Title- Silent Echo: A Siren’s Tale
Series- Silent Echo Trilogy # 1
By- Elisa Freilich
Publication Date- September 2013
Published By- Diversion BooksGenre- 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.
My Review: What an eerily but beautifully written story. Silent Echo is like an addiction you just can't stop reading and you have to have more no matter the price. I fell in love with this story from the very beginning and with the turn of each page I found more and more reasons to love this book. The Greek mythology that intertwined with in Silent Echo was done so with such fluid like inspiration. There was no lack of detail as every scene played through my mind. The characters were amazing Portia is the main character and she in some ways was your typical teenage girl but yet she was so much more at the same time. She had been mute since birth but she didn't let that hold her back. Portia was an amazingly strong person who needed answers to questions she wasn't sure she was ready for. Felix is an adorable hunky guy who just happens to be Portia's best friend. He has been deaf since he was eight but again it didn't hold him back from being a wonderful, funny, lovable, guy that would do anything for his best friend! As Silent Echo weaves in and out of a story complete with all of the elements of a siren of Greek mythology essence you must be careful to not fall under it's spell from the glorious songs that only a siren can sing for once you are under it's spell there is no telling what may become of you. Elisa Freilich had me under her spell from the very first page it was if this book called my name and I had no choice but to answer it. I am completely under her spell now and like an addiction I want more and will be anxiously awaiting the next installment to this 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.