Review: Echo Falls by Jamie McDougall

Review: Echo Falls by Jamie McDougallEcho Falls by Jaime McDougall

Series: Echo Falls #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on July 15, 2011
Pages: 230
Format: eBook
Source: Book Tour Provided
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three-half-stars  

I looked forward to this book and enjoyed it for the most part. I had a few issues with timing on revealing the important elements of the book. The book starts out with Phoebe running away from danger only to be attacked by a werewolf. Now you never see her freak out about it, which was a little weird, but then she doesn’t realize there are werewolves in town until later. You suspect what her secret it right away but it all just felt more confusing than interesting.

Aidan is a detective investigating a series of werewolf murders. The town doesn’t know they are werewolves, they just think people are being murdered. So Aidan is stepping lightly with his two partners, who are werewolves as well. Aidan saves Phoebe from the werewolf attack and tries to connect with her to let her know she is now a werewolf. See you can already guess the secret since Phoebe doesn’t even think about what the attack could mean. But then Phoebe is on the run from someone who keeps finding and stalking her. She thinks she must skip town again, but she is tired of doing that.

In reality, the heroine thinks she can fix everything when she really can’t. Then there is Aidan being he alpha of the pack, but I never really bought he was the alpha. He seemed more beta to me than anything. Not a softie, but not someone who leads either.

One main character seems to bite a bullet literally in the book, which felt a little pushed rather than shocking.

Overall, it was a good attempt, but the writing needs some time to mature and fill in the gaps and emotions of the story that I couldn’t get into.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • I’ve been told by some people that authors should never comment on their reviews, but I can’t resist saying thank you for this. I appreciate you not only reading my book but taking the time to write out your thoughts on it. I’ll take your thoughts on board and am definitely going to give the next book – Fading Echoes – more time to mature.

    • Hi Jamie! I find that it is wonderful for authors to comment on their reviews. Everyone has an opinion and as long as all the comments are kept civil, then we all have the right to disagree.

      That being said, I did like the book. I see a lot of promise in your writing and think you will be very successful! With everything we must grow and learn from it. I hope you didn’t take my comments harshly, because they were never meant that way.

      Thank you for stopping by and for the wonderful guest post! I loved it.

      • Hello again! I definitely didn’t take your comments harshly at all. In fact, as I write Fading Echoes with a new method, I see how ‘green’ Echo Falls is in some areas. Live and learn. 🙂

        Thanks again for hosting me.

  • Sophia Rose

    Ooh, a Paranormal with mystery elements. It does sound like it has some promise. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m always curious to try new to me authors.