go in fresh and let the story slowly unfold around you.So what I will say… the opening chapter is Fiona and Miles on a plane that crashes and leaves them stranded on an unknown island. The second chapter takes a reader back to before they got on the plane and gives more into the how and why they are together. From then on it alternates the story here and there.I know this book is not going to be for everyone but if you like a fast paced adventure with a bit of romance you may want to give it a try. The one thing that I see folks not liking is the ending, it’s a bit open ended to where you can see it either continuing or leaves a lot to your own imagination. I’d actually be fine either way as this one was one heck of a ride to get there as it messes with your mind more than a lot of psychological thrillers out there and I loved that so I’d definitely recommend giving it a try.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Echoes is so cryptic I'm still trying to work out the title. Trust nobody. Fear everything. This is a mystery suspense read which I couldn't put down. Fiona is a special girl. She is the current Florida State lightweight kickboxing champion. She trains hard and dedicates her time to being the best. She knows her strengths but school work isn't one of them. She's an average student with a talent in sport. Miles is Mr rich and popular. He's also intelligent, fluent in other languages and knows com Echoes is so cryptic I'm still trying to work out the title. Trust nobody. Fear everything. This is a mystery suspense read which I couldn't put down. Fiona is a special girl. She is the current Florida State lightweight kickboxing champion. She trains hard and dedicates her time to being the best. She knows her strengths but school work isn't one of them. She's an average student with a talent in sport. Miles is Mr rich and popular. He's also intelligent, fluent in other languages and knows computer tech. These two on paper are opposites, but somehow they landed the same internship. A trip to Germany to work with Briola Bio Tech. This is a trip of a lifetime, but Miles and Fiona aren't friends. In fact they are more like enemies. They don't get along at school. They don't have the same friends and they are from completely different backgrounds. If only the company was the biggest problem with this trip. Echoes is written from Fiona's point of view. Imagine this; your memory is a little clouded but you find yourself in a plane wreckage on a desert island with the one person you never thought you'd need anything from. Your memory is a little hazy and reality is a little unclear. Your task isn't easy in fact it's not even certain. Everything you think you know will be questioned. Trust nobody. This book is beautifully crafted together with two stories. The first is the desert island the second is the what if. -They made it to Germany but the internship isn't what it advertised. An echo is a sound caused by a reflection of sound waves. Echoes (this book) is a reflection of memories both present and alternate. As this novel unfolds the cracks begin to show. Maybe they went to Germany? Maybe the plane isn't what it seems? Maybe someone is messing with them? Also while we are on the topic of echo it is also Miles surname (still trying to work out the title).Fiona and Miles have a history but you know what they say about love and hate. It's a fine line and sometimes a misunderstanding can blur them. It seems fate is giving them a helping hand in the romance department even if the rest of their life is changing forever. Echoes is a full length story but will leave you ready for the next adventure. Not all questions are answered, but I was happy with the ending. I liked this book so much, of course I want a sequel! Echo's probably suited for the young adult audience + as it has some juicy action scenes and I'm not talking about romance. 5 stars out of 5. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review and I've joined the blog tour. My date 8th August. Happy reading. http://chaptersthroughlife.blogspot.c...
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very fast read that keeps you turning the pages just to find out what exactly is happening only to get to the end and find out that this will not be a stand-alone book and you're not getting any answers. A very suspenseful storyline, no doubt, but full of the typical YA book themes and clichés. With that being said, teens will love this book and that is the intended audience after all. 3 1/2 ⭐I was provided an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I requested a copy of this novel purely on reputation. A few blogger friends of mine said that this was supposed to be good and I trust their opinions, so I requested a review copy. I never read the blub, so I was in for a wild ride. Echoes is a young adult novel about survival with a bit of a science fiction twist. It was pretty good and kept me reading because I was so curious about what would happen next.The characters were mediocre in my opinion. They were your run of the mill young adult ma I requested a copy of this novel purely on reputation. A few blogger friends of mine said that this was supposed to be good and I trust their opinions, so I requested a review copy. I never read the blub, so I was in for a wild ride. Echoes is a young adult novel about survival with a bit of a science fiction twist. It was pretty good and kept me reading because I was so curious about what would happen next.The characters were mediocre in my opinion. They were your run of the mill young adult male and female characters. They didn't feel like anything special. They weren't badly written or anything, they were just ordinary and a bit boring. By themselves they didn't stand out, but that was okay. This happens in a lot of young adult books, and if the plot and rest of the book is really good, a lot of time no one notices.The plot was pretty interesting and really is what kept me reading. There were two alternating realities, one where Miles and Fiona were stranded on an island. That was the reality that I found most interesting. It felt similar to Cast Away at some times. In both that movie and this book people were trying to survive on an abandoned island that they had crash landed on. Cast Away is one of my favorite movies, partly because I love survival stories. I find it interesting trying to make it in the wild all alone and Miles and Fiona had to work to survive.In the other reality, Miles and Fiona are stuck in Berlin where they were supposed to have a summer internship. The connection between the two realities and the plot where someone was after them kept me guessing. I felt curious and had questions that kept me reading throughout the whole book. But unfortunately some of those questions never got answered, the ending leaves you hanging without wrapping up some pretty important plot points. The writing was more tell than show in some parts. For example, I was told about how Fiona's relationship with her father affected how she acted with male authority figures rather than shown that through her behavior and her actions. I think this was part of the reason that I never felt emotionally connected to the characters or the story. A lot of big moments fell flat and no matter what the characters went through it felt like it was conveyed in the same tone. The writing wasn't bad, it just failed to grip me emotionally.The pacing was kind of slow, but the writing was good enough and the plot interesting enough that I kept reading. I expected it to be a lot better than it was though. I think that since I never felt emotionally connected to the characters it made the novel fall flat for me. It was okay, but it really wasn't anything special, I could take it or leave it. The ending was really disappointing though, I expected a lot of things to be explained and was left without some necessary explanations. It wasn't even a cliff hanger, rather than an unfinished story.
