Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta

Echo After Echo

Debuting on the New York stage, Zara is unprepared—for Eli, the girl who makes the world glow; for Leopold, the director who wants perfection; and for death in the theater.Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love....

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Echo After Echo Reviews

  • Sabrina

    Checkout my full review on my blog!

    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!!

  • Acqua

    is a f/f murder mystery set in a theater. I thought a book with a premise such as this couldn't be boring, but

    , and that wasn't even the only thing that went wrong.

    Even mystery books I didn't love - for example,

    and

    - took me half a day. I read 90% of my one true weird love

    in one afternoon.

    What I love about mystery books is that the tension keeps me

    is a f/f murder mystery set in a theater. I thought a book with a premise such as this couldn't be boring, but

    , and that wasn't even the only thing that went wrong.

    Even mystery books I didn't love - for example,

    and

    - took me half a day. I read 90% of my one true weird love

    in one afternoon.

    What I love about mystery books is that the tension keeps me reading even when the characters are as interesting as cardboard cutouts. But here?

    There are two deaths at the beginning, and then almost nothing happens (if not for relationship drama) until the very end. For most of the book, the main character isn't even trying to investigate what is happening. The ending was interesting, but again, after such a long build-up, it was definitely too short.

    The only thing I liked was how

    just because they make great art. Leopold, the director, is a predator, and I liked how the story dealt with him.

    but

    There's not much to Zara besides her love for the theater and for Eli, who is so flat she's not a character at all. She's just there, and their relationship had some cute moments, but nothing more.

    The writing wasn't terrible; what I disliked the most was the combination of person and tense -

    It tires me quickly and it makes everything feel so

    .

    If it hadn't been for the f/f relationship, this would have been a dnf. I always want to give a chance to f/f books until the end. Even when they have nice, quotable sentences like this one:

    ...Thank you?

    If you're wondering: no, it's not contradicted in text, and yes, that characters is kind of insufferable but

    ? Like... can you not?

    And then the book coded the villainous character as aromantic. Great. No, I don't think it was intentional, but it would have been so easy not to do it.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    The thing I keep coming back to about

    is the sheer

    of the writing. Almost everything about this book is awesome, but the writing is

    . It is "I will remember this for the rest of my life" stunning.

    I wanted to highlight every other sentence but I didn't want to put it

    because it was so. fucking. engaging. I am going to read every single thing Amy Rose Capetta publishes for the rest o

    The thing I keep coming back to about

    is the sheer

    of the writing. Almost everything about this book is awesome, but the writing is

    . It is "I will remember this for the rest of my life" stunning.

    I wanted to highlight every other sentence but I didn't want to put it

    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.

    ♔ OH MY GOD THE LEADS. Zara and Eli are both such well-developed and compelling characters. Zara is a surprisingly down-to-earth daydreamer desperately attached to her play. Eli is the more cynical of the two, with a passion for lighting and a deep love of the theater.

    Also, quick note about diversity - our two leads are a chubby Jewish bi girl who states that she's bi on the fucking page and a Puerto Rican lesbian with short dyed hair. Okay, okay, I just loved them both so much and I'm so happy about the rep being so

    .

    I've been thinking a lot recently about

    , and I think this book has given me the solution. Up until now, the only instaromance I've ever truly loved has been that of Laini Taylor's

    . You know what those books have in common? They establish

    these two characters could possibly fall so fast. Here, we explicitly see the

    of the romantic leads, how they both want someone in their lives.

    .

    And okay, yes, sometimes instalove is bad because it's forced, but trust me -

    . LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT STATUE SCENE. LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT LIGHTING SCENE. Zara and Eli have

    There are so many tiny moments where

    The writing is just that vivid.

    ♔ I liked the

    .

    builds up so many different characters that it's hard to know where to turn for suspects. Yet in a strange way, you don't want the culprit to be any of them. Not after the buildup. There's Roscoe, the eccentric soundboard operator. There's Etta, washed-up dame, and Carl, her first husband. There's Kestrel, Zara's bitter and mysterious roommate. There's Meg, the assistant director, and Adrian, the star-power male lead. And of course, there's the head of the whole show - Leopold, our mysterious director. I found all these characters super

    , and they certainly

    . I can feel Capetta's love for the theater world bleeding through the pages, and I am so freaking thankful for it. As a theater nerd myself, I've seldom felt the true joy and feeling of acting and performing conveyed so well.

