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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  543 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart after her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an offer: for her to come and ...more
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Page Street Kids
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Christie«SHBBblogger»

Title: Echo North
Series: Standalone
Author: Joanna Ruth Meyer
Release date: January 15, 2019



I went into this book thinking it was going to be a simple fairy tale retelling, a fresh spin on something I've heard a million times. Beauty and the Beast is a beloved fairy tale and known to many, but I guarantee nothing about this will feel stale or uninspired. This book is more of a mash up of several fairy tales with the author's imagination stamped in the fine details. Meyer held me spellbound and ca
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megs_bookrack
A wolf guarding over a disappeared Father.

A young girl who must make a deal with said wolf to save him.

A hidden castle with a secret, magical library.

MY HEART SINGSSSSSSSSSS

Sol ~ TheBookishKing
There is absolutely No Reason that this book should be 400 pages.

I just ... ugh yet another case of Cover Catfish.

Thank you Page Street for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!
julianna ➹
FULL REVIEW UP <3

I want to get lost in the woods during a winter storm if it means I can have the experience of going to a magical sentient house that provides me with immersive mirror-books. Down to have fun times in the forest, 10/10

seriously this book needs to be hyped up more!!!! It’s so amazing and wondrous and just!!!! It deserves more attention

Also, while reading this book I freaked out so much that I created recordings of myself talking about the book while reading it. Will the world
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Ashlee » Library In The Country
”There is one thing you must not do, one rule you must not break.”

Echo North is a brilliant and magical retelling of East of the Sun and West of the Moon, while also pulling inspiration from the stories of Cupid & Psyche, as well as Tam Lin. I read this in less than a day and was completely enthralled with everything about it.

Echo is the daughter of a bookseller that has always struggled to find her place and purpose in the world. She loves her family, her books and is a devourer of knowle
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Deborah O'Carroll
Originally posted on my book blog.

My favorite books are the ones I find most difficult to review. AAHH. How can I explain my love for this book? IT’S SO, SO GOOD.

Echo North is so beautiful it hurts. I found myself utterly enchanted by this story of the girl Echo and the white wolf and Hal and the Winds, and I’m so sad it’s over because I wanted to just LIVE in it for ages and ages. <3

Don’t you love those retellings that feel like they’re the REAL story? This one felt that way. A retelling o
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Marquise
This début novel makes a valiant attempt at retelling the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale mixing the original French tale with its Nordic variant East of the Sun and West of the Moon and the Scottish folk ballad Tam Lin. But rather than retelling the original tales directly, it opts for being a retelling of three retellings: Robin McKinley's Beauty, Edith Pattou's East, and Diana Wynne Jones' Fire and Hemlock.

The result is a somewhat messy and flawed story, albeit quite readable and probably fit
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Rosamund Hodge
GORGEOUS
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
amazing.

full review to come later.
Vicky Who Reads
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Psst! I also have a giveaway + an interview with Joanna up on my blog! Find it HERE!

4 stars

This was so magical, I totally fell in love with the enchanted house under the mountain and all of the lush settings in Echo North! (This was definitely my favorite part of reading, 100%.)

The settings and way Meyer built this world was so magical and absorbing and I couldn’t get enough of it. From Echo’s hometown and its almost provincial feeling to the sweeping and somewhat menacing enchanted house under
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Laura Weymouth
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've always loved the fairytale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" and in ECHO NORTH, Joanna Meyer beautifully captures the original essence of the story while tying in a lush new mythos all her own. If magic houses, vengeful goddesses, mysterious wolves, and frozen tundra are of interest to you, then this book deserves a place near the top of your TBR.

Echo is an endearing and relateable main character, whose steadfastness in the face of trials will have you rooting for her all the way. In fact
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Libby
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.”
Rumi --

3.5 stars. In the Author’s Note at the end of the book, Joanna Ruth Meyer gives a nod to “East of the Sun, West of the Moon, a Norwegian fairytale that has its roots in the myth of Cupid and Psyche, as does Beauty and the Beast.” Elements of those tales are found in this story. Ever since reading Women who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, I have become ever more fascinated wi
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Breanna
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks

ARC received through #booksfortrade on Twitter.

“Ever north, where the mountain meets the sky and the trees are hung with stars.”

Echo North is a breathtaking, brilliant retelling of one of my favorite fairytales, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, while also blending elements of other similar stories, such as Tam Lin. This book completely blew my expectations out of the water.

I’m familiar with the stories on which Echo North is inspired by, and so I
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Caylynn Bleess
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars
”You have always been a storyteller.”
He laughs softly. “I suppose I have.”
“Take my story back with you. Give it a happy ending.”
“I will give it the happiest of all endings, Echo who braved the North.”

You know, when I went into this book for the first time, I was expecting a fairly simple “Beauty and the Beast” retelling.

Hoooooooo BOY was I wrong. This was an awesome combination of “Beauty and the Beast”, the tale of Eros and Psyche, and even a little bit of “Cinderella” thrown in th
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Alexandra
Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

HOLLY WOW! This was such an amazing book! Echo's and Hal's story was one of the few that made me wish to be in that world of magic, stories and witches!
This story, which is inspired by East of the Sun, West of the Moon and also it has some elements of Beauty and the Beast, is a must read!

