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Debuting on the New York stage, Zara is unprepared—for Eli, the girl who makes the world glow; for Leopold, the director who wants perfection; and for death in the theater.Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love.Debuting on the New York stage, Zara is unprepared—for Eli, the girl who makes the world glow; for Leopold, the director who wants perfection; and for death in the theater.Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it’s easy to say yes. But it’s hard not to be distracted when there’s a death at the theater—and then another—especially when Zara doesn’t know if they’re accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes. It’s hard not to be distracted when assistant lighting director Eli Vasquez, a girl made of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara. It’s hard not to fall in love. In heart-achingly beautiful prose, Amy Rose Capetta has spun a mystery and a love story into an impossible, inevitable whole—and cast lantern light on two girls, finding each other on a stage set for tragedy....

Title : Echo After Echo
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ISBN : 9780763691646
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Echo After Echo Reviews

  • Melanie
    2018-10-20 14:03

    “This is the Aurelia Theater. It feels like coming home.”Echo after Echo is an own voices novel, that has such a beautiful f/f romance, surrounding a Broadway theater crew getting ready for opening night, while also trying to solve a murder mystery that may or may not be a curse set on the theater they all love and adore. I devoured this with a smile on my face. I was completely enthralled and immersed by this. I love this story with my entire being. This theater crew has from November 5th to December 29th (opening night) to perfect the play, Echo and Ariston, which is a very reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. During this time, two murders happen, but everyone knows these things come in threes, so our main character is slowly trying to piece the puzzle together, while also trying to protect herself at all costs. Our main character, Zara, is an eighteen-year-old girl, who has lived and breathed this play from a very young age. After she gets the leading role of Echo, she gives up her senior year of high school to move to New York and take a chance on making her dreams a reality. The other leading role of Ariston is played by Adrian Ward, an already very famous and good-looking male, where this is the first thing Zara has ever been in. So, she is constantly trying to better her acting and the play’s director, Leopold, easily directs her to do whatever he or his visions want from the play. We are also met with a full cast of characters, where you will constantly be guessing who is committing these crimes, and who might be the next victim. Yet, the writing is so beautiful and haunting, you won’t be surprised in the slightest if the Aurelia Theater is just truly cursed.Zara soon meets the assistant lighting designer, Eli, who makes Zara feels things she only thought were possible in the play she has grown up obsessed with. Yet, Leopold made Zara promise to only focus on the play and her opening night, while he also wants the media to believe in a budding romance between her and her costar, Adrian. “But here’s the real truth: time doesn’t work in neat, predictable ways. It doubles over on itself. Finds new ways to hurt you.”And this writing is so atmospheric and is truly a tier above most out there. I mean, I could have probably highlighted this whole entire book. The prose is nothing short of whimsical, even though this is a contemporary thriller. From the actual play being practiced, to the play that is constantly referenced, I am currently dying to see any and all productions of this play. “But the feelings Zara has been chasing since the day she found that ragged paperback of Echo and Ariston are right here, in a girl who made herself out of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light.”And the romance, oh boy, the romance. I was living for every scene with Zara and Eli, even though they are both too pure for this world and need to be protected at all costs. I think the reason I read this book so quickly was because I simply could not get enough of them and their perfect growing love. Zara coming to terms with her sexuality is a big part of this book and it really resonated within me, while also really hitting very close to home and how I felt when I was eighteen and realizing I wasn’t straight. I think the bi representation was amazingly done and made me feel all the feels.“But girls touch each other all the time. Girls have intense friendships that have nothing to do with wanting to tear each other’s clothes off.”And the diversity is also outstanding. Zara is on the page bisexual (be still, my heart) and Jewish. There are wonderful discussions about how she feels living in a world that predominately celebrates Christmas in December, and it was really insightful and heartwarming. Eli is a lesbian, Puerto Rican, and grew up Catholic. Adrian is that typical, everybody loves me, straight, white guy, but he also talks about how he is Dyslexic and suffers from ADHD. Seriously, this is a well written diverse cast that I really loved and appreciated. Trigger Warnings for mention(s) of: eating disorders, rape, and suicide. I loved this. This would be such a perfect fall or winter read. I mean, I could read Broadway murder mysteries about girls loving girls all year round, but I do think this is going to feel ever more perfect for its October 10th release. This story is absolutely beautiful and such a shining light among 2017 publications! I recommend this with my whole heart and hope you pick it up come this fall. “There is always an imperfection in beauty, some flaw or surprise to remind you that it’s real.”Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch Buddy Read with Elise ❤The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    2018-10-31 13:50

