Echo – Alyson Noël

Echo

“Daire Santos has saved her grandmother’s life – and her soul.  But the cost has been great: the Richter family is now loose in the Lowerworld.  Daire and her boyfriend Dace must find the Richters before the balance between good and evil is destroyed.

As their relationship deepens, Dace’s evil brother Cade grows stronger, building his power and forcing Daire and Dace to confront the horrifying prophecy that has brought them all together.  It will force Daire to claim her true identity as Seeker – but first she must make an unthinkable sacrifice.”

This is the second book in The Soul Seekers series and I had been eagerly awaiting its release after thoroughly enjoying the first book Fated.  The cover is as beautiful as the first was and has a lovely Christmassy feel to it – with the storyline being set over the Christmas period this ties in perfectly.

This picked up where the previous book had left off and I was soon back in Enchantment with Daire and Dace as they faced their magical and dangerous mission.

The story is told from both Daire and Dace’s perspectives and this was an important factor for me because I was keen to know how Dace felt about everything that was going on.  The young couples relationship definitely progressed in this book even though the odds were stacked against them.  There was a particularly lovely scene involving a padlock and a chain link fence – it sounds awful but trust me when I say it was beautiful.

Daire was still learning about what it meant to be a Seeker, I have to admit that I found some of the spiritual parts a little hard to follow but watching her grow in confidence, and ultimately become something of a warrior, was fascinating!

This book saw the introduction of Phyre and straight away I had a feeling she would be trouble – I think she’ll play a much bigger part in the books to come.

The ending was completely unexpected and left me wanting so much more, unfortunately I now have to wait until July 2013 when the third book Mystic is due to be released.

This was another hit from Alyson Noël, a wonderfully magical page-turner that captivated me throughout.

Echo can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Alyson Noël visit her website here.

Fated – Alyson Noël

“Strange things have been happening to Daire Santos.  Animals follow her, crows mock her, glowing people appear from nowhere.  Worried that Daire’s having a breakdown, her mother sends her to stay with the grandmother she’s never met, who lives on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico.  There Daire crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes.

Her grandmother recognizes Daire’s episodes for what they are – a call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, a person who can navigate between the living and the dead.  Guided by her grandmother, Daire must be quick to learn how to harness her powers, because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter, out to steal them.

Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and discover whether Dace is the guy she’s meant to be with… or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.”

I absolutely loved Alyson’s The Immortals series and The Riley Bloom series so I couldn’t resist buying this book which is the first of a planned four books called The Soul Seekers series.

The cover of this book is lovely, it has a really calm and peaceful feeling to it.  Once I started reading I found that at the beginning I struggled to fully understand what was going on, but I still managed to become completely absorbed by it.

Daire’s dreams were confusing yet very intriguing, I felt like I needed to read on to find out what they meant and so it was very difficult to put the book down.  Everything about this story is interesting with many magical and spiritual moments that really captured my imagination.  The vision quest in particular was a strange but powerful event in the book and it marked a definite turning point in Daire’s journey.

One thing that really sticks out in my mind from this book is the clubbing cockroach, it may sound crazy but when you read it you’ll understand!  It was a defining moment for Daire that enabled her to truly understand what she was up against.

The book grew in intensity as it neared the end and my heart was pounding with nerves over what Daire was planning.

I look forward to seeing Daire and Dace’s relationship grow in the books to come, by the end of this book I felt a little unsure as to where they were headed.

The ending left me wanting so much more, I have lots of questions that will hopefully be answered in the next book Echo which is due to be released in November 2012.

This is a fascinating and, at times, very dark story that gripped me from start to finish.

Fated can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Alyson Noël visit her website here

Fated is also available as an audiobook from Macmillan Audio, just click on the link below to hear a clip.

 http://media.us.macmillan.com/video/olmk/macmillanaudio/FatedClip.mp3

 

Dreamland – Alyson Noël

This is the third book in the Riley Bloom series.  It is actually aimed at younger readers but I liked Riley in Alyson Noël’s The Immortals series and I wanted to find out more about her.

The series is set in the afterlife (The Here & Now) and they are really different to other books I’ve read.  I don’t usually read ghost stories and I love how innocent yet eerie this one is.  The first books, Radiance and Shimmer, are about Riley getting used to the afterlife and her role as a Soul Catcher.  This third book follows Riley on her mission to contact her sister (who is alive) through her dreams.

I enjoyed the ideas of the afterlife in this story – manifesting anything you want and flying anywhere you want to go, considering the subject of the book it manages to give it a magical feel.  Riley Bloom is a fun character with normal young girl issues which not only makes me feel sad for her that she passed on too soon but also had me laughing at some of her young girl moods!

A great read for those who enjoyed The Immortals series.