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  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    *Disclaimer: An e-ARC of Echoes by Alice Reeds was provided to me by Entangled Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.--Initial Post Reading Thoughts:Well, this defintitely had ALL the twists and turns. However, it doesn't answer half of the questions that you will have, but it does set up for a sequel...--What I LikedThe mystery. This book is hella intriguing all thanks to the crazy mystery throughout the entire thing. You literally don’t *Disclaimer: An e-ARC of Echoes by Alice Reeds was provided to me by Entangled Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.--Initial Post Reading Thoughts:Well, this defintitely had ALL the twists and turns. However, it doesn't answer half of the questions that you will have, but it does set up for a sequel...--What I LikedThe mystery. This book is hella intriguing all thanks to the crazy mystery throughout the entire thing. You literally don’t know what the hell is going on right from the very start of this novel, all the way until the very end. I still have no idea what the heck I just read, and I kind of like that? It reminded me of one of those really good Netflix series that literally gives you the bare minimum when it comes to answers (*cough* Dark *cough*), that literally makes you beg for more. A.K.A. I would love to read the sequel as soon as possible…because there will be a sequel right? There has to be a sequel.The alternating timelines. I love a book with alternate timelines. What was special about them in this case is that you really think you know which timeline came first, but as you read on you stop and think…wait, did this happen BEFORE the other sequence of events?! It isn’t clearly labeled in terms of time, only in place (ie. Berlin, The Island) so really, you have no clue. Also, the ending really makes you question what came first, or if it was even real in the first place. Mind = Blown.The concept. Honestly, this felt super creative to me. I would watch the heck out of this if it were turned into some sort of television/Netflix series. It definitely has that ‘it’ factor that makes it stand out from the rest.--What I Didn’t LikeThe writing style. Unfortunately, the writing style wasn’t really doing it for me. It felt long-winded at times and over explanatory. I found myself skimming at times so I could get to the point/action again. It wasn’t all bad, but I think it could have used a bit more polishing.The pacing. As mentioned above, there were moments that dragged a little. Maybe that was partially a personal thing as I really wanted to know what was going to happen next and I really wanted more answers, so maybe my brain just wanted to skip everything else, but the pacing felt off to me. There were moments that went by so quickly while others did not, which caused me to take a little longer to read this novel than I would have liked.--Overall, Echoes has so much potential! It is creative and really keeps you captivated and wanting more answers! I really do want to read the sequel (cause there will be a sequel…RIGHT?!) and see how the author grows. But mostly, I need to know WHAT THE HECK is happening!
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  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Entangled Publishing, LLC.When Fiona wins an internship to Briola Tech in Berlin, it’s a dream come true. The only downfall is that she’s sharing the experience with her arch-nemesis, Miles, a swaggering rich boy who goes out of his way to humiliate her at school. They arrive in Berlin only to discover that there is no Briola Tech, and someone doesn’t want them to leave the city. In alternate chapters, Fiona and Miles never arrive I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Entangled Publishing, LLC.When Fiona wins an internship to Briola Tech in Berlin, it’s a dream come true. The only downfall is that she’s sharing the experience with her arch-nemesis, Miles, a swaggering rich boy who goes out of his way to humiliate her at school. They arrive in Berlin only to discover that there is no Briola Tech, and someone doesn’t want them to leave the city. In alternate chapters, Fiona and Miles never arrive in Germany at all; their plane has crashed on a desert island, leaving them stranded with little hope for rescue. What is Briola, and what do they really want with Fiona and Miles? More importantly, can she trust him when everyone they meet seems to be part of the conspiracy?Interesting premise, wobbly execution. The book is well-paced between the two narratives that it’s telling, and when one gets slow, it’s able to switch to the next to keep things moving. Fiona and Miles face a number of challenges, both in Berlin and on the island, but after a while (particularly in the Berlin narrative) it grows repetitive. Paranoia and conspiracy aren’t sustainable vibes in the long term, and the longer the book went on, the less I cared about the answers. It was already well past my willingness to believe. (I was also having terrible Lost flashbacks, but that’s a different issue.) Toward the end of the novel, the Berlin timeline just… tapers off and never resurfaces, which is a problem for both the structure and the overall plot.The writing isn’t bad; there are some issues with modifier phrases and an over-use of adverbs (simply, actually), but it’s not overly distracting. Occasionally, the dialogue is almost indistinguishable from the narrative and not quite believable for teenagers. Miles has a very pretentious way of ending his questions in “no?” that I’ve never heard another human use in actual speech. The book rests almost solely on those two characters, and half of them aren’t bad. I like Fiona. She’s smart, resourceful, and fully capable of defending herself. Her kickboxing champion angle is interesting, but the fight scenes are fast and poorly described, so I never got as good a sense of it as I wanted. Her development, particularly in the aspect of her fear of authority, is shaky, but I give it points for the attempt. Miles is utterly typical: rich, handsome, sure of himself and, for the most part, uninteresting. There’s a distinct thread of enemies-to-lovers romance, if that’s your thing.The real problem is that it’s like reading two separate books (desert island fanfic au), and the biggest downfall is that the novel fails to bring them together in any satisfactory way. It’s not just that Echoes leaves off on a major cliffhanger; it’s that it makes no attempt to explain how two sets of events featuring the same characters have happened simultaneously. Given the tenuous explanations that are offered for other aspects of the plot, I’m not sure I trust a sequel to clear it up for me. It’s entertaining escapism, but I’m not planning to continue with the series.I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    This was like baby Lost met baby Jason Bourne with even a bear to complete the package...and I was 200% down with it. I will give this book so much credit - I had no clue what was going on the entire book but not in that weird confusing way. I literally had no clue where this book was heading and how these two events were connected and what was going to be the end result. I sort of guessed a bigger reveal about halfway through but I totally didn't see the why behind it or how it was going to unf This was like baby Lost met baby Jason Bourne with even a bear to complete the package...and I was 200% down with it. I will give this book so much credit - I had no clue what was going on the entire book but not in that weird confusing way. I literally had no clue where this book was heading and how these two events were connected and what was going to be the end result. I sort of guessed a bigger reveal about halfway through but I totally didn't see the why behind it or how it was going to unfold. And yeah, I sort of called the very last epilogue, but I mean, other than thatttttttttttt, this book had me forever questioning what was going on, just how deep down a rabbit hole are we, and WAS I ABOUT TO BE IN THE LAND OF SMOKE MONSTERS WITH LOST OR ABOUT TO FIGHT SOME CRIME WITH BLUE HAIRED JASON BOURNES???I think Reeds did just an absolute amazing job with the settings. We have two settings: the Island and Berlin. I felt the rush of the city, the grit, the crowds, the fresh air of the park our people ran in - it felt like Berlin each time we were back in this time. And the Island? Omigosh, I could feel the humidity, hear the little jungle sounds and the incessant bug noises, feel a slight breeze from the water, feel the sand in my toes. I felt immersed in both of the settings.Also, in most flipping back and forth stories, I always end up enjoying one part of the story more than the other - it's a fact that I've just made up that 98.9% of the time, one part will always be more interesting than the other. However, Reeds made both of them captivating and intriguing. I didn't know where the mystery was going for each of the story, so I kept eagerly wanting to get back to each side to find out if I could sniff out another little clue like I was Scooby Doo. Or probably Velma, since Scooby just runs away and gets snacks...wait, no, no, that's right, that's totally more me. I found the characters were okay. I liked them well enough, but I never really connected them super deeply. However, I felt they were good enough to cheer on for, and they did pretty well leading this mystery story along. I wish there was a bit more to them, but overall, they were good. I wasn't a major fan of the romance, but it was okay. A ship might have sailed in the book, but it sadly wasn't my feels for these two. It was okay, though. The pacing was pretty good. I felt like there were a few moments where I got bored, but then the story would pick right back up and I would have to know what was going on. I could have done without the whole chapter on learning how to kickbox, but it did go to the characterization of our narrator. Overall, this was a really captivating and intriguing read. I never really knew what was going on, and I enjoyed that so much. It's been a while for a book to trip me up so much, and I loved trying to put on my Sherlock hat to figure out if we were all about to be in the Sixth Sense or if this was the next Mission Impossible. There were a few slow moments, but everything else was pretty good or okay.Pick this up if you're looking for the next book to give you a mind trip. 4 crowns and an Ariel rating!
