Books. I love books. Well, most books. Quite often books become my escape, allowing me to leave my own concerns (and piles of laundry) behind and venture into a world created by an author. When Jessica Blackburn asked for volunteers to read and review her new fantasy novel “The Echoing” I jumped at the offer. As much as I love reading, I dread trying to find a good book. I heavily rely on friends and family to suggest books and I even joined a book club so I have others to recommend books and discuss the novels with afterward. I received a digital copy of ‘The Echoing’ from Cedar Fort to honestly review. I have to say, I enjoyed this book. If anything I wish it were longer, with more detail of events after the climax; perhaps a sequel is necessary. It was a simple read, easy to get into and become engaged in the story. The main character, Rylee, is relatable and experiences a compelling growth through the story. The message I gleaned from it is to be true to who you are and recognize the worth of those around you. The philosophy of Carma plays a large role in the ‘gifts’ that Rylee is given. Rylee learns the purpose of justice and mercy while experimenting with her gift and developing relationships with interesting, and perhaps frightening, characters she meets. In fear of giving too much away, I will leave the authors summary here:
The Echoing- About the Book:
Rylee has an unusual gift. It brings good luck to those who are kind to her and misfortune to those who are not–at least, that’s what the crazy woman in the woods tells her. But Rylee doesn’t believe it until strange coincidences start happening to her classmates and friends. Her gift may not be a matter of luck but of life and death
Recommended Reader Age:
I’d say this book gets rated a PG, if even that. There is a little bit of hand-holding, and a few kisses within the underlining romance, but overall a very clean and uplifting story. My recommended reader age is 10-110; all readers who like to pick up a novel and get caught up in a good fantasy.
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About the Author:
Jessica Blackburn studied at Brigham Young University—Idaho and graduated from her local community college with an Associates of Arts Degree. She currently lives in the beautiful Columbia Gorge as a stay-at-home mom. When she’s not writing stories, she spends her spare time teaching Sunday School and blogging her lessons and personal thoughts at cozybugz.blogspot.com.
Book club question suggestions:
- Why is Rylee’s mother’s character developed so much further than the father and brother?
- How does the author use outward appearances to distinguish from good and evil? Or, do outward appearances reflect an individual’s worth?
- What scriptorial references are made throughout the novel? What is the significance of these references?
- Did Rylee’s romance play any important role other than to entertain the readers?
- What did Rylee learn from these life-altering events?
For more reviews on this novel, head on over to Cedar Fort Blog and check out the other blogs on the blog tour. Here are a few places you can purchase this book:
The Echoing at Amazon
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