Today I’m participating in the Echoes of Memories blog tour!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Echoes of Memories is the second book in the Nepherium Novella Series. Set in the year 2452, Echoes of Memories is set in a future where Nepherium and Humans coexist, though the relationship is riddled with distrust and fear. Elsa is still struggling to regain all of the memories she lost in a transporter accident, both as a means of discovering who she is, and in hopes of clearing her name of treason and uncovering the events that led to her accident.

Echoes of Memories picks up where the 1st Novella, Made to Forget, left off. As a whole, this was an enjoyable, quick read that kept me guessing and wanting to know more. This was truly a page turner.

One of my favorite things about the series is the main character, Elsa. Told in 1st person, Elsa maintains a badass persona without coming across as fake or overly tough. Her emotions, actions, and dialogue feel real. Noah is another plus, and makes for a refreshing love interest. He is not overly sappy, nor is too brooding. As we learn more about him through the conversations between Elsa and her team, his is shown to have depth, though for more insight into his character, you have to read the deleted scenes at the end.

The concept is also interesting. I love how the reader uncovers bits of Elsa’s memory right alongside her. That being said, I did feel that some of the revelations were incomplete. There were times that it felt like Elsa uncovered something, but didn’t fully share what she had uncovered – instead she jumped to new thoughts/feelings as though they were second nature to her. I wish the reader had been taken further along this journey of discovery, as this sometimes made me feel momentarily lost.

Another area I would have loved to see more of is the building of the world. LaFantasie gives the reader glimpses into the history and workings of the world, but, as someone who loves world building, there is still more I want to understand. I did enjoy that she didn’t bury the reader in tons of futuristic elements, but I would have liked more information on the Vanguard and the history of the relationship between the Nepherium and Humans. I can only hope that as the series continues and Elsa uncovers more of her memories, the reader will uncover more about the workings of this future world.

If you have not read the first book in the series, being as these are novellas, running just under 100 pages each, it is easy to catch up, and you won’t be sorry you did. Fantasy and paranormal lovers, and readers of Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels’ Series, or adult readers who have enjoyed Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments Series should add Echoes of Memories  to their to-read list.

For more on Echoes of Memories, and for details on the blog tour giveaway, please keep reading below.

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Title: Echoes of Memories

Author: Samantha LaFantasie

SeriesNepherium Series #2

Genre: Adult, Fantasy

Traitor. Liar. That’s what they call me. No one believes me. Not even my team. I know it’s up to me to get the answers. To stop the corruption and unlock my memories. I’ll do anything to get them back. Even if my hands will be covered in blood.

Elsa’s every move is scrutinized. She’s labeled a traitor by those she sought for protection, and kept from her family and team. Regaining memories has been a slow process. Too slow for the Council’s liking, taking matters into their own hands.

The new captain has history with Elsa and operates with a hidden agenda. Even Elsa’s team reacts differently toward her. If only she could unlock her memories. Everything is playing right into Alexander’s hand, even amassing an army with unconventional methods, designed to annihilate the Nepherium—starting with Noah. Elsa will do anything to stop Alexander … even kill.


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About Samantha
A Kansas native, Samantha LaFantasie spends her free time with her husband and three kids. Writing has always been a passion of hers, forgoing all other desires to devote to this one obsession, even though she often finds herself arguing with her characters through much of the process. She’s primarily a fantasy writer but often feels pulled to genres such as sci-fi, romance, and others.
Among her writing credentials, a member of the Kansas Writer’s Association and has authored works such as Heart Song (her debut novel) and Made to Forget.
Samantha loves to take time to enjoy other activities such as photography and playing her favorite game of all time, Guild Wars 2.
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