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 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 do.
Inspired by Homer's Odyssey, Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale is an epic story filled with fantasy, romance and original music.
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 meet!
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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.
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.
BOOK 1: Silent Echo
BOOK 2: Griffins Call
BOOK 3: Taking Flight