#ATBR2019 – Blood Echo by Christopher Rice

Who else is excited for the weekend? It’s been one hell of a hectic week and a half for us here. Jeremy has been preparing for a ridiculous trip to Canada (about 1,000 miles north of us and to his cabin that’s only accessible by lake or a trail in the woods).

Thanks to Amazon Publishing for the free advanced copies in exchange for our honest reviews!

BLOOD ECHO – Christopher Rice (out now!)

We both loved the first book in the Burning Girl series – BONE MUSIC.

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Chandra’s Thoughts: 5/5 stars

Ahhhhhhhh…. I LOVE THIS SERIES. This is book 2 in the Burning Girl series and while sometimes these can be “fillers” for a series, this one does not feel that way in the slightest. Rice does what I love best in series and wastes no time, taking off from the ending of Bone Music from page one and never letting up. Because of this, I highly suggest you start with book one and then continue. If not, then you will be doing yourself a disservice as some things won’t quite mesh without knowing the full backstory.

Charlotte is now committed to being at the service of men she doesn’t trust (and for good reason) in order to keep some semblance of normalcy in her life. Charlotte isn’t normal, her life isn’t normal but hey, you can dream some right? She’s now fully engaged in her romance with Luke (this is high on their commitment and struggles but without all the romantic nosh so don’t get the wrong idea), and their connection grows with this book. His instincts about a case propels them both into some interesting conspiracy theories and how they’re going to manage this – IF they can. Phew – does this open some doors to a continued story line. CHRISTOPHER, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME WITH THAT ENDING?!

It’s hard to say too much without giving anything away. I will say that while book one felt fast paced, it really was slower in the sense of learning about Zypraxon, Charlotte’s abilities when she’s triggered and how everything fell into place.¬†Blood¬†Echo¬†launches forward even faster as this background is already in place and we see just exactly what Charlotte is now capable of… good luck to anyone who lands on her bad side.

Do yourself a favor and pick up both books ASAP and you can thank me later.

My Thoughts: 5/5 stars

This book kept me captivated from the first page until the very last. BLOOD ECHO is book two in the Burning Girl series and it picks up from where book one, BONE MUSIC, left off. So I would highly recommend picking up book one in order to follow with ease. What I loved about book one was that the action got started immediately and this was no different!

We’re back with Charlotte, a girl that had an unconventional upbringing (to say the least). Kidnapped and raised by serial killers has made her infamous. Little do people know, she’s been through more than just this ordeal. Now, her life seems to be settling into something resembling normal. Working with a pharmaceutical company and a budding romance – but of course no everything is as it seems.

It’s so hard to not give much away, but this book combines some mild sci-fi into this slow burning suspense/thriller. That being said, this is not a slow paced suspense. We are constantly kept on our toes and I couldn’t put it down. Rice gave us quite the ending and threw some twists at us and now I can’t wait to see where this continues! Typically the second book in the series can be less exciting and act as more of a set up for future books, well that’s not the case here. I highly recommend picking up this series, and make sure you do this in order.

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