    The thing I keep coming back to about Echo after Echo is the sheer power of the writing. Almost everything about this book is awesome, but the writing is stunning. It is "I will remember this for the rest of my life" stunning. I genuinely do not remember the last time I read a book written so beautifully. I wanted to highlight every other sentence but I didn't want to put it down because it was so. fucking. engaging. I am going to read every single thing Amy Rose Capetta publishes for the rest of her life. You can't stop me. // LET'S BEGIN ANALYZING THIS MASTERPIECE♔ OH MY GOD THE LEADS. Zara and Eli are both such well-developed and compelling characters. Zara is a surprisingly down-to-earth daydreamer desperately attached to her play. Eli is the more cynical of the two, with a passion for lighting and a deep love of the theater.Also, quick note about diversity - our two leads are a chubby Jewish bi girl who states that she's bi on the fucking page and a Puerto Rican lesbian with short dyed hair. Okay, okay, I just loved them both so much and I'm so happy about the rep being so good. ♚ God, the romance??Echo wants Ariston so quickly and so completely because she’s already fallen in love. She’s been hollowing out a place inside herself for years —and he fits.I've been thinking a lot recently about how to make a fast-flowing romance work, and I think this book has given me the solution. Up until now, the only instaromance I've ever truly loved has been that of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone. You know what those books have in common? They establish why these two characters could possibly fall so fast. Here, we explicitly see the loneliness of the romantic leads, how they both want someone in their lives. Instalove isn't bad because it's instant - it's bad because it's unbelievable. And okay, yes, sometimes instalove is bad because it's forced, but trust me - this was not forced. LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT STATUE SCENE. LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT LIGHTING SCENE. Zara and Eli have so much chemistry. There are so many tiny moments where you can feel the heart-arresting sensation of first love. The writing is just that vivid. ♔ I liked the And Then There Were None-esque whodunnit aspect. Echo after Echo builds up so many different characters that it's hard to know where to turn for suspects. Yet in a strange way, you don't want the culprit to be any of them. Not after the buildup. There's Roscoe, the eccentric soundboard operator. There's Etta, washed-up dame, and Carl, her first husband. There's Kestrel, Zara's bitter and mysterious roommate. There's Meg, the assistant director, and Adrian, the star-power male lead. And of course, there's the head of the whole show - Leopold, our mysterious director. I found all these characters super intriguing, and they certainly felt very developed for side characters. ♚ Art. I can feel Capetta's love for the theater world bleeding through the pages, and I am so freaking thankful for it. As a theater nerd myself, I've seldom felt the true joy and feeling of acting and performing conveyed so well. ♔ I touched on this a bit earlier, but I loved the parallels between the stage show and real life. The entire book just felt very meta and interesting due to all its symbolism. And thankfully, Capetta didn't feel the need to throw it in your face!! I've read several YA books recently that felt the need to explicitly run the reader through every single moment of symbolism, and damn, am I glad this book avoided doing that very thing. I felt far more respected by the author as a result. ♚ I do have to say that the pacing varied. This is very much a slow-burn novel, and I have to say that I never felt that true desperation to finish I'd expected in the latter half. It's not necessarily a bad thing - it just means more focus on character building - but it's something I wish I could've known going in. VERDICT: There's so much I loved about this - the character arcs, the atmospheric writing, the theatrical aspects, the romance. God, it was just so good. I hope all of you get a chance to read this, because it is truly one of the year's gems. Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube

  • LolaReviewer
    2018-11-08 11:06

    Who would have thought playing the dream role of Echo in Echo and Ariston at the theater under the direction of the famous, creative and respected Leopold Henneman would be so dangerous?And yet it is. Suddenly, Zara does not feel safe in New York anymore. Who would, after mysterious deaths occur, and no one seems to be of blame? Luckily, she has Eli, who works on the production as a lightening assistant.But her relationship with Eli is precarious, too, seeing that she was forbidden from committing to anything or anyone other than the play. Forbidden love stories are a huge hit or miss for me. Like love triangles, another YA trope, they can easily become annoying, especially if they start being overdramatic or if the characters start lying their heads off. Like, calm down.But in this case, I often just forgot Zara and Eli weren’t supposed to be in a relationship. Plus everything is so smooth between them, and very, very lovely. When they’re together, they forget about the world around them, so it was only when Zara would mention it that I would be reminded of the commitment she made. It’s a lyrically-written story that will surprise the reader continuously. The mystery is not the main focus—the play and love story are—but I still felt interested in uncovering the truth more than anything and putting an end to this silly “curse”. I’m not one to read books about plays—would rather just read one instead—but this was different. The story itself is a play. A play in which the actors choose their own destinies, instead of having them being dictated to them. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    2018-10-22 14:08

