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A Song Below Water

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Legacies meets Nic Stones Dear Martin in Bethany C. Morrow's debut YA, A Song Below Water, about two best friends discovering their magical identities against the challenges of todays racism and sexism.

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. Nevermind she's also
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by Tor Teen
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chai ♡
Black sirens in a story about misogynoir set in an alternate Portland with an extremely pretty cover? [smashes my head into that want-to-read button]
Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy dances with racism, social justice, current politics: Yes this is volatile and vivid combination and The author perfectly worked with this concoction and created a fast reading, powerful, captivating, one of the most interesting stories with well-crafted and realistic characterization and thought-provoking story-telling.

Two friends: Tavia and Effie supports each other to survive at the metaphorical, wild jungle, dealing with too many things in their young age, family issues, past dramas,
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
A Black siren living in Portland. Holy shit. Want.
The Artisan Geek
Holy cow whoever made this cover. OH MY GOSH! FIRE!

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Mar 10, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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. 
Heidi Heilig
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Rec-It Rachel
this better be on some freaking awards lists when that time comes
Read by Coco ✨
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  ·  review of another edition
Jan 29, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
* I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Wow, this was definitely not what I expected at all!

I'm not going to lie, I wanted to read this story for the stunningly beautiful cover. It just begs to be read, can you blame me? I did not read the synopsis at all, but I figured it was about mermaids in a fantasy world and c'mon who doesn't want to read about that?

But it is so much more than that. It is a complete overhaul of modern day into one where sects of magical and mythical creatures are real and they are engrained in the culture.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I saw sirens, I knew I wanted to read this book. There is little more I love than sirens and mermaids and well, I couldn't resist. So I was so happy when I was given the chance to review this book ahead of publication. I was delighted for it. I really think though, that this book will mean so much more to POC. This I believe, will probably resonate with them. While I don't face the same
Mar 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-june

FIRSTOFALL- Oh my gawd- You had me at LEGACIES!



So gorgeous; It almost hurts to look at it, its so damn gorgeous. Who am I kidding? This had me hook line and sinker after seeing the cover
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Yeah, um. This was very very good. Quite very good. Excellent, even.

ETA: Upon reflection:

A Song Below Water is a lush, incisive story set in modern day Portland, except in this Portland, mythological creatures are real. Our two protagonists, Effie and Tavia are both black girls on the cusp of adulthood, might-as-well-be-actual sisters, and supernatural-- Effie's a siren, and Tavia's not exactly sure what she is or is becoming.

The depths here-- Tavia deciding if and how to use her (normal *and*
London Shah
Mar 08, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm really, really excited for this story, and cannot waitttt to read!!!
I recieved this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

First of all, let me say how gorgeous the cover is. It caught my attention the moment I saw it.

This is the story about two sisters (Tavia and Effie), about friendship, family, finding yourself, some magical creatures and racism. Tavia's a siren. But she's been taught to keep it a secret for as long as she remembers. As a teenager it's difficult enough to deal with high school and teen stuff but
Michelle Aschenbrenner
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

The cover intrigued me, the synopsis sold me, and the story made me fall in love.

A Song Below Water is an urban fantasy that follows two main characters, Effie and Tavia. Tavia is a siren, and Effie plays a mermaid at a Renaissance Faire. I absolutely adored the sisterhood relationship between these two and how they relied on each other in their strengths and weaknesses. Their world consists of fantasy
Francisca Pinto
Mar 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am so sorry but I dnf this book at 20%. Its not for me and the thing is.... i expected other kind of story.

I mean black sirens!? omg I love that because i am very boring about white and blond or red hair sirens i mean.... we have different colors and all kind of women are beautiful.

But the thing about school I didn't liked it. School girls and her problems are not my favorite theme in books. I choose the book because the
This book is amazing! I'm not very much into YA, with a few exceptions (The Hunger Games and Divergent), but that doesn't mean I won't choose a book because of its genre. I'm so happy that I requested it. It's quite original and so deep. It's not your average sirens story, it's so much more than that. I'll try to give you a brief summary.

Tavia is a siren, but only her parents and sister know it, because been a siren means only bad things. Since many years there have been only black women sirens,
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow has a refreshing magic system, exploring creatures that are usually ignored in YA fantasy. This is a book I will be recommending for a 13-15-year-old audience. The characters dealt with systematic oppression, teenage girl drama, school crushes, family drama, ex-boyfriends, and secret magical identities. More urban fantasy needs to be explored because there are opportunities to talk about social structures like this book did.

There was a lot of info dumping,
This was a terrific read.
Starr ❇✌❇

In a world of magical humanoids, spirtes, and gargoyles, there is only one identity openly feared- sirens. While there was once time when sirens were as romanticized as the forest spirits, ever since they became solely black women, that idealization has turned into terror and hatred, meaning that sirens, like teenaged Tavia, need to keep their identities a secret or suffer terrible consequences. As tensions begin to flare, starting with one legal injustice too far, Tavia finds herself in the
Yogaa Lakshmi
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I must say, the cover of this book is awesome and goes along with the title and the story of the book.
The story is about two sisters- Tavia and Effie (Euphemia). Tavia is a black siren who is taught by her family to hide the power of her voice as sirens are feared, discriminated and locked away in the society. Effie has lots of questions about herself and about her biological family as her mother passes away and her grandparents leave her to live with Tavia's family. Also, a
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Song Below Water was an amazing read. The magical system felt new and unique. I loved how myth was interwoven into the story. This book tries to tackle a lot of issues that especially focus on current events and racism. The only issue I had was the info dumping within the story. It felt clunky and removed me from the narrative. Otherwise, I loved everything about this book. The characters are so interesting, and the plot was amazing. The cover is beautiful and was what initially drew me to ...more
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I will post that review upon publication (or maybe belt it like a siren in this case? Who knows?).
Bri (booksnparchment)
Thank you Netgalley and Tor for this ARC! Review to come!
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such an engaging read and a complete breath of fresh air from the tons of other YA fantasy/urban fantasy books out there.
The whole lore and worldbuilding of this alternate America where sirens and other magical creatures exist was consistent and believable! Not only do the sirens have magical abilities but those abilities come with real-world consequences.
the author did such a great job of using the siren as a metaphor to tackle the injustices and prejudices POCs' face in reality. Of
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A somewhat-recovering expat living in the American Northeast (with one foot still firmly planted in Quebec), Bethany C Morrow writes speculative fiction for both the adult and the young adult market.

Her adult debut, MEM, was an ABA 2018 Indies Introduce pick, and a June Indie Next pick, and was featured/reviewed in: Locus Magazine, the LA Times, Buzzfeed, Book Riot, Bustle, and, among

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