A Symphony of Echoes (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #2) by Jodi Taylor

A Symphony of Echoes (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #2)

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea.In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, withess the murder of Archbishop Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.But they must also confront an e...

Details A Symphony of Echoes (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #2)

TitleA Symphony of Echoes (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #2)
Release DateAug 20th, 2015
PublisherAccent Press
Number of pages289 pages
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Audiobook

Reviews A Symphony of Echoes (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #2)

  • Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
    I liked it. You definitely have to have an inclination towards madcap zany predicaments and quirky heroines to enjoy this series. Max is strange and sometimes annoying. The story-telling is all over the place and the book is split up into several plots. One story is (sort of) resolved and then the story moves choppily into the next. Some questions are never answered or plot points ignored. Jack the Ripper? What was really up with him? We never re...
  • Choko
    *** 3.75 ***A buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks! Let's go back in History!!!I enjoyed the book. Mostly, I love the quirky humor and wacky time jumps. I enjoy the writing style, but there is something missing. I wish I could put my finger on it, but I can't... Max is a very likable character, but something is not quite right with her love interest and second book in a row him freezing her out with no explanation nor discussion. If it happens once...
  • Brad
    This second book still reads like an amazingly light-voiced opera of death, time-mystery, and casual sex... in other words, a great time-travel SF. :)Seriously though, her treatment of cars makes me wonder if they'll wind up going the way of the Dodos. Minus the Cucumber Sandwiches. :) I preferred this one a lot over the first book for once reason: It stayed in known-history for the majority of the book rather than with the dinos. I'm a sucker fo...
  • Trish
    So after a good night's sleep and a big hot mug of tea (yeah, I prefer mugs to St. Mary's typical nice and flowery china), I have now sorted my thoughts. This second volume was very interesting and fast-paced again, the characters amicable as ever and the events laced with wonderful historical tidbits. However, it did not get me to care as much as the first.The first volume was a rollercoaster that jerked me this way and that way and left me comp...
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, withess the murder of Archbishop Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sand...
  • Kelly
    Also fun for most of the proceedings. I liked the back 40% or so the best. It's sort of clear that partly the issue Taylor's plotting is kind of just happening as the story happens and things occur to her. Which makes everything feel fairly gloriously spontaneous, but also means she doesn't consider things until she does because she's distracted by some other shiny thing she's interested in at the moment and we've all already thought of the thing...
  • Roslyn
    I found this St Mary's instalment as compellingly readable as 'One Damned Thing After Another'. And like that book, it also needs an editor's hand. Actually there are probably fewer of the sentence structure/punctuation issues in this one, but I sometimes had the feeling that I'd missed something - that something had been rushed or glossed over or not explained properly. There is also a sense of disjointedness about the plot. The first bit of plo...
  • Emma
    This series is very funny and often a literal riot! They are cleverly plotted and the world of St Mary's is well conceived. In fact for me, St Mary's is the main character. In fact I think I want to live and work there. It seems like a cross between Hogwarts, Mallory Towers, and barrack life circa WWII variety. You could even add Carry On films to the mix.Very much enjoyed this. Looking forward to the next. This isn't the place to start with this...
  • Wealhtheow
    After surviving numerous murder attempts, foiling a coup, and dropping T Rexes on her enemies' heads (literally), Max has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer at St.Mary's. Using time travel pods, she and her colleagues can actually visit the periods they study, making them the luckiest historians ever. Of course, they also have a much higher mortality rate than most historians...The book begins with a truly creepy investigation into Jack th...
  • Steven
    So far this series is just so much fun!
  • Allie
    Hilarious. Smart. Action-packed. Highly recommended.
  • Kaitlin
    This is book #2 in the series and it's just as bonkers as the first one, but equally just as amusing. We once more follow the St. Mary's organisation of Historians who travel through time to see 'what really happened?' Our main character is called Max, and she's one of the less conventional people in the organisation who always seems to be getting into trouble somehow. Her adventures are often risky, but rewarding, and this book is no exception.T...
  • Shelli
    This second in the series was not quite as good for me. I found myself being a little pickier and thinking it was chaotic at times. At one point I actually said "What just happened?"....out loud. I was getting annoyed with the main character Max. That being said, this is a fun series and no one told me to look for inaccuracies and the like. So why should I? That makes it not as fun! By the end, I was happy again and looking forward to the next on...
  • Marjolein
    Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com I'm not a serial reader. I'm quite the opposite, even when I like books, I'm usually glad I can dive into another world next. However, having finished the first book in the St. Mary's series, Just One Damned Thing After The Other, I couldn't resist and immediately started the second book (and after that, the rest of the series). The world is amazing. It is super British, very witty, fille...
  • Ian
    Max returns in the second book in the St Mary's Chronicles. This instalment begins with her confronting Jack the Ripper and it quickly moves on from there to rescuing the future St Mary's which has been taken over by villains, hunting dodos and returning to Elizabethan England to correct an error in history. This series is great fun. It's not what I would describe as a disciplined narrative. The story chops around and wanders off in strange direc...
