Silent Echo by Elisa Freilich
Publication date: September 10th 2013
Publisher: Diversion Books
Number of pages: 330
Source: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley
Haunted by silence, a mute teenage girl is mysteriously given back her voice … and it is divine.
Rendered mute at birth, Portia Griffin has been silent for 16 years. Music is her constant companion, along with Felix, her deaf best friend who couldn’t care less whether or not she can speak. If only he were as nonchalant about her newfound interest in the musically gifted Max Hunter.
But Portia’s silence is about to be broken with the abrupt discovery of her voice, unparalleled in its purity and the power it affords to control those around her. Able to persuade, seduce and destroy using only her voice, Portia embarks on a search for answers about who she really is, and what she is destined to become.
Inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, SILENT ECHO: A Siren’s Tale is an epic story filled with fantasy, romance and original music.
Silent Echo is one of the top books character wise. They were so developed and I can’t see anyway they could be better.
So basically we have a mute girl named Portia. Ever read a book about a mute girl before? I know that this was a first for me! Thumbs up for that. Then what better than to pair Portia with Felix, probably one of my favourite book best friends ever. Felix, is deaf, which means that he and Portia know sign language. Seriously – this book convinced me to try and brush up on my sign language! Of course I can’t miss out some of the supporting characters like Max and Ms Leucosia (did I spell that right?) because I felt they were pretty important to the story.
I went into this story expecting a story about sirens who were like mermaids and that certainly isn’t what I got. Not that that is a bad thing. I quite liked it actually, they were well described and easy to picture. Portia was definitely the right sort of character to pull it off – amazing and strong!
Never having read Homer’s Odyssey, I can’t really compare it to that. It was very interesting to learn a little about it and some mythology along the way. Admittedly, at times I got a bit muddled up with who was who but as a whole I found that I could follow.
Silent Echo was better than I had anticipated because I wasn’t expecting much different than other typical mermaid/siren books but was it ever. There were poems and songs galore which I thought to be cool and I loved the language used in them. Some of the songs went on too long for my liking and were too frequent. They definitely got more frequent towards the end. I didn’t have this issue with all of them, just the really long ones.
The plot was pretty good, I loved the parts where Portia was using and/or discovering her powers – especially the babysitting scene. It was a tad slow sometimes (I was easily distracted during the song scenes) but it was mostly consistent and I really enjoyed it.
I think that Silent Echo would be ideal for people who want a story on a familiar topic with a slight twist or even someone who is just looking for a great twist. An inspiring story about a silent girl with a voice to be heard.
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Goodreads author bio:
Elisa Freilich has enjoyed a love affair with language from her earliest days. Raised in rural Monsey, New York, Elisa spent her days reading whatever crossed her path and developed a keen appreciation for the ever-present music in her home – from classical to rock. French lessons and creative writing workshops complemented her adolescence, which was also greatly enhanced by a summer spent abroad at Cambridge University. From the time she could read and write, Elisa could often be found composing poems, song lyrics and satirical newspapers.
After her college years at Boston University, Elisa continued her creative pursuits, working as a junior VP of Marketing at a corporate graphic design agency and, later, as an interior decorator. Eventually, Elisa left the workforce to raise her family, in her now hometown of Englewood, NJ.
Throughout the years, Elisa has retained her devotion to all genres of books and music and was determined to synthesize her passions into one refreshing and original platform. The result is her debut novel, SILENT ECHO: A Siren’s Tale, which will be published by Diversion Books in September 2013. With her own lyrical style, Elisa has created a world that young adults around the globe will find intensely gripping and refreshingly original.
When Elisa is not writing, her creative outlets still abound. She is fierce with a set of knitting needles, a hot glue gun and any ingredients that can somehow be fashioned into a sinful and highly caloric babka.
Please note that I have read another book since reading this and have nearly finished another, so this status is just in general rather than after finishing this book.
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