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A Chorus Rises

(A Song Below Water #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  184 ratings  ·  118 reviews

Meet Naema Bradshaw: a beautiful Eloko, once Portland-famous, now infamous, as she navigates a personal and public reckoning where confronting the limits of her privilege will show Naema what her magic really is, and who it makes her.

Teen influencer Naema Bradshaw has it all: she’s famous, stylish, gorgeous--and she’s an
Published June 1st 2021 by Macmillan Audio
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Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

After the explosive conclusion to A Song Below Water, teen influencer, Naema Bradshaw finds herself for the first time vilified in the public eye.

As an Eloko, a magical being beloved by all, Naema has been treated as a quasi-celebrity in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, for her entire life.

Now pegged as the mean girl who outed classmate, Tavia, as a Siren, Naema is getting dragged in social media channels where she has always been respected and adored.

Once a movie releas
y'all seeing this cover
i mean wow
  ✧・゚⁽⁽ଘ Shreya ଓ⁾⁾✧・゚
~Thank you NetGalley and Tor Teen for sending me the ARC in exchange for an honest review!~

*This is a spoiler-free review, so you can read it even if you haven’t read the book yet!*

"I'm never gonna be okay with people trying to erase the rest of who I am. Never again."

My Rating: 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Note: The first thing I feel like I should mention is that somehow I didn’t realize this was a sequel when I requested the ARC and I thought it was a standalone. And then I checked Goodreads, and I rushed th
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
A beautiful sequel to A Song Below Water, this novel approaches what happens after The Awakening, but this time from the point of view of Naema, the supposed villain of that book.

I loved that we get Naema's perspective and that it isn't a complete shift of her character. Naema is Eloko, which are the most favored and adored magical beings. She is totally used to being the center of attention and being admired for just being herself, but she's caught off guard about how her position has changed.
Book 113 of 2021

Many thanks to Tor Teen for my digital review copy of this book in exchange for my impartial review. This, in no way affected my review, which was written voluntarily.

A Chorus Rises is the sequel to A Song Below Water, and it tells Naema’s story after the events of ASBW. Naema wasn’t my favorite character from ASBW, and I was really intrigued to see how the author was going to handle her character. I’m glad to say that I loved it. Naema is not perfect, and she never pretended to
David Gibson
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Short Version: An incisive examination of privilege, racism, and the powder keg of social media. A must read for anyone who loves black girl magic and character driven stories

The Long Version: Naema Bradshaw was turned to stone by a gorgon a year ago and since then, her life has NOT gone as planned. She’s been effectively silenced by her favorite social media site and almost everyone thinks she’s the villain, though she certainly does not.

Having not read the first book in this series, I wasn
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The Hate U Give
6/1- Happy pub day to this beautiful book! I would recommend checking it out!!

Thank you Netgalley and Macmillian for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, I have dreamed of having an arc for a while now and decided to take my chances on Netgalley. To my surprise, the first arc I requested, A Chorus Rises, was accepted. I have been anticipating this book ever since I read A Song Below Water and I am extremely happy that I was given this advanced reader copy.

I definitely recommend
rachel ☾
#1) A Song Below Water ★★☆☆☆

this cover needs to be framed and hung in a museum

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May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: racism

Reading Naema's POV was an examination of how quickly the world can turn on us. On apologies that go unheard and 'villains' that are created. A Chorus Rises explores the images and identity of Naema. Her role in the magical community, and as a black girl, casts shadows on her life. The ways that misrepresentation and a lack of voice can change our story. We all want to
Pippin Hart • The Pigeon
WHAT?! Yes.
Jun 08, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Don't know what else I expected when the mean girl gets her own book. I brought this on myself, really.

!!Mild A Song Below Water spoilers ahead!!

Full review at A Book Shrew

A Chorus Rises is the companion novel to A Song Below Water. While this is a standalone, I recommend reading the first book to truly understand the events and emotions that play out here. It's been a year since I read ASBW, but I thought this did a great job of refreshing me. A year on, Naima Bradshaw is upset about a lot of
Frosta Wings It
4.66 stars

Full review:

I read A Chorus Rises as an audiobook produced by Macmillan Audio. It is a beautiful production, and in my opinion, Cherise Boothe and Eboni Flowers brought the characters to life and honoured the story. The pace was impeccable, the chemistry undeniable, and Naema's journey was even more potent through "her" voice. For such a polarizing character, after all, she starts the book as the villain; I feel that hearing her allowed me to g
Many thanks to Tor Teen and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book. It publishes tomorrow and if you enjoyed the first, you definitely want to pick this one up. I admit I was a bit confused at first because I didn't remember a lot of the first one. I should have planned a re-read but June 1 snuck up on me and I wanted to be on time with an ARC review for once! In this book, we start with the aftermath of the big event in A Song Below Water, only this time we pick up with Naema. I really like ...more
I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! All opinions are my own.

What a stunning cover! I love it! It's gorgeous just like the cover of the first book.

This is the sequel to A Song Below Water so I won't say anything with spoilers.

I wasn't sure about the main character at first but I get it now. We didn't get to really know Naema on the first book so this is her story and it was really good.

