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A Song Below Water is a beautifully imaginative novel that touches on so many issues, but focuses on what it s like to be Black in the United States Tavia and Effie are sisters, but not by blood They live together, go to the same school, and are the closest of friends Effie has never met her father, and her mother died when she was young After an incident where she was the sole survivor of an accident at a park, Effie knows what it s like to be thrust into the spotlight Tavia is a siren Sh A Song Below Water is a beautifully imaginative novel that touches on so many issues, but focuses on what it s like to be Black in the United States Tavia and Effie are sisters, but not by blood They live together, go to the same school, and are the closest of friends Effie has never met her father, and her mother died when she was young After an incident where she was the sole survivor of an accident at a park, Effie knows what it s like to be thrust into the spotlight Tavia is a siren She inherited it from her grandmother, who she was never able to meet prior to her death, and her parents live in constant fear of the consequences if the news of Tavia s identity gets out Tavia and Effie both struggle with coming to grips with who they really are while facing a society that sees them only as a spectacle or a danger I never really got bored with this book At 288 pages, it s pretty short, and I think that might have something to do with it Regardless, I was never bored with it This book was a little outside of my usual style To be honest, I picked it up because I saw it being promoted on Instagram on blackouttuesday and thought it looked cool, and I wanted to support Black authors and representation in novels, so I bought it One thing I absolutely despise is contemporary YA, but I adore YA fantasy Although A Song Below Water seemed to be toeing the line between the two, it sounded interesting so I got it anyway, and I was not disappointed One thing you should know about this book is that sirens aren t the only magical creatures or races within it There are also elokos, gargoyles, oracles, and sprites I thought Morrow did a really good job creating a modern magical world, although I would have liked to have seen a littleof the results of how such creatures would have impacted our society It is, then, decent magical realism My only real complaint with this book was the writing style itself I will say that I might be biased because one of my biggest pet peeves in writing is when an author uses slang, text speech, or interesting punctuation in an effort to make their writingappealing for teen audiences I don t really think that s what Morrow was doing, because the writing honestly felt so genuine, but it irked me occasionally anyway But, as someone who really dislikes that kind of writing, I didn t notice it too much So, I really can t complain, since I was evidently too absorbed in the story for it to bother me I feel like there sI need to say that just isn t coming to mind right now, but let me assure you that this book is good Whether you read contemporary or fantasy, I think A Song Below Water is probably a good choice for you First of all this cover is GORGEOUS Also any siren mermaid story I am immediately drawn to so I was very excited for this read I did really enjoy this book how it weaved fantastical elements, social commentary and friendship all in one This book talks a lot about the Black Lives Matter movement which was amazing What lost me in this book were the fantastical elements, I was confused for the better portion of this book with keeping up with the many different mythos creatures The friendshi First of all this cover is GORGEOUS Also any siren mermaid story I am immediately drawn to so I was very excited for this read I did really enjoy this book how it weaved fantastical elements, social commentary and friendship all in one This book talks a lot about the Black Lives Matter movement which was amazing What lost me in this book were the fantastical elements, I was confused for the better portion of this book with keeping up with the many different mythos creatures The friendship sisterhood of Effie Tavia was so amazing and what I loved most about this book How they were always there for one another and protected each other at all costs, gah those two girls were everything Overall I would recommend this book It s got amazing social commentary that I think we all need to read and learn and the sisterhood bond in this book is like no other FREE E-PUB ♳ A Song Below Water ⚆ 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 Secrets, And Unrequited CrushesBut Everything Changes In The Aftermath Of A Siren Murder Trial That Rocks The Nation The Girls Favorite Internet Fashion Icon Reveals She S Also A Siren, And The News Rips Through Their Community Tensions Escalate When Effie Starts Being Haunted By Demons From Her Past, And Tavia Accidentally Lets Out Her Magical Voice During A Police Stop No Secret Seems Safe Any Soon Portland Won T Be Either This was such an ethereal and fresh magical realism story Like all I really need to say is it s about two sisters not by birth, but by heart who are absolutely everything to each other One is a siren One issomething else They re Black, they re hurting, they re longing to be themselves and not have to hide The story is so beautiful, and also raw with pain It was sobering reading the scene where they go to the protest because I read this as the June 2020 Black Live Matter protests were This was such an ethereal and fresh magical realism story Like all I really need to say is it