"Epic and engrossing. Magic pulsates through every page.” Kirkus, starred review
"...a compelling, satisfying romantic adventure with metafictional undertones.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A marvelous, enchanting tale about the power of love and stories.”
Rosamund Hodge, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beauty
"...beautifully written retelling..." - School Library Journal
Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart when 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 wolfthe same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an ultimatum: if she lives with him for one year, he will ensure her father makes it home safely. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes.
In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, each room must be sewn together to keep the home from unraveling, and something new and dark and strange lies behind every door. When centuries-old secrets unfold, Echo discovers a magical library full of books- turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, the rooms begin to disappear and Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf’s enchantment before her time is up otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever.
|Publisher:||Page Street Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of Beneath the Haunting Seadescribed as “Epic, musical, and tender” by Kirkus and listed on Barnes & Noble’s “Our Most Anticipated YA Fantasy Novels of 2018.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow. Just wow. I have forever loved the tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, especially after reading East by Edith Pattou, which introduced me to the story. Not only did the cover of this novel draw me in, but the review of an author of a debut novel which I just adored. The synopsis did me in, and I had to request it. Thank you to NetGalley and Page Street for allowing me the wonderful chance to review this title ahead of its release date. This story follows Echo, a seventeen-year-old girl who lives with her bookseller father and brother. An encounter with a white wolf when she was young, left one half of her face scarred. This led to a life of cruelty which did not end even when she grew. Her father marries an equally cruel woman who forces her father to venture off to make money for his family. When he does not return, Echo goes off to look for him and finds not only her father but the white wolf she'd rescued as a child. The wolf tells Echo that he will save her father if she comes to live with him for a year. Fearing for her father's weak state, she agrees and is whisked away to a magical house. The only rule the wolf has is that she cannot look upon him after midnight. The house in which Echo finds herself was simply amazing. All the different rooms and the idea that the house stitches itself together was so cool. When Echo comes upon a magical library in which she can step into stories through mirrors and meets the handsome Hal and the pretty girl, Mokosh, her adventures becomes so much more engrossing. There are surprises and magic at every turn and kept me reading way past my bedtime. This book takes East of the Sun, West of the Moon and spins it into something unique. It gave me a lot of Howl's Moving Castle vibes, which is one book I adore. The character of Echo grows into a meek girl wanting to hide her deformity to a brave woman finding her strength. The writing was gorgeous and kept excellent pace with the story. There is not one thing about this novel that I did not dislike. I love when I stumble upon books like this. Echo North was fresh and imaginative. If you love retellings, fairy-tales, books that give you all the FEELS and drown you in magic, this is the one for you. I will be buying a copy to have on my shelf.
what an utterly exquisite book. Joanna Ruth Meyer’s sophomore novel is a retelling of “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” a slightly lesser-known fairy tale, but also includes elements of Tam Lin, Cupid and Psyche, and other stories. and while the story takes place in a winter village and a house beneath a mountain, it takes us all over through an enchanted library and, ultimately, through the heroine’s quest. honestly, this is one of the book’s greatest charms: it’s layers upon layers of magic, embroidered with extraordinary imagination and whimsy, all centered around a heroine who has suffered and loved so much it’s impossible not to root for her.
The perfect winter read. Echo North is lush, beautiful, and cozy while immersing the reader in a frozen wonderland. Meyer’s use of moving mirror-books is particularly thrilling, and help to make a retelling an exciting, new experience.
I love everything about this gorgeous, magical book. I wanted to step inside it the way Echo steps into the book mirrors and live there forever. Absolutely enchanting.
I absolutely loved this book. Echo was immensely relatable, and it was refreshing to have a heroine whose worth wasn’t tied to physical beauty. The prose is gorgeous and evocative, and the setting was super inventive (book mirrors!!), and the eventual reveals will make you want to go back and reread, looking for clues. A perfect read for wintertime!
Thanks to NetGalley and Page Street Publishing Co., who provided a free advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review. This review contains some allusions to events that MAY be considered SPOILERS. Read at your own risk. 2.5 stars I guess I’m just not drinking the Kool Aid on this one. I REALLY, really, REALLY wanted to love this book. I love fairy tales, myth, and re-tellings of them; plus BONUS—the enchanting cover art. The early and frequent echoes (haha, see what I did there) of Beauty and the Beast and East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Tam Lin, and Echo and Psyche sucked me in immediately. I was interested in this relationship between Echo and mysterious wolf from the get go. Book mirrors that take you to magical worlds? A mysterious, malevolent entity? Sounds amazing! I would consider myself the ideal reader for this type of book. So why was this book such a struggle to finish? The longer I read, the less I wanted to continue, which made me sad. What went wrong? I spent some time mulling this over before writing a review. I think the story and concept were on point, but it was executed poorly. Ultimately, while I love a good re-telling, I felt the author grossly over borrowed, to the point that I felt brow beaten by pieces of stories. It was like, oh, did you catch that allusion there? And did you see what I did there? I mean, Echo has a mirror that will show her her father. Um, Belle, anyone? It felt very self-conscious and awkwardly forced. I also felt it led to plot weaknesses and a lack of development in character motivations. Things just sort of happened over and over again, without sufficient setup or adequate foreshadowing, or even logical explanation-- and, perversely, it was still SUPER predictable, which was beyond frustrating. You can see the major “twists” coming from a mile away (Um, gee. I wonder who the wolf is…Duh.) Except for Echo, the other characters are just flat types, as you would expect in a fairy tale, but in a novel, I want more. Character motivations also strained credulity for me; for example, Echo’s willingness to trust the wolf after it is responsible for disfigured her, the evil stepmother, Ivan, etc… When reading, I also couldn’t refrain from noting the absolutely absurd number of similarities with Roshani Chokshi’s, The Star-Touched Queen: a forbidden room of memory; reincarnation (reliving a story/discovering your true identity); talisman objects; binding things to balance the universe; a sad, haunted male protagonist; a malevolent female who threatens to thwart everything; the main character being stupid and doing the exact opposite of what she should do which ruins everything and then her trying frantically to make it all right, etc, etc, etc…. Can all that be an accident? Or was Meyer just on the same wavelength as Chokshi? I don’t know, but they are CRAZY similar. Finally, some of the dialogue was just flat and groan worthy. I felt like half of the dialogue was stilted, fairy book language, and the other half was everyday contemporary speech. I wanted consistency. Also, the word choices sometimes made me bananas. Sometimes a $10 word is better than a $30 word. For example, “Trees marched like soldiers, their trunks stark against the susurration of the wind.” Susurration. Really?! I love words as much as the next bibliophile, but come on. Overall, I feel like this type of story has been done, and there are other books, such as Chokshi’s that