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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 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 every five minutes with very little to no emotional resonance.I don t think a love for music could ve saved Elisa Freilich s Silent Echo the technique in the verse was justwrong on so many levels I think I knew by a certain point that the approach to the verse here was littlethan angsty random passages that had little to no flow to them And the emotion was overwrought and overexpanded in each piece.But that s not even the only problem with this work because looking at the characterizations, situations, and development what could ve been a promising work was formulaic, problematic, and a complete fail as far as a work based on mythology was concerned.I hate to say it, but I don t think I ve read a book that made me loathe verse in YA fiction as much as this one Ye Gods literally , this was bad.Full review Author s Note I had three renditions of songs for Silent Echo A Siren s Tale, and this was the one that ended up winning out All I have to say is that I ve watched too much Dr Horrible Sing Along Blog Those of you who know it probably know the tune A Man s Gotta Do What A Man s Gotta Do, so this is written in the same progression I had way too much fun with this one.I ll add notes to this as I m going along, and put the end notes at the end of the verse.Need to Sing featuring the cast of Silent Echo A Siren s Tale Portia I needed to singthan I ve ever needed to sing,Never knowing all the chaos it would bring.All I ever wanted was to have a voice,But baby, I was born this way, not like I had much choice Charlotte Thank you, Siren girl, you have saved my life And saved my mother too, from ever present strife.Yes, my father was so horrible, from his constant abuse,Never mind you tried to kill him by song, you re a hero and a muse Portia I don t need to singthan I wanted to do,These feelings I have are hard to follow through.I have horrible dreams every night of trying to seduce,And bathing in my lover s blood, it leaves me so confused.Leucosia Don t worry, Siren girl, I am here for youWe ll keep the evil back, cause I m a Siren too,Yes the Siren s call is complex, it s an ever present curse,Come to me when you need help I am your school nurse.Portia aside And a goddess too Leucosia aside No dear, sirens aren t goddesses That s Athena s duty Max I need to singthan I ve ever needed to sing,There s a girl that meansto me than everything,She s the beacon in the dark that makes all around me bright,Never mind that it seems.she wants to take my life Felix This is so unfair, she s my best friend,These feelings I have for Portia are hard to comprehend,I can t hear her sing cause I m deaf, I feel I don t belong,But I know in my heart of hearts something with her is wrong.Evil Portia evil laughter I need to sing with all this power at my hand All the men in the way are here at my command.Soon I ll kill you Max, but be the best lover you ever had,Soon you ll go crazy too, like your dear old Dad Max What is wrong with you, you are just insane,Not the nice girl that used to call my name,Portia, stop with this, who are all these people around Why can t I move, with your lovely sound Felix I need to speakthan I ve ever needed to speak.Used to think that not hearing her made me something weak.But since I m immune to Portia s lovely song,I m the only one who can save her now, but my memory burns along Leucosia This is all my fault, I was supposed to help you through,But even as its over now, there sstrife to rueI was responsible for a horrible thing, makes me want to hurl.I should take my life, goodbye my lovely girl Portia NOOOOO Portia I don t have to sing nowthan I need to sing,I have my Max with me, though he doesn t remember a thing,I ll cut my losses and take what I can get,But seriously what the heck is wrong with Charlotte Charlotte grins mischievously Fin Portia was born mute, a perfect, precious child every way except for the fact that she couldn t speak Seriously, the way the birth was portrayed had to be the most special snowflake fairy tale esque version of a birth I d ever seen in this genre Oy vey The book incorrectly attributes the role of sirens as something of goddesses despite there being VERY loose mythological ties in this story ThoughI would say the mythological passages came in massive infodumps and I was bored trying to weed through those It s a shame because I actually love Greek Roman Mythology Max is a singer who tries to serenade Portia at every chance he can get but then again, everyone bursts into song in this book a RAPPING Siren, a beatboxing tune from Portiait just gets overwrought and ridiculous But he actually doesn t know that Portia wants to kill him He s left in the dark for a good portion of the novel, though he figures something s wrong when Portia becomes uber moody, even to the point of digging her claws in his hand and hurting him It seriously has something of an odd ending to the entire book in the epilogue I could spoil it, but it s seriously not even worth mentioning because it felt like it was supposed to be suspenseful, but it really wasn t.Overall rating 0.5 5 starsNote I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Diversion Books Started out very promising fell a little flat not enough sirens for me. After thinking about this book , 