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest🌟 I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Nagini: Book with betrayal. For more info on this challenge, click here. 🌟 "An art monster is someone who gives his entire life over to creation" (207)Finally! An F/F YA romance with substance!Zara is a teenage actress who moves to New York when she finds out she's received the role of Echo, in the play Echo and Ariston. She's instantly blown away by the glamor of New York, the opulent Aurelia Theater, and the experience and sophistication of her coworkers and fellow actors, one of them, her co-star, being a famous Hollywood A-lister trying to score more gravitas.Hanging over the play, however, is a curse: many people working both on and off the stage have died in the Aurelia Theater. Zara is unlucky enough to see the lighting director fall to his death during her first week. The curse is an open secret among those who work in the theater and yet everyone is curiously reluctant to talk about it.  As if that weren't creepy enough, the director of the play, Leopold, is super creepy and extremely menacing, with his devotion to his visions approaching something that looks a lot like insanity -and abuse.The story is told from multiple POVs, which is normally something I don't like or find too distracting, but it's done fairly seamlessly here, with one melding into the other. I was also pleasantly surprised by the large cast of characters, all of them very interesting and unique, even if they're not all likable. I loved the mystery aspect, and how each POV was used to hint at more; it never felt like the author was just trying to bolster the page count by packing the book with more people - each new POV added new information, and I was interested in what they had to say.Lastly, the writing and the love story were just excellent. This is what Elliot Wake tried - and failed - to do with BLACK IRIS. Both have lovely passages of writing, but ECHO AFTER ECHO is never bogged down by its prose, and the actual story is never relegated to the background while the metaphors wallow in their own self-importance. The love story between Eli and Zara was just passionate enough to encapsulate the be-all and end-all of teenage passion, but not so corny that it had me rolling my eyes in disgust and going, "Really? Did you read that off a candy heart?" This is a slow burn romance between two imperfect people who sometimes hurt each other and sometimes make selfish decisions (I wanted to smack Zara at one point), but ultimately love conquers all.The only flaw is that - sometimes - the pacing was a bit too slow, and I'd have to set the book aside and go off and do something else. I considered marking this book as did-not-finish for a while but luckily the plot picked up around 207 (when the murder mystery becomes more focal in the story line). This book is long, 400+ pages, and I'm not entirely convinced that every word was necessary.Aside from that, I really enjoyed this book. I would read more from this author.Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy! 3.5 to 4 stars

  • Acqua
    2018-10-28 09:53

    Echo After Echo is a f/f murder mystery set in a theater. I thought a book with a premise such as this couldn't be boring, but Echo After Echo had a massive pacing problem, and that wasn't even the only thing that went wrong.Even mystery books I didn't love - for example, Far From You and Dangerous Girls - took me half a day. I read 90% of my one true weird love A Line in the Dark in one afternoon.Echo After Echo took me almost a week.What I love about mystery books is that the tension keeps me reading even when the characters are as interesting as cardboard cutouts. But here? The pacing was all over the place, and the tension went with it. There are two deaths at the beginning, and then almost nothing happens (if not for relationship drama) until the very end. For most of the book, the main character isn't even trying to investigate what is happening. The ending was interesting, but again, after such a long build-up, it was definitely too short.The only thing I liked was how this book challenged the idea that we need to support abusive, toxic men just because they make great art. Leopold, the director, is a predator, and I liked how the story dealt with him.It's one thing to know what he'd done, and another to try to get people to believe. So many would find a way to ignore it. To put it in a little compartment in their minds and say, yes, he was a monster, but he made such beautiful things.All the other characters were bland and forgettable. There's not much to Zara besides her love for the theater and for Eli, who is so flat she's not a character at all. She's just there, and their relationship had some cute moments, but nothing more.The writing wasn't terrible; what I disliked the most was the combination of person and tense - third person present is usually a bad idea. It tires me quickly and it makes everything feel so distant.If it hadn't been for the f/f relationship, this would have been a dnf. I always want to give a chance to f/f books until the end. Even when they have nice, quotable sentences like this one:No way was she spending a season with the Italians and their stunning lack of deodorant....Thank you?If you're wondering: no, it's not contradicted in text, and yes, that characters is kind of insufferable but did you need to have this in your book? Like... can you not?And then the book coded the villainous character as aromantic. Great. No, I don't think it was intentional, but it would have been so easy not to do it.

  • Sabrina
    2018-11-03 06:59

    Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....This book has the perfect elements of mystery, suspense and romance! I was afraid that I would not like this book because of the theater like elements but I was so wrong. It was actually one of the things I loved most about this book. AND there is a f/f romance AND one of the characters is bi. The writing is lyrical and enchanting. What more do you need from this book? Everyone needs this book!!

  • Jen Ryland
    2018-11-10 12:02

    This was really different -- in a good way -- and I hope I can convince others to try it. It's a story about role-playing - both in relationships and on the stage. It's a really sweet f/f love story. It's also a murder mystery. And as I read it I couldn't stop thinking about Harvey Weinstein.Why?Check out my blog review here!Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com or check out my Bookstagram!I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher for possible review.

