Monday, 30 December 2013

Silent Echo Tour and Review

Book Info-
Title- Silent Echo: A Siren’s Tale
Series- Silent Echo Trilogy # 1
By- Elisa Freilich
Publication Date- September 2013
Published By- Diversion Books
Genre- 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.

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 here about one character in the book, poor Dionysus always gets such a bad rap for being a drunk, and once again he is *sighs* too drunk to remember what he is supposed to do.  But I have to laugh at his antics once again.  

The character creation in this book is EXTREMELY sharp!  It kept me on the edge of my seat with the dialogue and the absolute realism in such a fantasy type book.  Portia, Felix, Max, Charlotte are all such well thought out and well written characters.  You actually forget your reading and can picture these teens as being the kids next door. 

I loved the topic of the Siren's, and I loved how the author used birds as a comparison, as a bird owner and lover I was sucked in by those aspects of the book.  This book truly will keep you up late into the night because you simply won't want to put it down. 

Once again I must state that this author used such realism while writing this book.  References to websites, twitter, google all modern day aspects that made this book oh so enjoyable.

I personally didn't want it to end, and in the end I hope that this Author continues to write more tales with these Characters.  I suspect she will since... well nevermind that aspect, because I just simply won't go further along that train of thought.  But I seriously HAVE TO KNOW!!! *looks pointedly at the author*

This book is perfect for the reluctant YA reader.  It has just enough action in it to keep them flipping pages, and I have passed my free copy on to my 10 year old son, so I think it is appropriate to grade 7 and up. 

This is a 5 star read!!!  And not just for the younger crowd but the old fogies like me as well! 


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.
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