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 After thinking about this book , 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 really disliked the third person narrative that the author used throughout the novel I feel like Portia s feelings and inner turmoil could have been much better described through first person I felt so detached from her throughout the entire novel, that I ended up not really caring what happened to her You ll see from the description above that another author compared Portia to Katniss NO There is no resemblance whatsoever Katniss actually had some character development and has only a few rivals in terms of badassery Portia barely developed at all view spoiler aside from being able to speak hide spoiler , and she isn t a badass at all In fact, I found her wimpy and pitiable, and not in a good way.You know how a lot of us that read YA are complaining about how women are treated by alpha males Well, the roles are reversed in this book Portia treats love interest Max like cheap dirt Ladies, this is the kind of guy we ve been waiting for in YA He s sweet and kind, and it doesn t hurt that he s musically talented Unfortunately, he just takes everything that Portia throws at him, and basically gets abused for the majority of the story.The other characters were just so contrived that I couldn t get behind them I am not trying to belittle any of the hardships the characters had to endure, but I felt like the abuse was just kind of thrown in to meet a certain quota of damaged characters If it wasn t Max, it had to be Portia s best friend Then we had Jaqueline, who was literally only in the story to be a quirky French friend who loved fashion and hated the American accent hence why she hangs out with someone who can t talk.Another issue I had was the slow moving plot I skipped 100 pages in the middle, and just kept reading I literally didn t miss anything except for the worsening of Portia s condition Even the climax of the novel didn t grab me I just wanted to finish it And I HATED the ending Why would Portia decide to distance herself from Felix after everything that s happened So, if you re looking for a quintessential YA story with instalove, a love triangle, bad Greek mythology, and lots of angsty scenes, this might be for you Unfortunately, I could stomach Portia and thought both Max and Felix could have done better without herAn ARC was received from NetGalley 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 compan 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 companion and her handicapped deaf friend Felix who couldn t care less whether she could speak or not Everything soon drastically changes when she starts to develop a painful tightening sensation in the back of her throat, an ache in her back and uncontrollable mood swings that result in her mysteriously finding her long lost voice Why can she all of a sudden sing with her alluring voice when her whole life she has never been able to utter a single syllable But this is no ordinary voice this is the voice of a Siren With her dangerous newfound ability to control those around her, she soon finds out that there are others who will stop at nothing to turn her gift into evildoings Portia must decide whether she wishes to use her powers for the better or worse, and must overcome the evil that is forcing its way in.I enjoyed watching Portia evolve as she learns about her origin and the history of the original Siren s tale It was extremely interesting to see the main protagonist at times act as an antagonist as she battles the evil spirits of the Siren Goddesses.This novel was an easy and compelling read as it took you from start to finish Though the beginning may seem to start off slow, all the little details proved to have been of value as the story progressed I also loved the symbolic of the birds, and the comparison of their singing to that of a Siren s I couldn t help but be amazed by the alluring song lyrics, as I am not a much of a fan when it comes to lyrical poetry as I usually skim right over it.Silent Echo was an enjoyable debut with a unique premise I cannot wait for Griffin s Call to be released along with Taking Flight I was extremely fortunate to have received a complete full on signed Silent Echo package from the amazing author herself She is one of the sweetest people you will ever meetI received a personalised signed copy of this book in return for an honest and unbiased review ( FREE DOWNLOAD ) ♭ Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale ⚈ Haunted by silence, a mute teenage girl is mysteriously given back her voice and it is divineRendered mute at birth, Portia Griffin has been silent foryears 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 HunterBut 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 becomeInspired 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 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 muchinteresting 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.Posted on 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 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 chooses Adventure Time over CSI, then yes, I am an adult There have been many variations all over the literary world, but this book is one that includes my favorites Dionysus Recently, I saw a rendition of The Frogs at my local college and completely fell in love with him And Pluto, but he s another story