Echo (Soul Seekers #2) by Alyson Noel

Review:

Echo - Alyson NoelI read and reviewed the first book of the Soul Seekers series here. I liked it enough to continue and look forward to the third book now that I’ve finished this one.

There’s still so much Daire Santos has to learn about being the last Soul Seeker….and about herself. As her magical training becomes more intense, so does her relationship with Dace. But when she learns that his connection to the evil Richter family goes far deeper than she ever imagined, she begins to question if love really can conquer all.

Dace is painfully aware that he wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the Richters’ dark magic—and now his brother Cade is determined to use his love for Daire against him. Dace is willing to sacrifice anything to protect the girl he loves —including his own life. But will Daire allow it? And what if defeating Cade costs not only his life, but his soul too?
Enchanting, haunting, romantic, Echo is the second book in the Soul Seekers series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël!

The series is a little light and frothy, but I look forward to that amongst some of my heavier reads. It may even been a good palate cleaner between some more intense or gut wrenching books. When in the mood for something a little light, there are some specific things that I really enjoy about this series that I talked about before but bear reiterating.

This is a YA with adults who know a little something and have a plan. Daire’s grandmother is her mentor through the her magical training and always knows more than she does about what’s going on. Daire’s mother knows what teenagers are like and the shenanigans they tend to get into. She’s never surprised, just hoping that her daughter uses protection, both for her heart and against pregnancy. These are wise adults that know they are meant to guide Daire on her journey rather than eclipse it because their time has come and past and they are purposefully passing the torch.

Dace has similar people in his life and so does Cade. Well, people that are trying with the more stubborn Cade, but that’s not the point. The point is that adults are not treated like after thoughts. That may or may not be the norm for YA, but I appreciate every time there is a hero-mentor trajectory and that there will be people who will surprise our protagonists of any age with some greater wisdom. It’s a thing that I like and it shows up here.

Also, the world building is pretty good. It makes sense within it’s own world and it’s consistent. I feel a little like shouting at the protagonist and her friends sometimes because of the way the world is consistent and they seem to be missing things. It can be fun, especially when those things are revealed to the reader in ways that make it so that we know but not them. I also love the feeling that I don’t know everything about the world and that there’s so much more about to go down in this series.

The romance is over-the-top but in an entertaining and consenting way. I’m not sure how intentional it was for the author but there is some great consent going on with our couples and some very specific acknowledgement of what’s going on when there isn’t consent. No beating around the bush here, just calling it assault and/or rape when it is.

Looking at just this book, it was a nice read that held my interest but didn’t make me want to drop everything just to finish. The narration was done by the same person as before, Brittany Pressley, who does a fantastic job with it. She had some extra work to do with this book, narrating from points of view of both Daire and Dace throughout the book. I’ll be interested to see if they add a third in the third book. Unfortunately, my library doesn’t have it yet and I’ll have to wait like I did with this one.

I did borrow this audiobook from the library, but if you’re more of the purchasing sort, click on the cover and you’ll be redirected to Booklikes where they have worldwide options to purchase audiobook, ebook, or even hard copies sometimes.

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