April 26, 2013

Echo Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Author: Alicia Wright Brewster
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Release Date: April 25, 2013
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

The countdown clock reads ten days until the end of the world. The citizens are organized. Everyone's been notified and assigned a duty. The problem is . . . no one knows for sure how it will end.

Energy-hungry Mages are the most likely culprit. They travel toward a single location from every corner of the continent. Fueled by the two suns, each Mage holds the power of an element: air, earth, fire, metal, water, or ether. They harness their powers to draw energy from the most readily available resource: humans.

Ashara has been assigned to the Ethereal task force, made up of human ether manipulators and directed by Loken, a young man with whom she has a complicated past. Loken and Ashara bond over a common goal: to stop the Mages from occupying their home and gaining more energy than they can contain. But soon, they begin to suspect that the future of the world may depend on Ashara's death.

Echo is a fast paced young adult science fiction novel that follows Ashara Vinn as she attempts to deal with the end of her world. Since the Council announced the Vision that the world would end, families have been staying together and waiting for the countdown to end. They know that the world is going to end, but they don't know how or why. Ashara wakes one morning to find she has been summoned to the Council for training in the Ethereal task force - which is strange since she has never shown signs of being a manipulator. Once at the Council for training, Ashara is told that the world will likely end due to Mages, the same race of people that murdered her younger brother months ago. On top of that, she must be trained by her ex-boyfriend, Loken, and things aren't exactly going as planned. Will Ashara and Loken, along with the rest of the Council and manipulators, be able to stop the end of the world? Or will their fate depend on something much darker - and more dangerous - like Ashara's death?

This was an exciting science fiction novel full of suspense and action that had me hooked from the beginning. Ashara is a great female lead character. She's smart, kind, and devoted to those she loves - but she also has the death of her younger brother on her heart and mind as well as her jumbled emotions for Loken. We see her character develop throughout the story, as she gains maturity and acceptance of her destiny and abilities. Her relationship with Loken is strained and very frustrating at first, but it's not the main plot of the book, so it doesn't consume too much of the story. I liked reading about the history of the planet and the different manipulators and their varying abilities. The author creates a believable new world in the book and I enjoyed learning as much about it as I could. The plot itself was intricately woven and had definite suspense and thrills throughout. The narrative was fast paced but not confusing for the reader, and the writing itself was very well done with vivid descriptions that had me easily imagining I was there alongside the characters as everything was happening. Overall, this was a finely crafted novel that fans of YA science fiction will definitely want to experience.

Alicia Wright Brewster is a mild-mannered lady of average height and above average paranormal obsession. By day, she works in an office. At night she is an author, an electronics junkie, and a secret superhero.

In her virtually non-existent free time, she loves to read, watch movies, and eat food. She is particularly fond of the food-eating and makes a point to perform this task at least three times per day, usually more.

Author Links:
Website: http://www.aliciawb.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5616191.Alicia_Wright_Brewster
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aliciabrewster

Giveaway: (1) ebook copy of Echo - Open Internationally!

Tour Grand Prize (INTL):
(1st prize) A print or ebook + $25 bookstore e-gift card; and
(2nd prize) A print or ebook + $10 bookstore e-gift card
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  1. This sounds like a good book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  2. This sounds like a good story. And I love the cover :)