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  • ✨ elsa ✨
    January 1, 1970
    RATING - 4 1/2 starsThis was simply amazing. I had little to no problems with it. This is my favorite thriller, settled. Full review when I get home.
  • Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.I love how simple the synopsis is! It says just enough to make you curious, but not enough to give anything away. That's definitely a good thing with this one, because there is a lot going on. I had so many questions and only a vague idea of what was happening. I felt just as lost as Miles I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.I love how simple the synopsis is! It says just enough to make you curious, but not enough to give anything away. That's definitely a good thing with this one, because there is a lot going on. I had so many questions and only a vague idea of what was happening. I felt just as lost as Miles and Fiona.However, the romance felt forced and unnecessary. They were two teens that disliked each other but found themselves tossed together under dire circumstances. Flirting, feeling zings of electricity, and doing anything even remotely romantic felt wrong. They were stranded and fighting for their lives, unreliable hormones should have been the furthest thing from their minds. Although, a truce that turned into a friendship would have been understandable and more likely in their situation.I also didn't like how many times Fiona made a reference to her kickboxing. Yes, you have fighting skills and know how to stay calm in stressful situations, but you do not have to compare every single scenario with how it related to your training. I loved how strong and determined Fiona was, but I felt like that fact was thrown in my face way too often. Miles is an arrogant asshole, Fiona is strong and quick on her feet... I grasped the concept in the beginning and didn't like how frequently it was repeated.There were a few times I had to go along with something I didn't believe or agree with, but it was necessary to keep the story moving forward. Miles and Fiona did a few things that likely would not have worked in real life, but needed to work to get them out of one situation or another. Most adults wouldn't be that gullible or oblivious.Echoes was a weird, trippy story that left me guessing the entire time. The information we're given was vague and only enough to keep me curious about the ending. I wanted to know why these two teenagers were abandoned and unable to reach anyone that mattered. From the beginning we know something creeptastic is going on, but it isn't until the very end that we discover exactly...Exactly what? What happened at the end? I have no idea. I think I have more questions now than I did at the beginning. Have you seen Lost? It feels a lot like a YA version of Lost, but the ending isn't really an ending... or is it? I don't know if this was intended as a stand alone (it should be), but the ending was ugh. I did not go through that mindfuck to get to an ending that wasn't an ending. It didn't even feel like a cliffhanger, but like the story was left unfinished.In the end, Echoes will make you question everything and everyone. The characters were okay, but I never felt attached to them. The author tells you a lot about who they are and why they act a certain way, but I would have liked drawing those conclusions for myself. I like it when I'm able to discern things based on how a character acts, rather than being told what makes them who they are.I don't think I'll read the second book (if there is one), but this was a quick read with a somewhat interesting story. I did want to know what happened to them, but since that wasn't really answered, I feel like I wasted all the time I invested in this book. Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on August 7, 2018.
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  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!This was so confusing but in the best possible way. In this story we follow Fiona and Miles who are enemies, they are not fond of eachother at all.When they are both heading out on a plane to Berlin, the plane crashes on an island. All they have to survive is eachother and they discover that them being stranded seems too convienant.So I really liked th I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!This was so confusing but in the best possible way. In this story we follow Fiona and Miles who are enemies, they are not fond of eachother at all.When they are both heading out on a plane to Berlin, the plane crashes on an island. All they have to survive is eachother and they discover that them being stranded seems too convienant.So I really liked this book. I thought the character were really cool and their interactions with eachother were everything, their banter and jokes were just laugh worthy.The romance was perfectly paced out and it was a main aspect of the story but still didn't overshadow the thriller/mystery points of the story.So this hits shelves on the 7th August 2018 and I am so looking forward to hearing your views on this book.
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Hmm...thriller/mystery plus romance? Okay, I'm open to it
  • heather
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the back and forth banter between Fiona & Miles. They started off really despising each other but ended up being the only person the other could trust in the whole world.This story takes the reader on a whirlwind of ups and downs and you are left wanting so much more. All I can say is that this better be a series because I need to see what happens with these characters from here.I had zero problems with starting the book and continuing. It gripped my attention from the first chapter I loved the back and forth banter between Fiona & Miles. They started off really despising each other but ended up being the only person the other could trust in the whole world.This story takes the reader on a whirlwind of ups and downs and you are left wanting so much more. All I can say is that this better be a series because I need to see what happens with these characters from here.I had zero problems with starting the book and continuing. It gripped my attention from the first chapter and kept me just as entertained the whole way through. There is a roller coaster of events and you never knew which direction you would be thrown in next or what may happen next. I really liked the dual direction the writer had taken with time/place. It is hard to explain but once you read the book, you can get a better understanding.There is a love story that does blossom while reading but the book is not based on that alone which was lovely in itself. I really enjoyed this plot driven read and highly suggest it for any mystery/sci-fi fan!
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  • Mia Siegert
    January 1, 1970
    So I had the honor to read ECHOES when it was a draft and it was absolutely MARVELOUS. I'll update this once I see the finished version but this is such an exciting, exhilarating read.It really reminded me of THE BEACH by Alex Garland.
  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Teen for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.Fiona and Miles have been picked to be interns for and they are on the their way to Germany. However, once they arrive they find that things aren't quite what they seem. First, they have only one room and one bed, and when Fiona tries to find another room she learns that they hotel doesn't know who booked the room.To top it off she received a voicemail from Joe telling her to trust no one. But things g Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Teen for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.Fiona and Miles have been picked to be interns for and they are on the their way to Germany. However, once they arrive they find that things aren't quite what they seem. First, they have only one room and one bed, and when Fiona tries to find another room she learns that they hotel doesn't know who booked the room.To top it off she received a voicemail from Joe telling her to trust no one. But things go from bad to worse when she wakes up and realizes that they survived a plane crash and appear to be on a deserted island. Told between the events leading up to the plane crash and their survival on the island. We slowly begin to learn about how Fiona and Miles ended up there.So I know that is vague, but this is one of the cases where telling too much can really ruin the story. But, I want to get my complaint out of the way. It seemed really interesting and like the author was going to unveil everything, but then it took a turn went vague and kind of confusing. Plus it ended like a first book, but I don't see anything saying there is going to be more than one book. So those factors make me want to rate this lower. However, I will leave it higher because the writing was fantastic, the plot original, and lastly because I am hoping there is at least a sequel that clears it all up. If the sequel doesn't happen I may change my rating. I loved Fiona, and I like how she really gets to know Miles despite the fact that they haven't been friends this whole time. I like the evolution of their relationship, and both of them are amazing characters that are totally likable. I really wish the ending wasn't as messy as I felt it was.
