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Cover Reveal-Silent Echo


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Today we’re excited to reveal the cover for Silent Echo by Elisa Freilich!


About the Book:

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.
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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 developed 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.
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 September 2013. With her own lyrical style, Elisa has created a world that young adults around the globe will find intensely gripping and refreshingly original.
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Call of the Herald – Brian Rathbone

In the pages of this first book of a series, I found the harrowing, coming-of-age tale of a teenage girl thrust into a position of power she neither expected nor desired.  Catrin Volker attempted to do her best in her daily life, but was often late to class, was ridiculed for being a farm girl, and has now received a vesting of enormous, mystical power she doesn’t understand and can’t control. On another continent, a king is sending his beleaguered soldiers on a mission to find and destroy the Herald of Istra and end a long-awaited prophecy. As the lives of General Dempsey from the Greatland and Catrin of the Godfist merge together into the same story, we are struck with a sense of despair on both sides of the waging war.

Rathbone took the time to construct a fictional world with a rich history of mysticism, lost races and cultures, and a sad history of devastating war.  Each character is fleshed out as an emotional being, more than words on a page. He intended and succeeding in creating a group of characters worth reading about.  I found several passages within the work to be imbued with powerful imagery, one of my favorites being “The tree exuded ancient wisdom and lack of cares. It existed simply and simply existed. It did no right or wrong, made no mistakes, had no opinions.”  The book was worth reading to find passages such as these.

I would recommend this book for Young Adult readers. Teenagers between 12-16 would enjoy this adventure.  When you reach this end of this book, you want to get the next one to find out what happens to Catrin.

Why I didn’t give this one five stars:  Purely my opinion, but  I felt a bit lost from the prologue to the first few chapters, when we jumped from General Dempsey to Catrin.  I lost all sense of time, and wished the chapters had some kind of date stamp to navigate the chronology. I also felt there were several lulls in the momentum, where certain descriptions appeared to be repeated unnecessarily. Other reader may find these elements helpful.

On a purely technical note, in the Kindle version that I read, there were sections of text that were marked with a dashed underline that had no apparent purpose. I’m not sure if italics were intended for these passages, though italics appeared elsewhere, or if this was just accidental.

On the common scale of 1 to 5 stars, I rate this as a 3.5. It was okay. I liked the story, but the form was troublesome.


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