Echo After Echo

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 31 Oct 2017

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WHAT I LOVED: 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...

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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...

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This was a fun read! Capetta's strength really lies in the more romantic parts of the book. I love the way she wrote Zara and Eli's relationship, Zara coming out, and the connection to the fictional greek play/Echo-iness. The mystery part was a little less engaging, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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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...

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Echo After Echo is not really a murder mystery, or a romance, or a coming of age story, but a little bit of all of those. Zara is an inexperienced young actress who is shocked when legendary director Leopold Henneman offers her the lead role in his new play based on the myth of Echo. Zara packs up and moves to New York for rehearsals, where she is faced with a bunch of stuff: the jealousy of some of the rest of the cast, Henneman’s moodiness, her magnetic male co-star, mysterious death in the production, rumors of a curse in the theater. I thought that one of the themes of Echo After Echo was the roles we play in life (and love!) — do we go thought the motions and do what’s expected...

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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...

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Oh my god. Can I sing the praises of this book enough? 2017 is a year of great thrillers and this one is right up there with Little Monsters. I was on the edge of my seat to the very end of this one and I did not see the twist coming. Zara Larson is one of the most real characters I've read in ages. I felt like she could be my best friend but also another facet of me. Her journey to and on the stage is a journey of self discovery and how far one is willing to go to achieve their dreams. Zara's relationship with Eli is wonderful and real. I loved watching how their feelings unfolded and how they finally came together. Queer girl romances are the best. There is on page labeling, which...

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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!!
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This book is grace wrapped in beauty and I loved it. Zara has dreamed of playing Echo in Echo and Ariston for as long as she can remember. When she auditions for the great Leopold Henneman, she doesn't expect to be cast... but here she is, sneaking into the beautiful Aurelia theatre through the alley door, living her dream... and standing over a dying man. Bit by bit, the players pick away at her, the director builds her up and breaks her down. And there are more deaths in the Aurelia. And, even more unexpected, Zara finds herself falling in love. Amy Rose Capetta is a stunning writer. The story was lovely. The writing is lyrical and wraps around you like a summer wind, like...

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Echo After Echo had so much potential. I was heartbroken when I couldn't justify purchasing it for the teen collection at the library where I work. But then! I was elated and so excited when I found out I could request an egalley of it! But like a middle school theater production, it was cringe-worthy, haphazardly constructed, sometimes hard to follow. Echo After Echo's narration is third person limited and switches between "chapters" (which are actually structured to be like scenes within three acts). The main narrators are Zara and Eli, which makes complete sense. However, some of the scenes/chapters are narrated only once by very minor characters like Toby, Barrett, or Kestral. (Side...

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I'm always on the lookout for strong new contemporary YA and the premise of a murder mystery set in a theatre starring queer characters was definitely too good to resist. I'm so glad that Echo After Echo didn't disappoint at all and I'm so excited for more people to read this one. Zara has always wanted to be a theatre star and when the world's most famous director casts her in his run of Echo and Ariston, her favourite Greek tragedy, she doesn't hesitate to promise him 100% commitment. But her growing admiration for lightning director Eli and a possible curse on the theatre tend to get in the way. Echo and Echo is a compelling novel with great characters, fantastic writing and a...

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Such a gorgeous book. Part mystery/psychological thriller, part love story, always teetering on the edge of tragedy. I love Zara and Eli.
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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...

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“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...

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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...

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