Monday, January 13, 2020

Blog Tour: Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry

I'm super excited to be part of the blog tour for Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry! I am a huge fan of her books, and this was no exception! And if you're new to this series, check out my review of book one, Only a Breath Apart!

Title: Echoes Between Us
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release: January 14, 2020
Pages: 384 pages
Review: 4.5 Stars


Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.

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?

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Before I get into the review, I want to give readers two disclaimers. First, and most importantly, the book depicts a character struggling with cancer, as well as dealing trauma from a parent dying of cancer. Second, the book has heavier Christian/religious themes than some of her previous works, and I figured some readers would want to know.

First Impressions

I have enjoyed all of Katie McGarry's books that I've read (which is basically all of them). I was a little hesitant going into this one, as the synopsis wasn't drawing me in as much, but I stilled signed up for the blog tour since I'm a big fan and figured I'd end up enjoying it. And enjoy it I did! The synopsis doesn't do this book justice. It's so much more than what the couple paragraphs show. There was a great cast of characters, along with serious moments mixed in with moments of levity. As mentioned in my disclaimer above, the book leans into heaven/god/religion a bit more than previous works. That's not too much of a surprise, given how the novel is tied with the idea of death. That said, that sort of religious stuff isn't as much my jam, which is my only substantial complaint about the book.


Along with the two great main characters of Veronica and Sawyer, Echoes Between Us had some solid side characters. Truth be told, my favorite character was Lucy, Sawyer's six-year-old younger sister. Like Veronica, Lucy seems to see ghosts. She is also just a sweet little girl who I want to wrap in hugs.

Of the two leads, Veronica was my favorite. She was absurd at times, but in amazing ways. I loved how she celebrated holidays whenever she felt like it, even if the root of that was a little dark. She's an oddball that I like to think I would have been friends with in high school. She's had a rough go of it, first watching her mother die of a brain tumor and then dealing with one herself. Despite what must have been a crushing weight on her shoulders, Veronica remained upbeat and defiantly herself at almost all times.

Even if I didn't love him as much as Veronica, Sawyer was still a great character. He's the popular, golden boy with hidden secrets. Along with his adrenaline addiction, Sawyer often finds himself torn between divorced parents and covering up for his mother's messes. I would have liked to dig into Sawyer's home life a little more, as there were a few reveals at the end that I felt could have been expanded on. That said, I liked how his character grew, and I loved watching him fall in love with Veronica.

World Building

Like with any other contemporary, the world of the book is our world. Echoes Between Us, like the first book Only a Breath Apart, takes place in a small town in Kentucky. As with the previous book, it is unclear if Echoes Between Us takes place in Katie McGarry's shared contemporary universe, but I like to think it does.

One cool thing is how this book digs into the idea of ghosts. It remains vague enough that by the end of the book, you could make a convincing argument either way about whether they exist in this world or not. Veronica certainly thinks they do, but Sawyer is less certain. It's vague enough that it is able to remain in the world of contemporary without drifting into paranormal, but one could definitely read it with a paranormal lens

Final Thoughts

I definitely enjoyed this book. It had great characters with a strong plot and setting. I enjoyed watching Veronica and Sawyer grow and change over the course of the book. While the religious element wasn't my thing, it wasn't blatant enough to keep me from enjoying a great story!

Praise for Echoes Between Us:

"One of my favorites she’s ever written. SO INCREDIBLE.” ―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series

Praise for Only a Breath Apart:

“Katie McGarry knows what YA is, how it works, and what it can do better than anyone, but she always takes it one step further.” ―Hypable

"Fair warning: Picture-perfect Scarlett and misunderstood Jesse will have you in your feels." ―Girls' Life Magazine

“Beyond a haunted teen romance is a beautiful, moving exploration of domestic violence, forgiveness, and self-love. ...Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming.” ―Kirkus, starred review

“McGarry ably captures the feeling of desperately wanting to come home to a friendship that has radically changed. The novel manages to tackle domestic violence in a way that never feels clichéd, and the romance is sure to win over even the most cynical reader. This is a story you’ll want to read slowly, just to be able to stay with the characters for a moment longer.” ―Booklist

“A gorgeous, heartfelt journey of redemption and love.” ―Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

“Powerful, emotional, and ultimately hopeful. An unforgettable story that will leave its mark on your heart.” ―C. J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author

“Gritty and real, Only a Breath Apart is a story of hope conjured from pain, strength drawn from innocence, and love earned from self-respect. Beautiful, poignant, and fierce.” ―Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series

“Meticulously weaves a fragile love story through a minefield of loss, broken trust, and familial curses both real and imagined. Haunting, authentic, and ultimately hopeful.” ―Tammara Webber, New York Times bestselling author

“A painful, beautiful, and utterly magical story about the family you’re born into versus the family you choose.” ―Trish Doller, author of In a Perfect World

“A touching tale of love and fate straight from the heartland.” ―Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species

“Scarlett and Jesse’s story will stay in your heart long after you finish the book.” ―Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author

“Southern Gothic at its finest, this is Katie McGarry’s best book to date!” ―Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan and Breathe, Annie, Breathe

Author Bio:

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. She is the author of the Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road series.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One
January 13th Monday Tween to Teen Book Reviews Review
January 14th Tuesday Nay's Pink Bookshelf Review
January 15th Wednesday Twirling Book Princess Excerpt
January 15th Wednesday Ya It's Lit Review
January 16th Thursday Wishful Endings Review
January 17th Friday A Bookish Dream Review

Week Two
January 20th Monday A Court of Coffee and Books Review
January 21st Tuesday A Dream Within A Dream Review
January 22nd Wednesday BookHounds YA Review
January 23rd Thursday Book Briefs Review
January 24th Friday Kait Plus Books Excerpt
January 24th Friday We Live and Breathe Books Review


Giveaway is open to International
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4 Winners will receive a Copy of ECHOES BETWEEN US by Katie McGarry.
1 Winner will receive ECHOES BETWEEN US Storytellers BOX.

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