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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.
“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.”
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!
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