Echoes


Young Adult - Paranormal
340 Pages
Reviewed on 07/28/2022
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Author Biography

Marissa decided early on that she never wanted to grow up, so she became an author of young adult novels. When she isn’t writing her own books or reading everything she can get her hands on, you can usually find her somewhere in the outdoors admiring nature or curled up on the couch playing The Legend of Zelda. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband, two cats, and a freezer always stocked with rocky road ice cream.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Amy Powers for Readers' Favorite

Echoes is the first book in the paranormal young adult series by Marissa Lete that tells the story of a teenager who is constantly haunted by the past. Laura's uncontrollable ability to hear echoes from previous years has been more of a nuisance than a gift throughout her life. It's been a year since her family moved into their brand new house, and Laura begins hearing echoes from the day they moved in. She hears herself meeting her neighbor Maverick for the first time; the problem is, she's never had a neighbor named Maverick, and his house has been empty for as long as they've been there. As the days go by, Laura hears more echoes and follows the progression of her past relationship with Maverick. She thinks she's going crazy; how can she hear echoes of things that never happened? Laura becomes obsessed with discovering the truth about last year, so she doesn't realize the danger that she will soon have to face.

Echoes is beautifully written and impossible to put down. Marissa Lete has managed to throw a bit of supernatural and paranormal elements into the modern world in such a classy way that the lines between fiction and reality are blurred, and nothing makes me happier than seeing an author pull this off so gracefully. It's mysterious and suspenseful with just the right amount of sweet, innocent teen romance that young adult readers are sure to love. I found myself in tears at times and biting my fingernails in anticipation of what would come next. The ending was quite a shocker, and immediately after finishing this book, I rushed to download the next book in the series. I can't wait to find out what happens next in Laura's journey.

K.C. Finn

Echoes is a work of fiction in the paranormal and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is intended for the young adult reading audience and was penned by author Marissa Lete. In the opening book of the Echoes trilogy, we meet our protagonist, seventeen-year-old Laura Jones, when she thinks she’s just about got a handle on her extraordinary paranormal gift of hearing moments from the past wherever she goes. But when Laura starts to hear the echoes of meeting – and maybe even dating – a boy named Maverick that she’s pretty sure she’s never even talked to, so begins a quest to find the precarious truth.

Right off the bat, author Marissa Lete delivers a story with an exciting concept, highly engaging dialogue, and a well-woven mystery plot that will keep readers hooked from cover to cover. Echoes also offers much more than excitement at first glance. One of the aspects of this novel that I found most impressive was its ability to convey important thematic and emotional topics in the guise of paranormal powers; for example, protagonist Laura’s struggle to cope with the possibility of gaslighting and false memories, and the impact that has on her mental health. I also really enjoyed how these issues were resolved without falling into any of the toxic tropes that YA romance can so often end up in, which made for a superbly refreshing subplot with Maverick that will leave readers smiling from ear to ear. Overall, Echoes is a superb series opener that all YA fiction fans won’t want to miss for its intelligent storytelling and emotionally resonant characters.

Antoinette Wessels

Echoes by Marissa Lete is the captivating story of Laura Jones, a girl who can hear sounds from the past. From a young age, Laura was able to hear sounds from the past in whatever location she was. It took years for her parents to finally believe her. After they had accepted her gift, they decided to move to Shorewick, built a new house, and start new memories. After one year in their new home, without memories and sounds of the past, Laura starts hearing echoes of memories she can’t remember, about a boy named Maverick she never met and no one knew about. When someone starts following her, she knows something is not right. Laura starts wondering if the car following her and Maverick are connected in any way. And will she figure out what is going on before it’s too late?

I found it ironic that while reading Echoes by Marissa Lete, a story that centers around a girl who hears noises wherever she goes, I was able to sit in a crowded, noisy room and hear absolutely nothing. This book captivated me from start to finish. The main character was extremely likable, but she wasn’t a pushover. Laura is a character with which young readers can and should identify. I enjoyed how Marissa was able to make me sit on the edge of my chair, waiting to find out who this Maverick is and what his significance is to Laura. When I finally found out, I was not disappointed. Any reader who enjoys the young adult fantasy genre will enjoy this book immensely.

Pikasho Deka

Echoes is a young adult action-adventure sci-fi novel by Marissa Lete. It's been a year since the Jones family moved to their new house in the town of Shorewick. Seventeen-year-old Laura Jones lives a seemingly normal teenage life, except for the fact that she possesses the unique ability to hear the echoes of her past. After being constantly plagued by echoes of a boy named Maverick, Laura begins to suspect that he used to be someone important in her life. However, for some reason, she struggles to form coherent memories of him. Events take a turn for the worse when Laura finds herself captured by individuals who want to use her ability for their own nefarious purposes. Shockingly, it's Maverick who comes to her rescue. But can Laura trust him? Will her search for the truth put her loved ones in danger?

Filled with action, intrigue, romance, and mystery, Echoes is an absorbing thriller that breezes past at a blistering pace. Although author Marissa Lete's young adult tale has similarities with superhero origin stories, she puts a fresh twist on the genre. At first glance, Laura seems like your typical seventeen-year-old grappling with issues that teenagers usually go through. But the secret she feels she can't share with anyone else turns her life upside down when a blast from the past comes storming back to shatter the walls of her present. I particularly enjoyed Lete's portrayal of teenage friendships and Laura's dynamic with Maverick. Recommended to young adult readers who enjoy supernatural/sci-fi stories.

Shrabastee Chakraborty

Laura finds it difficult to adjust to school or even to make friends. Her unique ability to hear echoes of the past makes every moment torture. Exactly one year after their move to Shorewick, she starts hearing the echoes of the last year, the voice of a boy named Maverick among them. In the echoes, Laura and Maverick seem to fall for each other. The only problem is that she does not know Maverick in real life. She even lacks any memory of ever meeting him. The house where this echo-Maverick lived has been long abandoned. Even her parents and friends cannot remember such a person. Who is this Maverick? Is he even real? Echoes, a young adult novel by Marissa Lete, can answer these puzzling questions.

Although the intriguing storyline immediately captured my attention, I was unsure what to expect from the book. To my surprise, it turned out to be an unputdownable read with numerous unforeseen twists. The urge to solve the mystery made me tear through the pages. Marissa Lete skillfully captured various aspects of the young adult genre in her novel. She portrayed the complicated social life in a high school, rife with teenage drama, unrequited love, and love triangles. In contrast, Laura was a socially awkward girl trying her best to merge into normal life without letting anyone suspect her abilities. Her love story, the one she could hear but could not remember experiencing, felt unique. Laura's futile search for a lost love and a different version of herself moved me to tears. With a thrilling plot that offers plenty of tense moments and unveils a nefarious scheme, Echoes by Marissa Lete would be perfect for anyone appreciating young adult science fiction.