  •  Olivermagnus
    This is the second book in the fascinating Chronicles of St. Mary's, an extremely entertaining time travel series. At the beginning of the book, Max, now a seasoned and trained Historian, manages to accidentally bring Jack the Ripper back from Victorian London, then goes back in time to Scotland where she needs to ensure the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots, to preserve history. One of the very best sections of the book involves a Dodo hunt, whic...
  • Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
    I didn't like this one half as much as the one before. It was just so disjointed and ... meh. It actually left me not really wanting to read book three.The issues here are mostly the plot and all the filler stuff that happens for no reason. And there are some underlying world building problems.It starts out good but after that, it really, really slows down. That first part seemed to mainly be one example of a later "problem" but it really didn't ...
  • Christa Schönmann Abbühl
    Very emotional rides to work with this one. The time I did not spend mortally afraid for everybody, I was either crying or laughing. This morning I had a really hard time taking off the headphones and actually go in to work. I needed to know what happened next. Taylor is very cruel sometimes with the way she announces catastrophes about to happen. Had to remind myself to continue breathing from time to time.
  • Hallie
    I'm not sure I can accurately judge my liking for this compared to the first book, but I can say one thing with no hesitation; I finished grinning and very happy that book 3 would be out soon. Of course there was the element of surprised discovery for Just One Damned Thing (especially as I was the first of my friends here to have read it) and that can't be repeated. Instead there are dreaded second-book Expectations. If one expects all kinds of m...
  • Sheryl
    Another fantastic book in the Chronicles of St. Mary's series! Max and the gang at St. Mary's get into all kinds of trouble again in book two. There's something special about this series that I just can't quite put my finger on. I love the richly drawn characters, the narration, the action, the absurdity and the humor. It's fresh and original and absolutely delightful. I enjoy every minute spent reading (or listening) to these books. Narrator Zar...
  • Maja
    I enjoy the adventures of St. Mary's. Those books have so much potential. If only they were written better. It's the adventures that drive the story. Neither the characters nor beautiful writing. To really enjoy those books you have to ignore certain things. Like inconsistences, that characters are gives certain attributes and it never changes, that sometimes the writing takes you from one scene to the next but doesn't inform you and you are wond...
  • Matt
    Another engrossing read from the Chronicles of St.Mary's — where historical research happens when history happens/happened/will happen. Where else can we meet Jack-the-Ripper, living Dodos, and Mary Stuart in a single book? A pleasure to read, even if the individual stories follow somewhat unmotivated each other. The lively cast of characters, first and foremost Madeleine Max Maxwell, and great historical accuracy let's you forget about this ea...
  • Katherine
    This one was an emotional rollercoaster. Just as packed as the first with humor, history, and a dash of romance, but A Symphony of Echoes isn't all shenanigans. A good portion of the book deals with the emotional baggage we know Max is carrying around. We get a peek into just what lies in her past, but not the full story. With several books left in the series, though, we can assume further information will come as that onion gets peeled more and ...
  • Megalion
    St. Mary's is back at work again. The end of the first book saw a lot of shake up in the institution but the show must go on. Max is no longer a rookie historian. She's now leading expeditions which brings a whole another dimension to the game as things that seem impossible have a tendency to demonstrate they ARE possible and it's not often a good thing. After the first book, I was in love. This book was more of the same and I've already read the...
  • Nancy Garcelon
    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!I just loved this book. I laugh and I cry. Then I cheer them on to their next adventure. All the characters are important to the storyline, they are like one big family. Jodi Taylor has done a wonderful job giving "substance" to even the supporting characters. (mini Spoiler - I couldn't stop laughing when Mrs. Partridge caught all those stupid Dodo's!!!I've even learned some history. )I'm an American, and I know that...
  • beentsy
    Complete romp, loved it. The writing style has tightened up from the first book and for that I'm glad. One note, and I'm not sure if it's because I read this as the ebook version but, there are some spots where a section break space seems to be missing and I found that really threw me off a few times.
  • Karen
    Tried to keep giving this series a chance, but it's too much a loose chain of adventures without much of the interesting and imaginary meat that can come from a time travel indulgence. The series could make for a fun TV series, if good enough writers and director---maybe that's what the author is really aiming for?In any case, I'm done. Can't do another one!
  • Karsyn
    Continued greatness! This series is SOOOO wonderful, and I'm only 2 books in. Yay! Lots more to enjoy. Leon was an ass, again. Really hope that stops. That's not to say Max is perfect, she most definitely is not, but that's why I adore her. Still, despite her hangups and issues she's never viscous, as Leon has been multiple times. But overall, wonderful. Diving right into #3!
  • Leanne Smith
    Just love the idea of a time travelling history department.....quirky, easy to read with a bit of historical learning added in.
  • Krista Ivy
    This book is even funner than the first because most of the characters are repeats. By then, we like them. Also, they develop (as they should) in ways that might not have been expected. That is the fun of this series; the unexpected being the norm. I can't predict where it's going at all. What a relief.