Friday, May 15, 2015

Echo (Black Lotus #2) by E.K. Blair: Review


It's been said the longest echo ever measured lasted 75 seconds, but I can assure you, this will last much longer. The bang deafened the world around me, muting everything into nullity, allowing the reflection of its destruction to live far beyond its intended life.

It will follow me forever, destroying me—destroying you.

You want answers?

So do I.

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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author and International bestselling author, E.K. Blair takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her dynamic and intense writing style. Noted for her ability to create fleshed-out characters that will evoke a realm of reactions, you can be assured that her stories will linger with you far beyond the last word.

A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.

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Review by Michelle:

The nail-biting, exceedingly painful ending of Bang by E.K. Blair left us with a cliffhanger beyond compare making Echo one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. If you were hoping Echo would be as unpredictable and surprising as its predecessor, you will not be disappointed.

From Echo I anticipated the same magic, the same anxiety, the same uncertainty, and the same chilling feeling that I had with Bang. Although most of Echo isn't as mysterious or heart racing, I had glimpses of these things and felt touches of each to some extent, but in a whole different way. Echo has a less devious and suspenseful feel throughout until BAM you are hit over the head with the unexpected yet again in the end. Echo delves much deeper into love, heartbreak, longing, and even remorse and twists your perceptions of each of the characters until your feelings for each are so out of whack you can't be entirely sure whether you love or hate them at any given time.

Love them or hate them, E.K. Blair has an uncanny ability to make you feel for her characters. Even after everything that happened in Bang, all the hatred, all the manipulation, the vengeance, the selfishness, I can't help but hurt for Elizabeth. Like balancing on the fine edge of a knife, I found myself teetering between indifference and even loathing for her and the mess that she made when pursuing her plans for revenge and heartbreaking sorrow and empathy when the one thing that she has always dreamed of, longed for, and never thought she could possibly have and/or keep seems within arm's reach only to find that it is even more unattainable now than ever.

Just when you think things can't get any worse for Elizabeth, it turns out the tragic and traumatic events of her life are not limited to the past as we experience some equally harrowing and shocking incidents in Echo as well as a few completely unexpected turns that will leave your jaw on the floor.

Echo is so shrouded in mystery and contains such shocking surprises and revelations that there is very little that can be said about the story or characters themselves without letting something slip that should be experienced firsthand by the reader. Suffice it to say that E.K. Blair never fails to deliver a riveting and intriguing story that will hook you from the start and leave you wanting more in the end.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 Stars

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