Thursday, 22 January 2015

Review: Silent Echo by Elisa Freilich Synopsis:
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.

When I first read this book I was left speechless (which doesn’t happen a lot) simply because it was such an emotional story and to have the ending it had… just wow.

All the characters go through so much emotional turmoil which as a reader you feel first-hand and it pulls on your heartstrings. Portia particularly is such a strong character because while there were times her courage slipped and she wanted the easy way out (as we all would) it takes a special kind of strength to even admit that.

Her best friend Felix was also a very deep character who had already gone through so much alongside Portia, so to see their relationship was beautiful. The love triangle between Portia, Felix and a transfer called Max didn’t feel at all forced and while it had many theatrical moments, I wasn’t annoyed that it was there because it played just as much of a part in the story as anything else.

Plot wise, I thought the mythology elements, old and new, blended beautifully into the overall story. The story of the sirens didn’t quite catch my eye like the other Greek myths, when I first heard of them, but reading it again in this book with the added music was breath-taking.

I’m very musical at heart, so the songs scattered here and there were beautiful additions to an already addicting book. Also the references to our modern day with things like Apple and Twitter (there was also Harry Potter mentioned so props to the author for that) made it so much more interesting combined with the ancient mythology. Dionysus in particular should not be given access to the internet when he uses it to find new wine recipes, then get too drunk to remember how he’s supposed to be helping!

Silent Echo is a hauntingly beautiful story where old and new collide creating a rollercoaster you simply have to go on.
 Favourite Quotes:
“There is no such thing as a perfect world – or a perfect anything –”
Zeus let out a gruff “ahem.”
Well, perhaps excepting you, Zeus.”

“Opening her MacBook, the Goddess couldn’t help but smile when she remembered first suggesting to Zeus that they get Wi-Fi at Mount Olympus. The assembled deities had looked at her like she was trying to stage some kind of technological coup. She was persistent, though, bringing her laptop with her one day and showing them all how easy it was to navigate this thing called the Internet. Within weeks, her fellow immortals had e-mail addresses and were setting up websites, birthing an entire divine virtual underworld.”

“You’re that reason, Portia. My reason. The reason I get out of my bed every morning. The reason I didn’t give a shit about cochlear implants and exploratory surgery. The reason I Google bird trivia and even venture into secondhand bookshops. It’s all for you. Silent you, talking you, I don’t care. It’s like I told you that day all those years ago – you are my forever.”

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