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  • TrillianAstra
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start by saying that I went into this book pretty skeptical after the first couple chapters. I still have some issues with it, but I can’t give it anything less than 4 stars. Based on overall plot/mystery/suspense, this is easily a 5-Star story. But there were some things that held me back from rating it as such (discussed below in the Cons Section, if you are interested).This book at times felt like a mix of Lost, Hunger Games, and Maze Runner. Maybe a little bit of Inception, too. It fo Let me start by saying that I went into this book pretty skeptical after the first couple chapters. I still have some issues with it, but I can’t give it anything less than 4 stars. Based on overall plot/mystery/suspense, this is easily a 5-Star story. But there were some things that held me back from rating it as such (discussed below in the Cons Section, if you are interested).This book at times felt like a mix of Lost, Hunger Games, and Maze Runner. Maybe a little bit of Inception, too. It follows two story lines, and the reader is left trying to decide which one is real, or if both (or neither) somehow are. Can I just say I really loved this? Because I did!The mystery and suspense had me turning the pages frantically at times, desperate for answers. I love a good mystery, and this did not disappoint. However, our questions, ultimately, are not answered; the book ends with no real explanations, and left off as a bit of a cliff-hanger, so I am REALLY hoping there is a sequel in the works. For me, usually, the reveal in this type of book ends up being a disappointment/let down, so maybe ending it this way was good. It left me wanting more, still unable to stop thinking about it and trying to come up with my own theories.Overall - awesome story! Though it wasn’t perfect, the plot kept me guessing (still guessing!) and wanting more. I’m very excited to see how it all plays out, if there is in fact a sequel some day. I would definitely recommend it to others.The Cons:1) The characters, for me, were not that likable. Miles grew on me as we learned more about him, but Fiona just never did. She just seemed too constantly antagonistic, in both her actions and thoughts. 2) There were a couple instances of “teen-speak” that just didn’t fit. “So extra.” “What even.” It just didn’t feel natural, like the author was trying to appeal to the Tumblr audience. Maybe teens really do talk like that these days, but the characters were also portrayed as relatively well-spoken and intelligent individuals, so these phrases jarred me out of the story every time. In this same vein, all the pop culture references (Instagram, Teen Wolf, and many others) at times felt a little much.3) I won’t say there were any glaring pot holes, per se, but plot points/devices hit pretty thin ice at times. I won’t give examples, but there were times when rationales or explanations seemed pretty thin/fragile - like you shouldn’t think too hard about it or you’d start scratching your head.4) At times, it felt like the story was a little long-winded or rambling (kind of like my review, thanks for noticing). Explanation is, of course, a good thing, but sometimes it was a little too much.HOWEVER, all that said, I still really LOVED this book! You can’t beat an awesome plot that keeps you guessing. I can deal with those “cons” when the plot is this good.*I received an advance review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
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  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.Mind-blowingly amazing doesn’t even begin to cover Alice Reeds’ Echoes. This book is so indescribingly awesome that I am once again, left in a state of shock and disbelief! Fans of LOST will really get a kick out of this one, but like its counterpart be prepared for thousands of question and only a few answers at this time. Though that is me hoping upon hoping upon w I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.Mind-blowingly amazing doesn’t even begin to cover Alice Reeds’ Echoes. This book is so indescribingly awesome that I am once again, left in a state of shock and disbelief! Fans of LOST will really get a kick out of this one, but like its counterpart be prepared for thousands of question and only a few answers at this time. Though that is me hoping upon hoping upon wishing every wish that there will be a sequel because omigosh I NEED MORE! Fiona and Miles were never friends, in fact, you might say they were enemies of sort, nemeses, if you will. Yet when they are both selected to spend three weeks in Germany at an internship with a big company named Briola, Fiona decides to make the best of it. Fiona and Miles come from two very different worlds despite being at the same highly reputable high school. Fiona is a kickboxer from an average family while Miles is your typical rich boy with a sense of entitlement.They will have to put their differences aside though when their trip goes disastrously wrong. We open with a plane crash onto a seemingly deserted island and half their plane is missing. Sound familiar? Yet theirs was a private jet, so they were the only passengers on it besides the pilot and flight attendant. And here’s where it gets a little like LOST in that we get a flashback to when they landed in Germany, only to find out there’s something very, very wrong with their internship. Like the fact that the company, Briola, doesn’t seem to exist whatsoever!Oh yes, this is one of those novels that will keep you guessing at every turn and reading through the pages like running water! It’s more than just a page-turner, it’s a book that will suck you in and never let you go! Even after the last page, I am still in a whirlwind of mysterious and questions…the biggest one being IS THERE A SEQUEL?! Lol.We get a little bit of back and forth for the majority of the novel. The time they spent in Germany, trying to figure out who exactly brought them here, to their time spent on the island…where there just happens to be a bear running about! Coincidence? *wink, wink* Though sadly, it’s not a polar bear!This book was a serious jumble of mysterious and suspense! It was so intense and twisted that I ate up the pages in the short time that I spent reading it! Seriously, if I didn’t have to work, I would’ve stayed up all day and night reading this bad boy! It was the kind of read you easily fell into and never wanted to leave.Fiona and Miles were excellent characters too. They were more than what they appeared to be and naturally, time spent on a deserted island can lead one another to learn more about the other. They had their differences, and yet similarities. How the appeared at school, wasn’t necessarily who they were afterwards. Both were very deep, and even though this is told solely from Fiona’s point of view, I felt like we got to know Miles on a deeper level too. They eventually grow closer and begin to work together in order to survive and find a way off the island. And naturally, a bit of romance is sparked between them. Honestly, all of us likely saw this coming by just the description of the book alone! That’s what being a reader will do to you! I will say that their romance was very sweet and had a decent buildup to it as well. We saw possible moments between them in the flashbacks too.At a certain point, we leave behind the flashbacks and it seemed to do so at a pretty critical moment. Which is why I am desperate for a sequel. Things start to fall together, in the loosest sense and we get to delve a little deeper into the mystery that brought Fiona and Miles together. But the answers aren’t all there. And it seems to have brought up even more questions in the final moments of the book. Which, again, is why I NEED a sequel!!By saying Echoes is the perfect read for fans of LOST, you know what you’re getting into! I want to warn you of that now. There’s a lot of mystery, a lot of questions, and so few answers. But that’s what drew me to LOST to begin with. The mystery and the puzzles. I will anxiously be rocking here in my corner as I await for more information about the future of this possible series. In the meantime, I would HIGHLY recommend reading this one if you love a seriously twisted and mysterious read!Overall Rating 5/5 starsEchoes releases August 7, 2018
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  • Fizah(Books tales by me)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a digital arc in exchange for an honest Review!  I don't know what I just read, it was so full of mystery. I couldn't put it down and finished in one day. The description doesn't reveal much so I only have the slightest idea of the story.Two students who are going on an internship in Germany, but the plane crashed and found themselves on an island, alone and can't remember anything.Fiona, who is a lightweight kickboxer is a tough girl, who doesn't have a Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a digital arc in exchange for an honest Review!  I don't know what I just read, it was so full of mystery. I couldn't put it down and finished in one day. The description doesn't reveal much so I only have the slightest idea of the story.Two students who are going on an internship in Germany, but the plane crashed and found themselves on an island, alone and can't remember anything.Fiona, who is a lightweight kickboxer is a tough girl, who doesn't have any friends in school due to her average family background.Miles, rich and popular, and smartest in class.They are different and apparently don't like each other.The story took place from Fiona's POV, I took time to realize what is happening because the story is set in two places at same time.I really liked Fiona and Miles, they are cute together. The last few chapters reveal many things many characters. I am still trying to figure out many things the ending was so full of mysteries and shocking and a cliffhanger, so I am expecting a sequel here?I did enjoy the story, characters and pace of the book, but I am not sure If I want to read a sequel.I couldn't find out the name, Miles last name is Echo, So Echoes, but it doesn't make sense for me.
