Happy Friday, YA librarians!
Spring is around the corner (or so they say…), but the setting in this fairy tale retelling is as frigid as they come. Bundle up!
ECHO NORTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer
Ages 14 And Up
Available now from Page Street Kids
As a child, Echo Alkaev was brutally attacked by a wolf. Her scars from that day have made her an outcast, but Echo, ever the bookseller’s daughter, has always been able to find comfort in reading . . . until the day her father disappears and is presumed dead. Six months later, Echo finds him half-frozen in the woods, guarded by the very same wolf who scarred her years ago.
In exchange for her father’s freedom, Echo agrees to live with the wolf but to never look at him between midnight and dawn. During her year in captivity, Echo cares for the wolf’s magical castle, explores the enchanted library, and inevitably grows closer to the wolf. Those familiar with East of the Sun, West of the Moon will recognize the trope, but Meyer puts her own spin on it (#nospoilers).
Ya’ll. I LOVE a good fairy tale retelling (see my *glowing* review of another favorite) and ECHO NORTH does not disappoint. It’s a refreshing take on a classic tale with an extremely satisfying twist at the end. The epic love story is captivating and the snow-covered, Russian-inspired setting is brutal and breathtaking. This dreamy tale is an ideal read for fans of THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert and GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust.
But don’t just take my word for it! ECHO NORTH has received two starred reviews!
Day’s YA Archives:
YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn (posted 2/22/2019)
TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza (posted 1/18/2019)
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell (posted 1/4/2019)
ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease (posted 12/13/2018)
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi (posted 11/30/2018)
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell (posted 11/8/2018)
IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais (posted (10/26/2018)
WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam (posted 10/11/2018)
TEEN TRAILBLAZERS by Jennifer Calvert, illus. by Vesna Asanovic (posted 9/26/2018)
AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin (posted 9/14/2018)
FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt (posted 8/23/2018)
UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith (posted 8/9/2018)
I DO NOT TRUST YOU by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz (posted 7/25/2018)
SADIE by Courtney Summers (posted 7/12/2018)
MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud (posted 6/28/2018)
LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber (posted 6/15/2018)
THE RAGING ONES by Krista & Becca Ritchie (posted 5/17/2018)
DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell (posted 5/9/2018)
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell (posted 4/26/2018)
THIS HEART OF MINE by C.C. Hunter (posted 4/13/2018)
I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain (posted 3/30/2018)
CHOOSE WONDER OVER WORRY by Amber Rae (posted 3/15/2018)
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust (posted 3/1/2018)
IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner (posted 2/15/2018)
BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf (posted 2/1/2018)
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (posted 1/18/2018)
HOW I RESIST by Maureen Johnson (posted 1/4/2018)
13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough (posted 12/21/2017)
I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin (posted 12/6/2017)
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young (posted 11/28/2017)
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert (posted 11/13/2017)