  • syd
    2018-10-22 11:50

    **Thank you so, so, SO much to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.**This was one of my most anticipated books of the ENTIRE year, so obviously as you would think I went in with some fairly high expectations. And let me tell you, this one by far did not disappoint. Echo After Echo was absolutely INCREDIBLE. If I were able to do an interview with the author, Amy Rose Capetta, I think I'd literally die.It was a super fast read; I read it in two days, and I could have finished it faster but I had to stop reading every now and then because I just had to take in how astonishingly amazing it was.A FEW THINGS I LIKED: - The gay - The theatre - The mystery (aka, the deaths in the theater) was actually written WELL. - The writing was fucking BREATHTAKING. Holy shit. - The characters were STUNNING and I am OBSESSED with them and I want to marry them. (But at the same time I want the main OTP in the book to get married eventually.)A FEW THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE: - Um, I kinda forgot to take notes (😢)...but I do remember ONE tiny little minor thing that I didn't like, which was that every now and then the pacing would get a little weird. But then it would get back to normal again.So yeah, all in all, as you can CLEARLY see, I one hundred percent L O V E D this book so so so much oh my goooooodddddddd. Please read it when it's released.

  • TL
    2018-10-17 06:51

    Eh *shrugs*

  • Shelby Machart - Read and Find Out
    2018-11-13 05:49

    My Video Review3.5 starsSo much diversity! A bisexual female Jewish protagonist, a lesbian Puerto Rican secondary character, and a side character who talks about his experience with ADHD and dyslexia.Unfortunately I found the ending to be abrupt, but other than that I really enjoyed it.

  • Dahlia
    2018-11-08 09:17

    Gorgeous, intense, romantic, mysterious, and a really pleasant surprise to me in the Jewish rep, too.

  • Shelly
    2018-11-09 08:51

    This was just amazing. The perfect amount of suspense/mystery mixed in with the theatre elements and the romance was just extraordinary. Add it to your TBR immediately!

  • Savannah (The Book Prophet)
    2018-10-29 06:12

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my overall rating of this book.This is shamefully the first book I’ve ever read with a f/f relationship as the main focus. I’ve read books with female couples on the side but not as the center focus of the story. That’s the main reason I decided to read this book since I’ve never read it before.The book also follows a young actress trying to make it in the theater world, another topic I haven’t read about. On top of all of that there’s also the mystery of crew members dying in ways that make it seem like accidents.So basically I was really excited to read this book since it ticked off a lot of the boxes of books I haven’t read before – something I’ve been trying to do this year. I’d like to say that I really enjoyed this book. It did take me about 50-100 pages to get engaged in the story, but once I was I couldn’t keep my eyes off the book!Our main character Zara is bisexual and has been obsessed with the Greek play, Echo and Ariston, most of her life. When she auditions and get the part as the title character Echo at one of the biggest theaters in the world, she is ecstatic. But. Then people start dying and she doesn’t think that they’re accidents like they’re made to look.“People who truly need to hurt you don’t make a show of it. They find quiet ways.”I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book because although there was also a romance plot and the entire play going on, Capetta was able to evenly distribute each part of this story throughout the novel. She never gave away too much to where you could figure out who was murdering the crew members but she also didn’t keep the readers completely in the dark, as she switched perspectives.That’s also something I really liked about this story, the multiple point of views. This book was written in third person, which worked well for the way she told the story. We had Zara’s point of view, Eli’s, Leopold’s, and nearly every other member of the theater crew’s as well. Every person had a secret that you kept on trying to guess as you read.The relationship between Zara and Eli felt a bit rushed to me, as there weren’t very many memorable interactions between them before they decided that they liked each other, which I didn’t like all that much because something I always look for in a romance is growth and slow build. But when the girls were actually together my heart fluttered with them. I absolutely loved their relationship and I thought it was written very well. I think this might be because this book is an own voices book.“Being an actor is all about finding keys from the real world that open imaginary locks.”As much as I think the characters were great and uniquely fleshed-out, I felt a disconnection from myself and Zara. This might be due to the third person it was written in but I could never quite connect with Zara during any moments of the book, which is sad because I really wanted to.That aside, I loved the diversity in this book. Zara, like I mentioned earlier, is bisexual, though Eli is the first girl she’s been with. She’s Jewish as well! Eli is Puerto-Rican and gay. There’s also a side character that’s gay. Though the diversity was great and I thought it was written perfectly, I wish there had maybe been more.The plot moved at a perfect pace but by the end I felt like there should have been more closure. The ending shocked me even though I probably should have seen it coming. There were a few loose ends that weren’t tied up like I wish they had been – it would have only needed another 5 pages or so.Overall a really great read if you’re looking for something mysterious and gripping, but light and fluffy at times. If I weren’t such a slow reader I would have been able to breeze through this in a mere day or two.TW for mention(s) of: suicide, eating disorders, rape, homophobiaFor more reviews and bookish stuff, visit my blog here

  • Kelly
    2018-11-01 11:03

    The romance between Zara, a bisexual who names her identity powerfully, and Eli is really great. The setting is engaging and exciting, and I love the whole idea of a teen leaving home early to follow her theater dreams.But the mystery was so weak and felt really shoved in. I never got a sense of Leopold beyond a stereotypical skeezy director. I think this could have been an awesome romance OR an awesome mystery, but bringing them together just didn't work. It was overlong and unfortunately, it under delivered. I will say this much: Capetta's writing is gorgeous. Which is part of why it bums me that the story didn't work.

