A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
In this story about survival, there are some lessons to be learned about how people make it through hard times.
Mindfulness and acceptance will help the magic flow through you. Be loyal to the right people. Question situations you don't understand. Seek truth. Become someone you love. Be at peace with yourself.
Positive Role Models
Some of the adults in this book are kind and wise, while some are cruel and selfish. Joss is an anti-hero, who drinks too much and manipulates people. But her self-awareness gives her the capacity to grow. Characters show inner strength in the face of adversity.
All characters are assumed to be White. Some reference to two female characters in a romantic relationship.
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Violence & Scariness
Assassination of a parent, stabbing, fighting, poisoning, using dark magic to raise corpses from the dead. A woman's throat is cut. A monster stalks and feeds on their life force.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting, kissing. A teen girl watches a male teen bathing shirtless and "probably pantsless too."
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"Hell," "s--t," "d--k," "ass," "a--hole," "piss." "Damn" is added to emphasize many sentences, even when it's not warranted.
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Products & Purchases
Josslyn loves beautiful things, maxing out her credit to buy more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink to excess-- Josslyn,17, drinks heavily (five glasses of wine at a sitting), admitting that she depends on it, she likes to drink. Adults get very drunk and are verbally abusive. Teens get drunk and kiss. "I came here to get drunk tonight," one says. They talk about hangovers, and how horrible they feel after a night of drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Echoes and Empires, Book 1 is a fantasy novel in which a teen girl finds out that the life story she knew has been affected by betrayal, lies, and magic. Teens drink to excess, putting emphasis on obtaining wine and drinking glass after glass. Adults get drunk and are verbally abusive. Violence includes stabbing, throats being slit, a monster who sucks the life out of humans.
Is It Any Good?
Driven, juicy, fun, this magical book's anti-hero embraces her weaknesses and her strengths. Though there are some technical issues with the writing of Echoes and Empires, the flaws might only niggle the careful reader. Can one be "considering my options in" something? Or "put faith in anybody on such a delicate subject"? No biggie? Debatable.
Teens are going to turn the pages to this book hungrily -- it's got an unlikely romance, a political regime with a hidden agenda, family secrets -- and magic. Expect some borrowing from Harry Potter (a character has a spell scratched into his arm that glows when he's compromised), precious little diversity among characters, and excessive drinking. But it's refreshing to read about a girl who not only knows her flaws but also flaunts them, making herself vulnerable to change, and who has an excess of inner strength, despite her admitted narcissistic tendencies.
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