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Silent Echo

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  425 ratings  ·  119 reviews
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,
Paperback, 390 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Diversion Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Recommended for:
1. People whose knowledge of sirens is limited to those things in police cars that go "whoo whoo."
2. People who loved the poetry that their 7th grade crush wrote for them.
3. People who have eaten dinner beforehand and not susceptible to sugary metaphors.
4. Fans of Apple.

"I am blessed organological
My powers are robotical
I am your diametrical
You're no longer magistical!

We started antiphonical,
You thought your words demonical,
But my verse exorcistical---
The real Portia is mystical!
Initial reaction: Some say bad verse begets bad verse, that lyrical cheese begets lyrical cheese. No two people are going to think the same way of a piece of music or poetry, but one would think that to pen lyrics and verse in a work, there's an art to being able to let the words carry themselves and to do so in strict moderation - otherwise, you run the risk of sounding insincere, puerile, or downright silly. "Silent Echo" felt like a bad musical with people randomly bursting out into song ever ...more
After thinking about this book more, I've downgraded it to 1 star. But I still think it deserves even less.

I’m going to be honest with everyone here. The few reviews that are already up for this book are glowing 4- and 5-star reviews. That’s what I thought I would be giving this book when I first read the description. A mute girl whose best friend is deaf? I was already sold. But I was extremely disappointed with this novel. If it hadn’t been an arc, I would have stopped reading around 35%.

I r
Jenaire  | **Abooktopia**

First things first, I have a love for Greek Mythology. I absolutely loved how Elisa Freilich managed to weave Homer’s Odyssey with modern technology so effortlessly that I was compelled right from the start! The front and back cover of this novel is absolutely gorgeous and stayed true to the story. It makes a wonderful edition to the bookshelf.

Portia Griffin is a sixteen-year-old girl rendered mute at birth. Without her voice she turns to music as her constant compani
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
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.

God’s that text? Mythological beings getting played by autocorrect? Dionysus with a MacBook?

Does all that get your nerdy blood flowing?

Then you’ve come to the right place.

I, for one, love Greek Mythology. It’s something that is completely interesting to me and I’ve always wished was real. (And it may be. Who am I to doubt Zeus?)

The fables have kept my dreams alive since I was a little girl, and is something that has followed me into adulthood. (If an adult is considered a 21 year old that choos
Azahara Arenas (Living in Our Own Story Blog)
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MI PERSONAJE FAVORITO: Ms. Leucosia fue uno de los personajes que más me sorprendieron y me gustó mucho el papel que jugó en la historia
Opinión: Recibí este libro a través de Netgalley y lo solicité porque sinopsis me pareció muy original, a pesar de que la portada no me convencía mucho es uno de esos casos en los que no hay que juzgar al libro por la portada.
Desde la primera página hasta la última el libro me enganchó, no sólo por la historia que es refrescante y
Kaylee (readerxpro)
Actual rating: 4.5/5

Silent Echo is a Greek mythology inspired book. It follows the life of 16 year old Portia Griffin, best friends with Felix Fein. Portia is a mute, and Felix is deaf, and they've been best friends ever since third grade. One day, Portia meets Max Hunter, a British boy who exchanged from a performing arts school in New York.

Portia's voice suddenly comes back when she went over to her neighbour, Charlotte Trotter's house.

This book is about Portia's introduction to herself being
Maggie Thom
Silent Echo: A Siren’s Tale is quite an interesting read. You meet a likeable character named Portia. She appears to be an ordinary teenager in that she’s dealing with being shy, insecure, wanting badly to fit in and is angry at her parents. Portia though is dealing with more than most teens as she has no voice. Thankfully she has made friends but that’s where it gets complicated for her, when she has a crush on a new guy, a friend decides that maybe he has feelings for her as well. So things se ...more
Christina M Condy
Okay now as a HUGE fan of anything to do with God's and Goddess's I must first state I LOVED how Elisa Freilich combined the Gods of old with modern technology! You ROCK Elisa!

I was completely absorbed in reading this book. I made the ultimate mistake of deciding to start reading it at 8 at night and needless to say I did NOT get to bed at my normal time. Thank the Gods I was on Holidays and could sleep in when I finally dragged my carcass to bed at 1 in the morning.

I have to have a little tell
I always love when a story includes an author's unique spin on Greek mythology (prime example: Aimee Carter's The Goddess Test). Therefore, as soon as Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale landed on my radar, I added it to my "must read" list, and as luck would have it, it ended up being a fantastic read.

Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale begins the story of Portia, a young girl trying to find her voice. When born, Portia completely enchanted everyone with her beautiful wails. However, just as soon as they bega
Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot
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 basics but I liked it in this story. What I liked most was the characters, the author used unconventional cha ...more
Um, talk about a BAD ASS female!

"Game on, baby."

This book intrigued me on the first page. I have never read a book like this before, but I am so happy I did! Portia is such an strong and courageous character but at times can be quite creepy. The love triangle between Felix and Max was perfect. At times I was a little anxious and aggravated because of the way she acts but I understand why she was like that. Overall, I give this book a 4/5 stars which is really good!
Elisa, keep up the amazing work
Final rating: 4.5 stars!

To anyone who is reading this: this review does not contain any spoilers so don't be afraid to read it! It just contains a summary of this wonderful book, some quotes from the book that really touched me, and my overall thoughts on it.

