Title- Silent Echo: A Siren’s Tale
Series- Silent Echo Trilogy # 1
By- Elisa Freilich
Publication Date- September 2013
Published By- Diversion Books
Genre- YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Silence was Portia Griffin’s nemesis. In a world where teens never cease to speak their minds, the sixteen year old Portia, rendered mysteriously mute at birth, has opted out of the mainstream conversation. Instead, this silent sophomore at Ridgewood Preparatory Academy finds solace in her keen love of music and bizarre obsession with birds. And it doesn’t hurt that her best friend, Felix Fein, deaf at the age of eight, couldn’t care less whether or not she is able to execute the spoken word.
But Portia’s world is about to change – and not necessarily for the better.
After sixteen silent years, Portia is suddenly gifted with a voice unparalleled in its purity and powers. Her new ability to persuade, to seduce and to destroy with her voice alone sends Portia on a search for answers she never imagined she’d have to accept.
I loved the idea of Portia not having a voice. It's what got me wanting to read this in the first place. A siren who can't speak? That isn't right. The moment I started reading this, I was instantly hooked.
I'm particular when it comes to what siren stories I read. The story needs to be interesting enough that I am able to reread the same origins tale over and over without being bored. Personally, I felt that this maybe went on a little long at times, but for someone who hasn't read any sirens books or wants a good in depth telling, then this is a great starting book.
What I felt was an exceptional point to the book was the fact that the best friend was deaf. I feel like there needs to be more YA characters with disabilities, whether it's the main character or if it's their friend or sibling. It can be a powerful message to readers.
This book revolves 2 things, that is music and Homer's: The Odyssey. Both of these really moved the story and what I felt made this such an interesting story.
The journey that Portia goes through is very touching and I almost cried when I first hear her. The moment that she first speaks out is a powerful moment. Not only is she heard, but she's helping someone very dear to her.
I feel like you could say the same things over and over when it comes to siren stories. But the above elements make it stand out. It's really up to you as a reader, to see what siren story for you. And if you feel this one is the right choice, then be ready to get lost in the music of the sirens. This is really a great start to a trilogy.
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About the Author
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 developing 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 Summer 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.