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A Song Below Water

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she's also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by Tor Teen
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Mar 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
why does this sound SO GOOD
Elise (TheBookishActress)
this is a contemporary fantasy about misogynoir, and though I'd like to know more, I recently read a book by this author, MEM, and loved it so much. I am totally excited to see more. ...more
The Artisan Geek
Nov 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
Holy cow whoever made this cover. OH MY GOSH! FIRE!

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Heidi Heilig
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A rich, intricate dive into mythology, misogynoir, and the way the world makes black girls out to be monsters. Like the siren's song, A SONG BELOW WATER is irresistibly compelling.
Jan 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
Coco Maay (The Reading Fae) ✨🧚🏼‍♀️
Magical realism situated around a black siren living in portland who has to keep their magic a secret (but doesn't). Yes please and thank you maam.
L.C. Perry
Jan 11, 2020 marked it as must-have
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sure to lead a resurgence of contemporary fantasy, A SONG BELOW WATER masterfully deals with past traumas, current politics, and race in a fantasy-esque modern day Portland that's unlike anything I've ever read. As Tavia and Effie struggle to find a sense of self in a world that already doesn't embrace black women, they're also struck with the reality of the danger of the powers growing within them. Fortunately for them (and the reader), their sisterhood is the strongest magic of all. THE HATE U ...more
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Nov 08, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
Thank you Macmillan and Tor Teen for the ARC.

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Mar 08, 2018 marked it as to-read
I'm really, really excited for this story, and cannot waitttt to read!!!
Sep 18, 2019 added it
This was a terrific read.
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Haley Hope Gillilan
This book was so interesting! I really don't think I've ever read anything like it. This story takes place in an alternate Portland, Oregon- imagine if not only did America have all the social and racial equity issues that we already do, and throw in kids as magical creatures like sirens, sprites, elokos, etc, Tavia is a siren, but goes to great lengths to hide it, and her best friend Effie is showing strange tendencies of something possibly even more rare. It's a LOT for the two of them to ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

This book is interesting because it weaves relevant topics of our time (racism, racial profiling, Black Lives Matter) and adds the additional layer of mythos, such as sprites, sirens, mermaids, elokos, and gargoyles. In this book, some of the mythical creatures can be openly out about their identities. For instance, elokos are openly out in the community and are adored. Sirens, however, MUST keep their identities secret or else they risk punishment, such as wearing a silencing collar.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So beautifully and effortlessly written! One thing I felt appreciated about this book that makes me excited to share it with my students is the way Morrow weaves in elements of the character’s cultural identity without it being overwrought. The book is full of relatable references to black life and struggle, of gentrification and segregated communities, while also containing a fantastical and compelling story of the sirens. Highly recommend!
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a brilliant way to explore current social issues in a fantasy (but still real world) setting!! Tavia and Effie are both fun and interesting characters, and the world of this story is so richly developed.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has mythology woven within it. Which was interesting to someone that knows nothing about mythology. Also I appreciate how it was a refreshing angle of not just a fairytale retelling.

The changing of perspectives each chapter between the two main characters was done well.
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Recently, Bethany's YA debut was announced. The first in a two-book deal with Tor Teen, A SONG BELOW WATER is a contemporary fantasy set in Porland, Oregon, about play-sisters, Tavia and Effie, who both have (and struggle to contain) a supernatural identity in a world where magical Black girls are feared.

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