  • Stella (Paper Wings)
    2018-10-26 08:02

    Wowww this book took me completely by surprise!! I picked it up for the romance and got invested in the mystery. I also just went to a (pretty gay!) women's march this morning, so this was the perfect book for the day! It's super timely and much deeper than I expected.☆Characters☆Zara is such a powerful, precious squishbean!! And says she's bisexual on👏 the 👏 page!👏 Eli is hilarious and beautiful, and, and, and, they just broke my heart, y'all. The side characters are all interesting, too! They're all flawed and multifaceted, and they're all suspects... *insert suspenseful piano here*☆Romance☆SOOOO cute! And I was so tense in all those moments when Eli is wondering if Zara's straight or not, and in her head Zara's thinking, "I want to kiss you now." And in reality she says, "Did you know the first kiss between two women on Broadway was in a Yiddish play in the 1920s?" I want to squish these rainbow children.☆Plot☆It was a very complicated, gripping mystery! But I was able to predict the killer about halfway through the book...? (view spoiler)[It was kind of weird because I didn't really have a reason, I just felt like Meg would be a good pick for the culprit. Leopold seemed like a creep from the start, of course, but I was actually pretty confused when they thought Leopild had done it. I was like, I thought it was supposed to be a mystery...? But jokes on me, I was right all along but I got screwed over anyway because I had already given up on my hunch. (hide spoiler)] Should I consider it a sign that I read too much? (Just kidding! I WILL NEVER EVER READ TOO MUCH! I NEED ALL THE BOOKS! AH HAHA HAHA HAHA HA... HA. Ha.)☆Final Thoughts☆❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤Favorite Quotes:"Let's start at the beginning. God created men and women and trees and snakes and it got very nasty for a bit. Skipping forward—I was a grocery boy here in New York. I craved the spotlight. Not quite Faust. Faust's gay cousin. Someone should have slapped me and said 'Go back to your cabbages!' But there are no time machines and hindsight is a know-it-all prick.""I have this theory... I think that acting is about finding keys for whatever is locked up inside the play. So I'm always looking for things that fit just right. Once you start paying attention, you see that most of life is a wrong fit. And then it's hard because you want this thing that you don't have, this thing that might not even exist."This is Echo, she thinks. This is exactly like Echo.The smile that comes to her lips turns sharp. Zara promised herself that she would be able to feel this without putting either of them in danger. But this is the story—this has always been the story."

  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    2018-10-19 09:04

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher as a reviewer for YA Books Central.Diversity Rating: 3 - Closer to RealityRacial-Ethnic: 3 (Eli is Puerto Rican, Zara is culturally Jewish)QUILTBAG: 5 (Eli is a lesbian, Zara is bi, and there are plenty of QUILTBAG side characters)Disability: 0Intersectionality: 3Much like we now own every rainbow in existence, queer people own the world of theater. We may not always be visible, but we're definitely there. (I'm always in the audience. I may be ridiculously dramatic, but I can't act in front of a crowd to save my life nor reliably work backstage.) If you've been waiting around for a theater book starring queer girls--because the gay guys who make up the G in QUILTBAG get almost all the queer rep--you've got that rep now in Echo After Echo and it is good.Something tells me more than a few actresses could read this book and say afterwards "yep, some of this is 100% accurate." Zara's audition for the role of Echo in Echo and Ariston on Broadway sees her get the part regardless of her lack of experience and in the weeks leading up to her moving to New York City, she develops a close relationship with Leopold, the show's director. I think you already know what kind of things he inflicts upon Zara, like propositioning her and trying to control her offstage and generally being a massive creep.That is honestly just the start of how awful Leopold is as a person and how many lives he's wrecked. Trust me, there's a lot more. (Honestly, I did not plan to focus on this, but look at the entertainment industry's wave of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault allegations against so many major players. Echo After Echo knew what was going on in Hollywood as well as on Broadway.)But Zara and Eli, our two main characters, share the majority of third-person POV duties and their unfolding romance is the real focus of the story. Though Zara worries Leopold will find out when he explicitly told her not to get into a relationship because he thinks he has that right to dictate her love life, something else looms: the curse on the Aurelia, the theater where Echo and Ariston is performing.Through stellar writing and an incredible sense of atmosphere, the Aurelia is practically a character itself whispering into Zara's ear about what's happened within its walls. For a century, every production there has been cursed with accidents and deaths. The curse, according to the rumors, always comes in threes and it always ends on opening night--and from the looks of it, the death of the lightning designer Roscoe is just the first curse incident out of three.Though there's no one living in or under the theater making these things happen, Echo After Echo has a very Phantom of the Opera feel to it as it builds up to the second strike--another death--and third strike of the curse. The strong characterization of Eli and Zara ups the tension as well, making you worried the third strike might fall upon one of them.At 432 pages, Echo After Echo is a bit too long, however. There's a significant lull in events during the book that may make you put it down for a while. Though I love when Ariston's actor Adrian Ward gets POV sections that strengthen his characterization, he's a minor player in the overall story. The climactic scene sees everyone of note involved somehow, but Adrian is the least involved of all. All he does there is give a letter from Zara to Eli! Though he's characterized like a main character, he's very nearly a bit player.Echo After Echo is an intelligent, dark, and haunting book starring gay girls who get their happy ending, the wonderful and terrible world of theater, and the possibility of a curse. You shouldn't need to hear anything more to convince you of this book! Skipping it means missing out on one of the most memorable, atmospheric settings of the year and so much more.Also, Echo After Echo confirms that mediocre and highly predatory white men are a plague upon the arts and must be gotten rid of. I think we're all in agreement on this thanks to Harvey Weinstein as well as everything and everyone that's been exposed since him. My choices of who should be next: Mel Gibson, Woody Allen, Roman Polanski. THAT'S JUST THE APPETIZER IN OUR ENDLESS FEAST ON THESE MEDIOCRE, ABUSIVE MEN.

