Silence by Michelle Sagara

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29 Critic Reviews

Sagara concocts an interesting and original premise but seems most concerned with explaining precisely how Emma’s paranormal powers work. She tends to philosophize or to indulge in such extensive detail during the suspense scenes that she creates diversions from the action. Thus, the suspense often takes a back seat to exposition.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

It began in the graveyard…

Ever since her boyfriend Nathan had died in a tragic accident, Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night. During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that’s all it was. For Emma, life had stopped with Nathan’s death. But tonight was different. Tonight Emma and her dog were not alone in the cemetery. There were two others there—Eric, who had just started at her school, and an ancient woman who looked as though she were made of rags. And when they saw Emma there, the old woman reached out to her with a grip as chilling as death....

Emma was not quite like other girls. It was true that other girls had experienced grief. Other girls had also lost their fathers, or had their boyfriends die in senseless accidents. But though she hadn’t known it till that night in the graveyard, unlike those other girls, she could see, touch, and speak with the dead....


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About Michelle Sagara

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New York Times bestselling author Michelle Sagara writes as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West; she is also published as Michelle Sagara West. She lives in Toronto with her long-suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs. She can be found @msagara on Twitter or http://msagarawest.wordpress.com
 
Published May 1, 2012 by DAW. 298 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Silence
All: 29 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 14

Kirkus

Below average
Apr 15 2012

Sagara concocts an interesting and original premise but seems most concerned with explaining precisely how Emma’s paranormal powers work. She tends to philosophize or to indulge in such extensive detail during the suspense scenes that she creates diversions from the action. Thus, the suspense often takes a back seat to exposition.

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Nocturne Romance Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Brandi on May 23 2012

This is one of those books were I fell in love with the side character's, Michael and Allison grabbed my attention instantly and I found myself looking for them more often than not. However, this does not mean our protagonist, Emma, was slacking. In fact she was a strong heroine who is brave and loyal.

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Night Owl Sci-Fi

Excellent
Reviewed by ELF on Apr 25 2012

A fantastic read that has a wonderful melange of characters (including a Rottweiler with the unlikely name of Petal and an engaging young man named Michael) who tumble from one improbable yet remarkably believable situation to another even more incredible and tension-filled challenge. The combination of typical teen concerns (school, popularity, conformity, parties) juxtaposed with the weighty concerns of death, afterlife, and survivor’s guilt are presented using those who distill complicated concepts into a simple purified question of love, sacrifice and survival.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Leanne Davis on Jun 23 2012

Eerily, yet powerfully, written, SILENCE was as engrossing as the Cast series. A very different storyline than the Cast series but equally engrossing. Ms. Sagara has started another successful series which will entice readers outside their comfort zone

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Smexy Books

Good
Reviewed by Tori on May 04 2012

As we race towards the end, I felt like I was on a roller coaster, my stomach pitching and rolling as each new clue and dramatic scene unfolded. I like how everything isn’t explained and some decisions are made without any hints to what the outcome will be.

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Dark Faerie Tales

Good
Reviewed by Emmy on May 16 2012

I really enjoyed Silence because of the characters and the emotions Sagara evoked. While it has a complete plot arc, it’s definitely the first of a series — hopefully a long one.

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The Book Smugglers

Good
Reviewed by Thea on May 02 2012

the strength of Silence lies with its expertly assembled and executed ensemble cast, and the strange, lilting, yet completely winsome prose

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All Things Urban Fantasy

Below average
Reviewed by Abigail on Apr 27 2012

there was something about the writing style that I didn’t connect to. It was a little choppy and tended toward long winded conversations. But really is was the confusions and lack of explanation in regards to the worldbuilding that really kept me from engaging with SILENCE.

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A Book Obsession

Good
Reviewed by Kt Clapsadl on Apr 26 2012

Silence is a book you just won't want to miss! Its amazing characters and refreshing premise promise a solid block of entertainment that I highly recommend.

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Chaotic Compendiums

Good
Reviewed by Caitlin Martin on Jun 14 2012

It's well-written, smart, rarely obvious, and celebrates the things that girls can do.