s about two sisters not by birth, but by heart who are absolutely everything to each other One is a siren One issomething else They re Black, they re hurting, they re longing to be themselves and not have to hide The story is so beautiful, and also raw with pain It was sobering reading the scene where they go to the protest because I read this as the June 2020 Black Live Matter protests were happening and the descriptions of what is happening right now were right on page in this book Things have not changed Justice has not been given And this adds in magic and secrets and the yearing to live without harassment It is here to make you think.My absolute favourite thing was Effie and Octavia s friendship They are so close, they love each other so much, they d protect each other from anything My heart is for them There s also an entrancing spin on different mythos in here I loved that The world is ours, except magic is expected although sirens are absolutely hated and it has a lot of legendary creatures I haven t thought about read about before Gargoyles And then Effie s reveal blew my mind and I LOVED IT Also made so much sense And if you re thinking of trying the audiobook Do It s gorgeous Each sister has a different narrator and their voices were such a pleasure to listen to.The writing is definitely whimsical, on the slower paced side, and often the girls got lost in introspective thought spirals, so I did chaff at the communication fails But the book would ve been 100pgs shorter if people talked to each other so I get it.Whimsical and fresh, full of twists and magical creatures It also will make your heart hurt, and it didn t hesitate to dive in with a fresh hot knife to talk about the racism and abuse of the world These sisters though I loved them BLOG TWITTER WHISHLIST Get 2 months of free books HERE E ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review My opinions are my own and are not affected in any way Actual rating 2.5 PROS Extremely relevant to our times Talking about racism and how black women are treated and seen by our society, it is so relevant to our days We have a place in the front row and we can see how certain things are intentionally mishandled against BLOG TWITTER WHISHLIST Get 2 months of free books HERE E ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review My opinions are my own and are not affected in any way Actual rating 2.5 PROS Extremely relevant to our times Talking about racism and how black women are treated and seen by our society, it is so relevant to our days We have a place in the front row and we can see how certain things are intentionally mishandled against them Mythical creatures I mean, who doesn t love mythical creatures Sirens, gargoyles, elokos whatever these really are, because the author never really tried to explain them and someCONS Slow pacing And when I say slow, I mean SLOW The thing is, I do know to appreciate a slow paced book, but this when the subject requires it Here it didn t had it s place Poor worldbuilding Something about this world felt a little bit off It missed something to help keeping all the pieces together As one of the next point will say, it was all over the place Try too hard writing style From the between parentheses explained jokes, to trying to combine huge social problems with mythical creatures, it takes a lot of effort And you can almost feel this effort grabbing you by your cheeks and starring into your eyes while franticly trying to explain you what it tried to do Kinda how I try to explain it now A semi spoiler in the synopsis I absolutely hate when this happens You have something important happening at the middle of the book, exposed in the middle of the synopsis But I have to say, what I see as semi spoiler, for others might not be at all one And when I say semi spoiler, I am referring to this quote the girls favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she s also a siren unquote All over the place Needs noexplanation See the next point Unexplained things and references As I have already said, and will say again, the elokos are not explained We know just a few things about them and that s all Also, when you write a book about black women and you use specific cultural things that the most of the readers don t understand because they do not live with a black woman or they may not know one, please consider to put a short explanation in the page or chapter foot note I am pretty sure that most of us would be genuinely curious to know what you, as an author, are talking about, even if it s a very little thing in your book OVERALL THOUGHTS The execution of this book is very poor The topics are important and needs to beprezent in our current days, but the way the author tried to fit them in the story, is not the best one The number of pages is way too small for the number of subjects that the author wanted to touch and to discuss, and all is made in a weird slow pacing And the fact that there are some things left unexplained, does not help either, and the best example to support this, is the fact that the elokos are not at all explained We know very few things about them Mythos, assome of them are presented However, this all over the place book is trying to make some light in how black women are treated by the society and how they can find ways to be strong and fight even when the odds seem to be against them This and the presence of mythical creatures made me give this book 2.5 stars Otherwise would have been probably a 1.5 2 stars, and that s a bummer because the idea of the book was so good A Black siren living in Portland Holy shit Want. 30 11 19Holy cow whoever made