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Songs from the Deep

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,078 ratings  ·  268 reviews
A girl searches for a killer on an island where deadly sirens lurk just beneath the waves in this gripping, atmospheric debut novel.

The sea holds many secrets.

Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Chelsea Humphrey

"Twillengyle is a place to be embraced with one arm, with a dagger ready in the other hand. To be charmed by its magic is not the same as becoming its fool, Moira. Remember that."

Songs from the Deep is an elegant historical fantasy with a side of murder mystery, and I am floored that it is also a debut. The writing is lush and tantalizing, and I immediately fell head over heels in love with Moira and Jude. Aside from some graphic descriptions of the murder(s?), this appears to be a wond
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I dived blindly into this book hoping the story is all about sirens singing and luring unsuspecting victims to their deaths but it’s not all. It’s about a girl sleuthing a murder because she believes the killer is not who the police says it is. This book is slow going all the way through. It sparks some interest in me when Jude reveals Moira a secret he has been keeping. The story focuses also on how their friendship started and then fall apart and how their fathers were fascinated by the sirens ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell is a young adult fantasy that has entwined itself with a historical mystery. This book is actually the author’s debut novel and just from the description alone you can imagine the creativity behind it was definitely a thumbs up and hard to imagine it being a first.

Moira Alexander is a young woman who lives in a town upon an island the is often surrounded by deadly sirens. Moira has always found the sirens quite fascinating and would often come as close as she
Elora  Cook
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read a newer version and it is just as wonderful as the first time around! I love the new details Kelly added in and the badass Slytherin Moira Alexander is and the sweetie Hufflepuff that is Jude Osric. At the core of this amazing story, everyone needs to read it for the adorable, heartfelt relationship that is these two characters that are my adopted children *heart eyes for days*
I am lucky enough to say I read this gorgeous debut just after it got picked up and HOLY MOLY GUYS. Kelly has we
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moira knows the Sirens who inhabit the sea around her island home are dangerous. But she still sneaks near the beach to watch them. She plays her violin from her hiding place, letting her music travel through the salty sea air to the mysterious creatures. She carries iron to protect her from their mesmerizing, magical songs. When a boy's body, bleeding and broken, is discovered on the beach, the villagers are quick to blame the death on a siren attack. But Moira feels something is wrong. Very wr ...more
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper.


“A flash of silver under sea, where siren song hath taken me. Absent of color, absent of light, absent of all that I knew in life. Bolt the latch and watch the waves, pray the sirens do not take me tonight.”

Whenever I hear the word siren in a book or a movie or just anything, I’ll definitely pick it up, so needless to say as soon as I knew that this book had sirens in it I added to my TBR. I thought the premise was so intriguing
The Nerd Daily
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

I started reading this book because of the sirens and I stayed because of what another reviewer called a Hufflepuff love interest and Slytherin heroine. I loved this story to bits because it treads a very fine line between mysticism and magic. The characters are complex, but it’s the journey that I feel readers will truly love. The murder mystery is intense, and builds into this gorgeous climax. There’s so much going on with thi
Ninosy  (Wonder Woman)
4 stars

Its cute
It wraps up
just 1 book
Loved it

Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am honored to say I’ve had the privilege of reading this story!

I always have a hard time writing reviews because I am so afraid of spoiling something.. That said, here are a few thoughts of mine that I hope will convince people to give this the chance it absolutely deserves!

The main character is so real with not only her strength and determination and passion, but her flaws as well. Her relationships with everyone around her are likewise real, and that’s something I enjoy so much about Kelly’
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hall-of-fame
This. This. This right here is what you call a hidden gem of a book. There is nothing I love more than picking up a book with zero expectations and coming out the other side with it clutched tight to your chest, utterly in love. Blown out of the water, and no, I will not apologize for any water-related puns that happen spring up in this review.

Full review at A Book Shrew

Why is no one talking about this book? I have heard so little about this debut novel. It's been out for almost two weeks now a

Title: Songs From the Deep
Series: Standalone
Author: Kelly Powell
Release date: November 5, 2019
Cliffhanger: No
Genre:YA mystery, historical, fantasy

I tried extremely hard to get into this book thinking it was possibly my mood influencing my inability to enjoy the story, but after finishing I know that wasn't the case. The pace was so excruciatingly slow and I kept having to put the book down and pick it up multiple times over the course of a week. I felt like if I got far enough into the mystery
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Simon and Schuster, for an honest review.

“A flash of silver under sea, when siren song hath taken me.
Absent of color, absent of light, absent of all that I knew in life.
Bolt the latch and watch the waves, pray sirens do not take me tonight.”


The inhabitants of Twillengyle island know the dangers that lurk below the surface of the waters. They are taught as children to be fearful of the harbor, to wear iron at all times, and to never go
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually finished this about a week ago, but I wanted to let it simmer before writing the review. I haven’t looked at any of the other reviews so I don’t know if I’m in the minority on this, but I’m not a fan of Moira. (view spoiler) But! And that’ ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is yet another book with a cool premise based on sirens and yet very mediocre execution. I liked the somewhat vague historical setting and the writing was beautiful in places but most of the time the book was just slow and boring. I really wish I enjoyed it more.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a book featuring deadly sirens and brutal murders my first thought shouldn’t be about how sweet it was but alas here we are.