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Echoes was such a strange book with lots of twists.Fiona and Miles are not similar, but they both got picked for an internship in Berlin.  While they both go to the same school, they really don't like each other much.  Fiona's family doesn't have a lot of money.  She has a scholarship to their private school.  She's a kickboxer with a father that pushes her way too hard.  Miles has a lot of money and a dad who pretty much ignores him.  On the way to Berlin, their plane crashes and things just ge Echoes was such a strange book with lots of twists.Fiona and Miles are not similar, but they both got picked for an internship in Berlin.  While they both go to the same school, they really don't like each other much.  Fiona's family doesn't have a lot of money.  She has a scholarship to their private school.  She's a kickboxer with a father that pushes her way too hard.  Miles has a lot of money and a dad who pretty much ignores him.  On the way to Berlin, their plane crashes and things just get really weird from there.  The chapters in the beginning alternate between the island and Berlin.  But how can that be since they crashed on the way?  In Berlin, they find out that the company isn't where they say it is and they're being followed.  No one will answer their phones and they don't have enough money to get home.  On the island, the pilot is dead and they are alone.  Except for a very angry bear.  Fiona and Miles must find a way to survive alone on an island while trying to figure out what happened to them.  They find dead bodies and must find a way to stay alive.This book has so many moments that have you questioning what is going on, what is real, and who can you trust.  I can't get anymore into it without giving away hints.  The ending is crazy and I really hope the author writes a sequel (there is none listed on Goodreads yet).  I gave this book 4 1/2 stars.  It would have been a 5 star read, but there were a few spots that kind of dragged.  But the rest of the book was very hard to put down.
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  • ♚Julia ~ The Romance Rebels ♚
    January 1, 1970
    Echoes by Alice Reeds tells the story between two born rivals Miles and Fiona. They are paired together for an internship in Berlin. But things grow dire when they crash land with little to no hope of being rescued. While on the island they both soon learn that something diabolical is happening right under their noses. The struggle to survive with little food, and dead bodies littering the ocean floors. Miles and Fiona have to work together to find a way home. Echoes was a fast paced, on the edg Echoes by Alice Reeds tells the story between two born rivals Miles and Fiona. They are paired together for an internship in Berlin. But things grow dire when they crash land with little to no hope of being rescued. While on the island they both soon learn that something diabolical is happening right under their noses. The struggle to survive with little food, and dead bodies littering the ocean floors. Miles and Fiona have to work together to find a way home. Echoes was a fast paced, on the edge of your seat thriller. A must read.
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  • Lelia Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Well, my goodness. To say I was surprised by this book would be a mild understatement. I thought it sounded like it could be good—otherwise, I wouldn’t have signed on to review it for this blog tour—but this is better than good. This is the Young Adult thriller that might just convert some of those adult readers out there who think YA isn’t interesting enough or able to grab their attention.The stakes are high from the very first page when Fiona is relating the abject fear setting in on Miles an Well, my goodness. To say I was surprised by this book would be a mild understatement. I thought it sounded like it could be good—otherwise, I wouldn’t have signed on to review it for this blog tour—but this is better than good. This is the Young Adult thriller that might just convert some of those adult readers out there who think YA isn’t interesting enough or able to grab their attention.The stakes are high from the very first page when Fiona is relating the abject fear setting in on Miles and herself as their plane begins to go down and the tension never really lets up from then till the end. Sure, there are some quiet moments, but here they are on an island, all alone with no idea where they are or if anyone knows the plane crashed. Survival has to come first but little hints here and there pull them hither and yon as to what’s real and what isn’t, all while these two teens who really don’t like each other have to learn to get along. If they don’t, the consequences could be deadly.Or might the truth be something else entirely? An alternate timeline weaves in and out and we don’t know any more than Fiona and Miles do. That, my friends, is a perfect setup to mess with your minds as well as theirs and I promise you’ll be scratching your head the whole time.Fiona and Miles are not my favorite characters ever and, truthfully, there are flaws in this story plus I could do without some of the teen angst, but I truly do think this is a tale worth a few hours of a reader’s time. Fair warning, though—you won’t get all the answers you want and I, for one, am certainly hoping a sequel is in the works 😉
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  • Meigan
    January 1, 1970
    Man, the synopsis really didn’t do this book any justice, giving the reader the barest of bare-bones ideas of what Echoes is really about. Yes, there is a deserted island. Yes, Miles and Fiona are stuck on it, and yes, there is something else on the island. But the entire story is certainly much, much deeper and definitely much more sinister than the synopsis leads readers to believe. The story bounces between the island and a city, but neither one really give any clues as to how and why Miles a Man, the synopsis really didn’t do this book any justice, giving the reader the barest of bare-bones ideas of what Echoes is really about. Yes, there is a deserted island. Yes, Miles and Fiona are stuck on it, and yes, there is something else on the island. But the entire story is certainly much, much deeper and definitely much more sinister than the synopsis leads readers to believe. The story bounces between the island and a city, but neither one really give any clues as to how and why Miles and Fiona find themselves on an island. Nothing is clear, except for the fact that nothing is clear. Slowly, they both start to piece together anything that can be labeled a clue or an idea of what’s going on, but even that doesn’t lend any clarity to their situation. Being stuck on a deserted island is hopeless enough, but having no clue as to the how’s or why’s is an entirely different thing, and certainly a situation that makes both Fiona and Miles feel as if they’re in a dark abyss with no hope of ever climbing out. Seriously. Filled with conspiracies aplenty, Echoes was a surprisingly good read. I only say surprisingly because of the aforementioned tricksy synopsis that actually tells nothing of the book. And not only was this book so surprisingly good, it was so very, very confusing. Miles and Fiona had no idea what was happening and even more surprisingly, neither did the reader. Or at least I didn’t. Reeds takes readers here, there, everywhere and many parts of the story start to overlap, specifically information that characters have already learned about one another (or did they?!?). With so many twists and turns and no clear idea of what’s here or there, or anywhere, Echoes kept me guessing until the very end. And I’m still guessing even after turning the last page, and I feel like Alice Reeds has dragged me straight into the heart of this sinister conspiracy. Hopefully this is going to become a series because I desire some answers and clarity, please and thank you. All told, Echoes was surprising on so many fronts, and I enjoyed every single confusing moment of it. Highly recommended and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Miles and Fiona because this story has left me feeling just as hopeless as they’re feeling. *eARC received via NetGalley.
