A Song Below Water

Bethany C. Morrow

fiction Fantasy Young Adult
adventurous challenging mysterious medium-paced

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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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Racism (3 reviewers), Hate crime (2 reviewers), Misogyny (2 reviewers), Sexism (2 reviewers), Police brutality (2 reviewers), Death (1 reviewer), Gore (1 reviewer), Suicide (1 reviewer), Violence (1 reviewer), and Grief (1 reviewer)


Racism (4 reviewers), Bullying (2 reviewers), Self harm (2 reviewers), Police brutality (2 reviewers), Body horror (1 reviewer), Cancer (1 reviewer), Confinement (1 reviewer), Death (1 reviewer), Misogyny (1 reviewer), Sexism (1 reviewer), Suicidal thoughts (1 reviewer), and Violence (1 reviewer)


Kidnapping (2 reviewers), Child death (1 reviewer), Fatphobia (1 reviewer), Panic attacks/disorders (1 reviewer), Racism (1 reviewer), Self harm (1 reviewer), Suicidal thoughts (1 reviewer), and Police brutality (1 reviewer)


emotional 70%
adventurous 55%
mysterious 46%
inspiring 41%
hopeful 34%
reflective 29%
challenging 28%
tense 28%
dark 11%
informative 11%
funny 8%
sad 5%
lighthearted 2%


medium 64%
slow 22%
fast 13%

Strong character development?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 6% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 7% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 98% | It's complicated: 1%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 67% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 11% | N/A: 4%

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