this cover OH MY GOSH FIRE You can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website 30 11 19Holy cow whoever made this cover OH MY GOSH FIRE You can find me onYoutube Instagram Twitter Tumblr Website Okay so this book is definitelylike a 3.75 and I think that the purpose behind the book is the only thing that is keeping it that high I have some complicated feelings towards this book because it presents some important themes, but attempts to do it in too short of a period of time A Song Below Water has been pitched a tale in which only black women can be sirens who are also forced to refrain from using their voices do you see where this is going It highlights the differences betwee Okay so this book is definitelylike a 3.75 and I think that the purpose behind the book is the only thing that is keeping it that high I have some complicated feelings towards this book because it presents some important themes, but attempts to do it in too short of a period of time A Song Below Water has been pitched a tale in which only black women can be sirens who are also forced to refrain from using their voices do you see where this is going It highlights the differences between the experiences of Black people as whole to that of Black women Sirens are considered dangerous and bad influences when they use their voices to stand up for what they determine is right Ultimately, this novel is the perfect allegory for misogynoir While I enjoyed this connection, it may feel too real for some individuals especially with the connection it has to everything that is currently going on with the Black Lives Matter movement I thought it was brilliant of Morrow to illustrate how drastically different Black women are even perceived and treated in terms of the Black Lives Matter movement She hits the nail on the head with the development of her characters and their experiences in context of real life situations One thing that is definitely a problem in this book is the pacing Granted it is a book that takes place in our world that has magical elements that are normalized, I found parts of it to be slow and boring particularly in the beginning Marrow includes these amazing mythological elements, but falls short on explaining them and even after researching them, I still remained a little confused on how they fit into the entire context of the novel It really came down to the fact that Marrow tried to pack too many elements and meanings into the novel In order to truly capture what she wanted her audience to understand, I think that this novel definitely could have afforded to be a bit longer Marrow also has a distinct way of writing that I think people will either hate or love I think I enjoyed her writing overall however, I noticed that she had a hard time distinguishing between the voices of Effie and Tavia I listened to it on audio and while the audiobook did state whose perspective I was listening to in the moment, I still felt lost in some parts and I had to remind myself who was actually speaking because the voices of characters came across as so similar There were two parts of this novel that I truly loved One was definitely the relationship between Effie and Tavia It was so BEAUTIFUL I love reading novels where Black women lift each other up and show this love and compassion for each other There wasthan enough of this to go around between these two characters They stood by each other through all of their crazy experiences and they truly exhibited empathy towards each other in ways I couldn t even begin to imagine The second part of this novel that I loved was the fact that we see Black girls women that get a happy ending I don t know how many times we re forced to read about the trauma of Black people, specifically women who don t get the opportunity to have their happy ending This novel is nothing of the sort and I truly appreciated that I definitely would recommend giving this novel a try It s literally Black Girl Magic and that s definitely one of the elements that makes it so special I know that Marrow has written another book so I m looking forward to seeing what else she has to offer as a writer 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 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, 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, secrets, boiling anger against the unfairness and injustice They two black girls lives in Portland, attends the high school at the area It s already challenging to survive in the territory.And Tavia has a big secret to keep she has powers growing inside her She shouldn t tell anyone but also restrain herself not to attract any attention because the woman who magical powers and let s add to be black into the equation could be one of the most dangerous things at the world she s living Unfortunately it could be said the same for the shameful world we re living at, too But when a famous internet fashion icon is killed, everything gets out of control like Tavia s uncontrollable magical voice during a police stop Yes, nothing will be same for her from now on.This is so unique, original, dazzling, surprising, one of my fastest reading I never say no to a well written fantasy with The hate U give vibes Writing, pacing, characterization and conclusion worked so well for me I think I have to say we truly have a WINNER I m giving my five in the name of sirens and magical powers love stars I really impressed Bethany C Morrow s writing skills and looking forward to readof her works.Special thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Tom Doherty Associates Tor Teen to send this fantastic ARC to me in exchange my honest review