Silent Echo by Elisa Freilich {Blog Tour}

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Silent Echo: A Siren's TaleSilent Echo: A Siren's Tale
by Elisa Freilich
Published by Diversion Books on September 10, 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 390
Format: eBook
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**I was given a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

Haunted by silence, a mute teenage girl is mysteriously given back her voice ... and it is divine.

"Silent Echo" is a gripping, original read, with a heroine you won t forget. Katniss Everdeen watch out for Portia Griffin. Erica Wagner, Author of "Seizure"

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 do.

Inspired by Homer s "Odyssey, Silent Echo: A Siren s Tale" is an epic story filled with fantasy, romance and original music.

Opening Sentence:



“The fluttering of the birds’ wings against the windshield produced a steady noise not unlike the whirring of a fan. He looked over at the pained face of his wife. She was at the peak of labor, her contractions only two minutes apart.”

Review:

 

I really liked this book. It was a light, fun read that was easily enjoyable. However, it could have been so much more. The story line had the potential to make the ranks of the greatest reads in recent history, to be likened to other stories of Greek mythology the likes of Percy Jackson or the Goddess Test or heck, even the Covenant series. But alas, I think this one fell just a little short of that.

This is the first book I have ever read where the main character is mute and I absolutely loved it. It was not called out as a problem or issue that she had to overcome, just a way of life for her and her best friend Felix, who is deaf. They became fast friends at a young age being the (seemingly) only handicapped kids at their school. But even several of the other kids at school learned some sign language and life was good. This is really the only piece I was slightly let down with – I think the story could have been made even better by placing it in the ASL community, maybe at a school for the deaf. That would have added a whole other layer of drama to Portia’s dilema when she receives her voice.

So Portia is a quiet, unassuming, “nice” girl who everyone knows but doesn’t really know. During a traumatic episode with one of her former friends, she finds her voice. And not only can she talk, but she can SING! Finding out that her songs can wield power over other people is a strange and empowering discovery for Portia. As she moves through these very unexpected changes she understandably struggles to maintain herself. An internal battle between good and evil is waged and leaves the reader bouncing from feeling bad for Portia and hating her for what she is doing.

Now I must warn some of you. If you are Greek mythology scholar, knowing each and every god on a near personal level, you will be overly frustrated with and angered by this book. Ms. Freilich decided to bring the gods into the 21st century, modern technology and all. The gods have their own internet address (.god) and are no strangers to text messages and video messaging. If this is not enough to send you into a fit of fury, the lack of character building for the gods will. They are left as one-dimensional characters with little more information about them than the power they wield.

However, if you are a fan of Greek mythology or looking for a fun fantasy read while you await the next Percy Jackson movie to be released, Silent Echo is for you!

I give it…
4 Stars

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About Elisa Freilich

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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.

About Meagan

Meagan is a Reviewing Wonderland founder and featured reviewer. Because reading books does not go far in paying the bills, Meagan is also an established certified public accountant (I know, right) and spends most of her time working or spending time with her family.
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