When Echo's family slowly crumbles after her father remarries, she will form a bargain with a mysterious wolf and join him in a magical mansion hidden from the mortal
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Ashleigh
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Where do I start?! I absolutely adored this book. It immediately drew me in from the very first line, on the very first page.

I love the main character, Echo Alkaev. I love her because she’s perfectly human, and she’s perfectly flawed. She is scarred by a wolf as a child, and then is forced to live with this very same wolf to save her father’s life years later. She quickly learns upon going with the wolf that all is not as it seems. She is propelled into a world with an enchanted house benea
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Rose
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This is ultimately yet another bland East of the Sun, West of the Moon retelling. It's not unique or compelling enough to be a true reinterpretation of the original. Nor is the quality of writing good enough to make it satisfying as a straightforward retelling.

In the afterward, the author wrote that she was inspired by Beauty, East, and Fire and Hemlock. And I had to laugh because those were, I swear, exactly the three books I was thinking of while reading this. Which would normally be amazing!
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Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
First ARC of the year complete and just like last year, I started off with a good one! I feel like there have been a lot of re-tellings out/coming out recently. I had only vaguely remembered what the stories of Tam Lin, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and even the myth of Cupid and Physche were about. I myself looked them all up after I saw another reviewer mention them and I would actually recommend not doing so. While this story is obviously unique, there were a few things that I think I wa ...more
Kim Chance
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely ADORED this book! Enchanting and whimsical, yet gothic, raw, and emotional, this book pulled on every single one of my heartstrings! This re-telling had the feel of a classic fairy tale and it certainly took me on incredible reading journey. I was lucky enough to read an ARC version of this book and I knew immediately that it would be a book I read over and over again. I simply cannot recommend this book enough. Definitely one of my new favorites!

Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
I really, really wanted to like this book, and the writing was certainly beautiful. But there was one glaring problem:

This is a book about love, and I did not feel the romance at all.

Echo Alkaev was terribly scarred as a child, when her attempt to free a wolf from a trap backfired. Her facial disfigurement has resulted in her ostracism from the entire village – they call her the cursed on, the devil’s daughter. Only her widower father and elder brother care for her.

Even their love begins to fa
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Meg
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This was disappointing for me. I went into this hoping for a romantic BATB retelling, and that's not entirely what I got. I found this to be closer to a middle grade novel, and while it was beautifully written and lush in description, it just wasn't for me.
A really interesting aspect of this book was the magical library Echo discovers. Instead of books, they are book mirrors, and they transport you into the story and you can either pay attention to the story unfold or just wander around in the w
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Jenn
This is a retelling of the Norwegian fairytale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I had no idea. I liked the description and so I decided to read the book. I started this morning and couldn’t put it down. It was so exciting and heart racing. I positively loved it!

I received an arc and this is my review.
Hannah F. Whitten
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book wrecked me in the best way. The setting is lush and inventive, and its written in a way that pays homage to so many different myths and fairytales while being wholly fresh and original. The central love story is beautiful and believable, and doesn't smooth over the tough parts in favor of an easy ever after. ECHO NORTH is a love letter to stories and storytellers, and is as much about the importance of storytelling as it is about Echo and her white wolf. Highly, highly recommended.
Rachel Leigh
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, young-adult
This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, as follows.

Full Review Below; Completed 01/14/19

(view spoiler)
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Becca
[3.5 out of 5 stars]

This book includes a magical library, and a piano-playing girl who grows up in a bookstore. It was inspired by the works of Robin McKinley, Edith Pattou, and Dianna Wynne Jones. It's a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon. The characters are believable, the prose flows naturally, and I read it in one evening. The main theme is the power of love (it's referred to as the "old magic"). HOW IS THIS NOT THE GREATEST YA BOOK EVER?!

That's what I've been asking myself ever
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
The writing was beautiful and absolutely perfect. I started to feel it slowing down after the Wolf Queen takes Hal but other than that, I though rly enjoyed this fairytale retelling.
Emily G
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
4.5. This kind of fairy tale retelling is right up my alley.
Azbaqiyah
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, young-adult
Plot - 3/5
Characters - 2/5
World Building - 2/5
Writing Style - 4/5
Cover - 4/5

Overall Rating - 3 / 5
Bryn
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderland meets the Wood Between in this tale perfect for fans of Margaret Rogerson and Anne Elisabeth Stengl.
Morrisa
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For starters, thank you to the publishers for approving this e-arc for me through Netgalley. I didn’t know much about this book other than the synopsis and from having seen the cover floating around on goodreads. But oh boy, am I glad I got to read this early.

This story follows Echo, a young woman who was mauled by a wolf she saved as a little girl, who later agrees to live with the wolf for a year in his enchanted home in order to save her father’s life. I was expecting this to essentially be
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Joanna Ruth Meyer hails from Mesa, Arizona, where she lives with her dear family, a rascally feline, and an enormous grand piano. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to convince her students that Bach is actually awesome, or plotting her escape from the desert. She loves good music, thick books, looseleaf tea, rainstorms, and staring out of windows. One day, she aspires to own an old Victorian ho ...more
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