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Silent Echo

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  63 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,...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Diversion Books (first published September 8th 2013)
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Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
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...more
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...more
Azahara Arenas (Living in Our Own Story Blog)
*Scroll down for English review*

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...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
Rebecca (BookBacon)
I received the book Silent Echo as an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Ever read a book and think, 'Oh-Em-Gee, this book has an awesome premise but it only moderately executes the idea throughout the novel?'

That's exactly what I thought when I was reading the novel. I have never read a YA book that begins with a girl who is born mute and suddenly achieves the ability to speak/sing. So with that said, the overall theme of the book is interesting.

BUT! The book, in my opinion, does not...more
A Book Vacation
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I really liked the mythology piece of this novel and I think it’d be great for teens to read, especially if they’re studying the topic in school, or if they’re extremely interested in mythology, as many are since Percy Jackson hit the scene a few years back. From my own studies of mythology in school way back when, I knew what Sirens were, and of course, I’ve read The Odyssey AND all the Percy Jackson books, so my definition of them is a lot more refi...more
Actual rating: 0.5 stars
This review is also posted on my blog at Thoughts and Pens

Before we proceed to the actual review, here's an attempt to put some accurace into the blurb!

Silent Echo, a wannabe Glee meets Greek Mythology parody tale, is the ultimate modern day coming-out-from-a-loony bin story. It is a thrilling ride that achieves that perfect blend of instalove, no action, absence of humor, psychotic teen angst, apple technology, and most importantly, horrible music-- the universal languag...more
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...more
Elicia (Girl in the Woods Reviews)
You can also find this review at http://girlinthewoodsreviews.blogspot...

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...more
Kayla Sanchez
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...more
Elisa Freilich did shade a light on one of the more mysteries of the Greece myth - the sirens. She also put Olympus in a new shade of the modern life (gods' web...:)).... it also good that she ignite the will to read the Odyssey which I love very much. I also love the poems which she spread generously all over the book ( I wish I could have also the music). I also liked the idea that she didn't try to make things pretty not for the sirens and surly not for her characters. the struggle of of Port...more
Paulina Romero
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale was not a disappointment, but that might be due to my extremely low expectations. I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology—especially sirens—even if I never have gotten around to doing some much needed research. My point is, my knowledge of sirens is limited to a few movies and my own imagination. I gather from Khanh's review, however, that this novel is very loosely based on a myth about sirens that is barely touched upon in The Odysse...more
Carrie Slager
[Full disclosure: I signed up to review this book as part of a blog tour and was provided a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.]

After a lot of thought, I’ve decided that my feelings for Silent Echo are pretty much mixed. On one hand, Portia was a decent enough character even if she did have some ‘moments’ and on the other hand, I wasn’t very impressed with where the plot went.

So let’s talk about Portia first. She’s completely mute and has been since birth and she has a best friend...more
Suzanne Doft
What a terrific book. I was captivated by the unique story line. The characters were so well developed and relatable. The love story kept my interest throughout. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a YA book. I loved the lyrics and am so looking forward to the "movie" so the lyrics can have music attached. Awaiting my 3 teenage daughters completing the book so we can discuss. Can't wait for the next installment from Elisa Freilich.
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.
Adam Perlmutter
I thought this was a great book. I don't usually write long reviews, but I feel that this book warrants it considering some of the nasty reviews it got and its relative obscurity. Nobody ever seems to have heard of it, and that's a huge travesty. So here goes:

Ordinarily I don't particularly like the whole romance aspect of YA novels. I found the whole love triangle thing in Hunger Games to be excruciating. But I was pleasantly surprised when I read Silent Echo. I thought to myself This conflict...more
Jeffrey Younger
I just finished reading the book and thought it was fantastic. When I was recommended this book I was a little apprehensive thinking it would be your typical YA romance with an element of action, but when I started reading it I was pleasantly surprised. It had the romance I was expecting, a love triangle between the protagonist Portia, her best friend Felix, and the new kid in town Max, but it also had equal parts Greek mythology and action. The book follows Portia, a mute teenager, who suddenly...more
Adrienne Mcvicker reing
I enjoyed it so much I couldn't put it down. Now my 13 year old daughter is reading it.
Honestly, I couldn't help thinking of all the analogies as the parent of an adolescent!
Congrats to Elise Freilich for this first book.
Roxanne Kade
This book was a unique and fascinating read that brought a breath of fresh air to the YA Paranormal genre in so many ways.

Freilich’s brilliant blend of mythology, legendary characters and reality was so intriguing that I could not pull my eyes away from my Kindle for a single second. It has been a while since I read a YA read with so much depth that was written with such passion and spellbinding intensity. It really can be considered an epic fantasy.

Each character was so well defined and I felt...more
Dannie Morin

The quirkier scenes involving the Gods and Goddessess were fun. I worked to suspend my disbelief for a few things, but the author's enthusiasm for this aspect of her story was obvious, and for me that made it fun to read.

The verse. But this was barely a like for me. A few reasons contribute to that, the main one being I'm not a fan of novels in verse as a general concept. I've only read one that I can say I really loved. For me this also meant that this book felt verse-heavy, and whi...more
A compelling read for anybody who is a fan of the YA fantasy genre. Oh, and the romance was pretty intense too. An all around great read!
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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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