ARC Review: Dissonance by Erica O'Rouke

Title: Dissonance (Dissonance #1)
Author: Erica O'Rouke
Genre: Supernatural, Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss 
Format: eBook
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 22, 2014

Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony. 
Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane. 
But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.


The concept behind the book was interesting, which attracted me to the book to begin with. But as soon as they would talk about Echoes, Cleaving, Inversions, Pivot Points, and what ever else I missed I became terribly confused and frustrated. Every time you finally understood something new was added, which kind of annoyed me. In addition the book was to long and repetitive, I wanted to see more then just walks. 

I have never disliked a book character as much as I disliked Del's sister Addie, talk about a giant bitch? I disliked the parts of the books that had her in it, I just wanted to skip and get back to the weird romance of Del and Simon. 

She was involved or dating 3 versions of the same guy, especially when she knew that touching and echo from another world was dangerous (there were so many rules, so someone please correct me if I am wrong) Seriously Del?You are already on thin ice and not being an official Walker, because you accidentally cleaved a world, but you are going to run around with different versions of Simon. Ugh. 

Since I feel like I am only being negative there were plenty of good things that I enjoyed about this book. Characters, I loved Monty. I think I loved him the most out of everyone else in the book. I thought Simon was alright, but he wasn't the full sundae that I usually prefer. Doesn't mean that I didn't like him though. (Yes, I called Simon a sundae. You know how a good sundae has ice cream, syrup, nuts, caramel, all those yummy things? Well I just felt Simon was was lacking some caramel.) 

I liked the secrets and the conspiracy. "The what the hell is the council hiding...?" is what kept me interested. I like books with secrets and conspiracy in them. 

All in all I think Dissonance had a lot of potential, and I am excited to see the story grow and continue though. Everything has room for improvement and I didn't think this book was horrible it just wasn't something I like at the moment. For all I know I can reread this in a few weeks and like it better then I did now. 

RATING: 2 1/2 


  1. Hmm, sounds like the plot had a ton of potential. Still not sure if I want to read it, but maybe.. just maybe.

    1. I say give it a chance, it wasn't horrible. It just wasn't for me!


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