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.
-from Elisa Freilich’s website
My Rating: 7/10
Silent Echo is a fun, enjoyable read with plenty of action and just enough romance to keep you hooked. Portia is at first a shy, confused heroine, but she grows in strength and confidence so by the end she is ready to take on whatever forces may be opposing her in the coming sequel…
Silent Echo features a lot of metaphors on the voice and music; not surprising since these are two of the main themes in the novel. But there is also some light Greek mythology, the story of the siren sisters forming a sort of basis for the novel. Personally, I love Greek mythology so I really enjoyed it, but I also like the way it focused on a sort of lesser known part of the myths. It was refreshing and new to me.
Another recurring feature was the poetry, songs and music mentioned in the book. The poetry and songs that are written within the book jump off the page, already flowing with rhythm and adding depth to feelings within the novel.
Silent Echo tackles a lot of social problems whilst still having the fun vibrancy of a mythical adventure, and the tension of a love triangle between Portia and best friend Felix and new boy Max. I enjoyed the novel, and I will keep my eye out for the sequel, Griffin’s Call!