A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

A Song Below Water

Bethany C. Morrow

fiction Fantasy Young Adult
adventurous challenging mysterious medium-paced
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 crushes.

But 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 anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

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emotional 70%
adventurous 56%
mysterious 49%
inspiring 43%
hopeful 36%
tense 30%
reflective 29%
challenging 27%
informative 12%
dark 11%
funny 8%
sad 5%
lighthearted 2%


medium 61%
slow 25%
fast 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 7% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 83% | No: 8% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 97% | It's complicated: 2%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 9% | N/A: 1%

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