Echoes by Alice Reeds

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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.

 

Thanks so much to Entangled Teen for sending me over a copy – it didn’t affect my opinion of the book at all but I got to stare at the pretty palm tree pics in person!

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.

ariel tag
Ariel is all for island scenes, but not so sure about Berlin? Where is the sea???

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!

four stars

What do you think? What was the last book that gave you a mind trip? Do you enjoy mind trippy books? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

mandy

 

4 thoughts on “Echoes by Alice Reeds

  1. Great review, Mandy!!! Trippy books are the absolute best. I love it when they blow my mind and I am left utterly shocked. A Reaper at the Gates was the last book to mess me up, and sadly there has been nothing since that sighhhhh

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