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  • Mihlean
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 2,5 starsI’m conflicted. Did I enjoy reading Echoes? I mean, I kinda did. Am I annoyingly confused? Hell yes. This novel is about two teenagers who are being chosen for a special school program and there are sort of two storylines but first, the characters. Fiona, she’s a lightweight kickboxing champion and Miles, he’s just.. A smart and rich guy. These two characters could not be any more stereotypical. Fiona’s the badass and tough girl who doesn’t take shit from anyone and Miles is an Rating: 2,5 starsI’m conflicted. Did I enjoy reading Echoes? I mean, I kinda did. Am I annoyingly confused? Hell yes. This novel is about two teenagers who are being chosen for a special school program and there are sort of two storylines but first, the characters. Fiona, she’s a lightweight kickboxing champion and Miles, he’s just.. A smart and rich guy. These two characters could not be any more stereotypical. Fiona’s the badass and tough girl who doesn’t take shit from anyone and Miles is an arrogant but very gorgeous and smart guy. And they hate each other!!! Until!!! They suddenly don’t. Okay moving on, there are kind of two storylines which is confusing as hELL?? Initially I was wondering if the author was just too excited about their plot, had two different versions of it and so decided to go along with both of them. Which, btw isn’t the case but you’ll understand my confusion, hopefully. The plot, without really spoiling anything, is basically a conspiracy after conspiracy. Which can be quite cool if you think about it, but honestly, it didn’t really do it for me with this execution. I didn’t particularly like the main characters, the writing style was plain and I never really was hooked on the story or anything. Long story short? This could’ve been really cool but it wasn’t my cup of tea, I guess.
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  • Myreadbooks
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank the Netgalley website and Entzngled Publishing for this partnership.I was immediately attracted by the cover, we see at night a night spot where the palm trees that prove that it is an island and the title echoes it looks like it explodes into a thousand pieces from where the glass debris around the title.It all starts when Fiona and Miles wake up on a desert island. Two high school students who failed together without any memories of how they landed there. They will disco I would like to thank the Netgalley website and Entzngled Publishing for this partnership.I was immediately attracted by the cover, we see at night a night spot where the palm trees that prove that it is an island and the title echoes it looks like it explodes into a thousand pieces from where the glass debris around the title.It all starts when Fiona and Miles wake up on a desert island. Two high school students who failed together without any memories of how they landed there. They will discover that they are not alone on this island.A young adult book that I read in one go, I loved the concept of the story that was well written, addictive, captivating filled with suspense and twists. An author I discovered through this partnership and I can not wait to read another one of her books. I love his pen.
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  • Karen Fortunati
    January 1, 1970
    Wow - this is a fast-paced, mind blowing story that you won't be able to put down. Intricately layered, the intrigue jumps off the first page! Set on a tropical island and in Berlin, mystery surrounds two American teens who are both survivors of a plane crash and the unsuspecting targets of a European internship gone bad. Yes, two parallel story lines keep the reader racing towards the end! An amazing debut, I cannot wait for the sequel. Well done, Alice Reeds!!!!
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  • Katherine Paschal
    January 1, 1970
    **4.5 Stars**Come visit me at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ for my bookish stuff “There’s something you have to know. They’re watching you. They’re behind this.” Another pause. “Trust no one.” Fiona is on the way to Berlin Germany, one of two students chosen by the pharmaceutical company Briola for an internship based on the results of an aptitude test- which Fiona found shocking she was selected due to her abysmal performance in her science classes. On the down side is that the other s **4.5 Stars**Come visit me at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ for my bookish stuff “There’s something you have to know. They’re watching you. They’re behind this.” Another pause. “Trust no one.” Fiona is on the way to Berlin Germany, one of two students chosen by the pharmaceutical company Briola for an internship based on the results of an aptitude test- which Fiona found shocking she was selected due to her abysmal performance in her science classes. On the down side is that the other student chosen is Miles, her arch-enemy, the boy who is the bane of her high school experience. Once on the expensive private plane left for them, Fiona is enjoying her small taste of freedom from the stress and training of her life with competitive kickboxing. But pretty soon her exciting internship takes a turn and she wakes up in a plane crash...on an island... Echoes kind of reminded me of the show Lost, in the amazing way the show kept you on your toes guessing, completely uncertain what was real (not in the crazy what am I watching kind of way). I loved the delivery of the story, the back and forth between "worlds" that don't really seem to tie together yet you are 100% invested in both. We have the life on the island with unknown dangers, and then we have the teens in Berlin with real life threats they have to escape. I was kept trying to predict possible outcomes and falling short, and I loved that about the book. If you are looking for something unpredictable, look no further. “Survival won’t mean shit if we don’t get off the island.”"Getting off the island won’t mean shit if we’re dead.” The tension built as the story progresses and so did the questions and the mystery. The story alternated chapters between "Berlin" and "The Island", two very different locations and problems, but both narrated by Fiona with Miles present. Can I just tell you how impressed I am by Alice weaving in the same or similar conversation pieces or physical items in each location, but making it relevant to the situation? It was so cool to see the parallels pop up in the most unique of ways. As a side note, I really feel like Fiona's hatred of Miles was slightly unfounded. Sure we get a flashback of one of their first encounters where he saved her with a teacher and then gave her a mean comment in passing, and then a few other stations over the years that were annoying but not evil- but I don't think that warranted 4 years of burning rage and hatred. Just saying. I did like how both character realized they did not know the truth about the other and this forced time together really helped them get to know each other. This story is kind of similar to the enemies to lover concept (without the focus on romance, more of partnership), but with way more at stake then a just a relationship.I do not want to give anything away with my review so it is pretty brief but I will say that if you like YA mysteries, with emotions running high and a dose of angst, that keep you on your toes then you need to pick up Echoes asap! Most certainly worth the read.I received this title for reviewing purposes.
