“The Crystilleries of Echoland” by Dew Pellucid is a young adult novel about a hidden world called Echoland. This world is filled with Sounds and Echos, earthly people and their translucent, dimensional counterparts, however, the Law of Death in this world is causing thousands of children to go missing.
One of the lost children manages to return from this realm, but he does not feel whole without the return of his twin sister. This feeling leads him on a journey to bring back his sister. However, once he is back in Echoland, things are not what they seem and he must figure out who to trust in order to survive the evil that lives within. I would rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. I enjoyed reading the book but there were a couple of things that I did not favor which caused a lower rating. The first chapter held a ton of similes that made reading it very difficult. Similes are good in moderation and if the author reduced the similes by half and added more detail instead, then the first chapter would have been better and a lot easier to get through. To me, this brought down the rating the most because the first chapter is one of the most important chapters of a book. Some people have learned not to judge a book by the cover but typically judge the book by the first couple of chapters, specifically the first chapter. This does improve some over time, but the book overall does not go into as much detail as I would have liked. I ended up looking to the illustrations more to paint a picture of what was being told to me instead of the words. This lack of details causes the story to jump around and seem rushed in spots, details about the world, characters, or settings could have allowed for the story to be given at a more natural pace and allow the reader to fully develop the scenes in their minds.
There were a few things in this book that I did like. The illustrations were gorgeous and helped to bring the world to life. Andy Simmons and Tal Boldo did an amazing job of capturing the story in their illustrations. Along with the illustrations, the story in general was rather enjoyable. I liked the concept of the different world and thought that it was new and interesting way to present another world within our world.
Overall, this book was a good read and I did enjoy it once I got past the first couple of chapters. I would recommend this book more to people that are transitioning from children’s books to young adult’s books or for people that enjoy reading about magical worlds and the perils that sometimes lie within the beauty.
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