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

  • Dahlia

    Gorgeous, intense, romantic, mysterious, and a really pleasant surprise to me in the Jewish rep, too.

  • Shelly

    This was just amazing. The perfect amount of suspense/mystery mixed in with the theatre elements and the romance was just extraordinary. Add it to your TBR immediately!

  • 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!!

  • Elise (thebookishactress on wordpress)

    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 ☂

    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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  • Savannah (The Book Prophet)

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my overall rating of this book.

    This is shamefully the first book I’ve ever read with a f/f relationship as the main focus. I’ve read books with female couples on the side but not as the center focus of the story. That’s the main reason I decided to read this book since I’ve never read it before.

    The book also follows a young actress trying to make it in the theater world, another topic I haven’t

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my overall rating of this book.

    This is shamefully the first book I’ve ever read with a f/f relationship as the main focus. I’ve read books with female couples on the side but not as the center focus of the story. That’s the main reason I decided to read this book since I’ve never read it before.

    The book also follows a young actress trying to make it in the theater world, another topic I haven’t read about. On top of all of that there’s also the mystery of crew members dying in ways that make it seem like accidents.

    So basically I was really excited to read this book since it ticked off a lot of the boxes of books I haven’t read before – something I’ve been trying to do this year. I’d like to say that I really enjoyed this book. It did take me about 50-100 pages to get engaged in the story, but once I was I couldn’t keep my eyes off the book!

    Our main character Zara is bisexual and has been obsessed with the Greek play, Echo and Ariston, most of her life. When she auditions and get the part as the title character Echo at one of the biggest theaters in the world, she is ecstatic. But. Then people start dying and she doesn’t think that they’re accidents like they’re made to look.

    “People who truly need to hurt you don’t make a show of it. They find quiet ways.”

    I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book because although there was also a romance plot and the entire play going on, Capetta was able to evenly distribute each part of this story throughout the novel. She never gave away too much to where you could figure out who was murdering the crew members but she also didn’t keep the readers completely in the dark, as she switched perspectives.

    That’s also something I really liked about this story, the multiple point of views. This book was written in third person, which worked well for the way she told the story. We had Zara’s point of view, Eli’s, Leopold’s, and nearly every other member of the theater crew’s as well. Every person had a secret that you kept on trying to guess as you read.

    The relationship between Zara and Eli felt a bit rushed to me, as there weren’t very many memorable interactions between them before they decided that they liked each other, which I didn’t like all that much because something I always look for in a romance is growth and slow build. But when the girls were actually together my heart fluttered with them. I absolutely loved their relationship and I thought it was written very well. I think this might be because this book is an own voices book.

    “Being an actor is all about finding keys from the real world that open imaginary locks.”

    As much as I think the characters were great and uniquely fleshed-out, I felt a disconnection from myself and Zara. This might be due to the third person it was written in but I could never quite connect with Zara during any moments of the book, which is sad because I really wanted to.

    That aside, I loved the diversity in this book. Zara, like I mentioned earlier, is bisexual, though Eli is the first girl she’s been with. She’s Jewish as well! Eli is Puerto-Rican and gay. There’s also a side character that’s gay. Though the diversity was great and I thought it was written perfectly, I wish there had maybe been more.

    The plot moved at a perfect pace but by the end I felt like there should have been more closure. The ending shocked me even though I probably should have seen it coming. There were a few loose ends that weren’t tied up like I wish they had been – it would have only needed another 5 pages or so.

    Overall a really great read if you’re looking for something mysterious and gripping, but light and fluffy at times. If I weren’t such a slow reader I would have been able to breeze through this in a mere day or two.

    TW for mention(s) of: suicide, eating disorders, rape, homophobia

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  • 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?

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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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  • Kelly

    The romance between Zara, a bisexual who names her identity powerfully, and Eli is really great. The setting is engaging and exciting, and I love the whole idea of a teen leaving home early to follow her theater dreams.

    But the mystery was so weak and felt really shoved in. I never got a sense of Leopold beyond a stereotypical skeezy director. I think this could have been an awesome romance OR an awesome mystery, but bringing them together just didn't work. It was overlong and unfortunately, it u

    The romance between Zara, a bisexual who names her identity powerfully, and Eli is really great. The setting is engaging and exciting, and I love the whole idea of a teen leaving home early to follow her theater dreams.

    But the mystery was so weak and felt really shoved in. I never got a sense of Leopold beyond a stereotypical skeezy director. I think this could have been an awesome romance OR an awesome mystery, but bringing them together just didn't work. It was overlong and unfortunately, it under delivered.

    I will say this much: Capetta's writing is gorgeous. Which is part of why it bums me that the story didn't work.

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