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  • Loretta (Laughing Listener)
    January 1, 1970
    The Laughing ListenerAugust 2018Format: Ebook*I was graciously given a free copy in exchange for an honest review*Overall Rating: 4 StarsWHOA. I don’t… What just happened?!? This book was INSANE. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting—maybe a romance adventure about two teens surviving a plane crash? And well… it definitely IS that, but also SO MUCH MORE. My brain is still spinning and I can already tell I’m going to have to reread this to try and catch everything I missed the first time. This The Laughing ListenerAugust 2018Format: Ebook*I was graciously given a free copy in exchange for an honest review*Overall Rating: 4 StarsWHOA. I don’t… What just happened?!? This book was INSANE. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting—maybe a romance adventure about two teens surviving a plane crash? And well… it definitely IS that, but also SO MUCH MORE. My brain is still spinning and I can already tell I’m going to have to reread this to try and catch everything I missed the first time. This is such a hard book to review because EVERYTHING is a clue and if I say too much I’ll give something important away. The book starts off deceptively straightforward. There’s Fiona, a unique spirit who has wonderfully blue hair and mad kickboxing skills. There’s Miles, a popular rich kid who makes Fiona’s life miserable. They’re on their way to Germany for an internship program until they crash land on an island and need to survive. Easy right?? HA! The next chapter rewinds to the hours leading up the crash and two timelines emerge that the book alternates between. Slowly, more information is revealed that makes you stop reading and say “...hey...wait second…” until you reach the end and your head implodes. “...we can’t know anything beyond ourselves. Everything we experience could be an illusion.” The way this was written was so great and I loved how it kind of tricks you into letting your guard down. I thought I knew exactly what was going on and stopped paying too much attention until I caught a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it word here and there that threw everything askew. It was so awesome how little things like that made you more and more unsettled until you couldn’t trust anything anymore. And the same kind of slow-reveal treatment was used for Fiona and Miles, which I really enjoyed too. In the beginning I was pretty disconnected to their characters, but I was so curious about what was going on that I didn’t even mind. We slowly learn more about them as the story progresses though and I really loved getting to know them. It was like I was falling for them while they were falling for each other.Plus, THAT ENDING!!!!!! GAHHH!!! Open-ended endings usually make me super salty as a reader, but I actually really liked this one! When it was over, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor and stop myself from making gasping sounds out loud.FINAL WORDWhat a crazy, fun read! This was nothing I was expecting and I mean that as a compliment. I’ve never been so happy to be confused. If you love mysteries with a bit of romance, you’ll love this.
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  • Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions*eARC received from the publisher Via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*I've mixed thoughts about this book. I liked it but I didn't loved it. The concept was interesting, but sometimes the story really confused me. It has a suspenseful and mysterious plot mixed with some typical YA cliches. I enjoyed the story, but It didn't excite me as much as I had hoped. The characters aren't my favorite, but they aren't Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions*eARC received from the publisher Via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*I've mixed thoughts about this book. I liked it but I didn't loved it. The concept was interesting, but sometimes the story really confused me. It has a suspenseful and mysterious plot mixed with some typical YA cliches. I enjoyed the story, but It didn't excite me as much as I had hoped. The characters aren't my favorite, but they aren't too bad either. The whole book is about Fiona and Miles stranded on an island searching for answers and in the end we don't get any answers which is so frustrating. I actually thought it was a stand-alone novel, but the book concluded with an unresolved ending which means there's going to be another book.Fiona and Miles are high school enemies, and they both come from different backgrounds. Fiona is a star lightweight kickboxing champion, and Miles is a rich kid with smart brain. When Fiona and Miles are selected for an internship with Briola Pharmacy in Germany, they aren't happy with the partnership but they couldn't lose this once in a life time opportunity either. They both aboard an expensive plane for their journey, and the next time they wake up to find themselves crash-landed and stranded on a deserted island, but they're not alone. Something dangerous lurks on the island hunting them. Fiona and Miles only option is to survive by putting aside their long time enmity towards each other and work together.  They've no memories about how did they ended up on the island, but they do suspect Briola Tech is somehow responsible for their current situation so they both searches for answers and each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them there.Fiona and Miles are your typical YA characters with parent issues, but i'm glad they're not boring. Fiona is a kickass kickboxer which was very refreshing to read in YA contemporaries. I like reading books with female protagonists who can kick ass not the damsel in distress types. The only thing that I didn't like about Fiona was, how she was so judgy about Miles at the beginning because of some silly incident when they were kids. She never gave him another chance. On the other hand, Miles has a smart brain, but he's also pretty fun and sweet. He doesn't have a muscle power like Fiona but together they make a strong team. The romance between Fiona and Miles was sweet, but it was also a little cliched. The secondary characters were okay-ish. They aren't memorable. No one stand out for me except for Fiona's homeless friend Joe who didn't played much part in this book. The plot was interesting, but the execution of the story was a bit confusing and I was like "What the heck is happening?". It really took me some time for me to put everything together. The story moved in a fast pace. The mystery was good filled with some twists and turns. The mysterious Island was a nice setting, but the clues Fiona and Miles were searching for is actually inside their lost memories. No major secrets were revealed in this book which is somewhat disappointing, but we get some glimpses of what actually happened before they ended up in the island. The book was told by switching between Fiona and Miles's time in Berlin, and The Island.  It will be a little confusing to understand everything at first, but as the story progresses, it'll get easier. The author's writing style was simple. The book was written in Fiona's first person POV and I don't know why it doesn't have a Miles POV. Overall, it was a good read but not my favorite! People who're new to this genre will definitely love this book. The book concluded with a cliffhanger and I might read the next book just to find out what happens next to our characters. 