“Songs from the Deep” find Moira playing her violin over the cliffs watching the sirens at the shoreline when a body is discovered on the beach below. With questions on her tongue she enlists the help of her childhood friend and keeper of the lighthouse Jude to help her uncover the true killer and save the sirens from a a crowd of angry villagers ready hungry for blood
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Many thanks to Tantor Audio for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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June Hur
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the privilege of reading the early copy of this book, and wow, just wow. The world building was haunting and so well woven that at times I forgot that the town (in which the novel takes place) isn't an actual place. The mystery will keep you at the edge of your seat, with all its twists and turns. And with each chapter, the stakes just rise and RISE. You get to a point where you're biting your nails off hoping the heroine will resolve the case ASAP. I'm so, so excited to get a physical cop ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Songs From The Deep
By: Kelly Powell

*REVIEW* ⭐⭐⭐
Songs From The Deep is a murder mystery with sirens. Kind of. The story felt off in some way to me. The siren aspect was flat, and I don't think I'm a fan of mermaids, etc. anyway. This was an okay read, but I didn't love it. I think I'm the wrong audience because I'm not a huge fan of the content after al
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow-paced but quite enjoyable and solidly written YA mystery novel. With this being a debut novel, Kelly Powell will be an author to keep an eye out for in the future. For my full thoughts and opinions check out my blog post ...more
Rating: 4 stars:★★★★ (maybe 4.5? Still deciding on a rating)
Songs From The Deep is a book I'm more surprised people aren't talk about--this is such a great debut! If you love quiet, character-driven YA Mystery books, this is one I definitely recommend!
Powell's debut is one that really allows you to connect to its main characters (mainly Moira & Jude), but is also incredibly immersive through the descriptive, atmospheric writing that brings to life their hometown, which an island town surrounde
Joanna Meyer
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book! Atmospheric, beautiful, eerie. A gorgeous, character-driven fantasy.
Emma L.
*** This review is pretty spoiler-free ***

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3/5 stars).

Songs from the deep was one of my most anticipated books of last year, simply because it has MERMAIDS/SIRENS IN IT. As some of you may know I have a huuuge love for all kinds of books that deal with mermaids and sirens and I'm always actively hunting for more of them. So when I found out that this book was coming out in 2019 I became instantly a happy little mushy booklover. I was also incredibly happy when I saw that Scribd fina
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Review: 3 Stars

When I first saw Songs from the Deep I was pretty excited. I feel like there aren't many books out there about mermaids or sirens and I was very excited to see how sirens were depicted in this novel. I really wanted to love this book, but I just didn't. Songs from the Deep wound up being more of a murder mystery and hardly wound up having sirens as a part of the story at all. It just wasn't what I expected i
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, physical-arc
(Oh no I forgot to post my review to Goodreads!! Posted this review to my blog a few months ago I'm lateeee but if you're just now seeing this on Goodreads go read now!!)

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Happy early Halloween to everyone and I say this because Songs from the Deep is the amazing hauntingly spooky book you must pick up for this spooky time of the year. 

Immediately from the first page, the book had a sort of mysterious, lyrical, a
Includes spoilers.

It had a good concept but it was terribly slow, and the romance was predictable but the MC came across as too cold, which made the romance unbelievable. I wanted the sirens to be more a part of the story but they’re just seen from a distance.
SONGS FROM THE DEEP is similar to THE WICKED DEEP for me, coincidentally enough. Both about nasties living in the sea that take it upon themselves to kill people from the land. But it’s not because of that. The tone of the books are actually pretty similar, and the voices sort of sound like each other. And that they both left a similar impression: it was good enough to keep reading but I’m not blown away by it.

The book, to me, read sort of anachronistic, which I think might have been the point,
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I had purchased for my library’s YA section due to the beautiful cover and the interesting description. I checked it out for myself and wasn’t super intrigued at first, but once I got to chapter 3 I was hooked.
It’s a bit slow paced but it’s an overall short book so I wasn’t really bored at any time. Jude was an absolute squish and I adore him. He deserves to be protected at all costs. Moira wasn’t bad but she wasn’t the best. I see a bit of myself in the
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Songs from the Deep was amazing! I mean, who doesn't love a murder mystery with sirens? All of the characters were so fun, especially the sirens. There was a great sense of mystery throughout this. I had my theories, but there were still so many options. This book is a nice, quick read for fantasy lovers like myself. ...more
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I'm trying to figure out a way to review this book.  It's a mystery and slow paced.  I thought the atmosphere was amazing, but I wish there were more parts that had sirens.

Moira is a young girl (seventeen).  She is a violinist and lives with her mother that she really doesn't get along with.  Moira was very close to her father that passed away and she wants to be like him.  He was obsessed with the sirens and protecting them.  Moira often times plays her violin on the cliffs close to the sirens.
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Kelly Powell writes fantasy for young adults and currently lives in Ontario, Canada. She has a bachelor's degree in history and book & media studies from the University of Toronto. ...more

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