  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    2018-10-20 06:55

    holy SHIT?????? gimme some time to recover before I review this but holyyyyyy SHITTTT

  • KTReads
    2018-10-18 09:02

    Heeeee! I read this before most of you, and it's so so good! Pure dark sparkle magic, with sexy sprinkles on top.

  • Shay McClean
    2018-11-17 08:50

    It's an LGBTQ love story / murder mystery set in a theatre on Broadway. IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT THAT SENTENCE THAT ISN'T AWESOME

  • Olivia (Books and Big Ideas)
    2018-11-10 10:58

    This review was originally published on my blog, Books and Big Ideas**I received an eARC copy of this from Negalley in exchange for an honest review.**I excitedly requested Echo After Echo because I’d been looking forward to it; I’ve gotten into theater a lot lately (though not quite in an actor way) and haven’t seen many fictional books about drama kids, which hasn’t been helpful since I’m currently trying to capture some of that community in my own writing. Furthermore, a female/female love story featuring a bi girl always perks my interest.So, I had the contemporary mindset going in, the genre I read mostly. But oh man, is this a mystery story, and a good one. The atmosphere is creepy from the beginning–I mean, Zara finds a dead body when she first arrives at the theater! And almost everyone in the theater is weird and mysterious–or, at least, not very friendly at first, including the creepy famous director, Leopold, who can get away with way too much power abuse because he’s “brilliant.” He also has visions, and coupled with the theater’s curse, I wondered if there was something supernatural going on. But because of Zara and Eli’s budding relationship, the mystery doesn’t take the forefront in the middle, so it doesn’t drag or rely solely on its (well-constructed) plot, constantly asking you to question it. And then they seem to figure it out, but…it isn’t what it seems. Which was AMAZING because I did not expect the level of complexity to the mystery in a book I regarded as a contemporary–and that more or less tricks you into believing you’re reading one in the middle.But aside from the mystery, Zara/Eli is written with great amounts of suspense and swoon, keeping them apart for just the right time to keep the page turning without growing exhausting. It’s established early on that Zara and Eli like girls (though Eli doesn’t know Eli does for a while), and that Zara’s dated and kissed boys, too. So this wasn’t a discovery story in that respect, which tend to dominate LGBTQ stories (albeit for a reason–but it’s not the be-all-end-all). Yet, Zara isn’t completely figured out yet; she tries to come out to her family and also says “I’m bisexual” when she’s absolutely sure. THE WORD! It used the word, even when it was easy to infer! (Bi people always have to come out over and over again, or else they’re assumed to be either gay or straight.) Also, isn’t it great there’s queer representation in different genres (mystery in this case) from the usual contemporaries?Echo After Echo is written in third person omniscient, with different chapters centering on different characters, although certainly Zara is focused on the most. This allowed for plenty of insight into the other characters’ psyches, preventing them from being weird types. Additionally, I just really liked the writing–there were quite a few turns of phrases I highlighted. (I would give examples, but ARCs are not final so we can’t quote from them!)The theater was a refreshing (albeit dark and mysterious setting); it was nice seeing a YA book where the teenage characters are not in high school. Zara did apply to colleges to attend after she finishes her run in the play, and certainly not everyone can be a working artist at the age, but it was a great glimpse into that life.I honestly have few negative things to say. I began to wish Adrien had more depth than the shallowness and awareness of fan-pleasing you’d expect from a young, hot male movie star, but then I was pleasantly surprised with more backstory and comments on how he stumbled into the business and how fame affected his life and relationships.Now I need to get a finished, physical copy for my future classroom…

