Thursday, August 29, 2013

Silence - A Review of Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale by Elisa Freilich

Haunted by silence, a mute teenage girl is mysteriously given back her voice ... and it is divine.

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 become.

Inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, SILENT ECHO: A Siren's Tale is an epic story filled with fantasy, romance and original music.

Portia has a spent her life without a voice, but she doesn't let it get her down.  Her best friend, Felix, has been deaf since the age of seven which only brings the two of them closer.  Despite their "handicaps", Felix and Portia have a normal life, attending school, hanging with friends, conversing with goddesses, etc.

It's the start of their Sophomore year.  Portia meets and is quickly distracted by Max, the guitar-playing, romantic song-writing new guy.  She is also plagued by a strange new illness that has her visiting the school nurse often.  And she just can't get passed the strange tension that rose up between her and Felix after an intense dance the night before he left for the summer.

During an intense confrontation, Portia discovers that her voice has returned.  Along with the voice, comes a great power over others.  Frightened by her new abilities, Portia begins a journey to determine who or what she really is.

Portia is desperate to maintain normalcy while she struggles to determine who her real friends are. She soon finds that the one she thought was meant to love her may have been sent to destroy her instead.

The many passages with verse did not work for me.  I liked the concept behind the book, and the idea of original music going along with the story.  However, Portia's DRASTIC change in personality didn't sit well with me.  If this had been a play, I would describe Portia's performance as wooden and robotic.  She went through the book very detached and separate from what was happening around her.

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