There is a touch of all the greats in Silent Echo, and that is probably what makes this book great.Portia, Felix, Charlotte, Max, and even dear Jacqueline are all well rounded characters For a while, I thought this was just another contemporary, but then the supernatural undertones sprouted and took me on a grand adventure Although, this could have just been about a weird love triangle story, and I would have still loved it There s something about the writing that is intoxicating Mrs Freilich, are you a Siren The writing is truly beautiful and I LOVED the songs and poems thrown throughout Very clever indeed.I m assuming hoping praying there will be another That ending was like a shock to my system and I MUST know what will happen With Felix Filled with constant surprises and uncanny revelations, Silent Echo A Siren s Tale is a great read for anyone looking to get away from life And delve into the mythological 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 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 began, they ended Ever since then, Portia s been mute, never uttering another word or sound While some may be put off by the handicap, Portia has learned to live with it with the help of understanding friends and family Everything changes, though, when Max Porter lands on the scene Suddenly, Portia begins to fall hard, andimportantly, finds her voice once again However, there s one tiny problem her voice has the power to make anyone do anything, making her dangerously powerful Now on a race to find out what she, Portia knows that one thing for sure she s never letting anyone take her voice away from her once again, no matter the cost I m always a little off put when a book features third person however, with this book, it worked perfectly I loved getting to see everything through Portia s eyes as well as a wide variety of other characters Portia was probably my favorite out of the bunch She was likable as well as brave Plus I loved that she adored birds, as it was an interesting little tidbit It was also fun to see her evolve as time went on, especially when it included her learning how to deal with the surprising facts about her origin and future Anther favorite character of mine was Felix He was such a great friend, and while I loved Portia and Max together, a part of me was always rooting for Felix to win Portia over in the end The plot in this was also a lot of fun Plus, it involved so many great twists and turns I enjoyed the way in which Elisa presented the Greek mythology, as not only did she spin into the character s story and text, but she also included some awesome flashbacks to the many gods s and goddesses s lives It allowed for the story to develop nicely Further, I particularly liked seeing into the world of the sirens It was crazy to see what they could do with their voices, good and evil The little bit of romance was a lot of fun, and finally, a love triangle that I could actually tolerate Max and Felix both have their good and bad points, and honestly, I was never sure who I wanted Portia to end up with, even at the end Thankfully, there s twobooks to help me make my decision Elisa s writing was decent As mentioned before, I thought she did a great job with character and plot development However, there was one thing that bugged me I hated the constant references to all things iPhone related It was just a little too over the top, and it felt like I was reading an ad for Apple in some scenes Spellbinding, romantic, and thrilling, Elisa Freilich s Silent Echo A Siren s Tale was a thoroughly enjoyable debut I simply can t wait to see what s next for Portia, Max, and the rest of the gang Grade B 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 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 writetales 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 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 withthan 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 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 withthan 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 seem like normal teenage stuff but as you read this story there is this underlying, intriguing thread of something dark lurking there.Right at the beginning you re introduced to some birds acting rather oddly, so it makes you wonder what s going on Slowly things start to unfold and you get this crossover of ancient legend with current day life Strange things start to happen and Portia s world changes drastically Some bad things occur that Portia wants to stop only it seems that she might be the problem She learns a truth about herself that shocks her but explains a lot about what is going on Now she has to figure out how to take control of it or ancient forces will use her gift and her for their quest for revenge.I liked Portia, I wanted her to get her voice, to get the cute new boy, to keep her current friends but there are a lot of things working against her She s a really caring, likeable person that even when she s doing some not so nice stuff, you really want her to figure a way out of it.It s a good read that has an interesting mix of reality, fantasy and of the past and present I like how the author brought Greek Mythology into this and used ancient mythology to blend with today for the rebirth of new life It s definitely worth reading I was given a copy as part of a 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