  • Ren (A Bookish Balance)
    2018-11-03 08:05

    ** Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of Echo After Echo in exchange for an honest review ** 3.5/5 stars.Echo After Echo follows an actress named Zara Evans who has just gotten her first big break. She is cast as Echo in the Greek tragedy Echo & Ariston, a play directed by the well-known director Leopold Henneman, and held at the iconic Aurelia Theatre. Leopold is demanding to the point of where things are somewhat disturbing, and he often places his actors in uncomfortable scenarios, but it's all in the name of his art, right? Echo After Echo is, at it's heart, a mystery novel. Shortly after being cast as Echo, Zara watches Leopold's lighting director fall to his death. This death is unfortunately not the last that occurs during Zara's time as Echo. The lighting director's death is pegged as an accident, but of course Zara doesn't believe this and tries to uncover the mystery. Everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted. While we have this mystery going on, there is also a budding F/F romance forming between Zara and the lighting director's assistant, Eli. The romance is a nice addition to the story and never feels forced or unnatural. I loved the atmosphere created by the author, Echo After Echo shows just how cutthroat the drama world can be. It is successful in painting a beautiful imagine of the stage, the costumes, and the city. Amy Rose Capetta was also successful in creating a diverse and interesting cast of characters. Each character is unique and important to the story.The writing is a double edged sword. It is straightforward and simple. Each sentence of the novel is short, giving it a hypnotic, rhythmic feeling. While the writing was extremely enjoyable, the major down side to this type of writing style is that it makes it more difficult to connect with the characters. While I throughly enjoyed each character, I wanted just a bit more from the characterization. Near the end of the novel I started making predictions in regards to the ending. My predictions were incorrect, yet somehow the actual outcome felt predictable and unbelievable. The story also had a somewhat abrupt ending that left me wanting more. Overall, the fast paced story, interesting characters, lyrical writing, and short chapters make this a quick enjoyable read.

  • Tainá
    2018-10-29 11:05

    Zara leaves her home on her senior year of high school to seize a one in a life time opportunity: being the lead actress on her favorite play directed by Leopold Henneman himself. As soon as she gets there though, things start to go wrong, a man dies, she has to live with someone who clearly wanted her part on the play and she couldn’t feel more alone. That’s when she meets Eli, a girl who she pays too much attention to and who insists that the recent accident is ‘the wrong color’.Even though it’s clear that Zara is the dreamer and Eli is the realistic, that’s not everything they are. Zara also is focused, dedicated and practical. And Eli (I’m not sure how else to describe it) just feels so much, the poor girl. They complement each other quite nicely.I have a lot of thoughts about this book and the way it’s written, but I’ll try to keep this short. I loved the writing style, and something that really stuck with me was how in the first few scenes with Zara and (view spoiler)[Leopold, when we’re still learning what kinda person he is, when his behavior can still maybe be brushed off as eccentric (hide spoiler)], Capetta doesn’t really tell us what Zara is thinking or feeling, she doesn’t need to, she just describes the scene, and we instantly know.She also did an incredible job in the moments that she did choose to tell us what the characters were feeling. You can feel their love, their despair, their fear. I know nothing about acting or theater but still found myself relating to the characters.There are quite a few side characters and I think the fact that I didn’t keep mixing them up in my head shows that she did a good job with them. Not to mention the fact that I was genuinely sad about the first two victims and hoping that the girls would solve the mystery already so no one else would die.Both main characters are compelling and I really loved watching their romance develop, but my favorite part was seeing Zara grow through the story, the way she becomes stronger and more sure of herself without giving up who she is.

  • April
    2018-11-16 09:58

    This story follows bi-sexual theater teen Zara Evans as she gets her dream role as Echo at the Aurelia Theater. But the theater is full of tragedy and Zara is surrounded by mystery, deaths, and a drastically abusive famous director. But there's also love; something Zara has never found before but feels growing between her and the snarky young lighting assistant, Eli. Eli is a girl of tattoos, light, laughter, and from the first moment she sees Zara on-stage she knows she's in trouble. This was diverse, mysterious, romantic and fun. It was a fast read and had some really great writing in spots which made it even more enjoyable.Anything you didn’t like about it? The characters aren't very deeply developed and the plot gets very dramatic (much like a play within a play) but it all reads quickly.To whom would you recommend this book? (Read-alikes if you can think of them) Good for really snappy mystery readers and also good diverse romance or really theater-focused story.FTC Disclosure: The Publisher provided me with a copy of this book to provide an honest review. No goody bags, sponsorship, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  • Laura (bbliophile)
    2018-11-17 06:06

    I kind of DNF'd this because I just didn't really care? I had such high expectations of this one but I felt kind of bored while listening to it :(