This is the overall summary of Silent Echo without spoilers:

Portia Griffin, the protagonist of Silent Echo, is mute for her entire life until one day, she mysteriously finds her voice--and it is not an ordinary voice--for Portia's voice is t
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Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book

Silent Echo has some really good things going for it. One of them is the interesting take on the story of the sirens from Homer's story. Only two of the original sirens are evil, one of them just goes along with the whole luring sailors to their death thing, because of a promise she made to her mother.

See, her mother loved her best because...well, the other two girls were kind of p
My take to follow Amazon Description: "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 pe
Olivia (Bookcomet)
Silent Echo is one of the top books character wise. They were so developed and I can't see anyway they could be better.

So basically we have a mute girl named Portia. Ever read a book about a mute girl before? I know that this was a first for me! Thumbs up for that. Then what better than to pair Portia with Felix, probably one of my favourite book best friends ever. Felix, is deaf, which means that he and Portia know sign language. Seriously - this book convinced me to try and brush up on my sig
Tammy Hall
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 ...more
Elicia (Girl in the Woods Reviews)
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Detailed Review: This book literally gave me the chills because it was so intense. I must say this book isn't lacking in the mystery and horror department. And the author really did her research, that's what made it so perfect and addictive at the same time.

Elisa manages to make the transition from reality into fantasy smooth, going easily with the flow. This is an admirable skill I like in authors. The story was unlike so
Kayla (The Thousand Lives)
My Initial Thoughts/Rambling: This is bad, so bad. I’m having a serious crisis right now! I hate giving out bad reviews, and it’s even worse when I DNF a book. And this makes it two in one week that I gave up on. I did make it through a solid 1/3 of the book before giving up though, which makes it about 100 pages that I read.

Disclaimer: I was given a free ebook of Silent Echo from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What did I think about the characters? All of them were cliche and stereo
I heard about this book through the grapevine and I was automatically interested! I had never read a book where the protagonist was a siren and the uniqueness of the story drew me to it. I was surprised at how quickly the book captured my attention because I was expecting the first few chapters to be kind of boring, but boy, was I wrong!! This book has so many twists and turns that will keep you guessing right until the very end! You will fall in love with Max Hunter and his amazing ability with ...more
I'm afraid that I, like quite a few others, didn't get on too well with this book. I found the pages of poetry/songs tedious, the use of the siren myth badly-integrated, and the characters shallow. I don't like to give bad reviews, as it's all a matter of personal opinion really, but this book really wasn't for me, which was a shame as the premise was quite interesting.

Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Libby Wyatt
This book had an awesome premise which hooked me in, but as the book developed I lost interest as the protagonist, Portia, was influenced by evil spirits. Her actions throughout the novel bugged me to the point that at points i hated her as a character. Max, dude was totally whipped and I absolutely ABORED the insta-love or connection that happened between the two. I was totally cheering for Felix the entire novel but was annoyed at his inability to express his true emotions to Portia, then act ...more
I'm honestly so disappointed with this book, but I blame it partially on me having high expectations in the first place. Sasha from abookutopia raved about this non stop and I've come to realize you can never fully trust booktubers who are sponsored. I barely believe any of her recommendations anymore. But back to the book...

Firstly, the voice of the author is so distractingly loud with extremely desperate attempts at forcing out a pseudo-hip vibe filled with contemporary references. However the
Jennifer R  Ricketts
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

In Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale, a teenage girl named Portia who is mute is best friends with a teenage boy named Felix who is deaf. I adore Portia's name and thought their friendship was so cool - they fit together like two pieces of a puzzle. I found it really refreshing to see a teenage girl and a teenage boy such a close relationship without romance being involved. It was quickly
Maeve (AKA Tris Prior)
Silent Echo was absolutely amazing! This book made me cry, laugh and it was just beautiful. I cannot wait for The second book!
This book has been giving me mixed emotions throughout my whole journey of reading it. I don't love it, ...but I also don't hate it. So I gave it 3 stars because I am purely in the middle. I believe the reason I didn't like it was how the greek gods were portrayed and talked to by Portia (the main character). I realized and understood that the author wanted to modernize the gods, and how other people talked to them (such as young siren, Portia). Although, for some reason it was just too hard for ...more
Actual Rating: 3.5

Silent Echo has certainly got an interesting concept, many authors attempt to write about Greek mythology yet Elisa Freilich decides to focus on the sirens thus creating a unique story line. The main character Portia has been mute for all of her life, along with her deaf best friend Felix they form a friendship unlike any other until Max Hunter steps onto the scene and Portia goes through a change and that isn't even the worst thing.

I went through love and hate phrases in thi
This was pretty good. The concept was so interesting and different and I love the way everything is described. Like the way her vocal cords or whatever are different. The gods in this book were really cheeky and fun. Dionysus was great.
The love triangle was pretty well done and I still can't chose who I like more. Max is hot and a romantic and sweet. Felix is hot and loving and so interesting.
Leaucosia(I think that's how you spell it) was really cool and her last scene in the end was absolutel

FRIST THING, FIRST- I just adored the front and back cover. It's beautiful and it's stay true to the story.
Second thing I love love love the story. I love the characters, especially Felix. I feel so bad for him-And Hermes, who's going to take care of him?? Each character in the story has a sad, painful, and teardrop background story. The story was fun and it's hard to put down. You just want more and beg for it not to stop. The thing Elisa described in the
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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 developed 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 ...more
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“There is no such thing as a perfect world – or a perfect anything –”
Zeus let out a gruff “ahem.”
“Well, perhaps excepting you, Zeus.”
“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.” 2 likes
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