Review by Miller56 -- The Crystilleries of Echoland

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Review by Miller56 -- The Crystilleries of Echoland

Post by Miller56 » 26 Nov 2019, 10:57

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Crystilleries of Echoland" by Dew Pellucid.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The Crystilleries of Echoland by Dew Pellucid was an interesting story about living in an alternate realm where your name stays the same, but your personality changes. Although the book is a young adult fantasy book, I felt that the book could actually be the story of a boy looking into his imagination to deal with the world. His sister has disappeared and his family has struggled dealing with it. Will is often ignored and left alone to his own imagination. In this other world, he meets new friends and forms allies, as his life is constantly at risk in his journey.

I was often confused with the overall story because it seemed that there were many plots that were never completed. The main story is of Will Cleary entering a see-through world. However, I did not understand how he was the only one who ever returned when thousands of children have disappeared. His parents went crazy when both he and his twin disappeared and they have not come to terms with life in the past ten years. His father thinks the answer to finding Emmy is in books, while his mother believes it is in diving into the lake over and over.

Will is now back in Echoland, a land that exists beneath our own world. His sister is helping him in this land as he tries to right any wrongs that were done. However, even though Will has found his sister, he is not allowed to bring her back from Echoland. He is destined to save both the realms of Sounds and Echoes while fighting evil forces in both realms.

The book is fast paced and imaginative, but the story often does not flow very well. I felt the book was choppy and hard to follow. I also felt that the characters could have been developed a little better. There were often similarities to the Harry Potter series in the book, but the story did not play out as well as Harry Potter.

I think the author has an awesome imagination. I enjoyed the book illustrations and the descriptions of Echoland. The author painted vivid pictures of the scenarios. Although this is a fantasy, there is an underlying thought that we deal with the world around us in our own way. We often use our imaginations to take us out of reality.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The book was professionally edited with no errors. I believe that the intended audience of this book would enjoy it, although I struggled with the choppiness and lack of character development. I would recommend this book for teens and young adults who like fantasy novels. However, the reader should keep in mind that the story touches on some mature topics such as death and the book has some violent scenes that are probably not appropriate for young teens.

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Post by Juliet+1 » 30 Nov 2019, 17:47

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who found this book to be very confusing. Thanks for a great review. :D

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Post by Kelyn » 30 Nov 2019, 21:12

I read and review this book, as well. While I did find the writing a bit choppy at times, I didn't seem to find it confusing, as many other reviewers have stated that they did. I don't know if this comes from having read dozens upon dozens of different writers in my life or just that the story just seemed logical to me. Anyway, I enjoyed reading your review. Thanks!
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Post by Aniza Butt » 30 Nov 2019, 23:13

The writing was really cryptic and i struggled really hard to get what was going on and still remained confused.
Thank you for an honest review Miller☺
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Post by Aniza Butt » 30 Nov 2019, 23:17

Juliet+1 wrote:
30 Nov 2019, 17:47
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who found this book to be very confusing. Thanks for a great review. :D
You are surely not alone juliet😀 as many of us found it not only confising but also cryptic and strange.
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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 02 Dec 2019, 17:01

I enjoyed reading your balanced review - you brought out the strengths and weaknesses of the book well. Your idea that Will is actually using his imagination to cope with his sister's disappearance is an interesting one.

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Post by kandscreeley » 02 Dec 2019, 19:59

I started this one, but I couldn't find myself getting into it. Perhaps I simply lacked the motivation. It was interesting to read your thoughts. Thanks!
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Post by Bambiears » 03 Dec 2019, 06:43

Nice reveiw Miller56 thank you. I don't think I will be reading this one, so thank you for a look at it through your eyes.

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Post by Miller56 » 06 Dec 2019, 16:19

Juliet+1 wrote:
30 Nov 2019, 17:47
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who found this book to be very confusing. Thanks for a great review. :D
I kept seeing amazing reviews on this book, but I just didn't quite get it.

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Post by Tomah » 07 Dec 2019, 11:13

Your interpretation of the plot as a representation of Will's attempts to cope with the situation through fantasy is quite interesting and makes a lot of sense. I think one could find some fascinating things by digging deeper into the book with this in mind. Thanks for the review!

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Post by unamilagra » 07 Dec 2019, 21:17

It sounds like this book is better geared toward the younger crowd that doesn't worry as much about plot holes and uneven pacing. Thank you for a very thorough review!

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Post by kdstrack » 08 Dec 2019, 21:42

I enjoyed your unique perspective about this book. The illustrations were one of my favorite parts of the book, too. Thanks for your interesting review.

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Post by acopj » 08 Dec 2019, 21:49

Seems all new to me, what an epic idea by the author. Really nice

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Post by CommMayo » 09 Dec 2019, 14:35

You did a really nice job of giving the writer credit where it was due even though you weren't a huge fan of the book.

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Post by Ever_Reading » 13 Dec 2019, 01:00

While I'm usually game to dig into a YA fantasy book, I can't handle a choppy plot. Flow is crucial, so I'll have to pass. Awesome review!
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