  • Chiara
    2018-10-23 12:00

    A copy of this novel was provided by Walker Books Australia for review.The first thing you probably need to know about Echo After Echo is that there are a lot of POVs. From the blurb I thought this book was going to be about Zara, and then when Eli’s chapters started I was like: yeah, okay, that sometimes happens. And then when almost everyone in the theatre had at least one POV chapter I was a little overwhelmed. Especially since I didn’t feel like a lot of them were necessary. In a mystery/thriller I can understand the need for some non-MC POV chapters to give insight into some elements but these extra POV chapters didn’t feel like they did that.I think it takes a special mystery/thriller book to juggle slow pacing and sadly I don’t think that Echo After Echo quite hit the mark. At 432 pages it just felt too long, and the mystery and thriller aspects of the book were lost underneath all the extras about the play and the theatre. I feel like the tension of people being murdered should be the overarching element in a mystery/thriller book, but in Echo After Echo I felt like that part was the subplot and the main plot was Zara being in a play for the first time and falling in love for the first time. I felt like there were two different novels trying to vie for the same page time.When Zara arrives at the theatre, she idolises the director, who turns out to be a predator. Considering what’s going on in the entertainment industry right now I felt like this was pretty topical. Everyone in the theatre was under the director’s ‘spell’ and had been forever. Even if he made up stories about them, caused their relationships to fall apart, supported their drug abuse and alcoholism, and sexually assaulted them. This was, according to the people themselves, because the director had such power in the arts industry and could make or break them. Except… I never saw that power. He was in one theatre, with the same people all the time. I didn’t see this power that they spoke of at all. And I found some actions of the theatre people to be pretty disgusting in terms of their knowledge of the director’s behaviour, and the fact that he’d hired a teenage girl to play his leading role. All of them were complicit in how he treated Zara.The best thing about Echo After Echo by far was the romance between Zara and Eli. It was innocent and sweet and I loved it. Reading about Zara falling in love for the first time was lovely, and reading about Eli falling for someone who she was scared would choose her career over her was bittersweet. Their relationship wasn’t all smooth sailing, but I feel like they actually talked about things instead of trying to ignore them. The two girls were very open and honest with each other and I appreciated that a lot. I also liked their frank discussions regarding their sexuality – Zara is bi and Eli is gay – and their support for one another in this regard.The ending, however, kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth in terms of who the murderer was. Slightly poilery bit ahead: I’m not entirely okay with a victim turning out to be the murderer, and thus the person we’re supposed to hate. I know that murder, of course, is not the answer to trauma but I still didn't like how we were, obviously, supposed to feel horror towards the perpetrator. And even though I felt that horror towards their actions, I couldn't feel it fully. The person had been abused by the director for years and I couldn't dismiss that just because of who they turned out to be.All in all, I did enjoy Echo After Echo even though there were a few elements I wasn’t 100% a fan of. I still recommend this book if you’re looking for a mystery/thriller with queer girls at the helm!© 2018, Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity. All rights reserved.trigger warning: multiple murders, suicidal ideation, reference to eating disorder, reference to rape, use of ableist language, emotional abuse, attempted murder, reference to homophobia/misia, reference to drug abuse, reference to alcoholism, absent parents, and physical boundary pushing (the director invades Zara's personal space multiple times, even though he knows it makes her extremely uncomfortable and scared)

  • Lulu (the library leopard)
    2018-10-18 12:11

    Ok so I kind of read this in one sitting during a road trip so I'm still forming thoughts, but I really liked this! I'd been looking forward to this for aaages, and thankfully it didn't disappoint. *Theater stuff obviously written by someone involved in theater!*Murder mystery in a theater!*F/F romance with EXCELLENT chemistry*Also they go on a date to the Strand (which is where I bought this, ha)*Surprisingly timeley stuff about awful men involved in the arts*Eli, my fave.*Chubby, bi, Jewish heroine and a lesbian Puerto Rican love interest*Lyrical writingIt was a little slow and I didn't totally get some parts of the ending, but I enjoyed it anyway!

  • Ann
    2018-11-12 06:06

    Gorgeous, intricate, evocative. Love the characters and the setting. Adored the romance at its center. You will smell the greasepaint, feel the heat of the lights, see the streets of the city when reading the beautiful writing. Loved it.

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    2018-10-24 06:10

    HOLY HELL I LOVE THIS BOOK.

  • Tirzah Price
    2018-11-17 14:01

    Gorgeous, romantic, and thrilling!

  • Liam (Hey Ashers!)
    2018-10-31 07:48

    This book is gorgeously written, guys, and features one of the most believable romances I've read recently. AND it's a queer romance. Quick, someone fetch the champagne; this needs celebrating. Capetta does some great things with quiet steady tension and growing crawling discomfort. My conflicting responses to the discomfort ("AUGH READ FASTER PUSH THROUGH IT GET THIS SCENE OVER WITH") and the beautiful writing ("And now I must reread this sentence slower, for the sixth time, to savor it") were fun; the result was me curled up on myself, masochistically rereading even the most upsetting moments, because they were written in such a compelling way. A+ writing, Capetta.That said, it wasn't quite what I was expecting, plot-wise, which was a smidge of a let-down. I thought I was signing up for something a little more murder-mystery-heavy, but the book focuses pretty tightly on (1) Zara's personal experience working in the theater (which of course is affected by the mysterious deaths), and (2) her relationship with Eli. Those two things are done well; I just expect I would've felt a little less impatient, and loved it a little more if I'd known the book's focus beforehand. Guess I'll have to follow it up with a more hardcore murder mystery, now.Anyway, highly recommended.