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Bewitched Bookworms

Good
Reviewed by Danny on May 24 2012

Silence by Michelle Sagara created a very unique paranormal tale with genuine characters and an amazing story line. The paranormal angle was dark creepy but utterly fascinating!

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Candace's Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Candace on May 01 2012

I found myself feeling lost when there were more active scenes with lots going on. At times I felt so lost I kind of wanted to skim.

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The Book Cellar

Good
May 02 2012

Silence by Michelle Sagara was a super fun read! It had a slower beginning, but once it picked up I didn’t want to put it down for a minute. Michelle Sagara has woven a story so intricate and unique that readers will love.

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The Reader Bee

Below average
Reviewed by Christy on May 01 2012

It took me a while to get used to the writing style in the book. I found myself confused at times, and I would have to go back and reread what I had just read to try to make sense of it.

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Live to Read

Good
Reviewed by Krystal Larson on May 05 2012

The author has many twists and turns embedded in the novel that will both surprise the reader and leave him/her wondering.

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A Bookworm's Treasure Trove

Good
Reviewed by Mirjam on Aug 28 2012

I finished it rather quickly as I was really caught up in the story.

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The Reading Fever

Below average
Reviewed by Lolohea on May 18 2012

There were many times when thoughts and conversation subjects changed mid-sentence, and I then had no idea what was being discussed, or where the turning point in the conversation had happened. This was very frustrating, and left me utterly confused most of the time.

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Sophistikatied Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Katie on May 02 2012

it's hard to swallow the fact that these characters just accepted and believed whatever supernatural situation was being thrown at them without hesitation.

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That's What I'm Talking About

Below average
May 11 2012

As the story progressed, the slow pace of discovery began to cause confusion for me. At times things were a little too vague, and I was impatient. It was like the characters were talking around me, and I couldn't piece it all together until they walked through each step...I had to reread a couple sections to make sure I understood what was going on

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The Reading Geek

Good
May 01 2012

Silence is a great start to what will sure be a great new series. I recommend Silence, it is an interesting and captivating paranormal story.

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Catching Books

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah

while I did really enjoy the plot of this book, I found myself still a little bit confused by the whole necromancy aspect. Maybe it's because I'm not a huge fan of ghosts that I didn't really understand? While I definitely liked reading more about necromancy in this book I wish that it was a little bit clearer to the reader!

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Fantasy Works

Good
Reviewed by Casey on May 30 2012

When I finish a book going, “WHAT you can’t stop there I need MORE,” that’s generally the right kind of problem for a book to have (and this one had it).

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Livin' Life Through Books

Below average
Reviewed by Felicia on May 07 2012

I kind of felt lost at times, and confused, and also kind of wished that there was more of a backstory of how and why Emma was chosen to become a necromancer.

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A Tale of Many Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Julie on Apr 25 2012

I started to feel like scenes would disjoint out of nowhere. I had a hard time following what the author was trying to make me visualize or follow. Sometimes I wasn’t sure who was saying what and pieced it together by context even though I may have been wrong. The end is rushed for me

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Cassandra's Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Cassandra on May 18 2012

The flow of the story just didn't work. Most of the time, I couldn't even figure out who was talking because there was so much dialogue and it wasn't written very well. When I say that my head hurt after finishing it, I'm not kidding.

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A Jane Of All Reads

Below average
May 02 2012

quite suddenly, the tone of the story changed direction entirely. Instead of beautifully descriptive paragraphs graced with a subtle overlay of magic, I found myself wading through 95% dialogue in an effort to hold on to the slippery 5% of remaining story. It was an exercise in futility as at this point there really wasn’t much story left.

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Novel Society

Good
Apr 18 2012

This book was interesting from page one to the last. I laughed with the characters and even shed a couple of tears. It was a great book.

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DAW Books

Below average
May 23 2012

I thought it was a good entry into the urban fantasy field, but I have to say the "just tell me already" aspects of the story were a significant drawback, more frustrating than mysterious for me.

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Amy's Book Den

Below average
May 19 2012

In the end, I wanted more romance, more info on the necromancers, and clearer definition of the magic being used. It's a quick read, drags a bit, but I think the story has potential

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