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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 36 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: October 22, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G3KNH60
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Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Portia is a sixteen year old that lost her voice shortly after birth. Felix is a seventeen year old that hasn’t been able to hear since he was three years old. Two best friends that communicate through sign language and text, two best friends that share everything. Then Portia miraculously gets her voice back but finds that with it come some incredible - and terrible - powers.
My Thoughts (Spoiler Free):
I was instantly hooked. Why? Because I have a very deep love for sign language and those who need to use it. I grew up with some deaf friends and learned sign language so I could communicate with them (much like the twins who befriended Felix). Because of that, I had an instant love for this story. When the plot picked up I sort of lost interest. I didn’t love that she got her voice back - of course, that’s a personal preference thing, I loved having a mute protagonist. Though, when the plot really picked up and her voice started causing some SERIOUS problems… yeah. I enjoyed that. I don’t want to spoil anything here so I’ll stop. The plot was full of greek mythology, romance, and all kinds of troubles. There were some slow spots where I didn’t feel interested that I had to push through but they were relatively short. For the most part, I enjoyed the plot. Unfortunately, I didn’t love all the songs, poems, and stories within the story. Which made up about half the book. I wouldn’t have minded them every now and then but… not all the time.
The writing was good, I didn’t see any major issues with the writing other than some random / weird phrases that were way over used. Like, rather than saying someone decided to leave the author says they “begged off”. Which I had never heard before but wasn’t a big deal. Until she used it about ten times. Or more. Things like that kinda bothered me but honestly that’s not such a huge deal. Honestly, the writing was really good, just not my style.
Well you already know my love of the two main characters. Then you have the two secondary characters - who were well developed. Then you have the million other side characters - that were honestly a bit hard to follow or didn’t have enough development for me to care about reading the scenes they were in. I would have prefered that Elisa hadn’t written in so many inconsequential characters that I had to keep up with. But the ones that mattered were well developed. I really loved our two main characters.
Love triangle. Always with the love triangles. I have a very definite preference and it seems like book two might go in that direction even though book one didn’t. I will say this, the love triangle was done differently this time and even though book one didn’t go in the direction I wanted it to I was entertained the whole way through and nothing terribly frustrating happened like in a lot of YA love triangles.
To sum up.
It was interesting, I’m glad I read it, though I don’t know if I’ll continue on to book two. It was interesting, but there are so SO many books that I have loved so much more that I’d rather continue with. Three stars. Why? Good character development, interesting plot, a lot happened, very few slow parts. But. Far more songs and stories within the story than I would like and I ended up skimming over a lot of them, and though there were gripping moments the plot as a whole didn’t grip me. I thought it was a very good story and I can totally understand why some people would rate it four or even five stars. Really, it just wasn’t my style, as I’m sure you can tell by my lack luster review. For that reason I didn’t write a spoiler section in this review. Why? Because I neither loved it or hated it enough to have much to talk about beyond what I’ve already said.
I am Farkle!
(Nah, I’m Merphy)
The fantasy aspect in of in itself though is what's really amazing. The whole mythology thing and all of the intertwining therein was really compelling and I loved uncovering all sorts of little easter eggs here and there- and there are a ton of those for the attentive reader. I loved the gods' personalities and how they interact with one another. They really liven the story up and add a human touch to some of the more esoteric of Greek myths. The line between gods and mortals here is established brilliantly and rather humorously and I enjoyed all of the quasi-awkward interactions between the two beings.
And then there are lyrics which I personally haven't seen too much of in YA novels. It's really a nice touch and helps distinguish this from the more mainstream and predictable books. Depending on the scene, the lyrics can be expositional or comedic, or emotional, it doesn't matter. It's always fluid and witty to say the least. It's a nice touch and really makes the book fly by.
Above all of this though, I have to say that my favorite aspect of Silent Echo were the characters. They're all so witty and fun to read about, yet they each have unique parts to them that make them very relatable. There's a human touch to each character (yes even the gods) that just drew me in. I felt of concern and compassion for all of them as they each traveled through their respective conflicts and scenarios.
So all in all, this is a great book and I would highly recommend it to anybody with a functioning syrinx…also to people as well. It's fun, engrossing, and just flies by and left me wanting a lot more.