Monday, April 9, 2018

Review - Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer

Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer
Series: Lingering Echoes #1
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Date: October 30, 2013
Date Read: April 5, 2018
Length:  278 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★☆☆
She's broken with guilt.
He harbors a chilling past.
It's safer if they keep their distance...
But, the echoes that linger connect them.

Returning to Hidden Pines is the last thing Allie Collins wants to do during her final summer before college. For her, the family cabin she spent her youthful summers in, now holds a dark memory that has haunted her every day for the last year.

While struggling to forget her past, Allie runs into Damien, a local rebel with secrets of his own. He's dark, dangerous and he keeps showing up when Allie least expects him to. She has every reason not to trust him. So why does she find herself opening up to him in a way she hasn't been able to with anyone?

As pieces of Damien’s identity emerge, answers to a rumored mystery begin to unfold. By the time Allie unearths the secrets of Damien’s past, she realizes just how intricately they are connected. Now she is caught in a dangerous battle that threatens her life and those she loves.
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My Review

This book was just okay for me.  I have had a review copy of this book for over 4 years but never felt compelled to actually read the book until now.  I must say that I am happy to finally be able to mark this book off of my list of books to read.  I found this to be a pretty quick read that held my attention but it was never the kind of book that totally grabbed me. 

My feelings are pretty mixed about this book.  I think one of the main things that I didn't care for in this book was the fact that it was another teen romance featuring a love triangle.  I am not usually a fan of love triangles.  In the case of this book, Allie has two boys falling for her.  Aaron is always there to support her and gets her through a lot of tough times.  Damien is the dangerous older guy that drives a motorcycle and has a few stalkerish behaviors.  Guess who she picks? 

I think that Allie's behavior was another major hurdle for me to overcome with this book.  I am the mother of a teenager and not a teen so I do realize that I am probably not the target audience for this story but Allie was too much at times.  She kept telling everyone that she was going off to college soon so she could make her own choices.  Of course her father was telling her what she needed to do because on her own she wasn't doing too great. 

I had a few other issues with the story.  I thought that Damien's past was way to easy to figure out.  We do eventually get more details but even then I thought everything seemed a little too perfect.  Allie has a moment towards the end of the book where she suddenly remembers something that she had forgotten for the past year and it just felt really odd.  I also could not believe that Allie's father and step-mother never addressed her step-brother's behavior towards her.  He was terrible to Allie and then suddenly they started getting along. 

There were some things that I did like about the story.  Allie had a lot of grief and guilt to deal with from an event in the past.  It has obviously had a great impact on her life and I did like seeing her work through those emotions.  Allie and Aaron's friendship was a high point of the book.  Aaron was probably my favorite character in the story and I liked his connection with Allie.  While the big action scene at the end of the book seemed far-fetched, I still found it to be rather exciting.

I do think that a lot of readers will like this one a lot more than I did.  I was entertained by the story even when I was questioning a character's behavior.  I am glad that I read this book even though I feel like it was a pretty forgettable read.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Clean Teen Publishing via NetGalley.
About the Author

Erica Kiefer’s debut novel Lingering Echoes was published by Clean Teen Publishing in November 2013. She continued the series with Rumors (A Lingering Echoes Prequel) and Vanishing Act. Her newest releases include The Second Window and Through the Glass, a satisfying duology. All of her books are contemporary YA fiction, touched with romance, emotional drama and suspense. With a degree in Recreation Therapy from Brigham Young University, Erica’s experiences working with at-risk youth have influenced the realistic and relatable nature of her writing. Her first inspirational non-fiction entitled Borrowed Angel (published in April 2014 with Currawong Press) describes the loss of her infant son and her journey towards healing.

Married since 2005, Erica resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her four other children and can often be found satisfying her sweet-tooth with chocolate-chip cookies and a glass of milk. Now and then, she dusts off her collegiate rugby skills and dives back into the game.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

18 comments:

  1. It puts me down when a book feels like a forgettable read :( However, I'm glad you still managed to enjoy the story!

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    1. I did have some really good points but I don't think I will remember much about it in a few months.

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  2. Ugh, love triablgea are so 2010. Can we not? That's so great that you pulled this one out of your TBR pile after four years. I hope your next read is better!

    Have a lovely day, Carole. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I am not usually a fan of love triangles. I think that they have been overdone.

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  3. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this one as much as you'd hoped, Carole. I can see why you were drawn to it, though. That blurb is pretty spectacular.

    You mean I'm not the only one who has years old ARCs sitting around?!???! LOL

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    1. I downloaded this book in 2014 but I still have a few from 2013. I am trying hard to get caught up this year!

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  4. It did sound really good, and I can why you wanted to read it. Too, bad it wasn’t as good as you were hoping though.

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    1. I honestly don't remember what my thoughts were when I originally downloaded this book. It was a nice enough read in the end.

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  5. complicated.. I hope your next one is better

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  6. Eh I think I'll pass. I like the basic concept but Allie choosing Damien has shades of another Edward/Bella thing and I'm not sure I could handle another unhealthy teen relationship!

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    1. There were a few scenes that I thought could have been handled much better between Damien and Allie.

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  7. I am sorry this on did not work out for you. I know how disappointed you must have been.

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    1. I thought it was an okay read even thought it really didn't stand out for me.

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  8. Been wanting to read this one for a while now, especially since I worked with the author on her blog tour. I've read a books in this series, Rumors, and I was impressed with the authors writing and how emotional I was reading the book. This one does seem just as good. Too bad it wasn't more eventful for you. Thanks for your honest feedback.

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    1. I do think that some readers will like this one a lot more than I did. I am sure that I am not really the target audience. I did enjoy the book but had a few issues with it. I hope you enjoy it when you do get the chance to read it, Shane!

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