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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.