Review: “Echo” (The Soul Seekers #2) by Alyson Noël

Wow. Just wow.

I just finished Echo 5 minutes ago, and all I can think is: wow. The ending is one big shocker. The book was so good!

[Only read this review if you have read Fated]

Lets start with a small synopsis about “Fated”. Daire en Dace have saved Paloma’s (Daire’s grandmother) soul but weren’t able to stop Cade, Dace’s dark twin brother. He and his brother are both different parts of one soul: Dace is the good part, Cade is the bad part. Dace and Daire found out they are Fated BUT one of them is going to die. At least, that is what the prophecy says.

Fated left me a bit restless: it was well written, romantic and super interesting. But the action was nowhere to be found. Only the last few chapters were really exciting. I was eager to read Echo, and all of my hopes came true.

Echo kicks of with some action and bad news. The story starts right away, no introduction needed. Echo gives us some answers about Cade and Dace, about Daire but also about the Lowerworld and the way they are all connected. Also; the relationship between Dace and Daire deepens, which makes Cade in some weird way stronger.

No, I’m not going to spill anymore.

Echo was a moving forward book, with new and old obstacles. Daire is less naive in this book and finds out that anger is not the only way to overcome her fears. She must learn how to connect with the dead Santoses and nature. The elements are making her stronger everyday and Paloma (together with Chay) make a great team to get Daire in good shape.

Cade somehow manages to get stronger every chapter in the book. Everytime, he almost gets defeated by Daire or Dace, but always gets away. When Daire and Dace are growing stronger, Cade is always one step ahead of them.

It’s frustrating.

The end of the book left me without breath. Everything was one big mess: lots of questions, a new person, Phyre, who has a lot of history, just bust into the storyline as if Daire and Dace don’t have enough problems. They love eachother and maybe that’s a problem. Phyre knows things they don’t know, but she keeps the secrets all to herself, causing even more problems.

At the end of the book, one thing was clearer to me: I think I know what a Soul Seeker is. My description last time lacked a lot of information, but I think I know the answer now. A soul seeker is a person who must keep balance between the different worlds, sace souls from the Richters and take care of nature. A soul seeker has strong bounds with her ancestors and gets help by his or hers spiritual animal.

That’s as far is I can get.

I think this book has a lot more action than Fated, which makes the book way more fun to read. Daire and Dace face some relation ship troubles, but they never give up on eachother. The book is fast pacing, moving forward but also a bit vague. But vague in a way you just want to keep reading; find out everything there is to know.

Just to warn you: the end of Echo is one BIG CLIFFHANGER.

I think Echo has all the good things Fated has, plus some more excitement, love and action. Good job Alyson! I can’t wait to read Mystic (The Soul Seekers #3)!

Review: “Fated” (The Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noël

Totally mesmerized by its cover, and the great “synopsis” at the back, I decided to buy the book (accidentally bought the second book first) and read it! I read some mixed reviews online, but was determined not to be influenced by it 🙂

The story takes place in Enchantement, where Daire is sent to by her mom – who is a Hollywood make-up artist – because Daire was having strange dreams and seeing things nobody else could see. Her mom, Jennika, sends her to Paloma, her long lost grandmother (her dead fathers mom). First, Daire thinks they’re all crazy. But after a while, she finds out there’s more than just a beautiful view in Enchantment.

Paloma tells Daire about her legacy: she is a Soul Seeker. She has powers and can mix herself with the spirits of nature. Also, she can travel to different worlds and  connect with the death. She meets new people, and finally, falls in love.

I think, Alyson Noël, is first of all, an amazing author! Before reading Fated, I read a James Patterson book. He is not really into describing surroundings, so I needed to get used to Alyson’s writing: took me 10 pages. That was the moment I saw the beauty of it: all the things Daire experienced, are put on paper so well! Alyson Noël created a magical and mythical world, I started to admire more and more every page.

The fact that I was looking forward to Dace, was because Diare did too. Not so much, it wasn’t obsessed like, but it was enough for me to wanting to read about those two. I hope the romance between the two of them will get more to the foreground of the story in the second book, ’cause that would make it an even more fantastic story.

If you are really into action books, with lots of things that make your heart beat faster, this book isn’t something for you. It took a while before the book got ‘exciting’. But after that happened, I was hooked until the last page!

I think Chay is one of those persons that stays on the background, but who actually is one of the moste reliable persons in the whole book! I’m really looking forward to learning more about Xotichl, I just adored her! Just like her boyfriend, Auden.

The coolest part about the book, was the fact that Daire had a special bond with animals. Not only normal animals, but also Spirit Animals. This was one of the special touches that only Alyson could have thought of 🙂

With that in mind, I’m still not sure what a Soul Seeker is. Basically, they can travel between worlds, connect with animals and get powers from nature. And there’s something with saving and seeking for souls, but I have a feeling Alyson is saving all of this for her next three books?!

I think the ending of the book was epic! I’m going to read Echo (The Soul Seekers #2) today and hope to get a dazzling story like Fated, but also a bit more action 🙂

Alyson, thumbs up! I loved this story and will read all your the books, that’s for sure!