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  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    January 1, 1970
    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz Hi. Hello. I am 24 hours post Echoes and my heart is still racing just thinking about this book, the thrills and how it ended. I keep digging and I can't find anything on a second book, so I am crossing my fingers that there will be one because I NEED MORE. I need to know that Fiona and Miles are going to be okay and live happily ever after, and have beautiful blue haired children together. Okay, I am sorry. I am pulling myself out of my feel The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz Hi. Hello. I am 24 hours post Echoes and my heart is still racing just thinking about this book, the thrills and how it ended. I keep digging and I can't find anything on a second book, so I am crossing my fingers that there will be one because I NEED MORE. I need to know that Fiona and Miles are going to be okay and live happily ever after, and have beautiful blue haired children together. Okay, I am sorry. I am pulling myself out of my feelings so I can write a proper review. Here we go: Imagine getting a once in a life time internship with Briola Pharmacy, but your partner is your sworn enemy. You both hate each other and you already knows this is going to be the worst experience of your life. Now, imagine getting stranded on an Island after a plane crash and being trapped in Germany with everything to your name gone with the person you hate most. Welcome to Fiona and Mile's life. The book has two settings, The Island and Berlin. They each have to do with each other, BUT one in each universe. They aren't this happened, then this happened. It's more like: On the Island they have brief memories of Berlin and in Berlin they have brief memories of the Island with out have never been to either location. It's a little confusing to explain but it really works for this story and if you read Echoes you will 100% understand what I am trying to explain in this paragraph. In the Island chapters Fiona and Miles have crash landed on an island before having reached Berlin. Their pilot is dead and there is basically no hope but to survive until they can figure out a way off this mysterious island. The Island is tropical with Palm trees, beaches and caves. But what is stranger is a monster like brown bear that terrorizes the stranded duo. On exploring the Island they learn they are not alone as they previously thought, and are actually in an extreme amount of danger. Briola Pharmacy seems to have bigger plans for Fiona and Miles then just an internship. In Berlin the crash landing never happened and they made it all the way to the foreign country safely. They are checked in to a beautifully expensive hotel where to their dismay they are forced to share the same hotel room and then picked up to head to Briola. The only thing is Briola isn't who they said they were and there is no sign of them in Berlin. With no phone service and no way to contact anyone back in the states by text or social media they duo is trapped and on a dangerous race for their lives. From page one Echoes does not stop. The story sucks you in and suddenly you read the last page and you are desperately searching for more. I am extremely excited to see what else Reeds comes up with in this world because Echoes only touched the surface, as the reader I have tons of questions that I need answers too.
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  • TrillianAstra
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start by saying that I went into this book pretty skeptical after the first couple chapters. I still have some issues with it, but I can’t give it anything less than 4 stars. Based on overall plot/mystery/suspense, this is easily a 5-Star story. But there were some things that held me back from rating it as such (discussed below in the Cons Section, if you are interested).This book at times felt like a mix of Lost, Hunger Games, and Maze Runner. Maybe a little bit of Inception, too. It fo Let me start by saying that I went into this book pretty skeptical after the first couple chapters. I still have some issues with it, but I can’t give it anything less than 4 stars. Based on overall plot/mystery/suspense, this is easily a 5-Star story. But there were some things that held me back from rating it as such (discussed below in the Cons Section, if you are interested).This book at times felt like a mix of Lost, Hunger Games, and Maze Runner. Maybe a little bit of Inception, too. It follows two story lines, and the reader is left trying to decide which one is real, or if both (or neither) somehow are. Can I just say I really loved this? Because I did!The mystery and suspense had me turning the pages frantically at times, desperate for answers. I love a good mystery, and this did not disappoint. However, our questions, ultimately, are not answered; the book ends with no real explanations, and left off as a bit of a cliff-hanger, so I am REALLY hoping there is a sequel in the works. For me, usually, the reveal in this type of book ends up being a disappointment/let down, so maybe ending it this way was good. It left me wanting more, still unable to stop thinking about it and trying to come up with my own theories.Overall - awesome story! Though it wasn’t perfect, the plot kept me guessing (still guessing!) and wanting more. I’m very excited to see how it all plays out, if there is in fact a sequel some day. I would definitely recommend it to others.The Cons:1) The characters, for me, were not that likable. Miles grew on me as we learned more about him, but Fiona just never did. She just seemed too constantly antagonistic, in both her actions and thoughts. 2) There were a couple instances of “teen-speak” that just didn’t fit. “So extra.” “What even.” It just didn’t feel natural, like the author was trying to appeal to the Tumblr audience. Maybe teens really do talk like that these days, but the characters were also portrayed as relatively well-spoken and intelligent individuals, so these phrases jarred me out of the story every time. In this same vein, all the pop culture references (Instagram, Teen Wolf, and many others) at times felt a little much.3) I won’t say there were any glaring pot holes, per se, but plot points/devices hit pretty thin ice at times. I won’t give examples, but there were times when rationales or explanations seemed pretty thin/fragile - like you shouldn’t think too hard about it or you’d start scratching your head.4) At times, it felt like the story was a little long-winded or rambling (kind of like my review, thanks for noticing). Explanation is, of course, a good thing, but sometimes it was a little too much.HOWEVER, all that said, I still really LOVED this book! You can’t beat an awesome plot that keeps you guessing. I can deal with those “cons” when the plot is this good.*I received an advance review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
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  • Melanie Noell Bernard
    January 1, 1970
    DNF(view spoiler)[Plot? What plot?Hahahahahahahaha! This book has no plot. I thought it might. I got a quarter of the way through the book and went “oh, I know what the plot is. This is kind of lame.” and then… the plot NEVER FUCKING HAPPENED! Literally we went from “this is mildly intriguing” to “and I’m sticking my tongue down your throat” bullshit YA romance that is such fucking cliche it’s not even funny. Good GOD! Please stop pushing romance into books that LITERALLY DO NOT NEED IT! What’s DNF(view spoiler)[Plot? What plot?Hahahahahahahaha! This book has no plot. I thought it might. I got a quarter of the way through the book and went “oh, I know what the plot is. This is kind of lame.” and then… the plot NEVER FUCKING HAPPENED! Literally we went from “this is mildly intriguing” to “and I’m sticking my tongue down your throat” bullshit YA romance that is such fucking cliche it’s not even funny. Good GOD! Please stop pushing romance into books that LITERALLY DO NOT NEED IT! What’s more, don’t push it so much that I forget there even is a plot to the book. If you want to write shitty romantic garbage that has NO real precedence and would never happen in a million years, but you are forcing like nobody’s business, there’s a place for that, it’s called FanFiction. Fuck.Cliche CharactersOh. My. Good. God. “He’s a rich boy who actually has a tortured past and is truly a good person” and “I’ve loved you for forever and thought you were fascinating and amazing and unique, but I treated you like a total asshole for…. no FUCKING REASON!” Could you literally create any more stereotypical characters?! It’s bad enough you threw romance into a book that’s supposed to be a suspenseful mystery (which it’s not. More on than in a sec). But you forced a romance between two characters that are the most cliche most stereotypical archetypes of all fucking YA time! Is a little originality or believability TOO much to ask for?Mis-Genreing… a suspenseful, ya, mystery where… nothing is actually scary or suspenseful or mysterious or interesting… So wait. What was this story about? First off, that blurb does not do anything for saying what the story is about. It’s only half of it and the ominous, mysteriousness they try to express in the blurb is just garbage compared to what’s actually in the book. There’s nothing interesting or suspenseful. It’s just the same “oh, I’m scared” over and over and over again until the two characters end up making out. -.- Kill me. (hide spoiler)]
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