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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Echoes of Us by Kat Zhang

Today we are thrilled to have guest author Kat Zhang over for a guest post to talk about the third and final book in her Hybrid Chronicles series, Echoes of Us. Thea was a big fan of What’s Left of Me and Once We Were, so we are delighted to be a part of the release of book 3!

Echoes of Us Kat Zhang

Without further ado, please give a warm welcome to Kat, everyone!


Like many people, I love a good romantic storyline, and there’s nothing quite so grin-inducing as two characters with amazing romantic chemistry. But there’s something to be said for great platonic relationships as well. If anything, because they tend to get the spotlight less than romantic relationships, I find them all the more special.

When I wrote the Hybrid Chronicles, showcasing Eva and Addie’s unique relationship was really important to me, and in celebration of Echoes of Us releasing tomorrow, here are some of my favorite non-romantic TV relationships! (I chose TV relationships instead of book relationships because…well, gifs :P)

KAYLEE/INARA of “Firefly”

Who doesn’t love Kaylee and Inara? Despite being very different people, they are such great friends, practically like sisters. Their contrasts only serve to strengthen each other as characters, and you never doubt their veracity of their friendship.


Okay, let’s not argue about whether or not Donna and Harvey count as an example of a romantic relationship 😛 (I’m a Donna/Harvey shipper at heart, I admit it). BUT as far as the show is concerned, HarveyxDonna doesn’t seem to be a definite end-game (though they like to tease us. mercilessly. my heart), and many of their scenes together seem more like BFF scenes than anything else, so I’m counting it here. Oftentimes, they seem like the only people who truly understand each other, and they don’t put up with each other’s crap.

DONNA/TEN of “Doctor Who”

Donna-s must be automatically awesome or something (and automatically red-heads!). Doctor Who went out of its way to drive home the fact that Donna and Ten were Friends, That’s All. And their friendship was amazing, hilarious, and completely heartwarming. Don’t even talk to me about how things ended.

JANE/DARCY of “Thor”

I really like Jane, but I love Jane about 10x more than I would otherwise like Jane because Jane is besties with Darcy, and them snarking at each other pretty much makes my week. I would pay to see an entire Thor movie in which Thor doesn’t even show up—it’s just Jane and Darcy being snippy but ultimately looking out for each other, always.

I have so many other examples, but this post is getting long enough already! Which pairs have I left off that you love?


About the Author:

Kat Zhang is an avid traveler, and after a childhood spent living in one book after another, she now builds stories for other people to visit. Recently graduated from Vanderbilt University, she spends her free time scribbling poetry, raiding local bookstores, and plotting where to travel next. What’s Left of Me–about a girl with two souls–is her first novel and was released by HarperCollins in 2012. The sequel, Once We Were, came in 2013. Echoes of Us will complete the trilogy in fall of 2014. She is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong. You can read about her travels, literary and otherwise, on her website or check her out on Twitter.

Giveaway Details:

We have a copy of Echoes of Us up for grabs! The sweepstakes is open to addresses in the United States and will run until Sunday, September 21 at 12:01am EST. To enter, use the form below! Good luck!

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  • Kirsten!
    September 15, 2014 at 3:52 am

    I don’t know if you read Gunnerkrigg Court (you should), but my favorite platonic relationship is Kat and Annie 🙂

  • kayrea
    September 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

    There are so many great platonic pairings (although I’d happily ship any of the ones you’ve listed in a romantic capacity)! Scott and Stiles of Teen Wolf, Kirk and Bones from Star Trek, the golden trio from Harry Potter (HP is particularly rife with awesome platonic pairings), and the gate teams from SG1 and SGA are all favorites.

  • Becky C.
    September 15, 2014 at 7:29 am

    The first one who comes to mind is Picard and Data. Love those two.

  • Lexi
    September 15, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I always really liked the friendships in Harry Potter, especially how a male and female could be friends without it being romantic, which you do not see that often.

  • Diana
    September 15, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I think one of my favorite platonic friendships is Tarma & Kethry from the Vows and Honor books. Like, there’s a lot of super problematic stuff in them, but the friendship is just one of my favorites.

  • Joni
    September 15, 2014 at 9:30 am

    The first two books in this series were not only thrilling, but wonderfully layered. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the last book! (I’m also curious about what Zhang will do next…?)
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! ^^

    Another good platonic relationship that is also male/female I think would be Cinder and (Captain) Thorne in the Lunar Chronicles.

  • Estara Swanberg
    September 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Julie and Maddie from Code Name Verity. Nuff said. The circumstances don’t invalidate their friendship, they make it shine the brighter.

  • jennie t
    September 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    From Orphan Black, Felix with Alison and of course Felix with Sarah; basically, Felix is the best. I’m also a fan Of Kiera and Carlos on Continuum.

  • Mary Anne
    September 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Martha Wells does great platonic relationships. Moon with almost everyone else who is not Jade. Ilias and Gilead in the Fall of Ile Rien. Nicholas Valiard with all the members of his team in Death of the Necromancer.
    In Megan Whalen Turner’s Thief series, I loved Gen’s relationship with Eddis. And also his relationship with the magus.
    As I get older, I think I like the platonic relationships in books and stories best. Sexual tension and chemistry is a lot of fun, but it can obscure the fact that there’s really nothing else going on, or what is happening is so flimsy or unbelievable we would never tolerate it in a platonic relationship.

  • Heidi
    September 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Oh I’m so glad she mentioned Donna and Ten! THAT is why I’ve always loved Donna so much. In the new Who where they have invariably tried to create some sort of sexual tension between the Doctor and companions there was this period of fun sibling-like comradery. I second the Gunnerkrigg Court love from above too–if you lovely ladies haven’t read that series, you ought. Also really love the friendships between Kami and Holly/Kami and Angela in Sarah Rees Brennan’s Lynburn Legacy.

  • Carl
    September 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I’d go with Harry and Hermoine. It seemed like a predestined relationship but never happened. I bet they’re both sorry now, though.

  • Cherie
    September 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    As far as tv goes, no one does better male/female platonic relationships better than Criminal Minds. Morgan/Penelope and Reed/JJ have beautiful supportive relationships.

  • Emma
    September 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I’m really happy Donna and Ten were mentioned! They are my favorite friendship for sure. And their ending still makes me tear up if I rewatch it.

  • Megan
    September 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I really enjoy Marlee and America’s friendship from the Selection Series. They’re so different, and their initial circumstances aren’t the best, but yet they are still such good friends and lookout for one another.

  • Katie
    September 15, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I always enjoyed Harry and Luna’s friendship in the Harry Potter books.

  • erinf1
    September 15, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I’d have to go w/ Vel and Jax from the Grimspace/Jax series by Ann Aguirre. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jenna
    September 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

    For me, Ron and Harry. They were great BFFs.

  • Natasha
    September 16, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Kieren and Amy from In The Flesh are great!

  • Crystal Hernandez
    September 18, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Kieren and Amy <3 from In the Flesh

  • Jessica
    September 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Yes!! I love watching Donna/Harvey of Suits and their platonic relationship. I think the actors are friends IRL, too?

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