Once upon a time, there was a girl who didn't believe in monsters. Until now.
Echo Navarri has reached her seventeenth birthday - alone. It's been well over two years since her twin, Midnight, slipped from her hand into a ravine shrouded in blue mist deep in the Brazilian jungle. The locals refer it to as "the veil". Echo believes it is a nightmare. One that she can't seem to escape.
Her parents, world-famous archaeologists Peter and Alice Navarri, stayed behind after sending Echo to live with her aunt at the edge of the world, in a rainy little town known as Port Royal.
The search continues, but the mystery remains. Echo continues to dream as the memories of the events leading up to that fateful night start to reveal themselves to her. Piece by piece, bit by bit, exposing the truth and forcing in the light where once there was only darkness.
Despite everything, she's made friends, even a new boy named Asher Tiberious Westbrook the Third, a self-proclaimed warlock who doesn't mind that Echo tends to shy away from anyone who wants to be close to her.
But she fears intimacy with anyone after losing her sister, especially him - not Asher, Thorn Vega. A boy whose terrifying secrets may outweigh her own.
I love this series. I cannot say enough great things about it. And then to get to experience it all over again in audio it simply stupendous! Rue Volley has a created a world for readers of all ages to get lost in. Through her vision even a damp, dark, and cold town like Port Royal still sounds inviting. Weird, right?
Narrator Sarah Puckett is absolutely fanfreakingstastic!!!! Sarah has nailed Echo exactly how I have envisioned her. She delivers and Oscar winning performance! Bravo!
Fans of Twilight should be flocking to this series. While not the same story, it does have a Twilight vibe to it. But dare I say it's way cooler because Echo is multi dimensional and a well developed character. (Bring on the Haters, lol)
I cannot wait till the next installment!
“13 Ways To Midnight: Book Two,” picks up where book one left off. It is over a year since Echo’s twin sister, Midnight, died. Echo has gone to live with her aunt Luna, who is a witch, in a town with a secret vampire population. We still have the annoying Echo endlessly whining about her dead sister, whom I personally don’t believe is dead. Perhaps I’ll be proven right in the next book. Anyway, Echo still performs inner monologues, speaking to herself in a way that is not very believable for an average teenager. Then again, Echo really isn’t an average teenager, so maybe I should reconsider.
For me, book two didn’t become interesting until almost the very end of the book, after a reality-altering magic spell was performed. That event should have happened much sooner with the remainder of the book being how Echo deals with the aftermath of the spell. I would have found that much more interesting to read than what author, Rue Volley chose for her readers/listeners. In fact, although I feel book two is definitely better than book one, the story still crawls. I really feel that book one and book two should have been combined into one book.
Narrator, Sarah Puckett returns for book two and does a fine job. I will assume she will be doing the rest of the series. That helps a bit, but the “13 Ways To Midnight” series still has a ways to go before it wins me over. Finally, this audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Boom.
I liked the first book even though I found it slow at times but this one I did not like as much as the first. There are some slow moments, which I can live with, however, I found Echo (the main female character) annoying. There where times I felt like strangling her. As for the ending, I must admit that I don't know what to think of it.
This is more for Young Adults, but adults alike might like it.