    ♔ I touched on this a bit earlier, but I loved

    The entire book just felt very meta and interesting due to all its symbolism. And thankfully, Capetta didn't feel the need to throw it in your face!! I've read several YA books recently that felt the need to explicitly run the reader through every single moment of symbolism, and damn, am I glad this book avoided doing that very thing. I felt far more respected by the author as a result.

    ♚ I do have to say that

    This is very much

    , and I have to say that I never felt that true desperation to finish I'd expected in the latter half. It's not necessarily a bad thing - it just means more focus on character building - but it's something I wish I could've known going in.

    VERDICT: There's so much I loved about this - the character arcs, the atmospheric writing, the theatrical aspects, the romance. God, it was just so good. I hope all of you get a chance to read this, because it is truly one of the year's gems.

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  • theo • reading and rambling

    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

    did not disappoint.

    was absolutely

    If I were able to do an interview with the author,

    , I think I'd

    die.

    It was a super fast read; I re

    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

    did not disappoint.

    was absolutely

    If I were able to do an interview with the author,

    , I think I'd

    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 BREATHTAKING. Holy

    - The characters were STUNNING and I am OBSESSED with them and I want to marry them. (But at the same time I want the main OTP in the book to get married eventually.)

    A FEW THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:

    - Um, I kinda forgot to take notes (😢)...but I do remember ONE tiny little minor thing that I didn't like, which was that every now and then the pacing would get a little weird. But then it would get back to normal again.

    So yeah, all in all, as you can CLEARLY see, I one hundred percent L O V E D this book so so so much oh my goooooodddddddd. Please read it when it's released.

  • Melanie

    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 t

    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,

    , which is a very reminiscent of

    . During this time, two murders happen, but everyone knows these things come in threes, so our main character is slowly trying to piece the puzzle together, while also trying to protect herself at all costs.

    Our main character, Zara, is an eighteen-year-old girl, who has lived and breathed this play from a very young age. After she gets the leading role of Echo, she gives up her senior year of high school to move to New York and take a chance on making her dreams a reality. The other leading role of Ariston is played by Adrian Ward, an already very famous and good-looking male, where this is the first thing Zara has ever been in. So, she is constantly trying to better her acting and the play’s director, Leopold, easily directs her to do whatever he or his visions want from the play.

    We are also met with a full cast of characters, where you will constantly be guessing who is committing these crimes, and who might be the next victim. Yet, the writing is so beautiful and haunting, you won’t be surprised in the slightest if the Aurelia Theater is just truly cursed.

    Zara soon meets the assistant lighting designer, Eli, who makes Zara feels things she only thought were possible in the play she has grown up obsessed with. Yet, Leopold made Zara promise to only focus on the play and her opening night, while he also wants the media to believe in a budding romance between her and her costar, Adrian.

    And this writing is so atmospheric and is truly a tier above most out there. I mean, I could have probably highlighted this whole entire book. The prose is nothing short of whimsical, even though this is a contemporary thriller. From the actual play being practiced, to the play that is constantly referenced, I am currently dying to see any and all productions of this play.

    And the romance, oh boy, the romance. I was living for every scene with Zara and Eli, even though they are both too pure for this world and need to be protected at all costs. I think the reason I read this book so quickly was because I simply could not get enough of them and their perfect growing love. Zara coming to terms with her sexuality is a big part of this book and it really resonated within me, while also really hitting very close to home and how I felt when I was eighteen and realizing I wasn’t straight. I think the bi representation was amazingly done and made me feel all the feels.

    And the diversity is also outstanding. Zara is on the page bisexual (be still, my heart) and Jewish. There are wonderful discussions about how she feels living in a world that predominately celebrates Christmas in December, and it was really insightful and heartwarming. Eli is a lesbian, Puerto Rican, and grew up Catholic. Adrian is that typical, everybody loves me, straight, white guy, but he also talks about how he is Dyslexic and suffers from ADHD. Seriously, this is a well written diverse cast that I really loved and appreciated.

    for mention(s) of: eating disorders, rape, and suicide.

    I loved this. This would be such a perfect fall or winter read. I mean, I could read Broadway murder mysteries about girls loving girls all year round, but I do think this is going to feel ever more perfect for its October 10th release. This story is absolutely beautiful and such a shining light among 2017 publications! I recommend this with my whole heart and hope you pick it up come this fall.

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  • Shelby Machart - Read and Find Out

    3.5 stars

    So much diversity! A bisexual female Jewish protagonist, a lesbian Puerto Rican secondary character, and a side character who talks about his experience with ADHD and dyslexia.

