A Song Below Water – Bethany C Morrow

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.Goodreads.com

 

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The magical realism was beautifully intertwined throughout the story, the friendship between the main characters was solid and the family dynamics were incredibly real. This hooked me from the first page.

 

It explores the realities of our current day through the lens of magic and lore. Morrow doesn’t shy away from the realities of our current and historical climate, especially in regards to race and racism across the globe. It doesn’t patronise its young readers, but speaks to them as intelligent and informed individuals.

 

In terms of the structure, the very end felt a little bit rushed or compact for me, with everything pulling together so quickly. The twists and turns and reveals however were very enjoyable. I love that the author didn’t opt for the typical happy ending, but instead an ending that made sense. A great decision that really respected the reader’s and characters’ journey.

 

I would read anything Morrow writes after having read this. A really enjoyable and apposite experience.

 

Available June 2nd, 2020.

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