Monday, November 18, 2013

Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale by Elisa Freilich Book Review

Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale by Elisa Freilich
Publisher: Diversion Books
Published Date: September 10th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology 

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.

Rating: four out of five stars

Silent Echo is a great retelling of Greek mythology. It takes a past and makes it feel present. I liked the way the author weaved the Greek history into the story slowly then bringing it into the forefront so effortlessly. I loved the use of the original Greek gods and the fact that the author stuck close to the original story. I'm not very knowledgeable of Greek mythology outside of the most basic information but I liked it in this story. What I liked most was the characters, and the author's use of unconventional characteristics. I also loved the originality of it. There is a love triangle and I know how tireless they can be but the use of one in this story lacks the dramatics found in other books so it didn't take away from the story. The world building is also very well done and timed appropriately. I also love when the back story is fed in trickles as opposed to all at once, which this author does. I think readers will enjoy this uniquely told story and will appreciate the use of Greek mythology that is weaved throughout the novel. A great addition to any library.

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