Wednesday, April 29, 2020

REVIEW⤏ ECHOES BETWEEN US


BY KATIE MCGARRY




    SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE⇣
    Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother's ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it's something more...
    Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.
    A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose--can they conquer their demons together?



    BOOK TAGS

     QUIRKY HEROINE
     CLIFF-JUMPING HERO
     YOUNG LOVE
     ADDICTION & BRAIN TUMORS
    ⤏ CANDIDATE FOR THE WORSE MOTHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

      BOOK DETAILS⇣

      AUDIO PERFORMED BY BRITTANY PRESSLEY & GRAHAM HALSTEAD
      SOURCE LIBBY AUDIOBOOK (LIBRARY)
      AUDIOBOOK LENGTH 12 HOURS, 34 MINUTES



      MY THOUGHTS⇣


      At first, I found this to be slightly cheesy, specifically Sawyer...when he was chanting in his own head, I need that high, gotta get that high...I was so not feeling this addiction to cliff-diving element.  Then we meet his mother...and seriously, she is a piece of work.  If there is an award for the worse Mother of the year award, she should get it, at the very least be in the running.  The things she said to her son...were just wrong.  She was behaving like a bully, to her own child...it was sad how pathetic she was.  Maybe, even too much to be believable.

      I did like Veronica right from the start...she's quirky, she sees ghosts, and she has a secret she's keeping from everyone, and her Dad was great.  She also has a lot of heart and sorta made the story feel more believable for me or at least made it so I was to overlook what felt wrong and focus on what was right.

      The narration was super good; Brittany Pressley is a fav, and Graham Halstead is steadily becoming one.  My only issue was with the beginning of each one of Sawyer chapters; he read from an old journal that he found written by a girl who stayed in an old asylum near their house.  If a third narrator had narrated those sections, they would have been less confusing.



      BREAKDOWN⇣

      Plot 4/5
      Characters 4.3/5
      The Feels 4/5
      Pacing 4/5
      Addictiveness 4.5/5
      Theme, Tone or Intensity 4/5
      Flow (Writing Style) 3.8/5
      Originality/Believability 3/5
      Ending 4/5






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