Author: Bethany C. Morrow
Title: A song below water, book 1
Print Length: 288
Publishing house: Tor Teen (June 2, 2020)
Thank you to NetGalley for this reading
In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers. Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school’s junior year. But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice at the worst possible moment.
Soon, nothing in Portland, Oregon, seems safe. To save themselves from drowning, it’s only Tavia and Effie’s unbreakable sisterhood that proves to be the strongest magic of all.
The first time I saw the cover of this book I was blown away. And after I read the synopsis I just wanted to dive into it. I am so grateful to Netgalley for giving me this opportunity.
I enjoyed every aspect of my reading. The story, the characters, the subjects and the moral behind it. I love the way the author addresses common issues like skin disease, self-discovery, racism and many others. I enjoyed the way she builds her story based of many fantastical aspects and real historical event and the way their are related to the current situation of black live matter movment. Their are portrayed with intensity and truth.
This is a modern fantasy story with many important subjects that everybody should read. Some parts was very powerful and sadely true (the chapter about the discussion with the teacher / the way the media portrayed situation involving black people).
The relation between Tavia and Effie was wonderful. I have been emotional by their friendship and their connection. The two characters were very touching. At the beginning, my favorite was Tavia. But at the end, it was Effie. Her storyline evolved in the most significant way. However, both of their story were inspirational and highlighted their struggle to find their place in a judgmental society.
What about the end? It was surprising and unpredictable. A song below water is a must read. I want to add so many things, but I just feel like I don’t have the right words for it. I hope that one day, this story will be brought to life in the movie theater. Because I really want it to reach more people.
If you like badass mermaids, black girl magic tale, and mythology, this book is made for you.