    Unfortunately I found the ending to be abrupt, but other than that I really enjoyed it.

  • Jen Ryland

    This was really different -- in a good way -- and I hope I can convince others to try it. It's a story about role-playing - both in relationships and on the stage. It's a really sweet f/f love story. It's also a murder mystery.

    And as I read it I couldn't stop thinking about

    Why?

    Read more of my reviews on

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    I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher for possible review.

  • Lola  Reviewer

    Who would have thought playing the dream role of Echo in

    at the theater under the direction of the famous, creative and respected Leopold Henneman would be so dangerous?

    And yet it is. Suddenly, Zara does not feel safe in New York anymore. Who would, after mysterious deaths occur, and no one seems to be of blame? Luckily, she has Eli, who works on the production as a lightening assistant.

    But her relationship with Eli is precarious, too, seeing that she was forbidden from committi

    Who would have thought playing the dream role of Echo in

    at the theater under the direction of the famous, creative and respected Leopold Henneman would be so dangerous?

    And yet it is. Suddenly, Zara does not feel safe in New York anymore. Who would, after mysterious deaths occur, and no one seems to be of blame? Luckily, she has Eli, who works on the production as a lightening assistant.

    But her relationship with Eli is precarious, too, seeing that she was forbidden from committing to anything or anyone other than the play.

    Forbidden love stories are a huge hit or miss for me. Like love triangles, another YA trope, they can easily become annoying, especially if they start being overdramatic or if the characters start lying their heads off. Like, calm down.

    But in this case, I often just forgot Zara and Eli weren’t supposed to be in a relationship. Plus everything is so smooth between them, and very, very lovely. When they’re together, they forget about the world around them, so it was only when Zara would mention it that I would be reminded of the commitment she made.

    It’s a lyrically-written story that will surprise the reader continuously. The mystery is not the main focus—the play and love story are—but I still felt interested in uncovering the truth more than anything and putting an end to this silly “curse”.

    I’m not one to read books about plays—would rather just read one instead—but this was different. The story itself is a play. A play in which the actors choose their own destinies, instead of having them being dictated to them.

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    Finally! An F/F YA romance with substance!

    Zara is a teenage actress who moves to New York when she finds out she's received the role of Echo, in the play

    . She's instantly blown away by the glamor of New York, the opulent Aurelia Theater, and the experience and sophistication of her coworkers and fellow actors, one of them, her co-star, being a famous Hollywood A-lister trying to score more gravitas.

    Hanging over the play, however, is a curse: many people working both on and off the stage have died in the Aurelia Theater. Zara is unlucky enough to see the lighting director fall to his death during her first week. The curse is an open secret among those who work in the theater and yet everyone is curiously reluctant to talk about it.  As if that weren't creepy enough, the director of the play, Leopold, is

    and extremely menacing, with his devotion to his visions approaching something that looks a lot like insanity -

    and

    .

    The story is told from multiple POVs, which is normally something I don't like or find too distracting, but it's done fairly seamlessly here, with one melding into the other. I was also pleasantly surprised by the large cast of characters, all of them very interesting and unique, even if they're not all likable. I loved the mystery aspect, and how each POV was used to hint at more; it never felt like the author was just trying to bolster the page count by packing the book with more people - each new POV added new information, and I was interested in what they had to say.

    Lastly, the writing and the love story were just excellent. This is what Elliot Wake tried - and failed - to do with BLACK IRIS. Both have lovely passages of writing, but ECHO AFTER ECHO is never bogged down by its prose, and the actual story is never relegated to the background while the metaphors wallow in their own self-importance. The love story between Eli and Zara was just passionate enough to encapsulate the be-all and end-all of teenage passion, but not so corny that it had me rolling my eyes in disgust and going, "Really? Did you read that off a candy heart?" This is a slow burn romance between two imperfect people who sometimes hurt each other and sometimes make selfish decisions (I wanted to smack Zara at one point), but ultimately love conquers all.

    The

    flaw is that - sometimes - the pacing was a bit

    slow, and I'd have to set the book aside and go off and do something else. I considered marking this book as did-not-finish for a while but luckily the plot picked up around 207 (when the murder mystery becomes more focal in the story line). This book is long, 400+ pages, and I'm not entirely convinced that every word was necessary.

    Aside from that, I really enjoyed this book. I would read more from this author.

    3.5 to 4 stars

  • TL

    Eh *shrugs*

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