This book was centered in social media and the in
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was great, but the writing wasn't always my cup of tea. I understand we are in a teen girl's head, but I had to re-read badly worded sentences a few too many times for my liking and that had everything to do with the quality of the writing and nothing to do with the teen's vernacular. Overall, a solid sequel. (But the first one is better.) ...more
Jessica Haider
3.5 stars

review coming soon

Thank you to the publisher for the audio book!
Hannah Buck
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
**Thank you to Netgalley and Tor Teen for letting me read this in advance in exchange for an honest review**

After finishing "A Song Below Water" earlier this year I was thrilled to see that there was going to be a sequel. Tbh I was a bit apprehensive about reading this as this is from the point of view of Naema and if you read the first book you know what happened at the end.

It turns out this book was really good and the way Bethany C. Morrow managed to convince me to change my opinion about N
Alyssa Thomas
Bethany C. Morrow won for Best Cover in 2020 and it looks like she's gonna win for 2021 as well! This cover is BEAUTIFUL. ...more
Jan 21, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
does anyone know if this is a companion novel or do i have to read the first book beforhand???
Amanda B
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks, NetGalley for this eARC, in return, here is my honest review. I was actually surprised by how much I enjoy this book. But at the same time, I wasn’t surprised because I absolutely loved A Song Below Water (reviewed here). A Chorus Rises is set in the same urban fantasy world, but in this one we follow Naema, who wasn’t a super nice person from Tavia’s perspective in A Song Below Water.
Despite actively disliking Naema for the first third of this book, I ended up really loving her. Our fir
Melanie Sligh
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I was so very excited to get my hands on A Chorus Rises right around the time it published. (Huge thanks to NetGalley for getting me an early copy, which is probably the most excited I've been for an eARC ever). I read A Song Below Water via audiobook earlier this year and I absolutely loved it. The characters where enchanting, the story was engaging, and together they worked to pack a punch in the messaging about societal issues that must not be ignored.

If the first book's theme is about allow
The Book Gawdess
I received a free ARC and am leaving this review voluntarily...

By the time I finished reading the first book in this series, A Song Below Water, I did not like Naema. So I was not sure I wanted to read this book knowing it focused on her. But I'm glad I took the chance.
Ms Morrow made me look at Naema differently. In this book we focused on the events after the incident that ended on the first book (no spoilers!). I learned a lot about the Eloko and what made them special. My favorite character
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
I'm not going to lie, I was very nervous going into this because Naema was my least favorite character in A Song Below Water and I didn't know how I would like a story with her as the main character, but that's the power of a POV switch. I grew to really appreciate Naema as a character. I really loved the conversations around her Blackness vs her Eloko-ness, codeswitching, being an acceptable minority and using other forms of your identity as protection, and her frustration at her personal exper ...more
Isabella | ilashreads
A Chorus Rises follows Naema Bradshaw and the events that follow Bethany Morrow's A Song Below Water.

CW: racism, hate crimes

Naema is an Eloko, who has seemingly had a perfect life until the Awakening. Needing to get away, Naema leaves Portland to go South and visit her family for the first time. She discovers more of herself and her powers.

I will say that Morrow did an excellent job in making Naema a character that would need redemption. She was not likeable in A Song Below Water, however getti
Caylie Ratzlaff
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
~ received as an ARC from NetGalley ~

2.5.5 stars.

I know this says it could be a standalone, but there were so many things I didn't understand in the book. I would definitely recommend reading #1 of her world...even though this was supposed to be read even if you didn't read the other one.

To be honest, I don't know what I really liked about the writing or the plot. Naema's growth is minimal and rushed at the end with apologetic rhetoric that still puts her at the center of attention.

I did lik
May 27, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I got an ARC of this book.

I am really just not having a good time when it comes to YA books lately. This was one I was dying to have. I have talked about the first book so much. Then I saw the cover and I LOVED it. I was ready. I was counting down until I could start to read it, but then I started to read it.

The book was boring. It was a lot of woe is me, everyone hates me because I am a terrible person. Other reviewers mention there is a redemption arc much later in the book, but I didn't mak
Emma Reid
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hooooooooly cow y'all!

I really enjoyed A Song Below Water, but I think that A Chorus Rises blows it out of... well... the water. We have an enormous presence of social justice, a strong commentary on intersectionality, and a dialogue on the dangers of the internet and social media. Plus we get to focus on Naema as she deals with the fallout from last year's prom. And believe me, she earns her redemption arc. The narration on the audiobook is flawless and I'd go as far to say that it's even bette
Delaney 🏳️‍🌈
Thank you so much Net Galley and tor Teen for the e-arc to read and review.

5/5 Stars. I give A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow 5/5 Stars. When I heard that A Song Below Water was getting a sequel I was beyond thrilled. I loved the first book in this series so I was thrilled to step back into the story for book two. This sequel focuses on Naema Bradshaw who took the role of the "popular/mean girl" in the first book. I loved that Naema was given her own story in book two and that Morrow develops
A huge thanks to NetGalley and Tor Teen for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. I don't read Fantasy as much as I would like because I am a happy ever after chaser but this book changed my opinion. A Chorus Rises is the sequel to A Song Below Water by the same author and tells the story of Naema a famous influencer who we met in A Song Below Water. She is no longer famous or loved as she has been replaced with a siren called Tavia. Throughout the book, we follow her as she tries to understa ...more
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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 othe

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