November 9, 2015

Book Review: No True Echo by Gareth P. Jones

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: No True Echo by Gareth P. JonesNo True Echo on October 13, 2015
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Nothing ever happens in idyllic Wellcome Valley, much to Eddie Dane’s dismay. Then, one day, Scarlett White steps onto the school bus. She’s a stranger but somehow familiar. Equal parts smitten and intrigued, Eddie tries to get to know her but finds she has more questions about him. Curious questions about his dead mother.
One day he follows Scarlett to a remote house, where he witnesses a brutal murder, and suddenly he’s back on the school bus the day he first met Scarlett! Caught in a repeating time loop, Eddie learns the truth about his mother’s death, the nature of his connection to Scarlett, and how his past has shaped a dangerous future…one that he can prevent if he lets go of a person he loves.
Smart, gripping, and romantic, this is a time-travel novel that’s really about the importance of human connection and the possibility of choosing the person you become.

No True Echo was honestly a mind-bending read that I just could not bring myself to put down. It was about a highschool student named Eddie. He and his best friend, Angus, live in a rather boring town called Wellcome Valley. One day when he gets on the bus, a new girl named Scarlett gets on. She’s unlike anything that Eddie had ever seen before. In English class, she even has a lot to say about Frankenstein. However, after getting to know her a little bit, Eddie finds that Scarlett has a lot of secrets about life, especially his future.
Eddie was a wonderful character. I loved going on this magical journey with him. He grew up with his grandmother because his mother died, and he never even knew his father. However, he managed to stay pretty happy with the life that he was given, though he couldn’t help but imagine what would happen if his mom was still alive. I also loved his best friend, Angus. He was absolutely hilarious in my opinion, especially in some of the later chapters.
Scarlett, on the other hand, I was a little worried about. Sometimes I couldn’t tell what side she was actually on, though of course everything worked out in the end. I found it really funny when she tried to keep everything from Eddie and I found her to be rather comedic as well. I really liked Cornish as a character, though mainly in the beginning. He’s pretty complex and his story was pretty interesting.
One thing that I found really cool about this book was that you were just as confused as Eddie was. I’d be reading, and something would happen which would bring me to a completely different time line, and my confusion would be shown through Eddie’s behavior. It definitely made me like him more because my emotions could connect with his. I can’t wait to read more from Gareth P. Jones in the future.

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